Frankie

Frankie – Review

This film was previously reviewed in May 2019 as part of our Cannes Film Festival coverage. Any film not made for mass audiences is always at risk of sliding into a montage of first world problems, such is...
American Utopia David Byrne

David Byrne’s American Utopia – Review

This film was previously reviewed in October 2020 as part of our London Film Festival coverage. David Byrne’s American Utopia begins with what is almost a caricature of the man himself. Infamously awkward...
Babyteeth

Babyteeth – Review

This film was previously reviewed in September 2019 as part of our Venice Film Festival coverage. It’s hard to avoid the twin evils of mawkishness and misery when making a film about cancer, but Shannon...
Mank

Mank – Review

Herman J. Mankiewicz is not anybody’s first choice for a prestige Hollywood biopic. He may have co-written one of the greatest films of all time, Citizen Kane (and that’s debated), but to most people the...
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Murder Me, Monster – Review

This film was previously reviewed in May 2018 as part of our Cannes Festival coverage. Argentinian writer-director Alejandro Fadel doesn’t pull any punches in his ghoulish and gory horror, Murder Me,...
About Endlessness

About Endlessness – Review

This film was previously reviewed in September 2019 as part of our Venice Film Festival coverage. Roy Andersson must be a master of the throwaway dinner party anecdote. His work is filled with sharp...
Boratsubsequentmoviefilm

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – Review

As talented a writer and performer as Sacha Baron Cohen is, the success of Borat always came down to one thing: its ability to shock. The moments where Borat’s clueless racism and sexism encouraged America...
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Lovers Rock – LFF 2020 Review

Lovers Rock is a humble prospect on paper- just over an hour long and set at an ordinary blues dance in Notting Hill in the early ‘80s. But with those simple ingredients, writer/director Steve McQueen and...
One Man And His Shoes

One Man and His Shoes – LFF 2020 Review

It’s unfortunate for director Yemi Bamiro that his documentary One Man and His Shoes comes out in the same year as ESPN’s superb doc series The Last Dance. Both deal with Michael Jordan’s basketball...
Mangrove 2020 Steve Mcqueen

Mangrove – LFF 2020 Review

With Mangrove, there’s a sense that writer-director Steve McQueen is searching for a new way to tell stories about the injustices inflicted on Black people. Where his previous films, particularly Hunger and...
Les Miserables

Les Misérables – Review

Anger is an energy, and the residents of Paris suburb Montfermeil have more than enough to go around. Local resident Ladj Ly builds his feature debut Les Misérables around this force, which simmers under the...
The Dead And The Others

The Dead and the Others – Review

This film was previously reviewed in May 2018 as part of our Cannes Film Festival coverage. The Dead and the Others is a complex creation from directors Joao Salaviza and Renee Nader Messora, which can’t...