Matt Bomer at the Papi Chulo LFF premiere: My pics

Tonight it was the premiere of indie movie Papi Chulo at London’s VUE Leicester Square and its stars Matt Bomer and Alejandro Patino and director John Butler hit the mini red carpet to chat about it.

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Michelle Rodriguez and Daniel Kaluuya at the Widows LFF premiere

Tonight the 2018 London Film Festival kicked off with Widows, its opening night gala, and to celebrate, director Steve McQueen hit the red carpet in London’s Leicester Square with castmembers including Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez and Daniel Kaluuya.

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London Film Festival 2017: Ten films I really want to see

There are so many films on the 2017 London Film Festival programme that I’m keen to see and I know I will never see them all.

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The Birth of a Nation: Film Review

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The Birth of a Nation reportedly sold for the biggest amount ever at the Sundance Film Festival, received a huge standing ovation and critical acclaim but its rating has been decreasing since more people have seen it and it’s easy to understand why. It’s an important and powerful story but it is very flawed.

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Snowden: Film Review 

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Edward Snowden, who exposed the illegal mass surveillance techniques used by the NSA on all US civilians in 2013, is a very interesting person with an incredible story to tell so it’s just a shame that the dramatisation about his life lacks a certain something and isn’t as powerful as the Laura Poitras‘ 2014 documentary Citizenfour.

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Bleed For This: Film Review 

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I have been pretty fed up of boxing dramas in recent years because I think the genre has been done to death and they all follow the same formula. Bleed For This certainly doesn’t reinvent the wheel but it felt refreshing in terms of tone and character.

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Paterson: Film Review

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Paterson has been highly praised since it competed at the Cannes Film Festival, and while I liked it and thought it was nice, I wouldn’t rave about it quite as highly as others have. After it finished, I had no real reaction to it and that makes writing a review kinda hard!

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Arrival: Film Review

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This isn’t the first time we have seen alien invasion movies where people try to figure a language or a way to communicate with them, such as Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T., but this is probably the closest and most detailed look at the challenge and it feels refreshing, thanks to brilliant directing from Denis Villeneuve and a wonderful performance by Amy Adams.

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What I learned during my first London Film Festival as press

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The London Film Festival was an intense and exciting experience as accredited press. I was absolutely knackered by the time it was over and I’m still feeling the effects but I would do it all over again because it was a lot of fun, I saw so many amazing films and met so many fellow film lovers. Here’s what I learned for future LFFs:

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My top ten London Film Festival recommendations

I saw a bucketload of films at this year’s London Film Festival. Seeing films in this fashion is very tiring but it also helps you sort out the good from the bad, the outstanding to the mediocre very easily so here are the top ten films that stood out at LFF this year (click on the titles to read the full review):

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