Film reviews and more

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Criterion Review: A Raisin in the Sun

★★★★★ Based on Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play of the same name, David Petrie’s A Raisin in the Sun is at once a searing, affirming and defiant portrayal of race, poverty and frustrated aspiration in America. Headlined with a barnstorming performance from Sidney Poitier, […]

Film Review: Shoplifters

★★★★☆ Often compared in his distinctly Japanese minimalism to legendary compatriot Ozu, Hirokazu Kore-eda is a filmmaker whose graceful yet unfussy style contrasts with the knotty themes he has made it his trademark to tackle. Kore-eda’s films are dedicated to […]

Film Review: Assassination Nation

★★★★★ Set in modern-day Salem, the events of Assassination Nation bear more than a passing resemblance to the town’s infamous hysterical witch-hunting history, even if heroine Lily’s (Odessa Young) claim that this is a true story has a whiff of “fake […]

Radioactive superheros: superpowers or death?

Comic book fans around the world have been truly spoilt in the last few years, with so many Marvel and DC heroes hitting the big screen. We’ve been saturated in superhero origin stories, building up to until-now unheard-of cinematic universes […]

Ranking the fashion sense of James Bond supervillains

When you hear a story about the most fashionable frontmen in films, everyone’s favourite Double-Oh agent might spring to mind. From Sean Connery sporting his own tailor’s handiwork to the Italian made-to-measure Brioni suits on Daniel Craig, James Bond is […]

Film Review: The Workshop

★★★☆☆ Alexei Sayle once cautioned that you should never enter a workshop that doesn’t have a vice in it. French writer-director Laurent Cantet’s new film The Workshop soon reveals that though it’s not that kind of workshop, he is still […]