Tallulah review: thoughtful and powerful

Tallulah screens as part of Sundance London 2016.

June 2, 2016 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


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 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


Ka Bodyscapes review: brimming with rebellion

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

March 24, 2016 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


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 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentInterview


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 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


The Pass review: simple but powerful

It’s easy to see why The Pass was selected to open this year’s BFI Flare LGBT Film Festival.

March 17, 2016 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


Stephen Dunn interview: breaking Closet Monster out of the LGBTQ ghetto

One of the most interesting debuts that screened at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, it’d be rather diminishing to reduce Closet Monster to yet another coming-out-coming-of-age-tale.

October 25, 2015 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentInterviewReview


Steve Jobs review: stylish but self-aggrandizing biopic

Windows devotees will find much to appreciate in Steve Jobs – slick, stylish and ultimately devoid of much substance, it has much in common with Apple products as described by their fiercest critics.

October 18, 2015 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


Carol review: sumptuous but emotionally empty romance

At times during Carol, Todd Haynes’ film adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel, Rooney Mara strikingly recalls Audrey Hepburn.

October 14, 2015 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


My Skinny Sister review: tender eating disorder drama

My Skinny Sister tells the story of a teenage girl who discovers her older sister, whom she admires, has an eating disorder.

October 14, 2015 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


The Lobster review: a precise and hilarious satire

The Lobster is the bold, striking English-language debut of Greek satirist Yorgos Lanthimos.

October 13, 2015 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


The Witch review: taut, stylish, vicious horror

The Salem Witch Trials were a shocking demonstration of what happens when fear and suspicion run rampant.

October 12, 2015 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


Room review: harrowing and exquisite

What do you tell a child born into captivity, confined to a garden shed with ‘Ma’, denied access to the outside world, to all human contact beyond his mother and his captor? For Brie Larson in the astonishing Room, you make sure that he doesn’t even know there’s a world to miss out on.

October 11, 2015 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


High-Rise review: a frustrating, fragmented failure

Acclaimed British director has once again brought his stylistic heft to bear in this adaptation of JG Ballard’s 1975 novel of the same name, but beneath the striking visuals and unsettling tone, there’s frustratingly little of substance.

October 9, 2015 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


In Jackson Heights review: a celebration of strength through community

Frederick Wiseman’s fascination with institutions and social structure continues with his latest, a documentary about the Queens neighbourhood of Jackson Heights.

October 9, 2015 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


Remainder review: an ambitious, complex adaptation

Despite Tom McCarthy’s novel Remainder being deeply entrenched in visuals, it seemed a significant challenge to translate his elusively brilliant ideas into cinematic form.

October 9, 2015 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


Men and Chicken review: truly weird but not especially wonderful

For the first half hour of Anders Thomas Jensen’s Men and Chicken, I was relaxing into the idea that what we had on our hands was Step Brothers Danish-style: a slapstick exploration of family discord and resolution with an aesthetic less apple-pie and more Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

October 8, 2015 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


Suffragette review: a timely, powerful feminist story

Despite being set over a hundred years ago, Suffragette is a timely film, with the message that when the most vulnerable in society are continually belittled and ignored by those with privilege and power, something has to give.

October 7, 2015 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


Grandma review: a spotlight performance for Lily Tomlin

Although American Pie put him on the map, it’s interesting that writer/director Paul Weitz’s biggest critical success to date is About a Boy, a cross-generational friendship tale full of charm and, some might argue, carefully controlled schmaltz.

October 7, 2015 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


Beasts of No Nation review: a political classic in the making

Netflix has grown remarkably from its original online streaming days, producing its own shows and now movies.

October 7, 2015 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview


The Club review: an unflinching examination of abuse

This strong fifth film from Chilean director Pablo Larraín is an unflinching examination of the influence of the Catholic Church and its role in covering up the many and varied offences of its members.

October 7, 2015 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview