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Africa United Review


Very Good
Even when this film begins to feel a little awkward, sheer energy keeps it afloat, both entertaining us with a lively adventure romp and vividly showing us the realities of life in Africa. While sometimes sentimental, it's refreshingly never preachy.

In rural Rwanda, Dudu (Ndayambaje) is a 13-year-old fast-talker who seems able to make just about anything happen. He convinces his pal Fabrice (Nsengiyumva) into trying out for a team of children taking part in the World Cup opening ceremony. But their journey is derailed when they board the wrong bus, and they end up as refugees travelling cross-country to Johannesburg. Along the way, they're joined by young Bea (Kintu), who wants to become a doctor; George (Dusenge), who's running from gun-toting thugs; and teen runaway Celeste (Silver), who works in the sex trade.

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This Is Not A Love Song Review


Excellent
Color me surprised. This little low-budget video production out of the UK has a meaningless title (taken from a PiL song) and questionable pedigree, and it looks like an experiment shot by a few lads on a long weekend. Shock then that it's actually a quite gripping, heartbreaking, and very watchable movie.

The story follows Heaton (Kenneth Glenaan) as he steals a car to pick up his pal Spike (Michael Colgan) after his release from prison. As they leave and head back to town, the car runs out of gas, so they hike to a farm to borrow some. Things go badly here, culminating in a shotgun blast that takes the life of an innocent. Heaton and Spike decide to run for it, hoping to make it back across the hills of Yorkshire to lose themselves in the big city. What they aren't counting on is a vigilante mob that comes after them, led by a quiet and ruthless hunter (David Bradley), who slowly tightens the noose on them as the boys haplessly meander across the countryside in a panic.

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