Babyteeth

Babyteeth – Venice 2019 Review

It’s hard to avoid the twin evils of mawkishness and misery when making a film about cancer, but Shannon Murphy navigates those potential pitfalls brilliantly with Babyteeth, her debut feature. At first,...
The King

The King – Venice 2019 Review

Defeat the French at Agincourt? In that body? From his opening scenes as a spoilt emo princeling, whoring his way around Eastcheap, it’s hard to buy the French-American Timothée Chalamet as the legendary...
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Team Talk – Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first solo female superhero film since the series began with 2008's Iron Man, has been capturing the hearts of many critics and audience members this...
Robin Hood

Robin Hood – Review

It's always worse when your parents tell you they're not angry, they're just disappointed. How would they react when you managed to achieve both, and yet neither at the same time? Wonder no more and say hello...
Ready Player One

Ready Player One – Review

Steven Spielberg: we’re not angry, we’re just disappointed. And also quite angry, to be honest. The man himself could be blindfolded and still direct one of the best films of any given year, but in...
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Una – Review

The best aspect of Una is its scrambled chronology. Flashbacks break up what could otherwise be a rather repetitive two-hander, albeit one made up of fine performances from both Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn....
Mississippi Grind Ryan Reynolds Ben Mendelsohn

Mississippi Grind – Review

A nuanced performance from leading man Ben Mendelsohn elevates this by-the-numbers buddy movie into a stuttering character study about good people who do bad things. Taking its cue from classic The Sting,...

Slow West – Review

Despite getting off to a slow (wahey!) start, Slow West picks up pace as it craftily builds its world, tone and characters to culminate in a pulsating and well-earned finale. That Slow West is the...

Lost River – Review

Virtually plotless, Lost River is a lurid technicolour nightmare featuring a senseless mishmash of shot types, a warped Miss Havisham and a caricaturish Matt Smith. There’s no subtlety here; the sparse...

Starred Up – Review

Starred Up serves its porridge with bits of broken glass. It grins as it spits teeth, just as likely to erupt into another volcanic episode of violence as it is to cough up a pearl of prison wisdom. Jack...