Midnight Traveler

A bug-bear of this writer is how frequently the term “humanising” is rolled out to distinguish a film about marginalised people – as if, until ‘X’ film, it was widely…

A Hidden Life

“Live by the foma [harmless untruths] that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.” This is the epigraph that author Kurt Vonnegut uses to launch his 1963 masterpiece…

Bad Boys for Life

Detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) were Bad Boys once. It was 25 years ago that a young buck director by the name of Michael Bay…

Waves

Trey Edward Shults makes claustrophobic family dramas of Shakespearian proportions – films that thrust difficult individuals bound by blood into confined spaces and allow chaos to reign. Spiky, discordant music…

Just Mercy

Walter McMillian spent six years on death row between 1988 and 1993 for a crime he did not commit. For almost the entire length of his sentence, attorney Bryan Stevenson…

Weathering with You

Rain has always been a prominent natural force in the work of Japanese animation director Makoto Shinkai’s, emblematic of a sort of spiritual connection between Heavens and Earth. In Weathering…

Bombshell

As the theme of social justice has become sufficiently topical to bring audiences into cinemas, there has been a glut of films with a single issue as their hook which…

Seberg

It brings us no pleasure whatsoever to deliver the news that Seberg, a stilted and slight biopic of the Iowa-born screen icon Jean Seberg, is something of a trainwreck. Part…

1917

Stories. Sometimes it’s simply the way you tell ’em. You could look to the heart-in-mouth beach landing scene in Saving Private Ryan, or the chilling depiction of Russian roulette of…

The Gentlemen

At the end of 2008’s RocknRolla, a title card promised us: “Johnny, Archy and The Wild Bunch will be back in The Real RocknRolla.” Twelve years on, said sequel is…

The 20 best film posters of 2019

As the year crawls to an end, we’re looking back at the finest posters from the past 12 months. From the illustrated to the comedic, these are our favourite bits…

The 25 best TV shows of 2019

As the decade draws to a close, there are more TV viewing options than ever before. Contemplating every buzz-worthy show is a daunting prospect, particularly as Apple and Disney have…

The 30 best films of 2019

Our 30 Best Films of 2019 have been selected first and foremost with you in mind, dear reader. These are not simply the films we most enjoyed watching, or the…

Cats

In the autumn of 2015, I adopted two lovely stray cats while living in Berlin. After I took them to the vet to be neutered, they returned with upset stomachs…

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The malign influence of space nerds with keyboards and a cartoon Wookiee avatar to hide behind are present in JJ Abrams’ purportedly climactic instalment of the space opera we know…

Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler’s greatest strength is his flair for the ridiculous. It doesn’t matter if he’s blue-suited anger bomb Barry Egan in Punch-Drunk Love or garbling buffoon Bobby Boucher Jr in…

Jojo Rabbit

Ludicrously billed as an “anti-hate satire”, Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit is so concerned with making its thematic intentions unmistakable that it neglects to be a satire of any kind. Its…

Jumanji: The Next Level

It’s Awkwafina’s world, we’re just living in it. After stealing the show in Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians in 2018, this year saw her become a global sensation thanks…

Pink Wall

When reflecting on past relationships, it’s the little things that often stick in the memory. This is certainly true of Tom Cullen’s directorial debut Pink Wall, which zeroes in on…

Citizen K

Given his uneven output of recent years – the Rolling Stones, Fela Kuti and Lance Armstrong films being cases in point – it is something of a joy (and relief)…

System Crasher

This debut narrative feature by Nora Fingscheidt is as bold and confrontational as its subject. Coming from a documentary background, the director carried out considerable research into ‘system crashers,’ a…

The Cave

The sound of explosives rattle in the background; clouds of thick grey smoke billow across the frame. The drone-mounted camera dives between the rubble, burrowing deep underground. It’s just about…

Lucy in the Sky

On the evening of 4 February, 2007, Lisa Nowak, a former naval flight officer turned NASA Astronaut, got in her car and drove from Houston to Orlando Airport. Upon arrival,…

Honey Boy

Ask anyone who was a child in the early 2000s for the role they most closely associate with Shia LaBeouf, and odds are they’ll refer to Louis Stevens, the wacky…

So Long, My Son

This ambitious, epic melodrama from Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai is delivered with historical richness and staggering emotional gravity. Across three hours, its story jumps back and forth between four decades…

Motherless Brooklyn

There’s an astonishing scene in Motherless Brooklyn where Edward Norton’s gumshoe narrator, who has Tourette syndrome, chases a lead in the case he’s working to a small, smoke-filled jazz club…