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…

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…

TrailerTime: 45 Years

There are too few credible dramas about people over the age of 60; and even fewer that consider love at that time in life. Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, for which Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay won the Silver Bear for best actors at the Berlinale, is one of the best in, well, a long time (that’s me…

International Women’s Day: 10 great film performances since 2010

On days such as today, it can feel like we are getting somewhere in the quest for gender equality. The sheer number of people talking about International Women’s Day is marvellously encouraging, and while there is still a LONG way to go, I believe we’re headed in the right direction. When we get ‘there’, we…

’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…