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 | FestivalsFilmReview

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 | FestivalsFilmInterviewReview

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 | FestivalsFilmReview

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 | FestivalsFilmReview

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 | FestivalsFilmReview

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 | FestivalsFilmReview

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 | FestivalsFilmReview

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 | FestivalsFilmReview

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 | FestivalsFilmReview

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 | FestivalsFilmReview

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 | FestivalsFilmReview

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 | FestivalsFilmReview

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 | FestivalsFilmReview

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 | FestivalsFilmReview

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 | FestivalsFilmReview

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 | FestivalsFilmReview

East End Film Festival: Atlantic

The haunting sounds of Fettah’s voice informing Wisal of the upcoming surf, draw us into the opening montage of Atlantic.

July 12, 2015 | FestivalsFilmReview

East End Film Festival: Norfolk

The grainy, handheld opening shots of Norfolk indicate immediately that the next 83 minutes are going to be deeply unsettling.

July 10, 2015 | FestivalsFilmReview

East End Film Festival: Astraea

Appropriately, it was the hottest July week on record when I headed down to Whitechapel’s Genesis Cinema for an apocalyptic double bill as part of the East End Film Festival.

July 10, 2015 | FestivalsFilmReview

East End Film Festival: Soft Lad

Actor Leon Lopez writes and directs his debut feature Soft Lad but unfortunately this British indie flick doesn’t quite deliver on its potentially interesting premise, instead opting to play safe leaving us with a cliché and soap-like feel.

July 9, 2015 | FestivalsFilmReview