County Lines (Two Birds Entertainment)

County Lines – LFF 2019 Review

County Lines is an impressive feature debut for director Henry Blake, who based the story on real incidents from his time as a youth worker. The film is simultaneously a gritty and unpleasant crime drama about...
Lff Rare Beasts

Rare Beasts – LFF 2019 Review

Billie Piper’s audacious directorial debut follows imperfect – sometimes downright unpleasant – people. Mandy (Piper) makes do in an office full of not-so-passive aggressions, and her seven-year-old...
Le Mans '66 (20th Century Fox)

Le Mans ‘66 – LFF 2019 Review

It’s hard to think of a better recent example of dad-approved lazy-afternoon viewing than James Mangold’s Le Mans ‘66. Its combination of old-fashioned motorsports, tough-guy heroes, and loving...
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The Two Popes – LFF 2019 Review

Anthony McCarten has, in recent years, made his name as one of the premier screenwriters of mass appeal but mediocre historical films like Darkest Hour and Bohemian Rhapsody. His latest, The Two Popes, teams...
Lff Premature

Premature – LFF 2019 Review

Like this autumn’s Marriage Story, Premature follows a relationship between two artists whose personal lives blend into their creative endeavours – but in this film the beginning, end, and a possible path...
JoJo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit – LFF 2019 Review

Thank the cinematic gods a studio gave Taika Waititi the money to make what is – on paper – a disaster waiting to happen. Yet in his hands, a comedy about a Hitler Youth misfit and his imaginary friend...
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The Aeronauts – LFF 2019 Review

‘Gravity, but Victorian’, is an intriguing pitch and, visually, The Aeronauts delivers on this strange, exciting promise. As Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne journey through the skies in a giant hot air...
Luce

Luce – LFF 2019 Review

It is hard to explain exactly what Luce is. Initially a serious look at the pressure put on high-achieving black students in US schools, it shifts so many times – even into trashy thriller territory – that...
Judy

Judy – Review

Every year, you get at least one film clearly designed purely for the purpose of nabbing an Oscar for its star. In 2019, Judy is that film. Renée Zellweger’s heartfelt take on Judy Garland immediately...
Joker Movie Origin Joaquin Phoenix

Joker – Review

It’s impossible to go into Joker without the heavy fog of its insufferable, endless online discourse clouding your view. The ridiculous moral panics and equally silly impassioned defences have already made...
Hope Gap

Hope Gap – LFF 2019 Review

With Marriage Story prominent on the festival circuit, LFF's other divorce drama, Hope Gap, threatens to be overshadowed. Sadly, it's probably for the best. It's a muddled film; a painful little knot with...
Our Ladies

Our Ladies – LFF 2019 review

It's taken 20 years for Michael Caton-Jones to bring his adaptation of Alan Warner's novel The Sopranos to the big screen - and it's worth the wait. It's already had a second life as a stage musical...