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Patriots Day

Given recent terror attacks in London and Manchester Patriots Day’s home release could not have come at a worst time. That is far from being a damning indictment of the film, if anything it is quite the opposite. Because Patrio...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mulholland Drive

It is more than a coincidence that in the year David Lynch’s Twin Peaks returns to screens we also get a spruced up 4K edition of his masterpiece Mulholland Drive. Because, back when Lynch was beavering away with Agent Cooper a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Melody

This utterly charming film was born of a clever bit of business. Already successful in the field of advertising and an experienced director in his own right, David Puttnam decided to purchase the rights to a series of songs by ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Manchester By The Sea

Writer director Kenneth Lonergan, who won an Oscar for his Manchester By The Sea screenplay, is clearly a man fascinated with grief and trauma. All of his three directorial efforts, starting with You Can Count On Me, Margaret a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sully

In his twilight years Clint Eastwood’s directorial career has seen the Best Director Oscar winner turn his attention to ‘based on true story’ material. From Invictus through to American Sniper Eastwood’s output these days feels...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Snowden Review

At one point touted as a potential Oscar contender Oliver Stone’s Snowden seemingly came and went without a trace. Swamped beneath the more politically safe LA LA Land and Moonlight, Snowden is a film that is potentially too vo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Proud Valley

It’s rare you’ll find a film that isn’t especially great but is still well worth watching. The Proud Valley is one of those rare beasts. This 1940s Ealing production is never going to be a classic. Following the story of a blac...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Quarry

Long before HBO owned prime time TV with their visceral and addictive reworking of George RR Martin’s Game Of Thrones books, they had a reputation for groundbreaking drama. Whether Sex In The City, The Wire, or Bored To Death p...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Indochine

Way back in 1975, the Nigerian novelist and critic Chinua Achebe described Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness as an offensive and deplorable book that de-humanised African people  by reducing them to little more than set-dressin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 Shallows

Oh to be a fly on the wall in the original pitch for The Shallows. You can picture it now. A cigar smoke filled room, a group of stuffy looking studio executives smugly nodding as the concept of girl stranded on a rock being st...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Day for Night

These days, it is no longer uncommon to encounter books and articles prophesizing the imminent death of film as a medium. How can the medium that defined the 20th Century have been so thoroughly debased? Was it the alleged resu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Lion In Winter

It’s 1183 and King Henry II of England wants his youngest son, Prince John, to inherit his throne. His estranged wife Eleanor of Aquitaine favours their older son, Richard – he of Lionhearted fame. Eleanor is in prison fo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Man Who Fell To Earth

At the end of the day it’s all about Bowie.  Nicholas Roeg’s iconic tale is based on a sci-fi classic novel of existential loneness in which an alien – Bowie – arrives on Earth with a plan to save his dying homeward...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Money Monster

It is a crying shame that Money Monster didn’t do better box office business or garner better critical reception. Because it does a lot of things that Hollywood should be doing right now. It tells an original story, engages in ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Sacrifice

By 1984, the life of Andrei Tarkovsky had reached an impasse. Soon after the release of his Soviet/Italian co-production Nostalgia, Tarkovsky called a press conference and announced his decision not to return to the Soviet Unio...