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Song To Song

You know the Hollywood system has successfully killed the wattage of star power when a film with a cast like Song To Song fails to make any kind of dent at the box office. But then again perhaps Terrence Malick is not a filmmak...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lady Macbeth

Looking bleaker than a Dickensian abode Lady Macbeth, based on the novel Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov, is, unsurprisingly, a fairly harrowing watch. Not from a horror or violence point of view, althoug...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Handmaiden

Whatever happened to the erotic thrillers of the ‘80s and ‘90s? Films like Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct and The Last Seduction in which sex and betrayal were the most natural of bedfellows. Perhaps in the era of new feminis...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 Lost City Of Z

“Mankind awaits our discoveries.” And such is the pressure Percy Fawcett places upon himself and his team of explorers as they set out to find The Lost City Of Z. Or Eldorado, or The City Of Gold. But this is no ‘80s cartoon ad...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Quiet Passion

Terence Davies is a director whose work is systematically outpaced by reputation. Unlike many directors who hit the ground running straight out of film school, Davies left school at the age of sixteen and spent the best part of...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Logan

Hugh Jackman was never meant to be Logan, or his more popular alisa Wolverine for that matter. He was supposed to be played by Dougray Scott. Let that sink in for a moment. Let the horror and dread fill you at 17 years of Dougr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lola

Rainer Werner Fassbinder was as prolific a director as he was visionary; making 40 feature films in just fifteen years, before his untimely death, and becoming a pioneering figure in the New German Cinema movement of the 1960s-...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...