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...
Guest Of Honour

Guest of Honour – Venice 2019 Review

It’s a worrying sign when the quirky adventures of David Thewlis, Health Inspector, are more entertaining than your central thriller plot of sex, blackmail and murder. Guest of Honour throws together two...
Colin Firth

The Mercy – Review

Director James Marsh follows up 2014’s The Theory of Everything with The Mercy, another distinctly British drama. Starring Rachel Weisz and Colin Firth, this is, at first glance, an extraordinarily twee...
Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman – Review

It’s hugely satisfying that Wonder Woman marks the moment where DC got their act together enough to make an unequivocally good film. A leading female superhero has been a long time coming, and Gal Gadot and...
Charlie Kaufman_Anomalisa

Anomalisa – Review

Charlie Kaufman's brilliance lies in his careful depictions of inertia and mundanity; his previous directing outing, Synecdoche, New York, piled such boredom up to its existential breaking-point with...

Macbeth – Cannes 2015 Review

A predictably towering performance from Michael Fassbender is excellently supported by Marion Cotillard, and a who’s who cast of the best British actors working today. Biblical in scale, Macbeth is a huge...

Stonehearst Asylum – Review

This is not a horror film. To say more would spoil the surprise(s). Instead, know that Stonehearst Asylum is frequently fantastic, utterly assured, and fully committed to pulling one genre switcheroo after...

The Zero Theorem – Review

The Zero Theorem is unmistakably a Terry Gilliam film, for better or worse. He has created a deliciously chaotic dystopia, saturated with colour and adverts, but his ramshackle directing threatens to disengage...