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…

Preview: Free Fire

Ben Wheatley is one of the most inventive directors making films right now. From family crime drama Down Terrace through horror hit Kill List, my personal favourite Sightseers and psychological Civil War thriller A Field In England, he has an astonishingly high level of quality and originality. Mr Wheatley currently has two films in the…

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…

Top 5: Film Dads

‘I have three kids and no money. Why can’t I have no kids and three money?!’ So laments Homer Simpson, the most famous screen father of them all. But isn’t being a dad the greatest gift a man can have? (I saw that in a card shop). Pop your daddy issues aside for a moment;…

Top 5: Screen kisses for NationalKissingDay

Everyone does it. Your mum, your boss, the ticket-collector on the train. It is only fair that kissing should have its own day. There is some contention over the date (June 19th & July 6th both macking strong claims), but kissing has always been a pivotal movie gesture. So to pay lip service to this carnal…

’71 Review

Yann Demange’s ’71 is a thriller set in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles. It is an astoundingly tense film that uses its historical template to analyse the intricacies of conflict, but also wider themes of loyalty, trust and the corrupting nature of partisanship. The narrative centres on Gary Hook, a young British – and English…

Gone Girl Review

David Fincher has a strong claim to being the most prominent filmmaker of his generation. He tackles completely separate stories in a signature style,  & everything he has made is really good. It is no surprise for me to say that Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel about a man suspected of having murdered his…

A Most Wanted Man Review

A Most Wanted Man is the fifth feature film from Dutch director Anton Corbjin, and is notable for one of the last performances of a modern cinematic great, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is fitting that, in one of his final screen appearances, the immensely talented Hoffman is far and away the best thing about…

Pride Review

The death of narrative cinema is constantly proclaimed and, with another summer of superhero blockbusters behind us, it can feel like the proclaimers are right. But every now and then comes a film that reinforces belief in the importance, nay, the necessity of storytelling. Pride is one such film. Prepare yourselves, this review might be…

The Guest Review

One moment at the beginning of Adam Wingard’s The Guest captures the forte of the film very well. Anna Peterson (Maika Monroe) is questioned on David, the titular visitor to her family abode. She tersely replies, ‘I said he seemed nice, I didn’t say I liked him’. It is on this distinction between charm and…