Review: House of Gucci

Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Salma Hayek Ladies and gentlemen, the charcuterie is open. Though octogenarian Ridders has vocally blamed millennial apathy on the poor performance of The Last Duel just last month (shit, this year feels long), I'd wager the real culprit was the blink-and-you'll-miss-it promotional campaign and non-existent theatrical run …

Review: Drive My Car

Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi Stars: Hideotoshi Nishijima, Tôko Miura, Reika Kirishima Yûsuke (Hideotoshi Nishijima) and Oto (Reika Kirishima) are a married couple in contemporary Japan who both work in the arts. He as an actor, she as a writer of alluring fiction, both short stories and screenplays for television. They are a couple connected by - …

Review: Azor

Director: Andreas Fontana Stars: Fabrizio Rongione, Stéphanie Cléau, Carmen Iriondo There are few films in recent years that have felt as slippery and evasive as Azor. Considering I have a somewhat high tolerance threshold for obtuse and mysterious cinema, you can take that as your first warning. However, if these are qualities that tend to …

Review: Procession

Director: Robert Greene An anonymous double-garage with its wide door closed. Slowly it opens, sliding up to reveal... boxes. Boxes atop boxes. As high as the ceiling, as deep as the garage goes, so it seems. These are case files. Sexual abuse case files. The Catholic church's unending connection to pedophiliac horror stories isn't funny …

Review: Petite Maman

Director: Céline Sciamma Stars: Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse Skip over her illustrious last film, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, for just a moment and the cinema of Céline Sciamma has been defined by her keenly attuned sense of the interior lives of children. In Water Lilies this manifested in a tale of …

Review: Cry Macho

Director: Clint Eastwood Stars: Clint Eastwood, Eduardo Minett, Natalia Traven Now 91, it's somewhat remarkable that Clint Eastwood is still making movies at all, let alone making them with such irrepressible regularity. Not only that, but he's taken to appearing in front of the cameras once again, doing double duty as each brings the prospect …

Review: King Richard

Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green Stars: Will Smith, Demi Singleton, Aunjanue Ellis Was Will Smith bored? Is that why this has happened? Did the man see his acting career becoming mo-cap, voice work and cameos, and did it send a chill down his spine? Was he wandering the halls of his mansion like a lost Quentin …

Review: Passing

Director: Rebecca Hall Stars: Ruth Negga, Tessa Thompson, André Holland There's a scene in Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir in which young prospective filmmaker Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) is grilled on her desire to make a film about Sunderland dockworkers. She is questioned on why she has chosen a subject so alien to her own experience. One might …

Review: Spencer

Director: Pablo Larraín Stars: Kristen Stewart, Sean Harris, Sally Hawkins Today, 5th November 2021, marks the UK release of Pablo Larraín's frosty Princess Diana biopic with Kristen Stewart in the lead role, but it also marks the release of Kid A Mnesiac; a grouping of Radiohead's two signature 2000/2001 albums which were originally released a …

Review: Antlers

Director: Scott Cooper Stars: Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T Thomas, Keri Russell The small coal mining town of Cispas Falls, Oregon has fallen into economic decline, breeding a sickness of poverty and addiction that manifests strange and terrible beasts here in Scott Cooper's Antlers. Presented in a washed out, wintry palette that chimes with the sense …

Review: Last Night in Soho

Director: Edgar Wright Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Diana Rigg At the beginning of Lewis Allen's 1944 haunted house picture The Uninvited, Ray Milland's Roderick Fitzgerald advises us just why the Cornish seem so preoccupied with eerie tales and superstitions, "not because there are most ghosts here than other places, mind you. It's just that …