The Shape of Water: Del Toro’s beautiful old Hollywood B-movie style fairytale sadly fails to completely deliver

Guillermo del Toro has often made films that defy categorisation – think of the horror-inflected fairytale of Pan’s Labyrinth set in 1940s fascist Spain.

February 15, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Lady Bird : ‘Of all the words one could use to describe Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, “inspiring” is the most fitting of all’

When it comes to films, some adjectives get thrown around so much they have almost become devoid of actual meaning, morphed into marketing buzzwords.

February 13, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown – A Cultured Gentleman

In search of your next binge-worthy obsession? Look no further than the new Queer Eye series, starring Karamo Brown, now streaming on Netflix.

February 12, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Loveless: An exceptional, harrowing, relentlessly gut-wrenching masterpiece of a drama

Loveless is set in the dreary grey winter of a modern day Moscow neighbourhood, where post-Soviet apartment blocs are taken over by middle-class families and given an IKEA makeover.

February 9, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Makala: A intimate telling of a young Congolese man’s labour of love to earn a living for his family

Makala means charcoal in Swahilli which is aptly the title and causal theme of this intimate if overwhelming documentary by French director/ cinematographer, Emmanuel Gras.

February 2, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Journey’s End: Falls down on scale but glowing performances make it a pleasureable to watch

Set in the middle of the First World War, the enduring play by RC Sherriff gets a cinematic update that plays to the media’s strength of complex character driven story, but fails to match the scale film can offer.

January 31, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

God’s Own Country (DVD Review): A tender rural Yorkshire debut exploring themes of gay love and prejudice

The melancholic Yorkshire Pennines provide the dreary and rugged backdrop to an intricate migrant gay love story which is subtly underpinned by themes of repressed homosexuality, disenfranchised youth, immigration and racism.

January 29, 2018 | DVDFilm + Entertainment

Blade Runner 2049 (DVD Review): An exquisite, visionary yet ultimately flawed sequel

Blade Runner 2049 was released theatrically in October 2017 to critical acclaim, with many asserting that it improved upon the story established in Ridley Scott’s 1982 original, a rare feat for any sequel, let alone a sequel released thirty-five years after the original had gained cult-classic status.

January 26, 2018 | DVDFilm + Entertainment

2018 Oscars Nominations: Diversity kicks in as sexual harassment allegations loom large

Candid Magazine’s Film Editor, Daniel Theophanous takes us through the 2018 Oscars.

January 26, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Early Man: Aardman stop-frame animation goes all caveman

Aardman entertainment has a long and honoured history in stop-motion film, from Wallace and Gromit to Shaun the Sheep setting the benchmark for the genre each time.

January 25, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Last Flag Flying: All star cast, middle-of-the-road drive movie proves average and forgettable

Last Flag Flying arrives in cinemas armed with everything a new release could hope for: a simple but effective concept, high-profile cast and an Oscar-nominated director helming the project.

January 23, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Coco: Pixar have created an instant Disney classic

‘The Day of the Dead’ the one day of the year in the Mexican calendar that our ancestors are able to come back from the land of the dead to visit us.

January 21, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Daphne (DVD review): Emily Beecham’s disillusioned millenial in a mellow and enjoyable character study

Red-head beauty and rising British star Emily Beecham, best known for her role in The Coen Brothers movie Hail, Caesar! plays the fiercely independent yet fragile Daphne, who resides in her one bed apartment in London with pet snake Scratch for company.

January 21, 2018 | DVDFilm + Entertainment

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Frances McDormand excels as the prickly antihero looking for justice for her daughter’s murder

Since the release of his feature film debut In Bruges (2008), Irish playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh has become known for his razor-sharp wit and pitch black comedy, finding humanity within the deplorable characters he places at the forefront of his stories.

January 18, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Alex Roe – Hollywood’s Next Contender

If you don’t know the name Alex Roe quite yet, I suggest you get ahead of the curve, as he is surely on his way to becoming a household name.

January 18, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

I, Tonya: Margot Robbie and Allison Janey excel in one of the most ogled scandals in sporting history

Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya chooses the perfect time, and the perfect leading lady, to bring to the big screen the stranger-than-fiction tale of Tonya Harding’s precipitous rise and fall within the world of figure skating.

January 17, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Downsizing: Shrinking sci-fi satire that doesn’t quite find its feet

Matt Damon stars in his most down-to-earth role as middle class American Paul Safranek, beer belly and all.

January 15, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Brawl in Cell Block 99 (DVD review): Vince Vaughn gives a career best as imprisoned antihero in hard-boiled and blood-soaked thriller

Writer/director S Craig Zahler made an impression with his 2015 debut Bone Tomahawk, a western featuring career-best work from Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins.

January 13, 2018 | DVDFilm + Entertainment

Black Mirror – Season 4: “Brooker insists on painting a bleak outlook, forecasting the challenging moral dilemmas of the future”

We finally got round to seeing Black Mirror Season 4 (made available to watch on Netflix on the 29th of December); all six self-contained episodes with their morally challenging and often ‘live or die’ conundrums.

January 12, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentTV

Hostiles: A beautiful yet brutally hyperealistic cowboy drama which challenges the Western genre.

Christian Bale plays Blocker, a legendary soldier who is clearly suffering from severe PTSD after years of slaughtering natives in the American Indian Wars.

January 8, 2018 | Film + Entertainment