Blaze

Blaze – LFF 2018 review

Shot dead at the age of 39 in a mundane dispute over a friend’s pension slip, Blaze Foley has been folded into country music legend – spoken of in whispers, his influences keenly felt but never explicitly...
In Fabric

In Fabric – LFF 2018 review

The red dress of Peter Strickland’s In Fabric could represent anything: the toxic lure of consumerism, the superficial coveting of beauty, the dangerous mystique of unattainable glamour. Or, it could...
Capernaum

Capernaum – LFF 2018 Review

Capernaum was an ancient city in what is now northern Israel on the sea of Galilee, thought to be the setting for a string of Jesus’ miraculous feats of healing. No such easy fixes come for those who...
Winter Flies

Winter Flies – LFF 2018 Review

As the cold air sets in, the flies that refuse to die off are the most annoying – and the most persistent. Olmo Omerzu’s coming-of-age gem dwells on these flies, and his characters’ mix of irritation and...
Life Itself

Life Itself – LFF 2018 review

You know the dude in Starbucks, the one with the thick-rimmed glasses, chequered shirt and a macchiato who’s forever working on his screenplay? Well, Life Itself is that very screenplay, and somehow it’s...
Maya

Maya – LFF 2018 review

Returned to the world after four months under ISIS captivity, war reporter Gabriel (Roman Kolinka) comes back to Paris a man transformed and ill at ease with the haunting familiarities and the discomfiting...
Fahrenheit 119

Fahrenheit 11/9 – LFF 2018 review

“How the fuck did we get here?” asks Michael Moore at the start of his new documentary-cum-raging leftist polemic Fahrenheit 11/9, reflecting on the night Donald Trump was named 45th President of the...
Irene's Ghost

Irene’s Ghost – LFF 2018 review

Most of us have relatives we hardly remember – an aunt, cousin or grandparent dead before we were born or when we were too young to form lasting memories. And although an impression is made, their memory...
Beautiful Boy

Beautiful Boy – LFF 2018 review

Journalist David Sheff and his son Nic exist on opposite ends of a spectrum; at once, they balance out a complete picture while repelling and aggravating each other in equal measure. Belgian director Felix...
Soldado

Sicario 2: Soldado – Review

Sicario 2: Soldado is an all-you-can-eat buffet of Trumpian anxieties – Mexican drug cartels are smuggling terrorists from the Middle East across the border into Texas. CIA enforcer Matt Graver (Josh Brolin)...
Six Rounds1

Six Rounds – Review

Mark Duggan, an unarmed black man aged 29, was shot dead by police in Tottenham, north London on 4th August 2011, inciting six days of riots that swept England. The chaos, and the systemic injustices leading...