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The Many Saints of Newark

David Chase’s seminal HBO series The Sopranos needs no introduction. Since its iconic final moments aired in the summer of 2007, fans have begged for more, and long-gestating rumours of a film have only built that hype. Now, 14...
 
 
 
 
 
 

#FrightFest2021: No Man of God

Another day, another Ted Bundy movie. In a year that brings not one but two more cinematic portrayals of the self-described “most cold-hearted son of a bitch you’ll ever meet”, how can No Man of God possibly bring anythin...
 
 
 
 
 
 

To Be Someone

Franc Roddam’s Quadrophenia is one of the most beloved British films of all time, flawlessly bringing The Who’s seminal album to life on screen while also carving out its own identity as an impeccable coming of age drama. In th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Silk Road

Between 2011 and 2013, a mysterious figure under the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts launched a platform in the dark web for buying and selling drugs. It was ultimately shut down by the FBI and just last year, the United States ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Joker

Why is Batman’s arch-nemesis The Joker such a fascinating character? A character that filmmakers and audiences alike are endlessly drawn to? Christopher Nolan got it, his Joker, stunningly portrayed by Heath Ledger, was not a m...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cold Pursuit

In light of Liam Neeson’s well documented remarks about wanting to exact revenge on any black man he could find after hearing his friend had been attacked by a man of the same skin colour, there’s a certain uncomfortable irony ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

On paper Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is a film very much of the times. Specifically a time when Donald Trump is the “Leader of The Free World”. A film that deals with freedom of speech, police brutality, racism, an...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Den of Thieves

You may be able to take the boy out of Paisley, but taking Paisley out of the boy proves harder. So it’s refreshing to see Gerard Butler back to his badass best as a swaggering douchebag cop taking the fight to a gang of swagge...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

War Dogs

War Dogs tells the story of two reunited friends meddling in the big business of arms dealing. It’s a punchy and funny buddy film that tows the line between its jokes and a modern parable. Todd Phillips weaves a film that...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hell or High Water

Thinking of the reimagined Westerns of today, it’s easy to be immediately drawn to the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men, and quite rightly so. It’s an absolute behemoth of a film and brought a cinematic experience ba...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Black

A modern day Romeo and Juliet with a dark twist, Black is as hard as it is stylish. Mavela (Martha Canga Antonio) and Marwan (Aboubakr Bensaihi) are from the wrong sides of the Belgian tracks, instead of the houses Montague and...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Triple 9

Cops, robbers, cops who are robbers, the Russian mafia, vicious cartel members and a concept that screams a crime thriller to rival the greats. So why is it that Triple 9 never feels like a threat to the films it so desperately...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sicario

Denis Villeneuve has steadily built an enviable body of work since his Oscar-nominated war drama Incendies (2010). With a penchant for restrained and confident storytelling, the tense and intelligent Prisoners and Enemy – made ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Legend

Tom Hardy stars as Ronald and Reginald Kray, the infamous British gangsters who set the underworld alight in the 50s and 60s due to their merciless and psychotic reputation ranging from East to West London. Legend is orientated...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mr Holmes

Obviously, everyone loves a sexy Sherlock. But there’s no trace of one here, which is terribly worrying: will anyone under 50 go to see Mr Holmes? Bill Condon’s take on Sherlock in his twilight years is gentle and complex and i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Ana Lily Amirpour’s hipster flick, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, is a little like the Director herself: a product of many cultures. Part Iranian New Wave, part Spaghetti Western, part budget indie, this monochrome delight c...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fast & Furious 7

How did we get to Fast & Furious 7? A franchise that started with essentially a Point Break remake, swap out skydiving and surfing for fast cars and they are identikit models, still shows no signs of running out of gas. Bec...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Voices

Marjane Satrapi – known primarily for critically acclaimed animated coming-of-age drama Persepolis (2007) – has clearly taken a bold u-turn with her first foray into the landscape of English-language film. Playing l...