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

LFF2017: Casting

Casting is a German indie that we stumbled across at this year’s LFF and were pleasantly surprised.

October 23, 2017 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview

LFF2017: Dark River

Clio Barnard’s follow-up to 2013’s brilliant The Selfish Giant is another Yorkshire-set drama but a wholly different beast.

October 22, 2017 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview

LFF2017: Redoubtable

Jean-Luc Godard has called this – an account of his marriage to Anne Wiazemsky, based on her autobiographical novel, Un an après – a “stupid, stupid idea.

October 19, 2017 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview

LFF2017: Apostasy

Apostasy, a moving drama about the Christian sect Jehovah’s Witness, proved a highlight for me at this year’s LFF.

October 19, 2017 | FestivalsFilm + EntertainmentReview

LFF2017: Beast

The feature début from British director Michael Pearce is a thriller that relies – perhaps unusually – very heavily on emotion.

October 17, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview

LFF2017: You Were Never Really Here

One of the most indelible moments of cinema this year is surely the CCTV image of Joaquin Phoenix chasing a naked man out of a bedroom and smashing him to a pulp with a hammer.

October 16, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview

LFF2017: The Meyerowitz Stories

Noah Baumbach breaks the mould with a talky drama about a family of Jewish intellectuals, creatives and misfits.

October 14, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview

Dina: Beautiful and raw documentary about very ordinary lives

The narrative of documentaries has always been to produce something as close as possible to real life; a filmmaker will be limited by the amount of footage they can show and the essence of a person or their story they can convey in the footage captured.

October 10, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview

‘On The Road’: Winterbottom’s tour bus movie proves disappointing

On paper, Michael Winterbottom’s new film On the Road sounds promising.

October 2, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview

‘The Glass Castle’: A worthwhile emotional intense journey but fails to live up to its book’s success.

In 2013 indie darling Short Term 12 starring Brie Larson, put Maui-native filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton on the Hollywood map as the new major talent to watch.

September 28, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Following on from the success of the first film, its no surprise we get a sequel.

September 22, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview

‘IT’ Review – “part of the pop culture zeitgeist”

Whether or not you’re a true aficionado of the master of terror, it’s unlikely you’re not familiar with one of Stephen King’s most famous literary creations.

September 9, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview

‘Logan Lucky’ – “old school heist movie with a huge heart and a brilliant cast”

It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Steven Soderbergh back on the silver screen.

August 25, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview

‘Tom of Finland’ review: a flimsy, sensationalist funfair that doesn’t satisfy

Tom of Finland’s wholesome, muscular men with cheeky grins and impressive erections, illustrating countless gay sexual fantasies in the numerous guises of bikers, sailors, lumberjacks and even Nazi soldiers have courted the gay culture for many decades.

August 18, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview

‘A Ghost Story’ review: a gripping supernatural Rubik’s cube

This year’s prize for mind-bending originality goes to David Lowery’s A Ghost Story.

August 12, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview