Film reviews and more

Day: 19 October 2016

Film Review: Sonita

★★★☆☆ There are two concurrent and intertwining stories playing out in Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s irresistible, crowd-pleasing documentary Sonita. The main event is the tale of the eponymous teenager, an Afghan immigrant in Tehran with dreams of being the next Rihanna. […]

Film Review: Queen of Katwe

★★★★☆ Even those with a limited knowledge of the game of chess will know that the queen rules the roost. Making an astonishing acting debut, the strongest piece of Mira Nair’s joyous Queen of Katwe is Madina Nalwanga. Playing Ugandan […]

Film Review: In Pursuit of Silence

★★★☆☆ One summer evening in 1952 in Woodstock, New York, a pianist sat down at a piano and didn’t play it for four minutes and thirty-three seconds. The audience were furious and the composer and pianist were even threatened. The […]

Film Review: I, Daniel Blake

★★★★☆ Following the disappointing period dalliance of Jimmy’s Hall, Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning I, Daniel Blake is something of a return to form. It stands as a succinct and furious raging against the dying of the light, or more accurately […]