First Look: Capernaum

Set in the rough streets of Beirut, Nadine Labaki has written and directed a marvellous film dealing with all the grim realities of child poverty and neglect.

December 8, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentFirst LookReview


TIDES: A dreary mockumentary canal boat holiday drama

A group of four friends get together on a narrow boat holiday, boozily cruising the South East countryside’s ducts and locks, where over the course boundaries come down to reveal their middle-age discontent.

December 6, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Shoplifters: Hiokazu Koreeda gives us this year’s most charmingly bittersweet story

Admittedly I was sacrilegiously unaware of Hirokazu Koreeda’s previous work, before Shoplifters came along into my awareness after winning the Palme D’or at Cannes last June.

November 30, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Wreck-it Ralph 2: Kids focused sequel sees Ralph and Vanellope take on the internet

Technology has always allowed advances in cinema, whether that be through storytelling or graphics, here the two meet as Ralph and Vanellope traverse the internet.

November 29, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Suspiria: Luca Guadagnino’s sorcerous visual extravaganza

Susie Bannion (played brilliantly by Dakota Johnson) is drawn to mid 70s Berlin to audition for a world-renowned dance company.

November 28, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Disobedience: Lesbian love blossoms in a monotone Orthodox Jewish Community

Hot on the trails of his Oscar winning film A Fantastic Woman, Chilean director Sebastian Lelio returns with Disobedience, a simmering, dark romance that tackles themes of isolation, sexuality and freedom within the Orthodox Jewish community.

November 26, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Assassination Nation: Full-blown Hysteria in small-town America

Assassination Nation is unabashedly intense – and this is both its strength and downfall; the factor that could either draw you in or put you off.

November 21, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


I Think We’re Alone Now: Low fi post apocalyptic drama hits the spot

A dishevelled American flag lightly sways in the breeze over a post-apocalyptic village scene, situated along the Hudson River.

November 19, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Franchise’s sophomore is pure fan indulgence

Set six months after the previous Fantastic Beasts film, the audience is quickly thrust into the action with the introduction of Grindelwald.

November 16, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Dead In A Week (Or Your Money Back): Noir comedy is neither dark or funny

Dead in a week (or your money back) is set against the grey streets of South London, where our lead William (Aneurin Barnard) aims to kill himself.

November 15, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Halloween : A tame reboot of horror’s most successful franchise

After over-dosing on bucket loads of candy coupled with a fair few pints of beer at the Halloween (2018) inspired press screening of its latest instalment, I was hoping my intoxication would help take the edge off a bit.

October 23, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


A Star Is Born: Lady Gaga’s channels Barbara Streisand in her finest moment

A film starring Lady Gaga is bound to generate some hype around a movie, as is currently the case with ‘A Star Is Born’ a befitting role as singer-songwriter Ally who meets and falls in love with troubled, alcoholic country star Jackson Maine played by Bradley Cooper, who also directs in possibly a career best.

September 27, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Matangi/ Maya/ M.I.A. : Dogwoof documentary detaling the life of singer/ artist/ activist M.I.A.

Coming out though documentary purveyors Dogwoof the documentary Matangi/ Maya/ MIA details the life of singer, artist, activist’s Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam colourful if tumultuous journey from refugee to pop stardom.

September 25, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


A Simple Favour: Gone girl goes funny in macabre, entertaining thriller

Following the recent trend set by Gone Girl in 2014, to have a mystery around the plot of a missing woman case, A Simple Favour sets itself apart by leaning into the comedy and dark humour that its’ leads Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively excel at.

September 21, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Climax: Gaspar Noe excels in pulsating, drug fuelled horror trip

Described by its own director as influenced by Ken Russell’s infamous The Devils (1971), Gaspar Noe’s Climax (2018) is exemplarily of what makes the director such a controversially perceived director; sex, drugs, evocative images.

September 19, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


TIFF 2018: Where Hands Touch

You know those kinds of movies where you become acquainted with strangers sitting around you, because no one can help but gasp aloud or keep words from escaping their mouths? Introducing,Where Hands Touch by writer and director Amma Asante.

September 17, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Yardie – Idris Elba’s solid if patchy directorial debut

Idris Elba’s solid directorial debut shows he should probably direct as well as star in the next Bond.

September 10, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Cold War – Pawel Pawlowski’s enchantingly gorgeous post-war Polish love story

Director Pawel Pawlowski is Poland’s first ever Oscar winner for his eerily mesmerising road movie Ida.

September 6, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


The Seagull – Rickety adaptation of Chekov’s play saved by impressive cast

Konstantin Stanislavski’s production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1898 is one of the most important events in theatre history.

September 5, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Coming-of-age Gay Conversion Drama hits the mark

Based on the novel of the same name, director Desiree Akhavan brings a startling coming-of-age story to life, set in an early 90s gay conversion camp, the second film this year to tackle the injustice (Boy Erased comes out later this year).

September 3, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentReview


LFF2017: Journeyman

If I’m critical of Journeyman, Paddy Considine’s sophomore directing effort, then it’s because I expect more from him.

October 24, 2017 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview