Film reviews and more

Month: September 2018

Toronto 2018: American Dharma review

★★☆☆☆ Errol Morris tackles his most disturbing and slippery subject to date, Steve Bannon, in new documentary American Dharma. Morris paints a frighteningly apocalyptic figure, but in depicting Bannon as the kind of subject Satanic king-maker […]

Toronto 2018: Gloria Bell review

★★★★☆ Gloria (Julianne Moore) is in her fifties, divorced and lives alone. A mysterious cat keeps finding its way into her apartment and the guy upstairs seems permanently in the throes of a nervous breakdown. When […]

Film Review: Widows

★★★★★ At first glance, the heist movie plot of Widows couldn’t be further from the arthouse work of director Steve McQueen’s early career. But in his hands, a fairly typical premise becomes something else entirely: simultaneously […]

Film Review: Meeting Gorbachev

★★★★☆ Acclaimed documentarian Werner Herzog spent a year interviewing the last President of the USSR, Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev. Over the course of ninety minutes, Herzog takes us through a potted history of the decline of the […]

Toronto 2018: Maya review

★★★☆☆ When French war reporter Gabriel (Roman Kolinka) is released from being held hostage by ISIS, he insists that he’s fine, refusing help from his hospital-appointed counsellor. But when his relationship with his girlfriend breaks down, […]

Toronto 2018: Kursk review

★★★☆☆ In August 2000, the Russian submarine Kursk suffered two devastating explosions during a test firing of torpedoes. Many of the crew were killed in the explosions, but as the wrecked sub sank to the seabed, […]

Film Review: High Life

★★★★★ If there’s a single design choice that could give us the key to Claire Denis’ challenging, esoteric science fiction High Life it’s the spacesuits. Invariably, the suits found on the starships Enterprise and Nostromo are sterile […]

Film Review: A Million Little Pieces

★★☆☆☆ Following her dalliance with the Fifty Shades franchise, Sam Taylor-Johnson turns her hand to addiction drama in A Million Little Pieces, starring husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The results, despite some very nice directorial flourishes, are rather disappointing […]

DVD Review: The Nun

★★★★☆ This month marks the re-release of Jacques Rivette’s 1966 film The Nun on DVD and Blu-ray. Marking a slow shift away from simply releasing canonical filmmakers of the French New Wave – not to discredit […]

Film Review: The Predator

★★☆☆☆ Shane Black returns to the series he co-wrote in 1987, now in the director’s chair, for this fourth instalment in the Predator franchise. Long-term fans will be pleased that The Predator is a soft reboot […]

DVD Review: Free Solo

★★★☆☆ Among the most extreme of thrill-seekers, Alex Honnold is a climber who favours the “free solo” method, ascending cliffs without the aid of ropes. Meru directors E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin record Honnold’s unprecedented attempt […]

Film Review: JT LeRoy

★★★☆☆ Based on Savannah Knoop’s memoir Girl Boy Girl, director Justin Kelly’s latest offering tells the astonishing (partially) true story of Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy, a literary persona invented by writer Laura Albert (Laura Dern). To pull […]

Film Review: Lucky

★★★★★ Lucky follows the journey of a 90-year-old atheist who finds himself at the precipice of life. It begins like a beautifully slow comedy, filled with the quirks of Lucky’s daily routine and his almost mystical […]

Film Review: The Rider

★★★★☆ Existing in a similar milieu to her feature debut Songs My Brothers Taught Me, Chloé Zhao’s The Rider is a delicate portrayal of an up-and-coming rodeo rider coming to terms with life-changing injuries caused by participating […]

Film Review: Boy Erased

★★★★☆ Over the last few years, Joel Edgerton has been quietly making a name for himself as a solid director, picking interesting, disturbing material such as The Gift. Now, his latest effort Boy Erased exposes the evils of […]