Harp, played by Idris Elba, sits on horseback in the film CONCRETE COWBOY

Concrete Cowboy – Review

Concrete Cowboy stars Idris Elba and Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin as an estranged father and son whose fraught reunion takes place in Philadelphia’s underground horse-riding scene. This setting –...
Moxie

Moxie – Review

Vivian, the protagonist of Amy Poehler’s Moxie, starts the film timid, quietly submitting to the high school superlative of “most obedient”, and by the end of the film she is clad in a leather jacket...
Pieces Of A Woman

Pieces of a Woman – Review

The opening scene of Pieces of a Woman may well prove to be the point which either wins or loses its audience. It begins with Martha (Vanessa Kirby) experiencing labour pains while her partner Sean (Shia...
Ma Rainey

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...
Mank

Mank – Review

Herman J. Mankiewicz is not anybody’s first choice for a prestige Hollywood biopic. He may have co-written one of the greatest films of all time, Citizen Kane (and that’s debated), but to most people the...
Hillbilly Elegy Pic

Hillbilly Elegy – Review

In an early scene of Hillbilly Elegy, our protagonist, J.D. Vance, is at a catered three-course meal desperately trying to differentiate between the silverware positioned before him. It’s a familiar...
Devil All The Time

The Devil All the Time – Review

American epics often weave their stories through the decades, bolstered by a cast of characters who run the length and breadth of the morality spectrum, making their way through a world that’s changing...
Work It

Work It – Review

Netflix teen movies follow the same recipe: take a peppy teen star protagonist, comic relief, a love interest, break-up and make-up plot points, mix them together, pour into a high school, bake for 90 minutes...
All Day Night

All Day And A Night – Review

Joe Robert Cole’s second feature eschews the usual techniques for establishing audience rapport with its central character: before viewers properly get to know aspiring rapper Jakhor (Ashton Sanders), he...
A Secret Love

A Secret Love – Review

Originally lined up to premiere at this year’s now cancelled SXSW, Netflix have stepped in to release Chris Bolan’s documentary A Secret Love. With Jason Blum onboard as executive producer and Ryan Murphy...
Tigertail

Tigertail – Review

Best known as co-creator of Master of None, Alan Yang brings the deeply personal story of his family’s history to Netflix. Tigertail tells the story of Pin-Jui, a poor Taiwanese factory worker who embarks on...
Coffee And Kareem 1200 Cropped

Coffee & Kareem – Review

As part of its promotion, Coffee & Kareem released a number of posters that paid homage to films past; Die Hard and 48 Hours, among others. Presumably meant to reflect the levels of action and comedy they...
Mowgli

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle – Review

Originally scheduled for release back in 2016 before being blindsided by Disney announcing a remake of their own, Andy Serkis’ directorial effort has finally found its footing on Netflix, bringing us a new...
Netflix Set It Up

Set It Up – Review

Set It Up is a fun, refreshing film in a time where romcoms that enter our cultural consciousness are either iconoclastic Hollywood blockbusters (from Bridesmaids to Pretty Woman) or cringeworthy Netflix...