Philip Kemp

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Festivals

The Holdovers: this high-school heartwarmer is no ordinary throwback

Consciously evoking the cinema of mid-budget early 70s Hollywood, Alexander Payne’s latest film is every bit the equal of the films that inspired its aesthetic.

By Philip Kemp

The Holdovers: this high-school heartwarmer is no ordinary throwback
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And Then Come the Nightjars: a gentle film about a time of crisis in British agriculture

By Philip Kemp

And Then Come the Nightjars: a gentle film about a time of crisis in British agriculture
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Ferryman: this exploration of assisted dying conveys a hint of lachrymose joy

By Philip Kemp

Ferryman: this exploration of assisted dying conveys a hint of lachrymose joy
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My Name is Alfred Hitchcock: a playful guide to the Master of Suspense

By Philip Kemp

My Name is Alfred Hitchcock: a playful guide to the Master of Suspense
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De Humani Corporis Fabrica: an almost unbearably intense journey into the human body

By Philip Kemp

De Humani Corporis Fabrica: an almost unbearably intense journey into the human body
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Renfield: Nicolas Cage carries this supernatural comedy as the Count

By Philip Kemp

Renfield: Nicolas Cage carries this supernatural comedy as the Count
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Loving Highsmith: a mostly compelling ‘love biography’

By Philip Kemp

Loving Highsmith: a mostly compelling ‘love biography’
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Winners: an optimistic Iranian cinephile drama

By Philip Kemp

Winners: an optimistic Iranian cinephile drama
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Creature: Asif Kapadia’s ballet film is impressive but impenetrable

By Philip Kemp

Creature: Asif Kapadia’s ballet film is impressive but impenetrable
What to watch at LFF

Living: a remake that can stand with the original

By Philip Kemp

Living: a remake that can stand with the original
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Strawberry Mansion: a delightful satire good enough to eat

By Philip Kemp

Strawberry Mansion: a delightful satire good enough to eat
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See How They Run: a campy cat-and-mouse caper

By Philip Kemp

See How They Run: a campy cat-and-mouse caper
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Fall: a vivid, vertiginous thriller

By Philip Kemp

Fall: a vivid, vertiginous thriller
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The Gray Man: short on grey matter

By Philip Kemp

The Gray Man: short on grey matter
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Prizefighter: a biopic on the ropes

By Philip Kemp

Prizefighter: a biopic on the ropes
Features

The last duel: the ending of Sanjuro

By Philip Kemp

The last duel: the ending of Sanjuro
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All My Friends Hate Me: a potent entry in the cinema of paranoia

By Philip Kemp

All My Friends Hate Me: a potent entry in the cinema of paranoia
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Flag Day brings emotional intensity to the real-life story of an American con-man

By Philip Kemp

Flag Day brings emotional intensity to the real-life story of an American con-man
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The Electrical Life of Louis Wain puts cats centre stage in a film that’s filled with eccentric charm

By Philip Kemp

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain puts cats centre stage in a film that’s filled with eccentric charm
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Being the Ricardos is a clunky but engaging look behind-the-scenes of 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy

By Philip Kemp

Being the Ricardos is a clunky but engaging look behind-the-scenes of 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy
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The Story of Film: A New Generation takes viewers on an enriching journey through a decade of cinema

By Philip Kemp

The Story of Film: A New Generation takes viewers on an enriching journey through a decade of cinema
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Dune succeeds by avoiding excessive fidelity to the original novel

By Philip Kemp

Dune succeeds by avoiding excessive fidelity to the original novel
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The Nest moves a fractured family into a mansion built on a foundation of lies

By Philip Kemp

The Nest moves a fractured family into a mansion built on a foundation of lies
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Frankie takes a siesta in the Portuguese sun

By Philip Kemp

Frankie takes a siesta in the Portuguese sun
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Homeward sends a father and son on a Crimean pilgrimage

By Philip Kemp

Homeward sends a father and son on a Crimean pilgrimage
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Man in Room 301 is a Nordic drama that sees a simmering family feud boil over

By Philip Kemp

Man in Room 301 is a Nordic drama that sees a simmering family feud boil over
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Minari puts faith in the verdant fields of a Korean family’s Arkansas farm

By Philip Kemp

Minari puts faith in the verdant fields of a Korean family’s Arkansas farm
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The Mauritanian is a frighteningly convincing tale of Guantánamo internment

By Philip Kemp

The Mauritanian is a frighteningly convincing tale of Guantánamo internment
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My Father and Me is a tender snapshot of a working-class photographer’s life

By Philip Kemp

My Father and Me is a tender snapshot of a working-class photographer’s life
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