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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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Loveless

Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) and Boris (Aleksey Rozin) are a middle-class husband and wife on the verge of separation. Both equally as angry and out of love with each other, we follow the hunt for their son, Alyosha (Matvey Novikov)...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...