London Film Festival 2013: final thoughts and review index

This year’s London Film Festival sadly ended last week after 12 days celebrating cinema. Diligent planning meant The Digital Fix’s published its final piece of coverage a day after the closing gala, but it’s hard to feel any closure without an article wrapping up my thoughts.The London Film Festival once again proved the medium is thriving, even at a time when governments are slashing domestic film funding or when it feels the local cinema is only playing 3D superhero sequels. I caught over 60 films, yet there were still many more I dearly regret missing. There isn’t enough time to catch all the great releases, and that’s truly exciting.Admittedly not everything I loved will find a wide release, and some might not be picked up at all. The smaller films I particularly loved include Ida and We Are the Best! which I expect will play a few cinemas next year – not many, but I highly recommend seeking them out. My other favourites will be far easier to find, with many of them coming out in the next few months preceding the Oscars ceremony.Rather than running through my personal picks, I have included an index with scores and a link to my review. Some of the films don’t have links as I haven't had time to write about them yet. I did however find time to interview Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney the day he came to promote The Armstrong Lie; that will be published during the next week.Lastly, thank you to Clare Stewart, the BFI, the programmers, the cinema staff, and everyone else who made the festival such a memorable experience . Also, a special shout-out to the man (who had a press pass) who moved seats before Tracks when he realised he was blocking my view. That’s the festival’s power: it turns London citizens into decent human beings.REVIEWS INDEX:/ 12 Years a Slave (dir. Steve McQueen) – 8/10
Abuse of Weakness (dir. Catherine Breillat) – 6/10
Afternoon Delight (dir. Jill Solloway) – 2/10
All Cheerleaders Die (dir. Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson) – 6/10
All is Lost (dir. J.C. Chandor) – 8/10
The Armstrong Lie (dir. Alex Gibney ) – 7/10
As I Lay Dying (dir. James Franco) – 7/10
At Berkeley (dir. Frederick Wiseman) – 7/10
B for Boy (dir. Chika Anadu) – 8/10
Blue is the Warmest Colour (dir. Abdellatif Keniche) – 8/10
The Bounceback (dir. Bryan Poyser) – 3/10
Captain Phillips (dir. Paul Greengrass) – 6/10
Computer Chess (dir. Andrew Bujalski) – 8/10
The Congress (dir. Ari Folman) – 6/10
The Do Gooders (dir. Chloe Ruthven) – 1/10
Doll & Em (dir. Azazel Jacobs) – 7/10
The Double (dir. Richard Ayoade) – 9/10
Drinking Buddies (dir. Joe Swanberg) – 6/10
Electro Shaabi (dir. Hind Meddeb) – 2/10
Enough Said (dir. Nicole Holofcener) – 8/10
The Epic of Everest (dir. John Noel) – 7/10
Exhibition (dir. Joanna Hogg) – 7/10
The Fear (dir. Jordi Cadena) – 3/10
Gloria (dir. Sebastián Lilio) – 8/10
Gone Too Far! (dir. Destiny Ekaragha) – 3/10
Gravity (dir. Alfonso Cuarón) – 8/10
Hello Carter (dir. Anthony Wilcox) – 3/10
Hide Your Smiling Faces (dir. Daniel Patrick Carbone) – 4/10
How We Used to Live (dir. Paul Kelly) – 7/10
Ida (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski) – 9/10
Inside Llewyn Davis (dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen) – 9/10
Jeune et Jolie (dir. François Ozon) – 7/10
Kill Your Darlings (dir. John Krokidas) – 8/10
Labor Day (dir. Jason Reitman) – 4/10
Locke (dir. Steven Knight) – 6/10
Leave to Remain (dir. Bruce Goodison) – 5/10
Like Father, Like Son (dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda) – 8/10
May in the Summer (dir. Cherien Dabis) – 4/10
Mistaken for Strangers (dir. Tom Berininger) – 7/10
My Fathers, My Mother and Me (dir. Paul-Julien Robert) – 6/10
Mystery Road (dir. Ivan Sen) – 5/10
Nebraska (dir. Alexander Payne) – 4/10
Night Moves (dir. Kelly Reichardt) – 6/10
Of Good Report (dir. Jahmil X.T. Qubeka) – 7/10
Only Lovers Left Alive (dir. Jim Jarmusch) – 5/10
Our Sunhi (dir. Hong Sangsoo) – 4/10
Philomena (dir. Stephen Frears) – 5/10
The Sacrament (dir. Ti West) – 4/10
Sarah Prefers to Run (dir. Chloé Robichaud) – 5/10
Saving Mr. Banks (dir. John Lee Hancock) – 4/10
The Selfish Giant (dir. Clio Barnard) – 6/10
Side by Side (dir. Arthur Landon) – 4/10
Sixteen (dir. Rob Brown) – 3/10
The Spectacular Now (dir. James Pondsoldt) – 8/10
Starred Up (dir. David Mackenzie) – 7/10
The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (dir. Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani) – 5/10
sx_tape (dir. Bernard Rose) – 3/10
Teenage (dir. Matt Wolf) – 4/10
Tom at the Farm (dir. Xavier Dolan) – 5/10
Tracks (dir. John Curran) – 7/10
Under the Skin (dir. Jonathan Glazer) – 9/10
We Are the Best! (dir. Lukas Moodysson) – 9/10
Weekend of a Champion (dir. Frank Simon) – 7/10
Wounded (dir. Fernando Franco) – 5/10
The Zero Theorem (dir. Terry Gilliam) – 4/10

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