Pain And Glory

Pain and Glory – Review

It’s easy to throw a film like Pain and Glory into all sorts of boxes – boxes marked ‘self-portrait’, ‘self-indulgent’ and ‘love letter to cinema’ – but that would be to cheapen a beguiling...
Matthias Et Maxime

Matthias & Maxime – Cannes 2019 Review

Xavier Dolan's had a tough few years. The Canadian wunderkind's last two efforts It's Only the End of the World and The Death and Life of John F. Donovan have bombed hard, but in Matthias & Maxime he...
Ice On Fire

Ice on Fire – Cannes 2019 Review

In a sane world, Ice on Fire wouldn't exist. Mass global audiences would've been woken up by the comprehensive climate change warnings of An Inconvenient Truth back in 2006, rather than simply stirring in...
Frankie

Frankie – Cannes 2019 Review

Any film not made for mass audiences is always at risk of sliding into a montage of first world problems, such is the class barrier that remains in the film industry. Frankie is a great example of this...
La Belle Époque

La Belle Époque – Cannes 2019 Review

What would you give to go back and experience any point in history however you wished? Time travel may be impossible, but considering the relentless march of technology and filmmaking it’s not inconceivable...
Parasite

Parasite – Cannes 2019 Review

There’s a lesser version of this film full of simple, signposted twists, broad, caricatured performances, and crude, obvious metaphors. Apart from a brief sequence early in the first act, Bong Joon-ho’s...
ROCKETMAN

Rocketman – Review

As Elton John plays his first LA show, he begins to levitate, only tethered to earth by fingers on the piano. The crowd lift too as ‘Crocodile Rock’ slows down to a crawl, a moment of sublime magical...
A Hidden Life by Terrence Malick

A Hidden Life – Cannes 2019 Review

There’s a stereotype of a Terrence Malick film, if you’re feeling mean. Beautiful, sure; but also a glorified perfume ad, full of twirling girls and little substance. His most recent efforts – To the...
The Whistlers

The Whistlers – Cannes 2019 Review

Codes and communication are vital parts of any crime film. After all, it's much easier to double-cross your enemies if they don't speak the same language as you. The Whistlers takes that idea to absurd levels...
Vivarium

Vivarium – Cannes 2019 Review

Don’t even talk to me about getting a mortgage. In this economy? May as well resign yourself to renting forever and raising your own Chernobyl of a nuclear family from a cupboard under the stairs. Vivarium...
Under The Silver Lake

Under the Silver Lake – Review

This review was originally published as part of our Cannes coverage on 18/05/2018. “Ever get the feeling you fucked up somewhere a long time ago and you’re living a bad version of the life you were...
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Shoplifters – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 15/05/2018 as part of the Cannes Film Festival. Hirokazu Kore-eda is on familiar ground with Shoplifters, the story of an unconventional family unit on the fringes of...
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Pope Francis: A Man of His Word – Review

You may expect a film about the current Pope to be of interest only to religious viewers, but veteran director Wim Wenders tries his hardest to generate a broader audience for his gentle documentary. This is a...
Asako

Asako I & II – Cannes 2018 Review

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s Asako I & II is an endearing Japanese rom-com with a high-concept premise. Asako (Erika Karata) falls in love with Baku (Masashiro Higashide) at university, but he walks out of her...