Emma

As long as there are English teachers attempting to engage bored teenagers and TV scheduling gaps to be filled, there will be period dramas. They are as much a part…

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

One of the first things they teach in life-drawing classes is that you should look at your subject more than your paper. By looking, you learn the essentials: proportion; posture;…

Jihad Jane

The internet is good for precisely three things: buying clothes; porn; and being stealthily inducted into religious and/or political cults. Ciarán Cassidy’s feature-length debut is an engrossing documentary about the…

Sonic the Hedgehog

In the small, sleepy town of Green Hills, Montana, a superfast extra-terrestrial hedgehog pauses for an uncharacteristically prolonged spell to look longingly through a house window at local sheriff Tom…

First Love

“Things are getting complicated,” young, low-ranking yakuza Kase (Shōta Sometano) tells corruptible police detective Otomo (Nao Omori, who you may recognise as Ichi from Takashi Miike’s 2003 gore aria, Ichi…

Daniel Isn’t Real

It is all in the title. Lots of films – which won’t be named here to avoid spoiling – only reveal the imaginary nature of a character’s ‘invisible friend’ as…

Plus One

At the centre of Jeff Chan and Andrew Rhymer’s directorial debut are two Californian friends who, when feeling the blues of being single at a friend’s nuptials, agree to be…

Underwater

Kristen Stewart: fire your agent, out of a canon and into some kind of boiling tar pit from which he/she can nevermore mismanage the careers of Hollywood’s glimmering young stars….

Horse Girl

Before we even lay eyes on socially awkward Sarah (Alison Brie), we’re introduced to her adorable giggles. We then follow her around the craft shop she works at, advising amateur…

Birds of Prey

There’s an old adage that suggests in an urban area, you’re never more than six feet away from a rat. When it comes to movies, it seems you’re never more…

Bong Joon-ho: ‘There is no bunker in my house’

If there’s one movie from 2019 that’s representative of the times we’re living in, it’s Parasite. Bong Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or-winning masterpiece diagnoses our culture of socioeconomic inequality with piercing exactitude….

Parasite

It’s often said by people who don’t have a lot of money that money is the root of all evil. In actuality, the Bible verse (Timothy 6:10, if you were…

Show Me The Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall

A tempestuous character with a distinct sensibility, photographer Jim Marshall successfully encapsulated 1960s and ’70s America in his photography. Not only did he allow us entry into this transformative and…

Talking About Trees

A blackout in Khartoum motivates a group of elderly ex-filmmakers to recreate a scene from Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd. in which Gloria Swanson saunters down some stairs. Through a joyfulness…

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

If the release of Terry Gilliam’s long delayed and much ballyhooed fantasy satire The Man Who Killed Don Quixote proves anything, it’s that not all long delayed, much ballyhooed passion…

The Rhythm Section

In 2018, the film Red Sparrow attempted to reintroduce Jennifer Lawrence to the public as a sexy, sleek, serious superspy with unmatched combat skills and a dark backstory to match….

Queen & Slim

One of the side characters in Queen & Slim describes the two outlaws of the title as “the black Bonnie and Clyde”. As with the film that kick started the…

The Nest – first look review

It’s been nine long years since Sean Durkin burst onto the scene with Martha Marcy May Marlene, which featured a star-making turn from Elizabeth Olsen. His latest, The Nest, is…

Possessor – first look review

Brandon Cronenberg’s 2012 debut, Antiviral, was a stylish body horror about America’s obsession with celebrity. Now he’s flexing his filmmaking muscles again with a cautionary tale about where the ills…

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Is there anyone else on the planet who could play the incomparable Fred Rogers besides Tom Hanks? There’s not much of a physical resemblance, yet the two share something more…

Wendy – first look review

After premiering at Sundance in 2012, Benh Zeitlin’s debut feature Beasts of the Southern Wild went on to receive four Academy Award nominations, including Best Director. Audiences have been eagerly…

Richard Jewell

In Atlanta’s Centennial Park, a roar rises from the crowd as they recognise the downbeat of the ‘Macarena’. Dressed in jorts and wide-striped shirts, Olympics fans move in unison to…

What’s next for post-remake Disney?

Disney has announced plans for a “live-action” (that is to say, photorealistic animation) version of Bambi. Now, a whole new generation of youngsters can have their childhoods decisively ended by…

Kajillionaire – first look review

It’s 15 years since Miranda July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know premiered at Sundance and eight since her sophomore film The Future did the same, which means there’s…

Worth – first look review

Shortly after 9/11, the United States Congress passed a bill providing financial support to the families of victims in order to prevent them from suing the airline companies involved. But…

Minari – first look review

The title of Lee Isaac Chung’s fourth feature refers to Oenanthe javanica, or Java waterdropwort, a type of herb popular throughout Asia. ‘Minari’ is the name given to the plant…