BFI Flare: Part 2 of our round-up from London’s LGBT film festival

London’s leading LGBT film festival BFI Flare, now in its 31st edition, runs from the 16th – 26th March, featuring classic and contemporary cinema from across the globe.

March 24, 2017 | FilmReview

All This Panic review: the mystery of sex, school politics, and annoying parents

Filmmakers needn’t submerge themselves in so-called “gritty” subject matter to make their work relevant – far from it.

March 24, 2017 | FilmReview

The Age of Shadows review: brutal gun battles and political intrigue

Perhaps best known for I Saw the Devil and The Good, the Bad and the Weird, director Kim Jee-Woon follows 2013’s The Last Stand with a wartime thriller set during the Japanese occupation of Korea.

March 23, 2017 | FilmReview

BFI Flare: Part 1 of our round-up from London’s LGBT film festival

London’s leading LGBT film festival BFI Flare, now in its 31st edition, runs from the 16th – 26th March, featuring classic and contemporary cinema from across the globe.

March 21, 2017 | FilmReview

Aquarius review: a time-tested, well-observed drama

Those familiar with Cannes selection of dramas will know it tends to skew toward simple narratives told in a realistic tone with great emotional depth.

March 21, 2017 | FilmReviewUncategorized

The Eyes of the Mother review: a stylized low-key horror feast

The debut feature from director Nicolas Pesce is a stylized low-key horror feast that manages to suggest volumes by showing very little on screen.

March 21, 2017 | FilmReviewUncategorized

Interview: Screenwriter Paul Laverty talks about his new film The Olive Tree and the international response he’s received to I, Daniel Blake

Across his body of work, longtime Ken Loach collaborator and I, Daniel Blake writer, Paul Laverty has taken time to explore marginalised and often maligned people, prying apart the headlines of the right wing press and fighting back by creating people-centric counter narratives.

March 20, 2017 | FilmReviewReview

Don’t Knock Twice review: ghostly goings-on and convoluted twists

Following up 2013’s The Machine, Caradog James turns his directorial talents once more to low-budget genre fare in Don’t Knock Twice; a suitably spooky supernatural horror starring Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackoff.

March 20, 2017 | FilmReview

Mum’s List review: Terminal illness films are ten a penny but some really hit home

These days it feels like romantic dramas about people with terminal illnesses are ten-a-penny.

March 19, 2017 | FilmReview

Beauty and the Beast review: all of 1991’s charm and romance returns

Since 2014’s Maleficent, the trend for live-action remakes of animated Disney classics has, for better or for worse, persevered.

March 18, 2017 | FilmReview

Personal Shopper review: Kristen Stewart’s newest combines high fashion with supernatural scares

  Director Olivier Assayas new feature Personal Shopper, much like its predecessor Clouds of Sils Maria, finds Kristen Stewart in an assistant role.

March 16, 2017 | FilmReview

Elle review: Huppert brings another compelling protagonist to screen

Elle’s opening credits make that comfortable seat you’re in, a wasted fluffed up effort.

March 9, 2017 | FilmReview

Kong: Skull Island review: “the umpteenth film about the monstrous king ape”

Kong: Skull Island, the umpteenth film about the monstrous king ape, is part of the Legendary Entertainment franchise that includes Gareth Edward’s 2014 film Godzilla.

March 7, 2017 | FilmReview

Certain Women review: short stories to the big screen with a faultless simplicity

When Catcher in the Rye’s Holden Caulfield says something just about killed him, he could’ve been talking about Reichardt’s films.

March 2, 2017 | FilmReview

Trespass Against Us review: Fassbender flexes his acting muscles but a flimsy script disappoints

Low-key, gangster indie Trespass Against Us centres around a group of Irish travellers with a criminal bent.

March 1, 2017 | FilmReview

Interview: Director Juanjo Giménez on his Oscar Nominated Short Film ‘Timecode’

Dance and musical are a big theme at this year’s Oscars with La La Land touted for numerous awards.

February 25, 2017 | FilmReview

Interview: Director Kristóf Deák talks about his Oscar Winning Short Film ‘Sing’

Simplistic in narrative but wholly complex in its emotion and effect, Kristóf Deák’s Sing is that rare kind of inspirational film, short or not, that lifts audiences right out of their daily lives.

February 24, 2017 | FilmReview

A cure for wellness review: The sickness is business, and Dane’s got it bad.

Ruthless, ambitious and heartless, Dane DeHaan plays Lockhart, a corporate financier tasked with retrieving a rogue colleague who’s turned his back on the material world to instead seek…A Cure For Wellness.

February 24, 2017 | FilmReview

Interview: Director Sélim Azzazi on his Oscar nominated short ‘Ennemis Intérieurs’

Ennemis intérieurs is of the year’s most vital surprises.

February 23, 2017 | FilmReview

Interview: Director Anna Rose Holmer talks her new film ‘The Fits’

In anybody else’s hands The Fits carefully thematic balancing act of the uncertainty and disorientation of early adolescence might not have worked.

February 23, 2017 | FilmReview

Interview: Patriot’s Day Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese

Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese of Watertown Police never expected to find himself on a Hollywood film set alongside Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon and director Peter Berg.

February 22, 2017 | FilmReview