Moonlight review: completely absorbing

My first question on coming out of Moonlight was: who is Barry Jenkins? Who made this beautiful, completely absorbing, and perfectly cast film about a young man growing up gay and in poverty in Miami? From the get-go the cinematography shows the confusion and instability of the world we’re entering.

February 15, 2017 | FestivalsFilmReview


Nocturnal Animals review: cold and terrifying

If Tom Ford’s first feature, A Single Man, was clearly the work of a fashion designer, his new offering, Nocturnal Animals, displays his real calibre as a director.

November 3, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


Snowden review: a little too conventional

You don’t have to be a film buff to guess what Snowden, the latest film from Oliver Stone, is about.

October 15, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


Your Name review: deserves huge admiration

Your Name, Japanese director Makoto Shinkai’s latest animated feature, bubbles over with far more mirth than most of Studio Ghibli’s collection but nonetheless, comparisons have been drawn between both, as well as between him and the now retired Hayao Miyazaki.

October 14, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


It’s Only the End of the World review: touching and explosive

All families are dysfunctional.

October 14, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


The Autopsy of Jane Doe review: masterful horror

After shocking us with the unmissable, one-of-a-kind Troll Hunter, Norwegian director André Øvredal has become a talent you want to keep a close eye on.

October 13, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


La La Land review: sure to be a classic

It’s satisfying just to see Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling tap dance whilst simultaneously looking for their cars on the gargantuan Hollywood Hills really, but this is far from the highlight of Damien Chazelle’s latest film.

October 7, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


My Scientology Movie review: Louis Theroux breaks the formula

Across his body of work as a documentarian, Louis Theroux has covered a vast array of topics, groups and points of view, but there have been two simple constants: first, his chosen method, to enter groups, families and organisations to get to know the people involved on a personal level; second, his utterly unshakeable politeness.

October 6, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


A United Kingdom review: unapologetically heartwarming

A United Kingdom is filled with moments of deep, brittle, and slow-burning tension, as it explores the intertwining of race, class, politics, and love, in a story based on true events in the years following the Second World War.

October 5, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


Their Finest review: a bittersweet wartime tale

This is another successful film from director Lone Scherfig (An Education), who has adapted Lissa Evans’s book Their Finest Hour and an Half with elegance and talent.

September 18, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


Sing review: marvellous musical medley

From the makers of Minions and Despicable Me, with a plot inspired whilst enjoying a pot of tea, comes the musical medley Sing.

September 15, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


Sour Grapes review: entertaining wine thriller

Sour Grapes screened as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016.

June 16, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


Behemoth review: ‘the most beautiful journey into hell’

Behemoth screened as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016.

June 16, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


Author: The JT LeRoy Story review: shallow literary doc

Author: The JT LeRoy Story screens as part of Sundance London 2016.

June 3, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


Wiener-Dog review: witty, acerbic, and strangely warm

Wiener-Dog screens as part of Sundance London 2016.

June 3, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


The Intervention review: frustratingly conventional

The Intervention screens as part of Sundance London 2016.

June 3, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


Tallulah review: thoughtful and powerful

Tallulah screens as part of Sundance London 2016.

June 2, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


Free Fire review: inventive fun

3Ben Wheatley has kept mostly to high concept fare in his films to date, but with BFI London Film Festival closer Free Fire he’s keeping things simple: 12 men (and woman), a lot of guns, a lot of money, and a single warehouse.

April 3, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


Ka Bodyscapes review: brimming with rebellion

Some films nudge boundaries and others push against them with abandon.

March 24, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview


Jayan Cherian interview: ‘India is in a historical freeze frame’

Documentarian Jayan Cherian’s debut fiction feature, Papilio Buddha, proved so controversial that it was banned in his native India, despite international acclaim.

March 24, 2016 | FestivalsFilmInterview


Carmin Tropical review: sun-dappled and bittersweet

Opening with a succession of family photos depicting a young man’s transition to young woman, Carmin Tropical is a meditative, slow-burn murder mystery set in south east Mexico’s Juchitan, starring José Pecina as Mabel, a muxe (third gender) woman returning to her hometown following her friend Dani’s murder.

March 23, 2016 | FestivalsFilmReview