Film reviews and more

Month: July 2018

Criterion Review: F for Fake

★★★★★ Ostensibly a documentary about art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally slippery biographer, Clifford Irving, Orson Welles’ last completed film is more an elusive meditation on the nature of artifice, forgery and reality. F for Fake is a […]

Film Review: Mission: Impossible – Fallout

★★★★★ IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and long-time associates Luther (Ving Rhames) and Benji (Simon Pegg) are on the trail of the Syndicate, a rogue anarchist network of former spies. When their op goes awry, Ethan and his team […]

Film Review: Iceman

★★★☆☆ Inspired by the famous frozen Ötzal mummy discovered in 1991, Felix Randau’s third feature tells the story of the eponymous Iceman’s final days. Living in a small settlement among the Neolithic Ötzal Alps, tribal leader Kelab (Jürgen Vogel) returns […]

Film Review: Apostasy

★★★★☆ Daniel Kokotajlo’s debut Apostasy is a remarkable and authentic mediation on religion, belief, family and loss. Single mother Ivanna (Siobhan Finneran) runs a matriarchal household, raising her two adult daughters Luisa (Sacha Parkinson) and Alex (Molly Wright) in strict accordance […]

Why the American West is the world’s favourite film set

The sprawling, other-worldly deserts combined with isolated communities and the stunning natural backdrops that constitute the great American West have captured our imaginations for generations. From the old Hollywood noir classics like Lawrence of Arabia and 20th Century cult classics like Fear and […]

Film Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

★★★★☆ Bring It On director Peyton Reed returns with Marvel sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, a heartfelt family comedy in which the peril lies in a father-daughter plot, rather than the fate of the universe. One of the joys of […]

DVD Review: King of Hearts

★★★★☆ In 1918, a German regiment occupies a small French town, to which they hope to lure the advancing British army before blowing the place up with hidden explosives. Getting wind of the plan, Colonel Alexander MacBibenbrook (Adolfo Celi) sends […]

DVD Review: Berlin Alexanderplatz

★★★★★ In 1928 Berlin, Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) is released from prison after serving four years for the manslaughter of his girlfriend, Ida (Barbara Valentin). Based on Alfred Döblin’s celebrated 1929 novel, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Weimar-set odyssey is some 15 […]

Film Review: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

★★★☆☆ Waiting more than a decade to release a sequel, the candy-coloured world of Mamma Mia! returns to cinemas this summer in the form of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Akin to a multi-layered moussaka best served with numerous guests […]

Film Review: Hotel Artemis

★★★★☆ It’s 2028 and rioting fills the streets of Los Angeles. Disputes over water, now privatised, have reached a volatile point and the city is put under curfew. With the water shut down, and a population desperate, the city’s residents […]

Film Review: Generation Wealth

★★★☆☆ “Greed isn’t good” remains the predominant message in Laura Greenfield’s sporadically engrossing and frequently overreaching look at the culture of capitalism. Generation Wealth feels like something of a thesis project for the director, who was behind 2012’s similarly-themed, multiple […]

Karlovy Vary 2018: Our festival highlights

“I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians” Radu Jude’s film claimed the top prize at this year’s festival and it’s easy to understand why. It embraces the kind of boldly political stance of classic Polish […]

Karlovy Vary 2018: Winter Flies review

★★★★☆ Olmo Omerzu’s follow-up to the stinging satire of 2015’s Family Film is another tale of children left to their own devices by negligent parents, but this time takes the form of an unsentimental but winning road movie caper Winter Flies. […]

Film Review: Happy as Lazzaro

★★★★☆ Alice Rohrwacher returns with her remarkable third film about a rural Italian community. Happy as Lazzaro sparkles with soul, enchantment and introspection – it’s no wonder that it took the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes last year. What starts […]

Karlovy Vary 2018: Profile review

★★★☆☆ Unfolding entirely on a laptop screen, Timur Bekmambetov’s new thriller Profile seeks to explore the murky world of how social media is used to recruit vulnerable young women to ISIS. The results are as compelling as they are silly. […]

Film Review: Burning

★★★★☆ Lee Chang-dong’s Burning features red-hot actor Yoo Ah-in (as Jong-su), Steven Yeun (as Ben) and newcomer Jeon Jong-seo (as Hae-mi) in an intricate thriller that switches between the wealthy Gangnam neighbourhood and farmlands just outside Paju, a city south […]