Black Sea – Review

For a film that promises dark claustrophobia, most of Black Sea’s action takes place on a surprisingly spacious and well lit submarine. Nonetheless, the pressure is suffocating, rising as the action gets...

The November Man – Review

Pesky Russians, sneaky intelligence agencies, whizzingly distant locales, exotic women with intriguing accents... Pierce isn’t the only one who’s been here before. Though Brosnan sells hard-bitten like...

Nightcrawler – Review

Jake Gyllenhaal unfurls creepy wings as Lou Bloom, a determined vulture ready to feather his own nest in the shade of the American Dream. Lou’s maniac eyes share the same greedy glint as his hungry camera....

White God – LFF Review

White God is an intrepid and incisive thriller. Blisteringly beautiful, brutal and bizarre, it achieves the intimacy and meticulousness essential to crystallize unspoken communication and potent...

A Girl At My Door – LFF Review

A Girl At My Door lingers in the mind. The film is intelligent and enigmatic as it charts shifting equilibriums, a beautiful landscape and its convincingly flawed inhabitants. The impact is heightened by an...

Honeymoon – Review

Declining to note that honeymooning at an isolated cabin in the woods - “we’re gonna have the whole place to ourselves” - is asking for trouble, Honeymoon soon passes its table-setting cliché and...

A Most Wanted Man – Review

Go into A Most Wanted Man expecting the familiar tone and pace of fellow John le Carré adaptation Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and you won’t be disappointed. Corbijn’s direction is a little more gruff and...

Cold in July – EIFF Review

Adapted for screen from John Lansdale's novel of the same name, Cold in July retains its free-flowing pulp heritage, with violence and retribution galore. What sets Mickle's latest apart, however, is just...

In Secret – Review

In Secret feels like a film that has sat in stasis, waiting - to get made, for its cast to stabilise, for its leads to maybe even make it big. In a claustrophobic, stagey Paris primarily existing within a...

Transcendence – Review

Which is worse: a bad film or a disappointing one? Transcendence manages to be both at the same time. Wally Pfister’s directorial debut is a fractured crazy pavement, cementing together thick slabs of...