Review: Arabian Nights Vol. 3 – The Enchanted One

Director: Miguel Gomes Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Chico Chapas, Américo Silva I sit here dumbfounded, perplexed, baffled and almost impressed. Miguel Gomes' Arabian Nights trilogy comes to a close in a manner I could not possibly have anticipated. In a way it's genius. In a more pressing way it's also probably the worst cinematic experience I've ever had. I …

Review: Mustang

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven Stars: Günes Sensoy, Ayberk Pekcan, Elit Iscan Light as air it may appear to be, but Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang deals almost exclusively with desperate people, and carries with it a rising sense of outrage at the smothering grip of patriarchal tradition. This quiet rabble-rouser was selected as Turkey's nominee for Best …

Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

Director: Bryan Singer Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Evan Peters X-Men: Apocalypse arrives buoyed by the critical and commercial success of both Matthew Vaughn's spirited First Class and Bryan Singer's own Days Of Future Past; both entertaining and comparatively impressive franchise instalments that have breathed new life into a series which seemed mired, for a time, by …

Review: Knight Of Cups

Director: Terrence Malick Stars: Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale Terrence Malick's latest film - his third in five years - continues the trend of his recent material, relying less on plot than on the notion of collage. Through the weightless, angelic camerawork of Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant), Malick invites his audience to participate in …

Review: Arabian Nights Vol. 1 – The Restless One

Director: Miguel Gomes Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Rogério Samora, Adriano Luz I'm fairly new to the cinema of Miguel Gomes; my awareness and interest in him piqued by his 2012 film Tabu, a collision of styles with a two-fold narrative that I found charming in a Wes Anderson fashion - well, the fanciful extended flashback fairy tale of …

Review: Green Room

Director: Jeremy Saulnier Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart Ever walked into a bar and realised, a little too late, that it's really not your scene? Jeremy Saulnier's third feature Green Room takes that idea to something of an extreme, in the process setting itself down as one of the more remarkable thrillers of 2016 so …

Review: Demolition

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Judah Lewis, Chris Cooper Imagine someone told you that there was a new album by Coldplay, Adele or Ed Sheeran and that it was really 'edgy'. Would you believe them? Would it turn out to be that way? Or would it be the coffee shop consumerist version of 'edgy'? Something …