What I saw at the 2018 London Film Festival

Usually at the end of the London Film Festival, I create a top ten list highlighting my favourites. I’m not going to do that this year, simply because I only managed to watch a lame 16 films (very poor show!) and because I don’t really know what I would put top!

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The Guilty: LFF Film Review

If you want a taut thriller that’s short, intense and whips along at a pace then The Guilty, from Denmark, is for you.

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The Sisters Brothers: LFF Film Review

I missed the press screening of The Sisters Brothers at the Venice Film Festival and I was gutted because it has the most incredible cast – which includes Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Riz Ahmed and Jake Gyllenhaal – so I dropped lucky when I managed to snag a ticket to a public LFF screening.

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Destroyer: LFF Film Review

Everyone is talking about Nicole Kidman‘s transformation in Destroyer and there is a reason for that – it is jaw-droppingly incredible and she looks almost unrecognisable, and her performance is top notch too.

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A Private War: LFF Film Review

I became aware of how incredible Rosamund Pike was when she starred in Gone Girl. I really wanted her to win the Oscar for it but she didn’t and I would really like her to be in the race again with A Private War.

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Vox Lux: LFF Film Review

Natalie Portman knows how to give a good performance – she has the Best Actress Oscar to prove it after all – and she doesn’t disappoint in Vox Lux, a last-minute addition to the LFF programme.

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Rafiki: LFF Film Review

I am guilty of only attending screenings for big name, hyped, star-studded movies at LFF, so I decided to change that and see Rafiki, a moving LGBT story set in Kenya.

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Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton at the Suspiria LFF premiere: My pics

Tonight the stars of Suspiria – Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson and Mia Goth – hit the red carpet in London’s Leicester Square with director Luca Guadagnino to promote the horror movie at the London Film Festival.

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Utoya: July 22 – LFF Film Review

This seems to happen all the time in Hollywood, but there are currently two films about the 2011 Norway attacks coming out at the same time – one by Paul Greengrass (22 July) that just hit Netflix, and this Norwegian film by Erik Poppe.

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Life Itself: LFF Film Review

I love Dan Fogelman‘s TV creation, the emotional family drama This Is Us. Many people (particularly in the UK) have criticised it for being too sentimental but I love the story and characters and how moving it is. I never noticed how sappy it was watching an episode a week, but Fogelman’s love of the sentimental tearjerker was blindly obvious with Life Itself, which he wrote and directed.

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