Review: Frankie

Director: Ira Sachs Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Marisa Tomei, Sennia Nanua Ira Sachs' films have been generally well-received and have played locally, but its taken the involvement of Isabelle Huppert to truly draw me into the fold. From the outside, I had perceived his work to have a kind of low-stakes, mild-mannered and wholly middle class …

Review: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Director: Michael Chaves Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, John Noble The eighth film to emerge in this franchise since James Wan kicked it off in 2013, the laboriously titled The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It goes hard embracing the hoariest tropes that make popcorn horror movies easy pickings for criticism, and catnip for punters after …

Review: Rare Beasts

Director: Billie Piper Stars: Billie Piper, Leo Bill, Lily James Pop star... Doctor Who sidekick... national treasure and a very good actor, Billie Piper has run the gamut already. But she's not done. Not nearly. Chiseling into the third decade of a varied career, Rare Beasts finds her working both sides of the camera. Writer/director …

Review: The Unholy

Director: Evan Spiliotopoulos Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Cricket Brown, William Sadler The Unholy is comfortably one of the worst films I've seen in my entire life, but I had so much fun. Well, a bit of fun. Well, I stayed 'til the end. Let me explain a bit. I've been writing this blog/site for going …

Review: Oxygen

Director: Alexandre Aja Stars: Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric, Malik Zidi Cinemas may have reopened across the country (yay!), but there are still plenty of viewing options for those wary of rushing back to 'normal', And, around here at least, something new from Alexandre Aja is usually enough to pique curiosity. If you're cycling endlessly through …

Ranked: The Saw Films

After months of lying dormant, biding their time, the nation's cinemas are poised to reopen. And while the awards season giants are queuing up to draw extra revenue following their spurious streaming debuts, there's also a scant smattering of new releases hotting up the listings. Among the most wryly amusing (hopefully) to arrive on opening …

Review: Nomadland

Director: Chloé Zhao Stars: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Bob Wells Thus far in a relatively brief but exemplary career, Chloé Zhao has shown a tenderness and sensitivity to microclimates that typify the American Midwest. Be it the reservations of Songs my Brothers Taught Me or the close-knit rodeo bonds of The Rider, her approach has …