Review: Last Night in Soho

Director: Edgar Wright Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Diana Rigg At the beginning of Lewis Allen's 1944 haunted house picture The Uninvited, Ray Milland's Roderick Fitzgerald advises us just why the Cornish seem so preoccupied with eerie tales and superstitions, "not because there are most ghosts here than other places, mind you. It's just that …

Review: Cryptozoo

Director: Dash Shaw Stars: Zoe Kazan, Lake Bell, Angeliki Papoulia In the hand-drawn fantasia of Jane Samborski and Dash Shaw's Cryptozoo, mythical animals, chimeras and bestial hybrids - Cryptids - exist, gathered by humans to the titular sanctuary in the American MidWest; a kind of amusement park that creates revenue to help rescue more of …

Review: Titane

Director: Julia Ducournau Stars: Vincent Lindon, Garance Marillier, Agathe Rousselle There is a scene in David Cronenberg's vivid 1996 adaptation of JG Ballard's Crash in which Ballard (James Spader) and Vaughan (Elias Koteas) are speeding down a Toronto street on their way to a multi-storey car-park to pick up a prostitute. As the two talk about their …

Review: Dune (2021)

Director: Denis Villeneuve Stars: Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa Frank Herbet's politically charged sci-fi tome Dune has brought a couple of auteurs low already. Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt at filming it infamously never even made it to fruition, while David Lynch's admirable swing led to the director vowing never to work within the studio system again. …

Review: V/H/S/94

Directors: Simon Barrett, Chloe Okuno, Timo Tjahjanto, Jennifer Reeder, Ryan Prows Stars: Anna Hopkins, Kimmy Choi, Kyal Legend For me, personally, there was a mini horror renaissance around 2012/2013 when I started to discover the genuinely diverse and even subversive scope of independent horror movies that were bubbling beneath the surface, spurred on by the …

Review: Anne at 13,000 Ft.

Director: Kazik Radwanski Stars: Deragh Campbell, Dorothea Paas, Matt Johnson Surfacing in the UK on MUBI two years after its festival debut, Kazik Radwanski's Anne at 13,000 Ft. is a breath of fresh air searching for space in our current cinematic landscape. Over a trim 75 minutes, Radwanski presents us Anne (Deragh Campbell); a frustrated daycare …

Review: Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

Director: Lili Horvát Stars: Natasa Stork, Viktor Bodó, Andor Lukáts Remember at the end of Before Sunrise, after Jesse and Celine had spent 24 hours bonding so completely on their journeys around Vienna, when they made a pact to meet up 6 months later without swapping phone numbers? Sure you do. Now imagine if Before Sunset …