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The Father

In 1991, Anthony Hopkins took home a well-deserved Best Actor Academy Award for his unforgettable performance in The Silence of the Lambs, despite only appearing in the film for 16 minutes. His latest film, The Father, sees him...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Elyse

Recently winning his second Academy Award at the age of 83 – the oldest Best Actor winner on record – Sir Anthony Hopkins is certainly enjoying something of a resurgence of late, with 2019 also seeing him nominated for a slew o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

End of Sentence

While most weepy dramas go all-out with overtly heavy-handed themes and powerhouse performances, the more impactful are often the quieter films. Indie filmmaker Elfar Adalsteins makes his directorial debut with this poignant an...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Artist’s Wife

Tom Dolby’s The Artist’s Wife often comes across as a film desperately trying to cross every single cliché off the ‘Oscar bait’ bingo card.  Dealing with the wife of a renowned artist recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s before ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fukushima 50

HBO’s Chernobyl series was arguably the television event of 2019. The harrowing five-part drama told the story of the 1986 nuclear accident – one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history – and the sacrifices made in the at...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rams

In 2015, filmmaker Grímur Hákonarson wrote and directed the acclaimed drama Hrútar (Rams) which subsequently won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and, the following year, was voted by online newspaper Kjar...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Synchronic

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are among the finest filmmakers working today. Over their previous three films Resolution, Spring and The Endless, they have presented fascinating singular visions unlike anything else seen in c...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Falling

One of the finest actors working today, Viggo Mortensen’s on-screen legacy is secured with his role in The Lord of the Rings – but with his work on Falling, more strings are added to his bow. Writing, directing and producing th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Patrick

In a time when originality in film continues to fade as we drown in remakes, reboots and superheroes, filmmaker Tim Mielants is here to save the day with one of the quirkiest films of the decade. The film takes place in a Belgi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mogul Mowgli

With Halloween just around the corner, Bassam Tariq and Riz Ahmed’s raw and powerful – and deeply flawed – Mogul Mowgli presents an alternative to the usual horror fare. Focusing on the very real demons of Zed, a young Br...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Based on the 1968 trial of a group of men accused of inciting violence in protesting the Vietnam War during the Democratic Party Convention, this courtroom drama feels more relevant now than it did then.  At one point set to be...
 
 
 
 
 
 

An American Pickle

Since bursting onto the scene with his trademark chuckle and gross-out humour, Seth Rogen has become a household name in the vulgar comedy scene. With films like Superbad, Knocked Up and Sausage Party under his belt, it’s diffi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jojo Rabbit

By this stage of his writing-directing career Taika Waititi can do little wrong. Off the back of the out-of-the-blue double success of What We Do In Shadows and Hunt For The Wilderpeople, not to mention some little movie about ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Red Joan

Red Joan presents a brilliant example of the most remarkable story being told in the most unremarkable way. A great-grandmother in her 80s being arrested by MI5 on the doorstep of her suburban home for treason. Her crimes, some...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Everybody Knows

Everybody Knows is your average ‘missing child’ thriller film that heavily relies on one thing: the chemistry between real life married couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. To the film’s credit this is quite easily the most ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lucky

One year ago, the great Harry Dean Stanton passed away at the age of 91, just months after Lucky premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, 2017. It was poignant and felt almost planned that this should be his final lead performance ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

I, Tonya

A biopic about an ice skater from the 90s. That maybe no one has heard of. What’s the draw? Well, I, Tonya has a few. Not least the accomplished leading performance from superstar Margot Robbie but in tandem the Oscar-win...
 
 
 
 
 
 

You Were Never Really Here

On the surface, director Lynne Ramsay‘s You Where Never Really Here is a film about a hitman fighting to rescue a young damsel in distress. Doesn’t sound like anything new. Bursting out from under that surface, howe...