Ben Nicholson

Ben Nicholson

UK-based film critic.

Editor of CineVue and penner of words on cinema for various publications including Sight & Sound, BFI, Dazed & The Skinny.

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'The Grandmaster' review

“...For every extreme close-up of rainwater being flung from the rim of his hat, or droplets splashing into puddles, there is the impact of a fist or foot from which the audience feels a reverberating power...”

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Abel Ferrara's Welcome to New York

"There's a gloriously seething heart to Abel Ferrara's latest feature Welcome to New York. While the city may provide the focus of the title, it is Gerard Depardieu's protagonist – a thinly veiled rendering of the disgraced Dominique Strauss-Kahn – that is the target of this caustic takedown. A prefacing disclaimer attests to artistic license being taken by the filmmaker, but the lurid events portrayed within jab a razor-sharp finger of judgment at the both the real-life former IMF chief and his fictionalised effigy..."

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Absurd and profound, OF HORSES AND MEN is an enthralling oddity

"Jean-Luc Godard once famously asserted that Robert Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar was "the world in an hour and half." On that occasion, human nature was presented courtesy of the stoic, noble gaze of that film's eponymous donkey and the same conceit is adopted - quite literally - in the wonderfully unusual slice of life that is Of Horses and Men..."