Review: The New Mutants

Director: Josh Boone Stars: Blu Hunt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams Given that the combined efforts of the MCU and DCEU (is that right?) have bludgeoned virtually all enthusiasm to watch superhero movies from my shambling body, my very visit to see The New Mutants is as much a surprise to me as anyone. Especially given how …

Review: Tenet

Director: Christopher Nolan Stars: Elizabeth Debicki, John David Washington, Robert Pattinson One can only imagine the frustration felt by Christopher Nolan as a juggernaut larger than his own tentpole film took over its release. The feted director's fixation with controlling time must've never seemed so far from his reach as when Covid overtook him. Oh cruel …

Review: La Llorona

Director: Jayro Bustamante Stars: María Mercedes Coroy, Julio Diaz, Sabrina De La Hoz Horror cinema has long reached hard for ways and means of isolating characters within a specific, claustrophobic space, be it through hazardous weather, clapped-out cell phone reception or even - in the case of Babak Anvari's excellent 2016 film Under the Shadow …

Review: An Easy Girl

Director: Rebecca Zlotowski Stars: Zahia Dehar, Mina Farid, Benoît Magimel The low-stakes French film about a summer of love and sexual awakening is, at this point, a subgenre all of it's own. Comfortable, nostalgic movies that feel like mini holidays all by themselves. Beautiful countryside, beautiful beaches and beautiful people. Male directors incuding Éric Rohmer, …

Review: Babyteeth

Director: Shannon Murphy Stars: Eliza Scanlen, Toby Wallace, Essie Davis Ten years ago, going to the movies got strangely uncomfortable. Following the smash hit Avatar, 3D became the new fad, with all the big studios (and a handful of curious auteurs) jumping on the bandwagon. This repackaging of an old gimmick had its moment of novelty …

Review: Host

Director: Rob Savage Stars: Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb Horror filmmaking has long been at the forefront of social commentary and trends (sometimes even leading the charge), so it seems perfectly legitimate that the first high profile film of the lockdown age comes from the more ghoulish end of the cinematic spectrum. New …

Review: Proxima

Director: Alice Winocour Stars: Eva Green, Matt Dillon, Zélie Boulant With some trepidation today I took my first steps back into a cinema in nearly five months. A humid Saturday afternoon was cooled with an uneasy but pleasantly air-conditioned matinee. From behind my mask I was able to catch-up with familiar members of staff (behind …

Review: Black is King

Director: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter Stars: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Kelly Rowland, Lupita Nyong'o The visual album has become a linchpin of Beyoncé's release schedule for the past decade now - since she reclaimed her artistic vision from her father - and has increasingly belayed an artist's interest in the medium, something she more than capitalised upon last year …