SongWithoutaName

Song Without a Name – Review

This film was previously reviewed in March 2020 as part of our Glasgow Film Festival coverage. Melina León weaves events and references from throughout Peru’s tumultuous 1980s into a feature debut that...
Carmilla New Image

Carmilla – Review

This film was previously reviewed in June 2019 as part of our Edinburgh Film Festival coverage. Inspired by a pre-Dracula vampire novella, Emily Harris’ Gothic thriller plays fast and loose with its plot...
Bill And Ted

Bill & Ted Face the Music – Review

Thirty-one years after their first Excellent Adventure (and twenty-nine since the critically mixed Bogus Journey), Bill and Ted are back – and contrary to predictions, Wyld Stallyns have not yet written the...
Hurt By Paradise

Hurt By Paradise – Review

At first glance, Greta Bellamacina’s debut feature seems a London version of Frances Ha, as two women navigate their friendship and the odd jobs that keep their artistic aspirations afloat. However, Hurt By...
Cuties

Cuties – Review

Adolescence is a time few want to relive, but its inherent dichotomies are inexhaustible fodder for cinema. Cuties, Maïmouna Doucouré’s debut, evokes Céline Sciamma’s vision of youth in Water Lilies and...
Tcol

The Cost of Living – Review

How much does a person need to live? And how much does it cost – materially and psychologically, in terms of the immediate present and future possibilities – to be poor? The Cost of Living makes no delay...
Fanny Lye

Fanny Lye Deliver’d – Review

This film was previously reviewed in October 2019 as part of our London Film Festival coverage. A period drama not focused on the landed gentry is a welcome change. Fanny Lye Deliver’d focuses on its...
Athlete A

Athlete A – Review

USA Gymnastics’ fall from grace has been complete in the years following the 2016 Olympics; as the women’s team came home with their second consecutive gold, Indianapolis local news pieced together...
On The Record HBO Max

On the Record – Review

Oscar-nominated duo Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering open their latest documentary feature by exploring one of the #MeToo movement’s most glaring weaknesses: the absence of stories from those not white, young, and...
Take Me Somewhere Nice

Take Me Somewhere Nice – Review

The youth road trip movie is a storied genre, and Take Me Somewhere Nice carves out its spot by contrasting a modern setting with a retro production design. The film follows Alma (Sara Luna Zoric), a Bosnian...
All Day Night

All Day And A Night – Review

Joe Robert Cole’s second feature eschews the usual techniques for establishing audience rapport with its central character: before viewers properly get to know aspiring rapper Jakhor (Ashton Sanders), he...
Assistant

The Assistant – Review

This film was previously reviewed as part of our Berlinale Film Festival coverage in February 2020. It is still dark when Jane (Julia Garner) gets in a taxi outside her modest flat. She dozes when she can...