Clash review: pulls the audience into the conflict and leaves them there

Fans of Egyptian director Mohamed Diab will be aware of his previous work Cairo 678 and his contemporary take on Egyptian culture and society.

April 23, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki review: a focus on simplicity and its joyous place in the world

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki is the latest feature length offering from acclaimed Finnish writer/director Juho Kuosmanen.

April 23, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


The Sense of an Ending review: stunning performances from veteran actors

The Sense of an Ending hits the ground running with its leading cast.

April 23, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Fast and Furious 8 review: spectacular spectacles and silly fun

The Fast and Furious franchise has continued to entertain way beyond its shelf-life, stretching out into the niche of spectacular spectacles and silly fun.

April 12, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


I Am Not Your Negro: Interview with Director Raoul Peck

I Am Not Your Negro is an intimate telling of the American Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of one of its greatest figureheads; renowned activist and author James Baldwin.

April 11, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


City of Tiny Lights review: Riz Ahmed shines bright

In the world’s current political climate, Independent film – specifically ones that give representation to marginalised communities and themes – is more necessary than ever.

April 8, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


All These Sleepless Nights review: a beautiful though broadly irksome chronicle of self-absorbed youth

Polish director-cinematographer Michal Marczak ascends to Malickean heights of oneiricism in this beautiful though broadly irksome chronicle of self-absorbed youth.

March 30, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Ghost in the Shell review: moments of humanity in a chaotic mechanical world

Nearly 30 years after the original manga series, and over 20 years after the animated film, it’s striking how potent the world of Ghost in the Shell remains.

March 29, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Neruda review: far from a poetic revelation

Touted as a biographical drama, Pablo Larraín’s Neruda avoids being a cradle to grave account.

March 27, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


BFI Flare: Part 2 of our round-up from London’s LGBT film festival

London’s leading LGBT film festival BFI Flare, now in its 31st edition, runs from the 16th – 26th March, featuring classic and contemporary cinema from across the globe.

March 24, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


All This Panic review: the mystery of sex, school politics, and annoying parents

Filmmakers needn’t submerge themselves in so-called “gritty” subject matter to make their work relevant – far from it.

March 24, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


The Age of Shadows review: brutal gun battles and political intrigue

Perhaps best known for I Saw the Devil and The Good, the Bad and the Weird, director Kim Jee-Woon follows 2013’s The Last Stand with a wartime thriller set during the Japanese occupation of Korea.

March 23, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


BFI Flare: Part 1 of our round-up from London’s LGBT film festival

London’s leading LGBT film festival BFI Flare, now in its 31st edition, runs from the 16th – 26th March, featuring classic and contemporary cinema from across the globe.

March 21, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Aquarius review: a time-tested, well-observed drama

Those familiar with Cannes selection of dramas will know it tends to skew toward simple narratives told in a realistic tone with great emotional depth.

March 21, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReviewUncategorized


The Eyes of the Mother review: a stylized low-key horror feast

The debut feature from director Nicolas Pesce is a stylized low-key horror feast that manages to suggest volumes by showing very little on screen.

March 21, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReviewUncategorized


Interview: Screenwriter Paul Laverty talks about his new film The Olive Tree and the international response he’s received to I, Daniel Blake

Across his body of work, longtime Ken Loach collaborator and I, Daniel Blake writer, Paul Laverty has taken time to explore marginalised and often maligned people, prying apart the headlines of the right wing press and fighting back by creating people-centric counter narratives.

March 20, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReviewReview


Don’t Knock Twice review: ghostly goings-on and convoluted twists

Following up 2013’s The Machine, Caradog James turns his directorial talents once more to low-budget genre fare in Don’t Knock Twice; a suitably spooky supernatural horror starring Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackoff.

March 20, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Mum’s List review: Terminal illness films are ten a penny but some really hit home

These days it feels like romantic dramas about people with terminal illnesses are ten-a-penny.

March 19, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Beauty and the Beast review: all of 1991’s charm and romance returns

Since 2014’s Maleficent, the trend for live-action remakes of animated Disney classics has, for better or for worse, persevered.

March 18, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Personal Shopper review: Kristen Stewart’s newest combines high fashion with supernatural scares

  Director Olivier Assayas new feature Personal Shopper, much like its predecessor Clouds of Sils Maria, finds Kristen Stewart in an assistant role.

March 16, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview


Elle review: Huppert brings another compelling protagonist to screen

Elle’s opening credits make that comfortable seat you’re in, a wasted fluffed up effort.

March 9, 2017 | Film + EntertainmentReview