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Sorcerer

How is a film judged as a success? Box office return? Critical acclaim? Sorcerer, at its time of release in 1977 had neither. Off the back of success with The French Connection and The Exorcist director William Friedkin was Hol...
 
 
 
 
 
 

mother!

A mild-mannered Jennifer Lawrence is working away on a house restoration project in a vast and creaky abode that she inhabits with Javier Bardem – an intense, acclaimed writer who is suffering from writer’s block and actively s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan‘s gripping, gruelling war epic is his finest film yet. An exhausting, often overwhelming experience, it’s essentially a single, ever-intensifying set-piece that plunges you into the nightmarish cha...
 
 
 
 
 
 

War Of The Planet For The Apes

There is a point around midway through the latest apes trilogy, roughly two thirds of the way through Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, where you realise you are no longer rooting for the humans to win. It’s a stroke of genius be...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Frantz

Frantz is the latest film from French director Francois Ozon; a sombre period drama shot in succulent black and white set in the aftermath of World War I. A French soldier, Adrien (Pierre Niney), places flowers on the grave of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ghost in the Shell

This big-budget, live-action remake of the classic Japanese animation does just about enough. It’s a solidly watchable sci-fi thriller with striking visual style, but at no point does it even come close to capturing the h...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Elle

Paul Verhoeven – he of Total Recall, Basic Instinct and, of course, Showgirls – is back with Elle, an audacious, genre-bending bang, conjuring forth a blackly comic masterpiece that contains enough material to make ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

20th Century Women

Save for a single, ill-judged and really rather jarring shot (you’ll know it when you see it) pretty much everything about 20th Century Women is spot on. It’s warm, wonderfully written, frequently very funny and, mo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Loving

Jeff Nichols, beloved US writer/director responsible for such recent cinematic delights as Midnight Special (2016), Mud (2012) and Take Shelter (2011), crafts another notable entry, Loving, to add to his intriguingly diverse fi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Live By Night

The title of Ben Affleck‘s new gangster epic has about as much to do with the plot of the film as his character’s narrative arc has to do with a banana. Nothing. Live By Night is very good-looking, well dressed but ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Monster Calls

Director J.A. Bayona (best known for 2007’s The Orphanage) teams up with his long-time cinematographer and collaborator, Oscar Faura, to conjure a stunning and, if somewhat sentimental, moving Gothic fairy-tale in his lat...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sing

None of the X-factor-like drama but with a smidge of it’s endearing nature. Washed up koala Buster has dreams of bringing his theatre back to its former glory in the days prior to his ownership. A noble cause for the arts but e...
 
 
 
 
 
 

La La Land

A Technicolour melange of fantastical dreamlike musicality, Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land is a gorgeous, potent and moving love song to a bygone age of golden Hollywood movie-making magic and to the potential and power of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bleed For This

A remarkable true-life tale that limps unconvincingly onto the screen, Bleed For This just doesn’t do justice to the never-say-die spirit of boxing comeback king Vinny ‘Paz Man’ Pazienza. The story of a three-...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Paterson

Jim Jarmusch sets his directorial brush on fire to paint a wonderfully slow burning portrait of intimate love between two distinctly different but impossibly intertwined human beings in his latest, Paterson. Thematically not on...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Arrival

Arrival starts as it means to go on, with a hyper-stylish and realistic approach to the Sci-Fi genre. No wonder on the style front, as at the helm is Denis Villeneuve, the director behind Prisoners and Sicario. The realism play...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nocturnal Animals

After the success of his gorgeous debut film A Single Man you would imagine designer Tom Ford would have been in high demand in Hollywood. But he’s taken his time with his sophomore effort, keeping us waiting to see if his firs...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Deepwater Horizon

Last time director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg teamed up they gave us the visceral experience that was Lone Survivor. Spoilerific title aside Survivor told a relentless story of survival. There was unquestionably a desire...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Girl With All The Gifts

It’s telling that in a time of social and political upheaval superheroes have taken centre stage, or at least centre box office. Because we need something to give us hope, something to suggest a rescuer is on the horizon, a her...