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★★★★

- STUFF - 

The year is 1984 – of course – and in Soviet Russia, the most famous and beloved stand-up comic of them all is Boris Arkadyev.

Boris is hitting middle-age like a beetle hits a…

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★★★½ 

- NZ HERALD - 

The complexities of life as a popular stand-up in the mid-1980s Soviet Russia are examined in this uniquely disconcerting film.

Aleksey Agranovich, who looks like the midpoint…

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★★★★

- SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - 

Spanner (Lorn Macdonald) is a lanky Glasgow teenager with jug ears and a shaven skull with a fringe on top. He looks like an escapee from Trainspotting.

There’s…

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★★★★

- NZ HERALD - 

Films about raves and clubbing aren't new - Trainspotting, Human Traffic and BPM have brought this world to life in various ways over the years; but Beats takes a smaller, more…

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★★★★

- STUFF - 

By 1994, the UK rave scene was pretty much a fag-end of its former self.

The 1988/89 Summer of Love had been and gone a long time before. But, as young Johnno says to his best and…

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★★★★

- STUFF -

"I've been thinking a lot," said a friend of mine, over a laksa, in an alleyway off Wellington's Cuba Street, "about the way our future affects our past."

And now I'm thinking about…

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★★★★

- TIMES - 

There are about as many good clubbing movies as there are brain cells left in the average middle-aged raver’s head. Human Traffic, sure, and a few scattered scenes in Trainspotting,…

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★★★★

- TIME OUT - 

It feels superficial to compare Beats to Trainspotting: it’s Scottish, it’s the mid-’90s, it’s young tearaways, it’s drugs. But it’s the sensory impact too – Beats bottles a very…

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★★★★

- EMPIRE - 

The mid-’90s are clearly having a moment. In the past few months, we’ve had Captain Marvel, with all its grunge and Fresh Prince references, Jonah Hill's skateboarding debut Mid90s,…

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★★★★

- EMPIRE - 

Ben Wheatley’s new film begins epically, with an unassuming suburban bungalow. Outside stands Neil Maskell’s middle-aged Colin, vaping for England in his sleeveless V-neck, for 15…

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★★★½ 

- STUFF - 

Colin Burstead (Neil Maskell) thought a New Year's celebration in the country would help bring his family together – instead it threatens to tear them even further apart.

For a…

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★★★★★ 

CULTURE WHISPER - 

Ben Wheatley's excellent new comedy Happy New Year, Colin Burstead is a dizzy exploration of family and its many burdens - 

Families have sensitive structures – they’re…

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