Mid90s

Mid90s – Berlinale 2019 review

Paraphernalia preoccupies the hearts of the kids of Mid90s, who shed blood and break bones over logo-emblazoned trainers, T-shirts and CDs. With the possession of things comes status, acceptance and...
If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 21/10/2018. New York in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk is pulsating, alive and wholly authentic – populated...
Boy Erased

Boy Erased – Review

In Deep Impact/Armageddon tradition, Joel Edgerton’s sophomore directing effort is the second film about young people subjected to gay conversion therapy released in a matter of months. As such, Boy Erased...
Beautiful Boy Timothee Chalamet

Beautiful Boy – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 13/10/2018. Journalist David Sheff and his son Nic exist on opposite ends of a spectrum; at once, they balance out a...
Stan And Ollie

Stan & Ollie – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 21/10/2018. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s brand of amicable slapstick remains in high esteem for its purity –...
The Upside

The Upside – Review

Red flags marked the road to release for The Upside, a remake of 2011 French odd-couple runaway hit Intouchables, with its March 2018 release date scrapped amid the seismic scandal of one-time producer Harvey...
Life itself 2018

Life Itself – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 15/10/2018. You know the dude in Starbucks, the one with the thick-rimmed glasses, chequered shirt and a macchiato...
Stan And Ollie

Stan & Ollie – LFF 2018 review

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s brand of amicable slapstick remains in high esteem for its purity – without agenda, the duo distilled comedy down to its simple, singular objective of making people laugh;...
Dublin Oldschool

Dublin Oldschool – LFF 2018 review

In spite of its name, Dublin Oldschool spends very little time actually considering its distinct and characterful setting. Throughout, there’s a general disregard for any storytelling possibilities laid...
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...