The Kindergarten Teacher

The Kindergarten Teacher – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 18/10/2018.  Most of us will one day be made to face our own mediocrity, contend with the fact we’re only ordinary and...
Ray And Liz

Ray & Liz – Review

Ray and Liz are not the stars of their namesake film. Their presences hang spectrally around the edges – never fully-realised, but omnipresent. Saturating his images in the subjective haze of memory,...
Marighella

Marighella – Berlinale 2019 Review

Democracy only returned to Brazil in 1989, but the threat of another backslide into authoritarianism is dangerously imminent today. Far-right agitator Jair Bolsonaro was elected president in January 2019 and...
Capernaum

Capernaum – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 18/10/2018. Capernaum was an ancient city in what is now northern Israel on the sea of Galilee, thought to be the setting...
Woo Sang

Woo Sang – Berlinale 2019 review

The opening line of Woo Sang must be one of the boldest in recent memory. As the camera sweeps ominously across a modern cityscape, narrator and grieving father Yoo Joong-sik (Sul Kyung-gu) drops his...
Mid90s

Mid90s – Review

This review was originally published as part of our Berlinale festival coverage on 11/02/2019. Paraphernalia preoccupies the hearts of the kids of Mid90s, who shed blood and break bones over logo-emblazoned...
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...