Review: Lady Bird

Director: Greta Gerwig Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts I've been thinking a lot about homogenised culture and Donnie Darko. Indulge me. I'm 34. When Donnie Darko came out - around the close of 2001, start of 2002 - its 1987 setting felt quirky and nostalgic. The fashions, the mindsets, the music. Maybe because I was …

Review: I, Tonya

Director: Craig Gillespie Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney When Craig Gillespie's Lars And The Real Girl landed in the late noughties it secured a safe place among the better twee American indie dramedies that typified the decade. In the subsequent years Gillespie's name has fallen somewhat out of interest, predominantly thanks to a series …

Review: Roman J. Israel Esq.

Director: Dan Gilroy Stars: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo The Nightcrawler director returns with another burrowing character investigation. Where his previous reflected a gasoline flavoured nihilism and cast Los Angeles in sickly hues, this latest takes a more traditional approach. Denzel Washington stars as the titular character and his casting should tip some viewers to …

Review: Black Panther

Director: Ryan Coogler Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira Black Panther is against binaries. It's against simplistic divisions such as seeing the world as East and West; Northern and Southern hemispheres; first world and third. It's against selective thinking that reduces arguments to black and white; selective thinking that can slice a crisis along …

Review: The Cloverfield Paradox

Director: Julius Onah Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl If there's one thing guaranteed to piss off the critics, it's getting excluded from the established pattern of pre-release screeners. Take a peek at 'Film Twitter' immediately after the surprise Super Bowl announcement that The Cloverfield Paradox would be available to stream on Netflix after the …