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Free Fire

You never quite know what you’re going to get from Free Fire director Ben Wheatley. From the kitchen sink drama of Down Terrace, the hallucinogenic A Field In England, the nightmarish Kill List and the social commentary of High...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The LEGO Batman Movie

Remember the best thing about The LEGO Movie? No, not Everything Is Awesome (but, yes, that was awesome) but the real scene stealer? Chris Pratt did an able job of carrying the movie it was Will Arnett’s perfect gravel voiced p...
 
 
 
 
 
 

La La Land

From its seven Oscar, and then six when it turned out Bonnie & Clyde had nearly robbed Moonlight, La La Land remained the true darling of this year’s awards season. Many sighted it was because Hollywood didn’t make musicals...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Edge of Seventeen

Being a teenager sucks. It doesn’t matter whether you are a jock, a nerd, the overachiever or the kid in the back no one will talk to because they smell a little bit. It’s something John Hughes taught us with simple and honest ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fright Night

Revisiting films that you saw as a teenager is always an unnerving experience. Until you press play, the film exists in a hazy nostalgic hinterland. Was it really as good as you remember?  Or will it turn out to be just so much...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Royal Tenenbaums

There is a sense of watching The Royal Tenenbaums that has you wondering if every finite detail on screen was meticulously planned out by writer director Wes Anderson. Because the world of the Tenenbaums is so perfectly realise...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Squid And The Whale

Arriving alongside its more popular cousin The Royal Tenenbaums as part of the Criterion Collection, The Squid And The Whale, for many, will be something of an acquired taste. But even if at first it does not appeal to the pall...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chevalier

Few European directors are as deserving of your time as Athina Rachel Tsangari. Born in 1966, Tsangari’s filmmaking career began after leaving her native Greece to attend film school at the University of Texas at Austin. It was...
 
 
 
 
 
 

La Grande Vadrouille

Cultural identity is a funny old thing…  Ask your average British or American cinema-goer what kind of films they associate with France and you will likely receive a description of either the hyper-stylish films of the French N...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bowfinger

In 1927, a Russian filmmaker covertly shot footage of the then “America’s Sweetheart” Mary Pickford on her holiday, and subsequently fashioned an entire film around the footage creating the illusion she was starring in the film...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Nice Guys

It’s fair to assume that as a child, while other boys his age were out playing baseball and trying to score with the chicks, Shane Black was hiding in a basement somewhere pouring over Raymond Chandler novels. Because the forme...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Love & Friendship

Oh how the British do so love their period dramas. All the finery of the costumes, the cut glass accents, the decadence of the real estate and the decorum of societal behaviour. But while Love & Friendship might look like s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Everybody Wants Some!!

Never trust someone who doesn’t love at least one Richard Linklater film. That’s a good policy to live by. Because Linklater, while being a director who dabbles in various genres and mediums, is a filmmaker who deals in the hon...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Flower of my Secret

Work your way through the six films included in the excellent Almodóvar Collection and you will begin to notice certain recurring motifs. Aside from Pedro Almodóvar’s fondness for transgressive imagery and his widely-celebrated...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kika

Back when distribution companies first began releasing and re-packaging the collected works of particular directors, eccentricities of choice could easily be explained away in terms of problems securing rights to well-known fil...
 
 
 
 
 
 

What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Fascism appears to have had a rather complicated influence on the development of Spanish cinema. When the dust finally settled on the Spanish civil war and cultural elites began surveying the damage, they realised that nearly a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dark Habits

While Pedro Almodóvar is now one of the best known and most widely-respected figures in European cinema, it is easy to forget that he began his career making underground films in the shadows of Europe’s last surviving fascist r...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Eddie The Eagle

Remember when you were at school and everyone said “it’s not the winning, it’s the taking part that counts”. You probably didn’t believe it then, there’s a part of you that probably doesn’t believe it even now. By the end of Ed...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dr. Strangelove

Trust Criterion to time their release of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic Dr. Strangelove or How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love The Bomb for the same time that a certain Premier just fired all his naval commanders. Of course it...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Get A Job

Get A Job’s premise is a simple one. It’s about a group of millennials, and one of their dad’s, all desperately trying to find an occupation in life that pays the rent. And for a lot of weed, apparently. Of course if you’ve eve...