The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil

It’s 2005, and there’s a serial killer on the loose – or so believes loose-cannon detective Jung Tae-seok (Kim Moo-yeol). His superiors aren’t convinced, but Jung soon finds an unlikely…

The Report

In the face of it, the prospect of a knotty political drama about the US Senate’s 2012 investigation into the CIA’s ‘Enhanced Interrogation Techniques’ (or EITs) post 9/11 is a…

Charlie’s Angels

In a post-credits sequence featuring some inexplicable cameo appearances, including teen snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim, we learn that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was at one time a Charlie’s Angel. It’s a…

Klaus

The greatest strength of Klaus, Netflix’s first feature-length animated production, is its synthesis of traditional style and modern techniques. Directed by Sergio Pablos, it’s a Christmas film for skeptics, deconstructing…

Frozen 2

No pity is extended towards parents who have had to repeatedly sit through 2013’s Frozen with an excitable sprog or sprogs propped on their knee. Because at the end of…

Little Monsters

“You’re being a child!”, remonstrates Sara (Nadia Townsend) with her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend Dave (Alexander England), at the beginning Little Monsters, written and directed by Abe Forsythe. She is not wrong….

Le Mans ’66

In the year of our Lord 1977, the BBC launched a weekly motoring magazine show called Top Gear, which was essentially metal fetish pornography for petrol-heads of all ages. You…

Marriage Story

Having just been served his divorce papers, Charlie (Adam Driver) wanders across the first floor landing of his wife’s family home, looking at the framed pictures on the wall. One…

Last Christmas

Where Wham!’s 1984 single ‘Last Christmas’ consists of a catchy mix of synths and sleigh bells, it’s the unmistakable sound of alarm bells that cuts through Paul Feig’s slushy seasonal…

Driven

There was a film released early in 2019 to barely audible fanfare called Framing John DeLorean, a self-reflective documentary about why no-one in Hollywood had been able to make a film…

Meeting Gorbachev

It was perhaps only a matter of time before Werner Herzog made a film about Mikhail Gorbachev. From fictional triumphs such as 1972’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God and 1982’s…

Midway

With the exception of Michael Bay, no filmmaker working today seems to take as much satisfaction out of blowing things up as Roland Emmerich. Since leaving his native Germany for…

Luce

Track star, debate champion, honours student: Luce Edgar (Kelvin Harrison Jr) can seemingly do no wrong in the eyes of gushing high school administrators and his wealthy adoptive parents, Peter…

The Aeronauts

Funny old things, hot air balloons. Once the future of aviation, they’re now seen as something of a curio in British culture, relegated to ‘experience’ days and annual public festivals….

A Dog Called Money

Strip away all the celebrity tittle-tattle, gossip and innuendo, and when we talk to artists we’re primarily interested in how they go about making their art. What’s your inspiration? What’s…

The Irishman

You’ve seen it mean and mohawked; raging and rouletted. You’ve seen it clean-cut and cut up; burnt, bloody and bedevilled. You’ve seen it mad-eyed and monocled; black-and-white and black-and-blue. You’ve…

Earthquake Bird

A few minutes into Earthquake Bird, Alicia Vikander’s Lucy Fly is shown translating an English-language film into Japanese for what we soon learn has been her job in Tokyo for…

Doctor Sleep

Let’s call it the battle of the SKs. In 1977, Stephen King publishes his best-selling novel ‘The Shining’, translating into the allegorical language of horror fiction the toll that his…

After the Wedding

As it twists its way through much cloying melodrama, Bart Freundlich’s After the Wedding feels more like an above-average episode of Grey’s Anatomy than it does an emotionally coherent feature…

Sorry We Missed You

Something is rotten in the north-east of England. A full decade on from the Great Recession, ordinary working-class folk like Ricky Turner (Kris Hitchen) are still feeling the pinch thanks…

By the Grace of God

François Ozon’s career has zig-zagged in so many different directions it’s impossible to anticipate what kind of movie we’re going to get each time this prolific director returns with a…

Chained for Life

A lengthy Pauline Kael quote about the good looks of actors benefitting cinema precedes Aaron Schimberg’s Chained for Life. Its opening shot, of a young woman (Jess Weixler) navigating a…

Terminator: Dark Fate

Back in 2005, during his opening monologue for the Oscars, Chris Rock questioned the wisdom of the evening being referred to as the Night of a Thousand Stars, “There’s like…

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Based on the real life experiences of San Francisco native Jimmie Fails – who plays a version of himself in the film – Joe Talbot’s Sundance sensation, The Last Black…

Dolemite Is My Name

All hail conquering king Eddie Murphy, making a visible onscreen effort for the first time since 2006’s Dreamgirls. For many of the film roles he’s taken in this vast interim,…

The Laundromat

If there’s one thing that director Stephen Soderbergh loves, it’s using cinema as a way to chart global economic frameworks. The flow of capital is really something he digs hard,…

The Beach Bum

Where does one go as an artist after shooting a film about sociopathic geriatrics, or birthing the image of a cornrow-sporting James Franco fellating a pistol? Harmony Korine, the United…

Monos

The blistering third feature by Colombian-Ecuadorian filmmaker Alejandro Landes starts with training rituals that recall the physicality of Claire Denis’ Beau Travail. Its characters are eight teenage guerrillas serving the…

Zombi Child

The dead may have been walking among the living for decades without causing a stir. They move and they moan, their bodies work and their eyes see, but they do…

Zombieland: Double Tap

Here are my 23 personal rules for making movie sequels – a guide to live by. Rule #1: Try, whenever possible, to only make a sequel to a movie if…

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Stop-motion animation has always had a reach-out-and-touch quality that you just don’t get from traditional line-drawn or digitally composed equivalents. A significant element of Shaun the Sheep’s charm is feeling…