Saturday Fiction

Saturday Fiction – Venice 2019 Review

Spy thrillers are one genre where it’s very easy to have too much of a good thing. They’re powered by secrets and twists, but Saturday Fiction is burdened with too much of the former at the start, and too...
Guest Of Honour

Guest of Honour – Venice 2019 Review

It’s a worrying sign when the quirky adventures of David Thewlis, Health Inspector, are more entertaining than your central thriller plot of sex, blackmail and murder. Guest of Honour throws together two...
Babyteeth

Babyteeth – Venice 2019 Review

It’s hard to avoid the twin evils of mawkishness and misery when making a film about cancer, but Shannon Murphy navigates those potential pitfalls brilliantly with Babyteeth, her debut feature. At first,...
The King

The King – Venice 2019 Review

Defeat the French at Agincourt? In that body? From his opening scenes as a spoilt emo princeling, whoring his way around Eastcheap, it’s hard to buy the French-American Timothée Chalamet as the legendary...
About Endlessness

About Endlessness – Venice 2019 Review

Roy Andersson must be a master of the throwaway dinner party anecdote. His work is filled with sharp vignettes of everyday life, where often very little happens, but somehow it holds a deep meaning. About...
Giants Being Lonely

Giants Being Lonely – Venice 2019 Review

It’s always promising when a film begins and you can’t immediately tell if it’s meant to be documentary or fiction. The ambiguity suggests a filmmaker ready to push their narrative in unusual directions...
Effetto Domino

Effetto Domino – Venice 2019 Review

Send a domino tumbling to the table and you know what will happen next. It’s chaotic, inevitable, and the perfect metaphor for how the financial crash played out across continents. Effetto Domino (Domino...
Pain And Glory

Pain and Glory – Review

It’s easy to throw a film like Pain and Glory into all sorts of boxes – boxes marked ‘self-portrait’, ‘self-indulgent’ and ‘love letter to cinema’ – but that would be to cheapen a beguiling...
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Review

This review was originally published as part of our Cannes Festival coverage on 23/05/2019. It’s impossible to view Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as anything other than a filmmaker in the twilight of his...
GoodBoys

Good Boys – Review

Based on its trailer, you might expect Good Boys to be an embarrassment of sex jokes pushed upon kids too inexperienced to make them funny. While there is the occasional misfire, Lee Eisenberg and Gene...
Spider Man Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home – Review

Spider-Man: Far From Home is the perfect film to follow the triumph and heartbreak of Avengers: Endgame, and deliver a fitting epilogue to Marvel’s Phase 3. It’s a teen film in every meaning of the word,...
Support The Girls

Support the Girls – Review

Mumblecore master Andrew Bujalski has always been preoccupied with the world of work and how it shapes people’s lives. His latest film, Support the Girls, puts an explicitly feminist slant on that topic,...
Yesterday

Yesterday – Review

Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and the world had forgotten The Beatles. If you were an aspiring musician at the end of their tether you couldn’t wish for a better gift. This is the genius concept of...