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One to Watch - Sarah's Film Recommendations - Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

Each month, Good Times' resident film critic, Sarah Smyth, chooses a hotly anticipated film for our readers. For August, she picks biopic-documentary, Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words.                       I begin this month with a confession: I have always wanted to be Swedish. They are simply the best at everything. They have an extremely high standard of living. They produce excellent pop music. They have the best gender equality in the world. They have a six-hour workday. They have the hottest men. They have coffee and cake twice a day. And the produce the best movie stars. So perhaps I am slightly biased in picking this month’s film (although committed readers...

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One to Watch - Sarah's Film Recommendations - I Am Belfast

Each month, Good Times' resident film critic, Sarah Smyth, chooses a hotly anticipated film for our readers. For April, she picks the lyrical and poetic documentary, I am Belfast.   Spring is a strange time for film. While most associate it with renewal and rebirth, this season’s release of film tends to be a rather stale and lacklustre affair. Exhausted from all the back-patting of the Academy Awards but not quite ready for the energy of the big-budget franchises released in the summer, spring is a cinematic limbo. How refreshing, then, to be offered Mark Cousins’ beautiful documentary, I am Belfast, a love letter to the titular city and the filmmaker’s hometown. Like the season in which his film is released,...

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One to Watch // Sarah's Film Recommendations - The Witch

Each month, Good Times' resident film critic, Sarah Smyth, chooses a hotly anticipated film for our readers. For March, she picks horror film, The Witch.   For film cynics everywhere, the glut of sequels and superhero franchises oversaturating the market is a regular complaint. “It’s all about making money!” “There’s no room for originality!” “Independent films can’t get a look in!” The box office, is must be noted, is regularly dominated by these limp offerings. But the cynic – including the writer – will be pleased to know that a small corner of the industry continues to remain profitable, even without the need of brand recognition, a big-name star or a multi-national, multi-billion dollar studio: the horror film. Horror films, seemingly...

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One to Watch // Sarah's Film Recommendations - The Revenant

Each month, Good Times' resident film critic, Sarah Smyth, chooses a hotly anticipated film for our readers. For January, she picks the chilling revenge drama, The Revenant. When Leonardo DiCaprio missed out on an Oscar for Best Actor at the 2014 Academy Awards, the Internet had a lot of feelings. Despite working with prestigious directors such as Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg and Baz Luhrmann, in serious films with demanding roles, the Academy continues to overlook his work. Despite his most committed attempts at winning the award, DiCaprio remains Oscar-less. This year, however, DiCaprio might prove to have just the right combination of Oscar-bait to win over the Academy. In his latest film, The Revenant, he plays Hugh...

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One to Watch // Sarah's Film Recommendations - Miss You Already

Each month, Good Times' resident film critic, Sarah Smyth, chooses a hotly anticipated film for our readers. For September, she picks comedy drama, Miss You Already. Is there anything stronger, more complicated and yet more beautifully intense than female friendships? The great on-screen advocate of female friendships, Sex and the City, unabashedly celebrates these relationships, championing them as the great love affairs of our lives. Yet, despite the significance of these relationships to half the population of the world, they rarely receive screen time. In fact, the number of films that pass the Bechdel test, a test that requires a film to have at least two named female characters who discuss something other than a man, is dropping. This is something...

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