Lamb – Cannes 2015 Review

A simple story well told, Lamb is a startlingly assured debut feature from writer-director Yaled Zeleke which overcomes the traditional “kids and animals” issue to deliver a warm-hearted and bittersweet...

Madonna – Cannes 2015 Review

A brave central performance from Hye-rim Moon goes a small way towards redeeming the broad feeling of frustration left by Su-won Shin’s Madonna. With shades of Almodóvar’s Talk to Her, an interesting...

Pitch Perfect 2 – Review

Anna Kendrick and her singing sisters are back. This time competing against a superior German group in a series of increasingly impressive arrangements and routines. Routine is the operative word and "second...

Mad Max: Fury Road – Review

There aren't enough expletives or adjectives to express quite how much you need to see Fury Road. Its brutal war-torn world, built on the liquid viscera of blood, milk and oil, is a dystopia; but the future...

The New Girlfriend – Review

New Girlfriend is technically striking, often conveying narrative visually in brave compositions, and Pascal Marti’s cinematography is as fluid as the characters’ identities. Ozon’s latest is riddled...

The Age of Adaline – Review

With an omniscient voiceover, supernatural premise and bland romance, The Age of Adaline could be a mash-up of Pushing Daisies and a Nicholas Sparks novel. After a whistle-stop tour of 20th century US...

A Royal Night Out – Review

A Royal Night Out takes two happy-go-plucky princesses from the Ritz to the rubble. V.E. Day in London is thoroughly recreated with tremendous production and costume design, lending to an all-encompassing...

Top Five – Review

Chris Rock isn’t quite himself in Top Five. He may be playing a stand-up turned film star, but his character is actually Andre Allen, a man struggling to be taken seriously considering his past in...

Big Game – Review

The Finnish countryside provides an original and undeniably beautiful setting for this latest addition to the "Die Hard in a " genre of action movies. Immortal badass Samuel L. Jackson does a great job of...

Spooks: The Greater Good – Review

The transition from stonking hit BBC TV series to feature film is deftly handled with Spooks, meaning the uninitiated can still enjoy full disclosure. Disappointingly, however, it’s rather like an...

Samba – Review

In Samba, as in their last crowd-pleaser Les Intouchables, Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano know how to see the bright side of a bad situation. The jokes consistently hit their mark, while never detracting...

Far from the Madding Crowd – Review

Vinterberg’s adaptation easily ticks the required boxes of a successful period drama. The sets are ready to be stepped onto, and there’s artistry and homeliness to the costuming. Moreover, Vinterberg...