Riz Ahmed Sound Of Metal (1)

Sound of Metal – Review

Early on in Sound of Metal, a group of deaf addicts sign a prayer that’s common in 12-step programmes: “God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we...
Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer

Thunder Force – Review

Another week, another Netflix original. With the average and distinctly below-average features mounting up for the streaming service, Thunder Force is yet another total misstep to add to the pile. This time we...
Andy Samberg

Palm Springs – Review

Apparently conceptualised upon Groundhog Day, Palm Springs is director Max Barbakow and writer Andy Siara’s subversive foray into the romcom genre set in an infinite time loop. This meaty genre subversion...
Harp, played by Idris Elba, sits on horseback in the film CONCRETE COWBOY

Concrete Cowboy – Review

Concrete Cowboy stars Idris Elba and Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin as an estranged father and son whose fraught reunion takes place in Philadelphia’s underground horse-riding scene. This setting –...
Godzilla Vs Kong

Godzilla vs. Kong – Review

Godzilla vs. Kong is the latest instalment in Legendary's MonsterVerse. Peace between the Titans is disturbed when Godzilla suddenly attacks an Apex Cybernetics facility in Florida. Concerned about Godzilla,...
Madame Claude (1)

Madame Claude – Review

“This story is based on true events from the imagined life of Fernande Grudet, aka Madame Claude” reads a title card opening the second feature biopic of the legendary mid-century French brothel owner....
Undine

Undine – Review

This film was previously reviewed in February 2020 as part of our Berlinale Festival coverage. Anyone familiar with European folklore will have an idea of where Christian Petzold’s latest feature may end...
MINARI

Minari – Review

This film was previously reviewed in February 2021 as part of our Glasgow Film Festival coverage. Away from Jacob’s (Steven Yeun) farmland, shaded by trees and dampened by patches of water, minari – an...
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The Mauritanian – Review

This film was previously reviewed in February 2021 as part of our Glasgow Film Festival coverage. Another film to be added to the 9/11 true story trope, The Mauritanian follows the legal proceedings to...
Stray2

Stray – Review

This film was previously reviewed in October 2020 as part of our London Film Festival coverage. Told almost entirely from the point of view of strays roaming the crowded streets of Istanbul, Elizabeth...
Ammonite

Ammonite – Review

This film was previously reviewed in October 2020 as part of our London Film Festival coverage. Following his sublime directorial debut, God’s Own Country, Francis Lee once again delves into feelings of...
Violation

Violation – Review

Content warning: this film includes themes of rape and sexual assault. The rape-revenge genre has of late been befittingly seized by the narrative of the survivor seeking vengeance themselves. There have...
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Executive Order – SXSW 2021 Review

It is difficult to know where to generically place Lázaro Ramos’ Executive Order. Set in a near future where Brazil’s Black population are forcibly deported to Africa, the film’s uncanny urban realism...