The Tribe – LFF Review

Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s audacious feature debut masters visual storytelling without a single utterance. Told solely through sign language, and containing no spoken dialogue or subtitles, The Tribe breeds...

Electricity – LFF Review

Bryn Higgins’ aesthetically challenging representation of disability brings with it the constant physical and emotional toll of struggling to maintain a passable level of control through everyday...

The Drop – LFF Review

Michaël R. Roskam’s tense second feature offers subdued fatalism in and amongst the potential cruelty of things unseen. General life and character progression is seemingly set aside in The Drop’s...

The Falling – LFF Review

Writer-director Carol Morley’s psychosexual trance piece, The Falling, maintains high levels of interest throughout, yet ultimately fails to bring about its reasons why. Though narrative significance is...

The Keeping Room – LFF Review

Opening with the line "War is cruelty", Barber employs striking visuals, mumbled conversation and (very) slow pacing to weave this tale of woe and survival. Led by a strong Marling, supported by an even better...

Son of a Gun – LFF Review

There are few logical explanations for Son of a Gun. The most probable is that writer/director Avery is getting paid by the cliché, each one more laughable and obvious than the last. It’s a shame because...

A Little Chaos – LFF Review

‘Landscape gardener charms all she meets with fresh approaches to shrubbery’ is a synopsis that will set few pulses racing. Rickman’s first directorial effort since 1997, however, is a solid piece of...

Foxcatcher – LFF Review

Foxcatcher is a fascinating study of dedication, loneliness and power. In many ways it’s a tonally opposite companion to Whiplash. Sadly, it’s also nowhere near as good. Fry and Futterman’s script...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is no Lego Movie. This adaptation of the classic kid's cartoon doesn't even try to come up with anything new; the reveal of the villain is half-hearted at best and, frankly, when...

Fury – LFF Review

Within the crowded canon of war films, few capture the horrors of combat with such authenticity and bombast as Fury. The pertinent violence and chaos that punctuates throughout supplies the film with a...

Northern Soul – Review

It started with director Elaine Constantine remortgaging her house and has ended up the sleeper hit of the autumn box office. This boisterous, bubbling slice of 1970s small-town "oop North" tells a familiar...

The Judge – Review

In what is essentially a classic father-son tale played out in a courtroom, The Judge could easily fall into clichéd coasting. And yet what a surprise this was. Robert Downey Jr. is perfectly cast as the...

The Salvation – LFF Review

The Salvation launches into action with a tense and life-changing encounter for Jon (Mikkelsen) and his family. Unfortunately, from there the plot becomes increasingly ludicrous and lightweight. The...