Review: Spotlight

Director: Tom McCarthy Stars: Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Billy Crudup 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 …

Review: Room

Director: Lenny Abrahamson Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Brie Larson 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 …

Review: The Revenant

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Forrest Goodluck Conventional wisdom tells us that violence and vengeance form a circle, but that notion suggests the return to a beginning place, a place of innocence where said violence existed only in potential. What if, instead, it were a spiral, emanating from a microcosmic central point, it's …

Review: Joy

Director: David O. Russell Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper 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 …