Film Review: The Happytime Murders

★★★☆☆ Marking the film debut of Henson Alternative, a banner of The Jim Henson Company that specialises in adult content, The Happytime Murders is a puppet-based black comedy which definitely isn’t for kids. Based in a world where puppets and humans co-exist, the plot centres on puppet ex-detective-now-private-investigator Phil Phillips Continue Reading

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Film Review: The Escape

★★★★☆ The Escape is an emotional exploration of a fractured marriage, but something much darker is at its core: depression and an existential crisis. Gemma Arterton is magnificent as Tara, the stay-at-home mother juggling never-ending laundry loads and repetitive breakfast routines for excitable children, whilst yearning for something more meaningful. Continue Reading

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 with her devout Jehovah’s Witness beliefs. The daughters seem as Continue Reading

Film Review: Breathe

★★★★☆ From Andy Serkis’ production company The Imaginarium, Breathe marks Serkis’ feature directorial debut and, as a romantic tearjerker, is a departure from the usual VFX-heavy fantasy movies we’re familiar with seeing him in.Written by William Nicholson, Breathe is the remarkable, and moving true story of producer Jonathan Cavendish’s parents Continue Reading