The Witch: GIF Special

It’s here! After months of anticipation rising to extreme levels, today is the day UK moviegoers can experience the pure terror that is Robert Eggers’ The Witch. This New England woodland horror was reviewed on this blog over a year ago, & we showed the nerve-shredding trailer in August, so to celebrate the release of THE BEST FILM…

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…

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’…

TrailerTime: The Stanford Prison Experiment

One of the most screen-wanted true stories of the 20th century finally has a film, and that film now has a trailer. The Stanford Prison Experiment is an account of the experiments on the effects of authority conducted by Stanford professor Dr Philip Zimbardo in 1971. You may have heard of it: a group of student…

The Nightmare Review

Everyone is afraid of something. Clowns, heights, peanut butter getting stuck to the roof of your mouth. But what if the source of fear existed within your own head? And what if you couldn’t move to escape from it? Rodney Ascher’s original and chilling documentary The Nightmare looks at the phenomenon of sleep paralysis, and finds…

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Review

A good showing at Sundance can turn a film from a personal project to a worldwide hit. The success of Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl reaches beyond ‘good’ to quite extraordinary; the film took both the Jury and Audience awards in the prestigious U.S. Dramatic section. Me and Earl will now show…

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…