Review: Candyman (2021)

Director: Nia DaCosta Stars: Teyonah Parris, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo It's been nearly 30 years since Bernard Rose's Candyman sent an ungodly swarm of bees looming over Chicago and, ultimately, much further afield. Being of a (wince) certain age, I can remember the buzz of Candyman in the playground. Kids daring one another to go …

Review: Annette

Director: Leos Carax Stars: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg One imagines a future retirement home for provocateur filmmakers. Gaspar Noé is sat in the games room, muttering to himself and playing checkers with an imaginary opponent. Almodóvar is causing trouble in the canteen, trying to meddle in the daily dishes. And out in the …

Review: Purple Sea

Directors: Amel Alzakout, Khaled Abdulwahed Stars: Amel Alzakout While fleeing Syria by sea in 2015, the boat carrying Amel Alzakout capsized, plunging her and many other refugees into the water. Attached to her wrist, Alzakout's GoPro captured the event in full, and from a vantage point that we couldn't possibly have been afforded otherwise. Purple Sea …

Review: The Night House

Director: David Bruckner Stars: Rebecca Hall, Stacy Martin, Vondie Curtis-Hall Showing nationwide in multiplexes, The Night House isn't the easily-digested Friday night thriller it sorta kinda looks like it is. It's tougher than that. Moodier. Actually, downright morose. It takes you places and makes you think about depressing things. Death, mainly, and the paralysing fear that …

Minutiae: Love in Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter

Its exceedingly easy to dismiss the Friday the 13th series. From Sean S Cunningham's 1980 original through to the trash-humping 2009 Marcus Nispel remake, the slasher series is about as disposable as franchise cinema gets, even in horror circles. There's no single outright masterpiece in the set, and even the hardcore fans of the series will …

Review: Pig

Director: Michael Sarnoski Stars: Alex Wolff, Nicolas Cage, Adam Arkin While in the process of searching for his beloved truffle-hunting pig Apple, Rob (Nicolas Cage) visits an upmarket Portland restaurant with a 'concept'. The hook at Eurydice is the "deconstruction" of local cuisine; a dismantling of ingredients that attempts to create something new in the …

Review: Come True

Director: Anthony Scott Burns Stars: Julia Sarah Stone, Landon Liboiron, Carlee Ryski There must be something in the water up in Canada. Certainly it seems to be the place to go for indie treats that blur the boundaries between science fiction and horror, and a new generation is gamely taking up the baton. We have …

Review: Wildland

Director: Jeanette Nordahl Stars: Sandra Gulberg Kampp, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Carla Philip Roder The gender politics of a small-time Danish crime family come under scrutiny in this assured directorial debut from Jeanette Nordahl; a punchy offering that opens with a car accident and ends on a scream. That description along with the film's title conjure …

Why I Love… #137: L’Avventura

Year: 1960 Director: Michelangelo Antonioni Stars: Monica Vitti, Lea Massari, Gabriele Ferzetti The first and possibly most notorious of Michelangelo Antonioni's landmark four-film cycle with Monica Vitti, L'Avventura (The Adventure) might just be the most radical movie of the 1960s. This considering stiff competition from the likes of Jean-Luc Godard, Andy Warhol and many besides. The film …

Review: The Most Beautiful Boy in the World

Directors: Kristina Lindström, Kristian Petri With The Most Beautiful Boy in the World, Kristina Lindström and Kristian Petri attempt earnestly to make a documentary about the pitfalls of exploiting the vulnerable for the sake of making art. Yet, in the process, fall into the self-same trap. For modern audiences Björn Andresen is probably most recognisable as the …

Review: Jungle Cruise

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Stars: Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Dwayne Johnson Now, ordinarily, you'd have to drag me to see a Disney picture based on an extant IP that also happens to be a theme park ride, but Jungle Cruise got me voluntarily. Why? Jaume Collet-Serra. Sure, he's better known these days as the for-hire guy …

Review: Zola

Director: Janicza Bravo Stars: Taylour Paige, Colman Domingo, Riley Keough There are many great opening lines in literature, in plays, in music. Lines that get you on the hook. Think about how 'Heard It On The Grapevine' begins with "I bet you're wondering how I knew..." for instance. That shit's got you paying attention. Zola intends that …