Ice On Fire

Ice on Fire – Cannes 2019 Review

In a sane world, Ice on Fire wouldn't exist. Mass global audiences would've been woken up by the comprehensive climate change warnings of An Inconvenient Truth back in 2006, rather than simply stirring in...
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Aladdin – Review

Shining, shimmering... but not so splendid. Aladdin’s first 30 minutes almost condemn it as the worst Disney live action remake (and there’s plenty of competition!). Terrible pace and a garbled storyline...
Frankie

Frankie – Cannes 2019 Review

Any film not made for mass audiences is always at risk of sliding into a montage of first world problems, such is the class barrier that remains in the film industry. Frankie is a great example of this...
La Belle Époque

La Belle Époque – Cannes 2019 Review

What would you give to go back and experience any point in history however you wished? Time travel may be impossible, but considering the relentless march of technology and filmmaking it’s not inconceivable...
Young Ahmed

Young Ahmed – Cannes 2019 Review

A film about a Muslim teenager’s radicalisation directed by two white men was always going to be controversial, no matter that those men are the legendary Dardennes brothers. The worry was that they would...
Parasite

Parasite – Cannes 2019 Review

There’s a lesser version of this film full of simple, signposted twists, broad, caricatured performances, and crude, obvious metaphors. Apart from a brief sequence early in the first act, Bong Joon-ho’s...
ROCKETMAN

Rocketman – Review

As Elton John plays his first LA show, he begins to levitate, only tethered to earth by fingers on the piano. The crowd lift too as ‘Crocodile Rock’ slows down to a crawl, a moment of sublime magical...
Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona – Cannes 2019 Review

A great man once said that football isn’t a matter of life and death; it’s much more important than that. Asif Kapadia’s intense Diego doc adds religion to the list, focusing on the brief few years when...
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Joan of Arc – Cannes 2019 Review

Try to work out what kind of filmmaker Bruno Dumont is and he’s bound to frustrate you. He first made his name with serious, provocative arthouse films, but recent projects have seen him indulge in more...
A Hidden Life by Terrence Malick

A Hidden Life – Cannes 2019 Review

There’s a stereotype of a Terrence Malick film, if you’re feeling mean. Beautiful, sure; but also a glorified perfume ad, full of twirling girls and little substance. His most recent efforts – To the...
The Whistlers

The Whistlers – Cannes 2019 Review

Codes and communication are vital parts of any crime film. After all, it's much easier to double-cross your enemies if they don't speak the same language as you. The Whistlers takes that idea to absurd levels...
Vivarium

Vivarium – Cannes 2019 Review

Don’t even talk to me about getting a mortgage. In this economy? May as well resign yourself to renting forever and raising your own Chernobyl of a nuclear family from a cupboard under the stairs. Vivarium...
Beats

Beats – Review

Love pours from every frame of Brian Walsh’s latest feature: tried and tested friendships, nascent romances, and passion for the music and community that drives the underground raves of 1994 Scotland. His...