Film reviews and more

Month: May 2017

DVD Review: George Best: All By Himself

Advertisements ★★★★☆ It’s hard to be objective about George Best. Growing up in the 1970s, Best came to us less as a footballer and more as a cautionary tale. He was a tragi-comic hero of Faustian […]

Experience Casino Royale with a live orchestra

Advertisements Casino Royale is widely regarded as one of the most famous casino movies. In fact, you could even say it’s one of the most iconic casino movies of all time. It introduced us to Daniel […]

Cannes 2017: The Square, Palme d’Or winner

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund first achieved international acclaim with his withering wintry take on middle-class masculinity in Force Majeure, causing quite a stir when it showed three years ago here in the Un Certain […]

Film Review: L’Amant Double

Advertisements ★★☆☆☆ Prolific French director François Ozon returns to UK screens with his slightly camp psychological thriller L’Amant Double (The Double Lover), a kind of Fifty Shades of Dead Ringers. But will it be pegged back by […]

Film Review: In the Fade

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ Head On and Soul Kitchen director Fatih Akin returns to UK cinemas this week with In the Fade, a solid courtroom/revenge drama elevated by a superb performance – acting for the first time in a German […]

Cannes 2017: The Day After review

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ With a director as prolific as South Korea’s Hong Sang-soo, it’s not particularly surprising that he has two films showing at Cannes this year: Claire’s Camera, a colourful novella of a movie starring Isabelle […]

Film Review: War Machine

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ Satire comes in two modes: Juvenalian – harsh, critical and in service of a serious point – and Horatian – light, humorous and affectionate. In attempting to do both, David Michôd’s War Machine doesn’t […]

Film Review: The Red Turtle

Advertisements ★★★★★ The Red Turtle is an animated dream, a transcendent work of beautiful, heart-rending art from Studio Ghibli and Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit that features no dialogue but speaks volumes of humanity, an […]

Film Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ Outside of Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pirates of the Caribbean is one of Disney’s most successful franchises, amassing millions at the worldwide box office over four films. Thirteen years after the […]

Film Review: The Other Side of Hope

Advertisements ★★★★☆ Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope is a funny, heartfelt story about the Syrian refugee crisis that’s not dissimilar to the Finnish director’s Le Havre: a compassionate comedy about the experiences of an […]

Cannes 2017: I Am Not a Witch review

Advertisements ★★★★☆ The debut from Welsh-Zambian director Rungano Nyoni, I Am Not a Witch created quite the stir on premiering in Cannes. It’s the tale of a young orphan girl played by nine-year-old Maggie Mulubwa, who […]

Film Review: I Am Not Madame Bovary

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. However, in Xiaogang Feng’s I Am Not Madame Bovary, amid bouts of understandable fury, it’s more an overwhelming sense of aggrieved betrayal that drives Li Xuelian […]

Film Review: Detour

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ Detour is not exactly a remake of the 1945 film noir of the same name, but in making explicit reference to that film more than once, certainly owes it a debt of gratitude. Indeed, […]

Film Review: Good Time

Advertisements ★★★☆☆ Robert Pattinson has done his damnedest to lose the fangs from his Twilight fame. Indie credentials have been the crux of the process with the likes of Cosmopolis, Maps of the Stars and The Rover. […]

Cannes 2017: A Gentle Creature review

Advertisements ★★☆☆☆ Sergei Loznitsa first came to prominence with 2012’s In the Fog, a powerful drama of guilt and suspicion. His new film A Gentle Creature is loosely based on a Dostoyevsky short story and is […]