Anomalisa Review

It’s a Charlie Kaufman film, so it should be no surprise that Anomalisa playfully considers our beliefs and expectations. And yet it manages to offer up an experience even hardened cinema-goers will not expect. Given the endless possibilities afforded in a CGI age, it is a shame that animation is so frequently used in the service of robots hitting each…

Get Your NetFix: Mommy

A new feature on the blog. This is for the many people who turn on Netflix/Amazon Instant Video/your Video On Demand service of choice all psyched to get some super film action, only to find themselves half an hour later, thumbing through titles that have become so meaningless you start to wonder if you’ve made…

Top 5: Leonardo DiCaprio

Well you know what they say – sixth time lucky! On Sunday the Academy satisfied a meme that began before memes were a thing, by awarding Leonardo DiCaprio the Best Actor award for his performance as frontiersman Hugh Glass in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s revenge drama The Revenant. Whether or not he deserved it this year…

Oscars 2016: Preview

Hollywood’s gilded centrepiece is upon us again, and Tinseltown is tingling with anticipation. This time, though, the focus is rightly (finally) on what is missing; namely ANY nominees of colour in the acting, directing, writing, editing – well, most of the categories. With several high-profile figures including Will Smith & Jada Pinkett-Smith, Spike Lee &…

Sundance 2016: Preview

Another Park City film fiesta is upon us, with tens of thousands of talented folk gathering in the Utah mountains for a celebration of independent cinema from across the world. Here is this writer’s pick of what looks good in each category from the most mouth-watering cinematic menu. Be prepared to hear these names again…

Top 10: Films of 2015

A bionic renegade leads the charge against a masked warlord. A stunning jazz singer burns all too brightly, a man falls for a machine and a much-loved franchise makes a nostalgic return. And Minions; minions, everywhere. There was so much to see on screen in 2015, but what were the 10 best films of the…

TrailerTime: Room

As awards season really kicks into gear, there are few titles taking up as much speculative space as Room. Directed by Frank‘s Lenny Abrahamson, it is Emma Donoghue’s adaptation of her own 2010 novel. Taking its idea from the horrifying Josef Fritzl case, it is narrated by Jack, a young boy who has spent all his life in Room and turns…

The Lobster Review

If you had to die and become an animal, what animal would you be? It sounds like the discussion topic that comes with the joke in a Christmas cracker. For Yorgos Lanthimos it is the idea from which he explores love, emotions and the pressures of conformity in his dark, dry fifth feature The Lobster. David…

Carol Review

The glorious first shot of Todd Haynes’ Carol sets the tone for the majesty of what is to come. Opening on intricate lines that we cannot quite identify, the camera pans back to show them to be a street drain. It rises further, swooping over the bustle of New Yorkers fighting the winter chill, before coming to rest…

Steve Jobs Review

Enough has been written, said and filmed about Steve Jobs since his death to fill several iPhones (even the 128gb ones). Trust Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle, then, to find a new approach to the enigma of the Apple empresario, this time portrayed by the ample talents of Michael Fassbender. Using a tripartite structure, we…

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: Steve Jobs

There really aren’t many films about rich white guys, are there? Especially ones who use computers. And are called Steve Jobs. Thank heavens Universal are rectifying this situation with the second Jobs biopic in two years; after the Jobs biopic that was called Jobs, this one is called Steve Jobs to avoid confusion. One can…