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Alistair is a 23 year old former journalism student from the sun-soaked city of Leeds, England, who has recently moved down to Cambridge. After spending two decades as "King of the North", it was time for a change and a move down south to work at a local newspaper followed. He has been writing about film since the start of 2014. If you like his writing, his work can also be found on Gay Essential, CutPrintFilm, Cinemole (his Wordpress blog) and over on his Letterboxd and YouTube pages. Because of his work for Film Inquiry, he is also a recognised member of GALECA, the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics' Association.

RACER AND THE JAILBIRD: A Melodramatic Mess

An exhausting watch, Racer and the Jailbird never figures out which direction it wants to go in, never forging a true sense of character.

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THE CIAMBRA: The 400 Blows for a New Generation

Italian-American filmmaker Jonas Carpignano has shown in only his second feature, A Ciambra, to be one of the most empathetic social realist filmmakers working

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Sundance London 2018: NEVER GOIN' BACK, SKATE KITCHEN and YARDIE

In this Sundance London Film Festival Round-up, Alistair Ryder looks at the films he saw that charmed Sundance audiences enough to make the trip

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HEREDITARY: A Confident, but Overhyped, Directorial Debut

Just like his earlier short, Hereditary feels like nothing more than a provocation, updating the parental anxieties of Rosemary’s Baby for the modern era —

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REDOUTABLE (GODARD MON AMOUR): The Emperor with No Clothes

Redoutable is an irreverent take on the biopic that gleefully flips the bird at its subject, and takes delight in making him conform to

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MARY AND THE WITCH'S FLOWER: The Magic of Ghibli lives on in the first Studio Ponoc feature

Mary and the Witch’s Flower feels truly timeless, an animated classic in waiting that will delight audiences both young and old. Hiromasa Yonebayashi has

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FUNNY COW: The most unpleasant British film in recent memory

Funny Cow is one of the most harmful depictions of the British working class in popular culture since Sacha Baron Cohen’s Grimsby, in addition

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WHERE IS KYRA: Michelle Pfeiffer's First Lead Role in Nine Years Doesn't Disappoint

With an outstanding return performance from Michelle Pfeiffer, Where is Kyra? may have been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years, but the

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A Gentle Creature is a divisive film, too exaggerated to be a realistic condemnation of the corrupt bureaucracy it seeks to lampoon.

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CUSTODY: A Social realist take on the home invasion thriller

Custody is an impressive debut feature from Xavier Legrand, that manages to avoid exploitation even as it generates untold amounts of tension from a

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