Benjamin: Brave, hilarious, fresh… Amstell excels with his theatrical debut

We have seen a fair few British comedians direct feature films recently (Matt Holness, Stephen Merchant, Joe Cornish).

March 15, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Border: Exceptional and twisted, Swedish folk horror hits the spot

I am trying to refrain myself from using the word ‘dystopian’ to describe Ali Abbasi’s leftfield indie Border, but no other word is more befitting to explain a world carbon copy to ours with the slightest difference being the existence of humanoid looking trolls.

March 13, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Captain Marvel: Feels more like a pit-stop to main event, Avengers – End Game

Since production began on Marvel’s first female-led superhero film, there have been agonising comments over whether the film would succeed or fail.

March 11, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Ray and Liz: Making light of dark pasts while mining them for art

For his feature film debut, Turner prize nominated artist and photographer Richard Billingham shapes a striking, disquieting dive into his childhood memoirs, based on a previously published set of photographs, Ray’s a Laugh (1996).

March 4, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Serenity: Sun-filled thriller misses the mark

Steven Knight (Locke, Peaky Blinders) takes several risks as writer and director of this film, stretching his talents into this sun-filled thriller that misses the mark that others have achieved so well.

March 3, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Piercing: Tantalising, violent, beautifully-presented thriller leaves you hungry for more

Piercing reveals itself less the comedy of terrors suggested by the film’s trailer and more a surreal meditation on human desire.

February 25, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Candid Visits: Maradiva Resort, Mauritius

There are many world-class resorts that claim to deliver the ultimate in luxury and relaxation, particularly in the Indian Ocean, but how do you sort out the pretenders from the champions? A study of the iconic Maradiva Villa Resorts in Mauritius might give us a clue on what to expect from a truly exceptional hotel.

February 25, 2019 | Hotels & SpasLifestyleReview


Two for Joy: Family drama proves heavy going but poignant

Aisha’s husband passed away some time ago and having not dealt with her grief, we find her in an un-healthy daily pattern of being curled up in a duvet ball, in bed and in deep depression, unable to face normality.

February 21, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Old Boys: Breezy, 80s set, boarding school saunter that sees geeks and sports brutes confuse lust with true love

Film-makers Hal Ashby and Bill Forsythe are whipped with the élans of Wes and Lindsay Anderson for this Brit indie debut from director Toby MacDonald.

February 19, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Jellyfish: Indie seaside drama hits the spot

Newbie director/ writer James Garner zooms in the struggle of young teenager Sarah Taylor (Liv Hill) having to take on burdens far beyond her age.

February 18, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Lego Movie 2: Funny, Creative, but no longer original, maybe it’s time to retire the bricks for a while

Despite having the tagline ‘The second one’ this is actually the fourth Lego movie in the franchise, though it follows on directly from the first film.

February 8, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Boy Erased: Faith And Love Collide In Gay conversion Drama

Last week a prominent conversion therapy campaigner David Matheson, came out as gay after spending decades coaching countless people back into the closet.

February 7, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Alita: Battle Angle – Action packed adventures in Anime

Based on the manga and anime of the same name, this passion-project for producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez delivers a film which honours the style of Japanese anime, right down to the over-sized eyes of Alita.

February 6, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


A Private War: Rosamund Pike excels in a shallow biopic

The distinction within journalism is sharply illustrated here in the biographical story of Marie Colvin, a war correspondent for The Times.

February 4, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


If Beale Street Could Talk: A beautifully tale of young love torn apart by hate

If Beale Street Could Talk is director Barry Jenkins’ third film, taking on the titular novel by James Baldwin.

February 4, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Love Sonia: Sex traffic drama is insightful but ultimately flawed

Tabrez Noorani boasts an impressive IMDB page with producing credits for the likes of Slum Dog Millionaire, Life Of Pi, Lion and the first season of Netflix show Sense 8.

January 27, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Vice: A stylish tale of political ambition and comedic brilliance

Adam McKay may just be starting a cult following in developing films which are high on factual accuracy yet also comedy.

January 22, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Destroyer: Kidman excels in gritty cop thriller

Destroyer is a character driven story, told in non-chronological order, set around Nicole Kidman’s bad-cop Erin Dell.

January 19, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Stan & Ollie: Charmingly funny biopic of Hollywood’s most famous comedy duo

Midway through Stan & Ollie, the titular comedy duo lament that nobody is going to the movies anymore, that people would much rather stay home in front of their television sets than go to the cinema.

January 11, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Happy New Year Colin Burstead: Domestic dramedy is amusing but we’ve seen it all before

Ben Wheatley diverts thematically with Happy New Year Colin Burstead, tackling less sombre terrain; a New Year’s Eve gathering opens a Pandora’s box of mayhem.

December 26, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview