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


‘The Big Sick’ review: as hilarious as it is moving

Not just the perfect antidote to blockbuster season but undoubtedly the feel good movie of the year, The Big Sick is the title to seek out this summer if you wish to be thoroughly entertained, crack some serious laughs and at the same time ponder over some rather important matters that affect our society.

July 27, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


‘Dunkirk’ review: “Very few filmmakers are as visionary and revolutionary as Mr. Nolan”

An unconventional summer blockbuster poised to become not just one of this year’s best films but probably a milestone in action filmmaking – Christopher Nolan’s latest opus is a cinematic accomplishment of Titanic (nod intended) proportions.

July 21, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ review: No more monkeying around!

The third prequel/reboot to 1968’s Planet of the Apes, rounds off the Caesar’s story while laying the path back to the original movie.

July 12, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


‘A Man Called Ove’ review: finds the real meaning of community

Ove Lindahl has laid out the plastic sheeting, set up the stool and even tied the noose.

July 3, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview