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Map to the Stars (2014)

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Fame, incest, and a desperate desire to hold on to your fading youth feature prominently in this dark satire. Our Screen Queen, Julianne Moore plays Havana Segrand, the fading b-list Hollywood narcissist who cannot accept that her time in the limelight expired long ago. Havana’s demise runs parallel to the derangement of the Hollywood child star Benji Weiss.

Zola (2021)

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“You wanna hear a story about how me and this b**ch fell out? It's kind of long, but it's full of suspense.” So begins 'Zola', and the infamous Twitter thread that inspired the film’s chaotic journey to nowhere and back. Debuting at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, the pitch-dark comedy thriller was an instant talking point, sparking debate about social media, female agency and fast friendships.

Luster (2020)

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The hype surrounding Raven Leilani’s 'Luster' began last summer and has been steadily boiling ever since, helped by winning accolades from such literary giants as Candice Carty-Williams, Jessie Burton and Zadie Smith who have sung the praises of Leilani’s debut, calling it an audacious and ambitious tale that speaks to the millennial zeitgeist. Often with reputations that precede them, novels can fail to live up to the expectations, and while 'Luster' certainly surprises, it definitely does not disappoint.

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

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Twenty-one years after its initial release, we delve into James Mangold’s critically acclaimed ‘Girl, Interrupted’ starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie to explore themes of mental illness, isolation and understanding.

100 Boyfriends (2021)

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Brontez Purnell’s '100 Boyfriends' is a transgressive, lewd, and devastatingly funny spiral into the imperfect lives of queer men, desperately fighting the hurdles modern-day society hands them. Purnell is a widely acclaimed underground filmmaker, writer, musician, performance artist and musician, who writes with the unrivalled ardour, insight, and horniness of a punk lord. Armed with a lethal deadpan humour, he forces his characters to climb their way out of even the lowest of times.

Animals (2019)

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'Animals' directed by Sophie Hyde: surely not another movie treading the well-worn tracks of badly behaved women, whose tenure in hedonism is disrupted, tested, and then corrected by the arrival of the smouldering and well put-together man? Well. Yes…and No. Here, Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome is not prince charming heralding happily ever after, but an introspective fly on the wall of the central character arc. There is no didactic revelation that locates success in the arms of a man behind the slats of a suburban picket fence. Rather, as Laura discovers, success is found when holding on to your own tenacious spirit and heeding wherever it may ask you to go…

Little Women (2019)

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Under Greta Gerwig’s directorial vision, Amy, the oft-overlooked March sister rises to the fore in pursuit of her dreams and ambitions. Working with Gerwig to uncover this lost complexity, Florence Pugh charms us as a vivacious and determined heroine who holds her own alongside sister Jo in this newest adaption of the beloved March women.

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

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Fashion designer turned film auteur, Tom Ford’s second feature film explores the past, present and conflicted inner world of LA Art dealer Susan Morrow. Amy Adams’ intricate performance varnishes this neo-noir with it’s devastating portrayal of youth’s unjaded buoyancy and regret’s silent torment.

Cruella (2021)

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Whether you’re a fashion lover, Disney lover or you enjoy films that have a boss-bitch attitude throughout then take some advice…go and watch 'Cruella'. Full stop. As a fashion student, I have been so excited for the release of Craig Gillespie’s take on the villainess’ origin story played by Emma Stone, as I expected the costume design by Jenny Beavan to be impeccable. And it is. In the 1996 live-action 101 Dalmatians, we saw Glenn Close portray the supervillain Cruella as a cold, puppy-skinner fashion designer who loved fur and we all questioned how did she get like this? Who could hate puppies?!

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

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In late 18th century France, a female artist - Marianne, is summoned from the city to the stormy and isolated peninsula of Brittany to paint a portrait for a girl betrothed to a Milanese suitor. Unbeknownst to Marianne, this is the second time a painter has been summoned to depict the recalcitrant subject, and the second daughter of hers to be promised to the overseas gentleman.