OxView: Best of Cannes

Kenji Newton runs through his top picks of the 2017 festival

The appeal of dystopian drama

Why have we produced so many stories about the end of the world as we know it?

Beast review – ‘inventive visuals, fine acting, and an original story’

Order and chaos collide in this new, wild independent film

OxFilm: An exciting summer lined up

Calum Bradshaw celebrates an excellent term for student film, and looks forward to a busy vacation
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Film Firsts: Nothing gets lost in translation with my first foreign...

Beyond even the sprawling shots of the Indian landscapes, Hirani’s film achieves the quality of epic.

Overlord combines fun, gore, and flaws galore

An entertaining yet terrifying film that will keep you on the edge of your seat

In the age of franchises, are originals dead?

Calum Bradshaw questions the decline of film innovation in recent years

OxView: Best finales

Calum Bradshaw lines up three of the best cinematic finishes

Netflix and Cannes

Was the decision to ban Netflix from competing for awards at the Cannes Film Festival justified?

50 Shades Freed confines and confuses its viewers

The final chapter of the sex-fuelled saga encounters problems during its climax

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The reinvention of her ‘reputation’ is not a change of character nor a sudden shift in her attitude to the spotlight. The Reputation era was simply a rebranding of sound, lyricism, production and image which worked to provoke her audience and, ironically, sustain her reputation.