Sally Hawkins

The Shape of Water – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 31/08/17 as part of Venice Film Festival. Anticipation for Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water has been sky high, thanks to its prestigious cast and a beautiful...
Loveless

Loveless – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 21/09/17 as part of London Film Festival. Apocalypses loom large in the world of Loveless, from the impending implosion of a family that gives the film its story to its...
Journeys End

Journey’s End – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 07/10/17 as part of London Film Festival. In adapting a play to the screen, there’s a tough balance to strike. You have to retain the essence of the original...
Matt Damon

Downsizing – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 30/08/17 as part of Venice Film Festival. Alexander Payne returns with a strange, ambitious, and often pummellingly downbeat story. After Norwegian scientists make the...
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Hostiles – Review

There are a lot of reasons to be disappointed by Scott Cooper’s Hostiles. Firstly, it’s simply a mediocre film, stuffed with filler dialogue and a surfeit of slow motion close-ups substituting for any real...
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Human Flow – Review

This was originally reviewed on 01/09/17 as part of Venice Film Festival. Mass migration is one of the biggest international crises of the last decade, with more people displaced now than at any point...
Stronger

Stronger – Review

This was originally reviewed on 26/09/17 as part of London Film Festival. It's a strange cinematic coincidence, but the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings have proved fertile ground for two excellent recent...
Marmalade Window

Paddington 2 – Review

In the time between the release of the sublime first Paddington film in 2014 and the debut of its sequel this year, the UK has become a darker place. Brexit and isolationist xenophobia hang heavy in the air,...
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Lady Bird – LFF 2017 Review

Though Greta Gerwig has had plentiful scripting experience to complement her always exciting acting career, Lady Bird marks her debut in the world of directing (and writing alone). We’re very pleased to...
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The Lovers – LFF 2017 Review

Fittingly for a film about changing partners, The Lovers is an intriguing and eclectic mix of old and new. With its simple direction and old-fashioned score, it’s rather reminiscent of classical romances...
The Rider

The Rider – LFF 2017 Review

With The Rider, writer-director Chloé Zhao blurs the line between fact and fiction, casting a real South Dakota cowboy family as themselves to give a deeply empathetic insight into this harsh way of life....