SCHEMERS

Schemers – Review

Everyone growing up in a nothing town dreams of making something of it. For director Dave McLean, it was throwing a disco to impress a girl, which led to gig after gig, booking the likes of Simple Minds, The...
Monsoon

Monsoon – Review

Reconnecting with your childhood home is an emotionally turbulent experience, but all of these feelings within Hong Khaou’s Monsoon are expressed in moments of profound quiet. The first half-hour of the film...
Enola Holmes and Eudoria

Enola Holmes – Review

On her sixteenth birthday, Enola (Millie Bobby Brown) has her life upturned when her mother and mentor (Helena Bonham Carter) disappears, leaving her at the mercy of the misanthropic Mycroft (Sam Claflin,...
The Roads Not Taken

The Roads Not Taken – Review

This film was previously reviewed in February 2020 as part of our Berlinale Film Festival coverage. The gradual loss of a person to dementia is an incredibly painful process to witness; Sally Potter draws...
Koko Di Koko Da

Koko-di Koko-da – Review

Too exploitative to be intelligent, too repetitive to be innovative, Swedish director Johannes Nyholm’s second feature is an ambitious attempt to tackle the long-lasting effects of deep-set trauma that loses...
Netflix Unknown Origins Edit

Unknown Origins – Review

Unknown Origins could and should have been so much better: a self-aware buddy cop movie with a crime-fighting duo investigating murders inspired by superhero origin stories. Fast, fun, and exciting with...
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Ava – Review

Ava opens with a scene we can all recognise: a mother dropping off her daughter at school, the daughter complaining of embarrassment, the mother fussing over lunch and safety. But here, this comfortable...
SPREE PIC

Spree – Review

What, really, can be called authentic in a time of social media personas and rampant reality television? For Kurt Kunkle, it’s live-streaming The Lesson, a twisted mission acted out as a Spree driver, a taxi...
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...
Kissing Booth 2

The Kissing Booth 2 – Review

Following on from a film populated by weird, inconsistent montages and a manipulative, creepy male lead, audiences were probably not expecting a masterpiece from this second instalment of The Kissing Booth....
The Old Guard 2

The Old Guard – Review

In a roulette of life and death, we meet Andy, an immortal soldier spinning without purpose through her existence. Stalking through the streets of Morocco, she joins Booker, Joe and Nicky, her counterparts in...
ON A MAGICAL NIGHT

On a Magical Night – Review

What’s the secret to a long marriage? Extra-marital affairs, according to Maria. Richard, her husband, discovers one of her infidelities in a flurry of texts while she is showering. Following a nonchalant...