Brooklyn Review

Next time you hear ‘they don’t make them like they used to’, point the proclaimer to Brooklyn, the film of Colm Tóibín’s novel. It is a wholly satisfying slice of 1950s goodness, evoking with fondness and authenticity a period few of us actually remember. It also features one of the great screen performances of recent years…

Tangerine Review

Think you know Christmas films? Think again. Tangerine, the fifth feature from Sean Baker, is a seasonal flick like no other. It’s also a buddy comedy like no other, an exercise in guerilla filmmaking like no other – it is quite simply unlike anything you have seen before. It is essential viewing. We meet sex workers…

TrailerTime: The Witch

Fear ye, fear ye, for something wicked this way cometh. The scariest and the best film of 2015 so far, The Witch, has a trailer. Robert Eggers’ directorial debut shook the very mountains of Sundance with a potent mix of exquisite period design and hellish horror. I have never been as simultaneously frightened, impressed and…

TrailerTime: Brooklyn

‘Torn between two lovers, feeling like a fool, loving both of you is breaking all the rules’. So sang Mary MacGregor in 1976, and so is the heart of Brooklyn, the perfectly pure romance from Boy A director John Crowley. It is the adorably simple story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish woman who emigrates to New…

TrailerTime: The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Any regular movie-goer will know that finding a sincere depiction of teenage girl life is like striking gold. That is why I am so, so delighted to present the UK trailer for Marielle Heller’s wonderful The Diary Of A Teenage Girl. Fresh from winning Best International Film at Edinburgh Film Festival (as well as the…

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief Review

What is Scientology? Many of us know of the super-rich, American-based religion through the association of mega-celebs such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, but what would it mean to be a regular follower? Alex Gibney has a look, and finds a world of intimidation, fear and psychological warfare in Going Clear: Scientology and the…

TrailerTime: Eden

Are you ready for the drop? This summer there will be two films on release about the same world: that of the DJ. We Are Your Friends stars Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski and Wes Bentley, and we will see in late August if the gilded version of DJing offered in the rather lengthy trailer bears out…

Slow West Review

The images of Slow West, the first film from former Beta Band member John Maclean, are so beautiful and arresting that they seem hand-painted. Every aspect of the film has the mark of artistry about it, from the stunning landscapes to authentic costumes and believable, honest performances. Whether you are a committed cinephile or casual viewer, it…

Hot Girls Wanted Review

How do you make a documentary on a subject billions of people are connected to, but few would discuss in public or access at work? You do it with the compassion and fair mind of Hot Girls Wanted, the sophomore effort from journalists Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus on the promises and perils of the ‘amateur’…

Sundance 2015: The Witch

Repeat after me, ‘Do you know about The Witch?‘ Got it? Good. You’re going to be hearing and saying this phrase a lot in the coming months, as the best film at Sundance 2015 terrifies the world. The first feature from the dazzlingly talented Robert Eggers, The Witch is the story of a family living…