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Year: 2018

The best of 2018: Our films of the year

There can be little doubt that 2018 gave cinephiles one of the most diverse and exciting years of the new millennium. It was a year that produced such rich satires as Sorry to Bother You, BlackKklansman and Make Me Up, and where one of the most beloved films explored the intersectionality of ethnicity, class and memory through the story of an […]

Film Review: Mary Poppins Returns

★★★★☆ “Grown ups forget, they always do,” says Emily Blunt as practically perfect Mary Poppins at the beginning of Mary Poppins Returns. While Jane and Michael Banks (Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw), now adults facing the repossession of their childhood home in the midst of The Great Slump, may have forgotten to look for magic in the world, fans […]

The best counting cards films of all time

Playing casino games is all about winning, isn’t it? There’s the element of fun, of course, but for many of us, it’s the thought of winning huge sums of money that drives us to casinos. With card games, there’s a particular technique that some players use to give themselves an edge. This technique is known as card counting and […]

Film Review: The Last Movie

★★★☆☆ The Last Movie, the classic “lost” film from Dennis Hopper, is a postmodern muddle containing occasional flashes of brilliance, but those moments alone can’t light-up a dated story which reeks a little too much of creative self-indulgence. As far as directorial debuts go, it doesn’t get much better than Easy Rider: a film which proved so lucrative for its […]

DVD Review: Kusama – Infinity

★★★☆☆ Kusama – Infinity delves into the life and work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama tracing her story from a period of early ambition and rebelliousness which took her to the US and saw her surviving in a brutally competitive, sexist and racist art world through her dejected move back to Japan, to eventual end-career recognition. Director Heather Lenz […]

Film Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

★★★★☆ No costumed crime fighter has been rebooted and re-imagined more times than Spider-Man, so we might be forgiven for sighing at the prospect of yet another iteration of old web head. Yet this animated feature spins an entirely fresh and innovative yarn with new hero Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) donning Spidey’s duds. The result is easily the best Spider-Man […]

Film Review: The Old Man & the Gun

★★★★☆ Director David Lowery’s latest is based on the real-life shenanigans of Forrest Tucker, played here by Hollywood great Robert Redford, and his aging ‘Over the Hill Gang’. Tucker’s gang robbed a series of banks in the 1980s, but rather than making a straight crime flick, The Old Man & the Gun merges genre cinema with a deeply felt and […]

Film Review: Creed II

★★★☆☆ After winning the World Heavyweight Championship under the fatherly tutelage of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), Adonis ‘Donny’ Creed (Michael B. Jordan) faces a new threat in the shape of Viktor (Romanian boxer Florian Munteanu), son of Ivan Drago – who thirty years ago killed Adonis’ father in the ring. Ryan Coogler’s Rocky revamp Creed surprised everyone in 2015 by being the […]

Film Review: Disobedience

★★★☆☆ Hot from the success of A Fantastic Woman, Chilean director Sebastián Lelio returns with the sexually charged, emotionally restrained Disobedience. Rachels Weisz and McAdams star in this tale of forbidden love and community proscription, yet Lelio’s film exhibits a level of visual artistry far above typically bland awards bait. Ronit Krushka (Weisz) is working as a photographer in New York when […]

Film Review: Three Identical Strangers

★★★★☆ Tim Wardle engagingly recounts the fascinating story of a set of triplets who were separated at birth and reunited through coincidence when they were 19. The telling however slowly takes a darker turn as facts around the original separation are probed and frightening truths about science and human intent come to the surface. Three Identical Strangers begins by […]

Film Review: Ralph Breaks the Internet

★★★★☆ Where Wreck-It Ralph focused on the highs and lows of arcades games, specifically relating to the characters who inhabit them, their lives and individual crises, its sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet lurches forward, opening the world up exponentially as the arcade in which our heroes reside is plugged into the web. The plot sparks to life when the steering […]

Film Review: Anna and the Apocalypse

★★☆☆☆ When Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg created the zom-rom-com in 2004 with their beloved Shaun of the Dead, even they couldn’t have envisioned just how many genre mash-ups could have been spun from the walking dead. Since then we’ve had further high-octane comedies (Zombieland), a heart-rending father and daughter yarn (Maggie), YA romance (Warm Bodies) and even a […]