A Ghost Story Review

I can think of few films that are as distant from their promotional photo, and indeed their title, as David Lowery’s A Ghost Story. We might anticipate a post-modern, self-aware horror; what we get is an original and emotionally profound depiction of love, loss and how humans move through time. Lowery has described the film…

God’s Own Country Review

Dramas about unspoken homosexual love often follow a familiar pattern at the cinema. The human triumph of God’s Own Country, the first film from British director Francis Lee, comes in showing how love is tough to express whatever the sexuality of the afflicted. Set amongst the windswept Yorkshire hills, it depicts two farm workers whose connection…

Christopher Nolan: the Bond debate

This week in cinema brings two industry titans back into focus. There is the new Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk, stretching the screen in an IMAX near you now, which is reviewed here. And Monday evening rewarded cinephiles further: James Bond will return, on November 8th 2019 in the US & slightly earlier in his beloved…

Dunkirk Review

It almost goes without saying that Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s 10th feature film, is thrillingly good. The motif of Nolan’s work is an astoundingly high quality level. By turning one of history’s most famous battles into a desperate existential drama, he invigorates yet another genre. Watching a new Christopher Nolan film is as good as cinema…

The definitive ranking of Christopher Nolan’s films

You’ve read the rest; now read the best. With the release of Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s 10th feature film, this is the perfect time for a look back through, and indeed a ranking of his work up until now. He is the most popular director of his generation amongst cinema-goers, with his signature style and frequently flexible…

Sundance 2017: Preview

For so many films, the journey begins here. The preparation has been done, the music tweaked, that shot of a neanderthal reality star being inaugurated as President removed because it’s too damn unrealistic. The film is ready for Sundance. But are you ready for the Sundance films? You will be, once you’ve read this preview, featuring…

La La Land Review

What separates a high-quality, enjoyable film from a cinema classic, etched in the public consciousness? Star performances? An unforgettable soundtrack? Resounding, colourful images? This question is a timely one, as La La Land has all three & much, much more; the level of chatter it has created amongst regular and casual movie-goers alike suggests it is…

Top 5: #BFIBlackStar performances

What is your favourite performance by a black actor? This is the question posed by the BFI & Independent Cinema Office ahead of #BFIBlackStar, a celebration of the most memorable black characters from film and TV. Its a tough one – so many powerful roles to choose from, right? Or perhaps it’s easy for you…

Top 5: Animations at #LFF

Animations: they’re not just for kids. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the programme of the 60th London Film Festival, which includes some of the most progressive, fascinating hand and computer-generated films in recent years. Here are 5 of the top animated movies showing at this year’s festival – with a few child-friendly picks…

Top 5: Returning heroes at #LFF

In its 60th edition and boasting 18 different sections, the London Film Festival is the perfect platform for filmmakers to develop their voice. The festival holds a heritage and reputation that promotes those involved, and a range of categories that allows directors to express their stories on almost any topic. Many have come back several…

Top 5: Features by women at #LFF 2016

The BFI London Film Festival is almost upon us again! It seems like moments since last year’s festival preview, but another group of films are straining at the leash, desperate to be set free upon a public pining for silver-screen adventure. The long-standing injustice of the under-representation of women both in front of and behind the…

TrailerTime: Free Fire

Ready…aim…fire! The guns are out in full force this afternoon, with the joyously shooty, shouty trailer for Ben Wheatley’s new film Free Fire. Starring Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Cilian Murphy, Enzo Cilenti, Sharlto Copley & several more great names, Free Fire is about an arms deal gone badly wrong, with a…