The Little Stranger – Review

Director Lenny Abrahamson follows his Oscar-nominated Room by opening things up to a mansion with this period Gothic mystery. Said mansion is the dilapidated Hundreds Hall in post-War rural Warwickshire, and...
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The Bookshop – Review

This film was previously reviewed on 19/02/2018 as part of Berlinale 2018. Charming and inconsequential, The Bookshop perfectly evokes the sensation of losing yourself in a good book. Nothing too heavy –...

Red Sparrow – Review

Let's get the elephant out of the room straight away: Red Sparrow is not a pseudo-Black Widow. Despite some undeniably shared DNA and a similar title, this is a different beast. But, marketed as a slick, sexy...
The Bookshop

The Bookshop – Berlinale 2018 Review

Charming and inconsequential, The Bookshop perfectly evokes the sensation of losing yourself in a good book. Nothing too heavy – more of a summer read than daunting prose – we are led stepping into its...

The Homesman – Review

She calls her mules Grace and Redemption, he dubs his horse Brown; therein lies a relatively comprehensive summation of Mary Bee Cuddy (Swank) and George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones). As the pair journey across...

Horns – Review

2014 is a damned fine year for Daniel Radcliffe, and Horns a damned fine outing (“witty” emphasis on "damned"). Initially playing as a cross between The Invention of Lying and Bill’s New Frock, as...

Gone Girl – Review

It's a tired debate but Gone Girl begs the question: is a faithful adaptation the best adaptation? Gillian Flynn's novel is the mystery du jour, a missing person’s case fit for a pessimistic...

If I Stay – Review

Heavily infused with music and relying on a flashback format, Forman’s novel seems ideal for the audio-visual medium of film. Yet Cutler’s unenergetic debut betrays the influence of the Nicholas...

Labor Day – LFF Review

Based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, Labor Day is a moving drama from Jason Reitman. Told as an extended flashback, the film is a mixture of coming-of-age drama and mature romance. Darker and more...