Review: The Mustang

Director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Bruce Dern, Gideon Adlon At the beginning of Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's feature debut, on-screen text advises us that there are upwards of 100,000 wild mustangs roaming the United States, and that many of these are rounded up and captured; some sent to prisons to be broken by inmates, …

Review: Crawl

Director: Alexandre Aja Stars: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Cso-Cso Genre mainstay Alexandre Aja is no stranger to pitting man against an aquatic menace. Back in 2010, it was his gleefully trashy Piranha 3D that rocked and romped into movie theatres, trashing spring break way before Harmony Korine got a chance to, and giving bespectacled viewers …

Review: Transit

Director: Christian Petzold Stars: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Lilien Batman  In spite of the elegant calm of his scenes and the stillness often viewed in his characters, there's a sense of urgency about the cinema of Christian Petzold. Chiefly this comes from his protagonists, who have a habit of restlessly seeking some form of safety …

Review: Leto

Director: Kirill Serebrennikov Stars: Teo Yoo, Roman Bilyk, Irina Starshenbaum Leto begins incredibly. Long, immersive tracking shots of teenage girls sneaking into a Leningrad rock gig in the early 80s, where all attendees are made to sit passively as the band go crazy. Dancing in seats is not permitted. Holding up signs is a no-no. …

Review: Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Director: Quentin Tarantino Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margaret Qualley Quentin Tarantino is a fan of stories. Tall ones. Stories with a shade of truth but... embellished, stretched out, shaggy 'round the edges. Anyone who's seen his Inglorious Basterds can attest to that. He prefers a romanticised version of history; one he can reshape. In …

Review: Border

Director: Ali Abassi Stars: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Sten Ljunggren Human beings are not synchronous with nature. We run rough-shot over it, we destroy it, or augment it, building machines, paving over it, slicing it up with our tribalism, dividing continents into nations via arbitrarily lines. Our sense of entitlement and ownership contorts nature's simplicity. …

Review: Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw

Director: David Leitch Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby The promotional materials for Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw are something else. Cheaply green-screened face-offs to camera in which Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) shit-talk one another while a whole load of rapidly cut nonsense explodes all around them. These promos said one …