Rocketman: Elton John’s biopic is a musical and visual celebration

Director Dexter Fletcher dishes out the narrative in Rocketman possibly in the way that the real Elton John look back upon his past, arbitrarily recalling life moments through a hazy lens caused by years of inebriation, with a jumbled-up disregard to chronological order; both with personal life events and discography.

May 22, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview

John Wick 3: Ultra-cool, Ultra-violent

Keanu Reeves returns in another career-defining performance as the slick assassin in John Wick 3.

May 20, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview

The Hustle: Slapstick Comedy revels in silliness and bad accents

Déjà vu abounds in this remake of the 1981 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, this time starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson as a pair of con artists who battle for territory in the south of France.

May 13, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview

High Life: Mood over matter, Claire Denis’ sci-fi English speaking debut

In the opening shot of High Life, director Claire Denis juxtaposes a lush, green garden with the metallic interior glow of a spacecraft bound for a black hole – neatly foreshadowing the events that will unfold over the next two hours.

May 9, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview

Detective Pikachu: Pokemon fan fodder, but if you don’t know your Dragonite from your Charizard, you may feel left out

Pokémon has transcended generations in popular culture, spanning card games, video games, TV shows, animated films and now a live-action film; just like all the iterations before it, Detective Pikachu capitalises on the cuteness of its mascot and the escapist nature of the world.

May 7, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview

Long Shot: Charlize Theron excels in a mediocre rom-com

Jonathan Levine originally came out with some indie gems in the early part of the decade such as The Wackness and 50/50 but as his career trajectory became more prolific it ventured into the soporific, with cringeworthy outputs such as The Night Before, Snatched and now romantic comedy Long Shot.

May 6, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview

Life of Brian: Monty Python’s 40th Anniversary re-release

The 40thanniversary re-release of Monty Python’s Life of Brian over the bank holiday weekend invites in the public one more time to enjoy this quintessentially British classic.

May 3, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview

Mid 90s: Thoughtful, Sharp, Achingly Cool

For those of you who grew up in the nineties it’s quite possible you recall such wonderful gems as the MaccyD merchandise from the original Jurassic Park film.

April 12, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview

A Deal With the Universe: A journey into Trans. parenthood

A Deal With the Universe is a documentary made by a transgender filmmaker, focused on a transgender man’s story.

April 9, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview

The Haunting of Sharon Tate: Hilary Duff brings 00s nostalgia to a lacklustre horror thriller

Audiences get the chance to see Hilary Duff (the original queen of Disney Channel, currently starring in TV’s Younger) in a new light as she takes on her first horror role in the new indie film The Haunting of Sharon Tate.

April 8, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview

Shazam!: Emotional family drama disguised as a charming superhero comedy

When orphan Billy Batson says the name ‘Shazam’ he is transformed from teenager to superhero adult, using his powers just as a child would, enjoying himself rather than fighting crime.

April 7, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview

Happy As Lazzro: A charmed & twisted modern day fable

Writer/ director Alice Rohrwacher is carving herself out to be an imminent and unique film-maker of the Italian but also the independent world cinema.

April 5, 2019 | Film + EntertainmentReview

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