Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman – Review

Content warning: this film includes themes of rape. This awards season’s most divisive film is, at its heart, an object lesson in expectations and subversion. The set-up – a young woman targets...
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Executive Order – SXSW 2021 Review

It is difficult to know where to generically place Lázaro Ramos’ Executive Order. Set in a near future where Brazil’s Black population are forcibly deported to Africa, the film’s uncanny urban realism...
The End Of Us

The End of Us – SXSW 2021 Review

The End of Us is one of the first films to be produced by the recently established Buzzfeed Studios and it feels, appropriately, like an extended skit. The lighting has the flattened quality of Buzzfeed’s...
The Dig

The Dig – Review

Any other year, it would have been difficult to reconcile the minutiae of archaeological excavation against the backdrop of one of the century’s greatest military upheavals, but if the long 2020 has taught...
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Mogul Mowgli – Review

This film was previously reviewed in October 2020 as part of our coverage for London Film Festival. Mogul Mowgli begins with a lightning bolt of energy, as up-and-coming rapper Zed (Riz Ahmed) explodes onto...
Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Review

Midway through Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the eponymous singer – played by Viola Davis – sits with one of her band members in their studio. She has, until now, been portrayed as a diva: refusing to sing...
Farewellamor

Farewell Amor – Review

This film was previously reviewed in October 2020 as part of our London Film Festival coverage. Farewell Amor’s opening scene, a man clutching flowers at an airport as his long-awaited family arrives from...
Trial Of The Chicago 7

The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Review

“There are civil trials and there are criminal trials. There’s no such thing as a political trial”. The Chicago 7’s lawyer is about to realise just how wrong he is. The second directorial feature from...
Cicada

Cicada – LFF 2020 Review

“You’re back on the dick,” a friend of Ben’s shrewdly observes minutes into their coffee date. She’s not wrong. A consummate casual dater, Ben (Matt Fifer) has been impressively making his way around...
Industry

Industry – LFF 2020 Review

It is hard to shake a sense of disgust while watching Industry, HBO’s series about young investment bankers vying for a permanent position at a top London firm. One of the few female candidates is sent...