Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep – Review

Almost forty years after Stanley Kubrick brought the Overlook Hotel to horrifying life, Mike Flanagan brings viewers right back into his world with his take on Stephen King’s sequel. By virtue of its source...
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Judy & Punch – LFF 2019 Review

The most striking element of Mirrah Foulkes’ feminist reimaging of the quintessential, quaint British seaside entertainment – this time focusing on the humans behind the puppets – is its unevenness of...
For The Birds KEY IMAGE Kathy Redman Yard

For the Birds – LFF 2019 Review

Despite its flippant title, For the Birds is a difficult watch. The documentary centres on Kathy Murphy, a rural New Yorker whose decades-long, all-consuming hobby of raising barnyard fowl has raised...
Honey Boy

Honey Boy – LFF 2019 Review

The fictionalised cinematic memoir is an inherently self-indulgent genre, yet actor-turned-writer Shia LaBeouf and director Alma Har’el use this intense introspection to capture the interpersonal and...
Lff Calm With Horses

Calm With Horses – LFF 2019 Review

Nick Rowland’s feature debut, based on a short story, starts with explosive, explicit violence that immediately and effectively establishes the world: unforgiving, honour-bound, and never without the threat...
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Rare Beasts – LFF 2019 Review

Billie Piper’s audacious directorial debut follows imperfect – sometimes downright unpleasant – people. Mandy (Piper) makes do in an office full of not-so-passive aggressions, and her seven-year-old...
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Premature – LFF 2019 Review

Like this autumn’s Marriage Story, Premature follows a relationship between two artists whose personal lives blend into their creative endeavours – but in this film the beginning, end, and a possible path...
JoJo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit – LFF 2019 Review

Thank the cinematic gods a studio gave Taika Waititi the money to make what is – on paper – a disaster waiting to happen. Yet in his hands, a comedy about a Hitler Youth misfit and his imaginary friend...
Hustlers

Hustlers – Review

Comparisons to Scorsese are apt, but Hustlers’ sense of outrage and extraordinary female gaze feels like a fresh explosion of talent and perspective in a genre exhausted by Adam McKay. He is merely a...
Crawl

Crawl – Review

This Sam Raimi-produced natural disaster thriller wastes no time getting going and maintains a breakneck pace throughout its 87-minute run time. Artistry is not the aim of Crawl – the main plot points and...
Fast Furious Hobbs Shaw

Hobbs and Shaw – Review

The first Fast and Furious franchise spinoff does exactly what it says on the tin: two fan-favourite characters team up to fight a cybernetically enhanced super-soldier intent on speeding human evolution by...
Animals

Animals – Review

Reluctant adulthood is a current favourite on big and small screenings, and those missing Fleabag or Broad City will find welcome company in this adaptation of Emma Jane Unsworth’s 2014 novel. Animals...