Review: Amulet

Director: Romola Garai Stars: Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Imelda Staunton Such is the nature of indie film distribution - in combination with the ongoing pandemic - that Romola Garai's 2020 effort Amulet is only now reaching UK cinemas in a conspicuously modest run. Ah well. A little exposure is better than none. Tomaz (Alec Secareanu) is …

Review: Parallel Mothers

Director: Pedro Almodóvar Stars: Penélope Cruz, Milena Smit, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón Having played a supporting role in Almodóvar's last film - the well-received Pain & Glory - Penélope Cruz takes centre stage for Parallel Mothers, giving her best performance since Volver some 15 years ago. Cruz plays photographer Janis, who falls pregnant following an affair with an archaeologist …

Review: Belfast

Director: Kenneth Branagh Stars: Ciarán Hinds, Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan Branagh's directorial career has some chaotic energy but, if it is defined by anything, it's an abundantly populist intent. His 1994 take on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein dipped madly toward the inklings of Grand-Guignol, but still cosied things up in the glossy aura of a Royal …

Review: Scream (2022)

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillet Stars: Jenna Ortega, David Arquette, Melissa Barrera Like a snake eating its own tail, the only reason that the fifth Scream movie isn't called Scream 5 is so that it can make a self-referential joke about this decision. Yes, the oh-so-meta comedy slasher franchise is back from the dead once again, unfeasibly …

Review: Memoria

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Stars: Tilda Swinton, Elkin Diaz, Juan Pablo Urrago In the second half of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's remarkable and beguiling Memoria, a man named Hernán Bedoya (Elkin Diaz) lies down in the Colombian grass to sleep at the behest of nomadic quester Jessica (Tilda Swinton). In a shot mildly reminiscent of Dea Kulumbegashvili's Beginning, we rest …

Review: Cow

Director: Andrea Arnold Ever since her Oscar-winning debut short Wasp back in 2003, Andrea Arnold has been using the immediacy of hand-held to carve out her stories, charting a career of generally acclaimed social realism in the UK before the last decade saw her restlessly applying her methods to other forms. A dourly gripping literary adaptation …