Review: Rings

Director: F. Javier Gutiérrez Stars: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Johnny Galecki, Alex Rose What next for the presumed-dead Ring movies? It's a question that Rings - the third installment in the American iteration of the franchise - struggles to answer, flitting from one idea to another and steadfast refusing to settle. There are four or five little movies …

Review: Loving

Director: Jeff Nichols Stars: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton Writing about film on a regular basis involves looking for ways to keep your work fresh, finding new approaches where possible without coming off as trite or beholden to gimmicks. Only last week I approached Hacksaw Ridge via it's somewhat misleading trailer, so it's frustrating to …

Review: Christine

Director: Antonio Campos Stars: Rebecca Hall, Michael C Hall, J. Smith-Cameron Antonio Campos' film is the second to appear in the past year devoted to the story of Sarasota television news reporter Christine Chubbuck who committed suicide live on television in 1974. She shot herself in the head live "in living colour". The other film, …

Review: Lion

Director: Garth Davis Stars: Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara There's a particular corner of film buffery that steadfastly defers to the silent era as the medium's true halcyon days, even now, some ninety years after our actors started talking to one another. Garth Davis' Lion is not a silent film, not even nearly, but for nearly …

Review: Split

Director: M. Night Shyamalan Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley I have a few conflicting feelings about Split, M. Night Shyamalan's new film starring James McAvoy as a man with 23 different personalities who kidnaps three teenage girls. On the one hand it feels as though, following the commercial success of his last film, The Visit …

Review: Jackie

Director: Pablo Larraín Stars: Natalie Portman, Billy Crudup, John Hurt In the last 100 years there have been a handful of moments in American history that can be argued to have brought trauma to the collective consciousness. 9/11 is one. The assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is another. And one can look broadly at …

Review: Manchester By The Sea

Director: Kenneth Lonergan Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges Kenneth Lonergan's latest indie epic is here, and like his last - 2011's under-seen Margaret - it's a slowly defrosting tale of grief and responsibility, implicitly American in its specific geography but broadly universal in its honest truisms.  Lonergan plies his trade in an overpopulated field, …

Review: La La Land

Director: Damien Chazelle Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend Damien Whiplash Chazelle loves jazz and you should too. That's the long and the short of it, and if pushing us through his aforementioned white-knuckle hyper-drama hadn't changed our minds then this time he's turning on the charm. Switching up (considerably), he now presents us... an old-fashioned …

Review: Silence (2016)

Director: Martin Scorsese Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Issei Ogata Be it the pilot episodes of HBO dramas Boardwalk Empire and Vinyl or his recent feature presentations, 2011's love letter to cinema Hugo or the rambunctious and for-the-most-part crowd pleasing hit The Wolf Of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese's recent directorial output has maintained a level of pomp, vigor and …