Review: Beginning

Director: Dea Kulumbegashvili Stars: Ia Sukhitashvili, Kakha Kintsurashvili, Saba Gogichaishvil A communal space - a place of worship - lies empty. Gradually it fills with people and then, mid-sermon, it is dramatically emptied again, as Molotovs are thrown inside. The place burns and it descends into chaos. All of this happens without a cut and …

Review: Synchronic

Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead Stars: Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan, Ally Ioannides No one could accuse Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead of lacking ambition. Over the course of their low-budget features Resolution, Spring and The Endless, the idiosyncratic creative duo have navigated time loops, metaphysical horror monsters, cultists, the mandates of storytelling itself and inter-species romance (of a …

Review: Archive

Director: Gavin Rothery Stars: Stacy Martin, Theo James, Rhona Mitra For Gavin Rothery, the future is monochrome. His debut feature - a reasonably scaled sci-fi piece reminiscent of opening salvos from the likes of Duncan Jones and Alex Garland - takes place seventeen years from now. At a remote Japanese facility owned by a corporation …

Review: Stardust

Director: Gabriel Range Stars: Johnny Flynn, Jena Malone, Marc Maron Here's a list of things you probably need in order to pull-off a successful music biopic. 1) Since the critic-proof success of Bohemian Rhapsody, one thing you don't need, apparently, is to try. But you should try. Those box office numbers have meant that an often creatively-bankrupt movie subgenre …

Review: This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

Director: Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese Stars: Mary Twala, Jerry Mofokeng, Makhaola Ndebele Lesotho sits in the midst of South Africa; a landlocked island on a continent whose cinema seldom makes it to our shores. A vast area of filmmaking effectively silenced by poor distribution and widespread apathy to what it has to say. This makes any …