Border (grans)

Border (Gräns) – Review

Ali Abbasi’s Border is a strange breed of film, much like its protagonist, Tina (Eva Melander) – a border control officer with a bizarre ability to smell illegal activity. Abbasi reimagines a short...
If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 21/10/2018. New York in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk is pulsating, alive and wholly authentic – populated...
Velvet Buzzsaw ORWAV

Velvet Buzzsaw – Review

A slasher satire of art criticism, Velvet Buzzsaw promises bite, blood, and a true element of danger – even if the pretentious victims are less than sympathetic. However, after an explosive trailer drop and...
Boy Erased

Boy Erased – Review

In Deep Impact/Armageddon tradition, Joel Edgerton’s sophomore directing effort is the second film about young people subjected to gay conversion therapy released in a matter of months. As such, Boy Erased...
Alita Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel – Review

This review was originally published on 01/02/2018. There’s a lot going on in Alita: Battle Angel, with class warfare, a mysterious past, a conspiracy plot, a teen romance, a detour into a Speed...
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The Lego Movie 2 – Review

... Is everything still awesome? The team behind The LEGO Movie 2 is well ahead of us on that joke, and many others too. This film is even more self-aware than its predecessor, referencing everything from...
On The Basis Of Sex

On the Basis of Sex – Review

In the age of Donald Trump, it's unsurprising that Ruth Bader Ginsburg – only the second woman in history to ascend to the US Supreme Court – has become something of a superhero. And like many superhero...
Escape Room

Escape Room – Review

In recent years, horror and thriller fans have seen a wave of unusual and original films, confronting vital political themes (Get Out, 2017) and kicking back against tired generic tropes (Hereditary, 2018)....
Can You Ever Forgive Me Richard E Grant Melissa Mccarthy

Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 21/10/2018. While Melissa McCarthy has found name recognition, widespread acclaim and even an Academy Award nomination for...
Burning

Burning – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 19/10/2018. It’s not often that you watch a two-and-a-half-hour film and think, "that could have been longer." Such...
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Alita: Battle Angel – Review

There’s a lot going on in Alita: Battle Angel, with class warfare, a mysterious past, a conspiracy plot, a teen romance, a detour into a Speed Racer-esque take on roller derby called "Motorball", glimpses...
Green Book 2019

Green Book – Review

This review was originally published as part of our London Film Festival coverage on 13/10/2018. An obvious crowd pleaser and Oscar-friendly awards player, it would be easy to underestimate Green Book. And...