Stardust

Stardust – Review

This film was previously reviewed in November 2020 as part of our Raindance 2020 coverage. Feathers were unquestionably ruffled when it was announced last year by Duncan Jones that the upcoming biopic of...
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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Review

Midway through Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the eponymous singer – played by Viola Davis – sits with one of her band members in their studio. She has, until now, been portrayed as a diva: refusing to sing...
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David Byrne’s American Utopia – Review

This film was previously reviewed in October 2020 as part of our London Film Festival coverage. David Byrne’s American Utopia begins with what is almost a caricature of the man himself. Infamously awkward...
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Streetlight Harmonies – Review

From the inner-city street corners to stages around the nation, Streetlight Harmonies from director Brent Wilson tells the history of doo-wop, a musical movement that began in the post-war era that is seen not...
Yesterday

Yesterday – Review

Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and the world had forgotten The Beatles. If you were an aspiring musician at the end of their tether you couldn’t wish for a better gift. This is the genius concept of...
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England Is Mine – Review

An unauthorised yet very affectionate biopic, England is Mine offers a glimpse into Morrissey’s pre-Smiths years in 1970s Manchester. Surrounded by arguing parents, uninteresting people and dead-end jobs,...
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Whitney: Can I Be Me – Review

Whitney: Can I Be Me sees Nick Broomfield take on the iconic spectre of Asif Kapadia's Amy, and largely fail. His brief, of course, is to take on the iconic spectre of Whitney Houston, but again, we've seen...
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Kill Your Friends – Review

In 2008, after working in the shark-infested British music scene, John Niven penned the seminal Kill Your Friends, with a lead character equal parts Bateman and Belfort and here brought to life by that...