What I saw during the 2019 London Film Festival

The London Film Festival is over for another year! I didn’t get to see much at all – only 10 films due to my work schedule and annual leave – but as always, here’s a guide of the films I saw ranked in order.

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What I’m excited to see at the 2019 London Film Festival

The 2019 London Film Festival kicks off today! To celebrate, I’ve compiled a list of the movies that I’m really excited to see this year.

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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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