Film review ‘CRAZY RICH ASIANS’ by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

The preposterous title of the hit rom-com Crazy Rich Asians suggests a crass race comedy of the kind not seen since TV shows of the 1970’s but thankfully that’s not the case. While this adaptation of the highly successful Kevin Kwan novels indulges a few clumsy stereotypes it’s really an extravagant take on an old-fashioned romantic fantasy with interestingly non-western

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Film review: TONI ERDMANN, from ‘Built For Speed’

German writer/ director Maren Ade’s long and very quirky tragi-comedy Toni Erdmann carefully negotiates the line between pathos and farce for one of the more unusual but affecting films so far this year. The title character (Peter Simonischek) is a hulking dishevelled man in his 60’s whose life appears to revolve around playing weird Andy Kaufman-style practical jokes on people.

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Film review: THE SKELETON TWINS, from Built For Speed

Mark Heyman, who wrote the script for Black Swan, seems fascinated with emotionally damaged people desperately trying to cope with or conceal personal disappointments, family trauma and the wounds of their past.  He has collaborated with writer/ director Craig Johnson and producers the Duplass brothers, who produced the wonderfully melancholic romantic fantasy Safety Not Guaranteed to give us the unsettling,

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Film review: IN A WORLD, from Built For Speed

How many times have we heard the deep mellifluous burr of a movie trailer voice-over artist exclaiming “This year” or “In a world”? The owner of that voice was more likely than not American vocal legend Don La Fontaine who recorded thousands of voice-overs for film trailers and TV commercials before his death in 2008.   The vacuum he left in

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