Review: Spotlight

Appearing like an act of contrition following calamitous Adam Sandler vehicle The Cobbler last year, Tom McCarthy's latest directorial offering is as austere a movie as we're likely to get this awards season outside of The Danish Girl. Working with production company Anonymous Content (who, by no coincidence were behind HBO's The Wire in which McCarthy starred), Spotlight accounts …

Review: Room

When I heard that The Room was back in cinemas and, what's more, sneaking into Oscars contention - not least for its lead actress - I assumed it was some weird joke. Had I woken in Bizarro-world? But no. Tommy Wiseau's cult 'classic' will remain on the midnight movie circuit for a while yet and the …

Review: Joy

There's a scene in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook in which Bradley Cooper's bipolar character Pat apologises to Jennifer Lawrence's Tiffany for his conversational style, explaining that he has "no filter". The same might very well be said for Russell's approach to his new film Joy - the portrait of a woman named Joy Mangano who …