Director: Lorcan Finnegan Stars: Imogen Poots, Jessie Eisenberg, Eanna Hardwicke Vivarium might appear shrewdly, even cruelly timed; arriving on streaming platforms in the midst of a pandemic that has restricted whole nations to their homes. For here we have an elusive and intriguing domestic nightmare about a young couple trapped at home... seemingly forever. However, … Continue reading Review: Vivarium
Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke Perhaps its fitting that Hirokazu Kore-Eda's first film outside of Japan should concern artifice and the cinema itself. Following his Palme d'Or win in 2018 with Shoplifters, Kore-Eda relocates to France, and presents us a fractured family that is intrinsically connected to the movie business. Spinning … Continue reading Review: The Truth
Directors: Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles Stars: Bárbara Colen, Thomas Aquino, Udo Kier Both Kleber Mendonça Filho's prior films - 2012's Neighbouring Sounds and 2016's Aquarius - depicted Brazilian communities under pressure from external sources. They were subtly balanced portraits of micro-climates in touching distance from humdrum reality. Neither of these works may properly prepare you for his … Continue reading Review: Bacurau
The world's ending. Or, well, it can seem like it. Depending on where you are, measures to stymie the spread of COVID-19 are in effect to varying degrees, but we're all feeling the stress of it, the uncertainty. Right now streaming services are helping the self-isolated to pass the time, services brimming with bingeable content … Continue reading Is The Leftovers the show for the moment?
Director: Peter Segal Stars: Dave Bautista, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Kristen Schaal For about five minutes last year it looked like we were going to have The Summer of Dave Bautista. Following the box office conquering Avengers: Endgame, two trailers landed for broadly appealing comedies starring everyone's favourite Guardian of the Galaxy. Stuber promised buddy action thrills, while My Spy … Continue reading Review: My Spy
Director: Craig Zobel Stars: Betty Gilpin, Ethan Suplee, Emma Roberts George Orwell's most famous works of fiction followed grim dystopian ideas through to their horrible, logical conclusions. In the process of putting these nightmares to paper, one wonders if Orwell didn't give a few people some ideas along the way. It's a notion that is … Continue reading Review: The Hunt (2020)
Director: Jeff Wadlow Stars: Lucy Hale, Michael Peña, Maggie Q Blumhouse churn out modestly budgeted horror pictures at a rate of knots and they all make money. As a result they can afford their variable hit ratio. Granted, more often than not they come up with the goods (perhaps only A24 know their audience better), … Continue reading Review: Fantasy Island
Director: Jessica Hausner Stars: Emily Beecham, Ben Wishaw, Kit Connor In both Don Siegel and Philip Kaufman's famous iterations of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the titular floral menace crashes to Earth from outer space. It is an interloper from elsewhere and so, in a real sense, an agent of chaos out of our control. … Continue reading Review: Little Joe
Director: Leigh Whannell Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid Abuse and abusers come in many forms but the root objective, insidiously, seems most often to be control. Control of another person. It's one of the more despicable traits to have defined humanity for centuries. Leigh Whannell's bold reinterpretation of The Invisible Man shines a … Continue reading Review: The Invisible Man
Director: Takashi Miike Stars: Becky, Masataka Kubota, Sakurako Konishi During most trips to the cinema you won't find yourself watching gut-shot Yakuza henchmen having dust from blown-open cocaine baggies snorted off of their rising hard-ons on the backseat of a speeding car, but then, most trips to the cinema in the UK aren't to see … Continue reading Review: First Love
Director: Autumn de Wilde Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart Given her appearances in the likes of High Life, Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria and The Cure For Wellness, any sighting of Mia Goth in the advanced previews of a movie now leads me to automatically assume it's going to be a weird/dour pressure-cooker experience where everything's liable to … Continue reading Review: Emma.
Director: Céline Sciamma Stars: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami Walking home from seeing Portrait of a Lady on Fire, I reached the crossing at a roundabout, pressed the small circular button and waited for the lights to change. Shimmying slightly through my glasses, the green man lit up clearly and I stepped onto the … Continue reading Review: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Director: Cathy Yan Stars: Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ella Jay Basco What to do about comic book movies? They're not going anywhere, at least not for the foreseeable. It's in vogue right now for 'highbrow' directors to vocally shit-talk them, and these comments are not without merit. These flicks are largely very similar to one … Continue reading Review: Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Director: Bong Joon-Ho Stars: Song Kang-Ho, Lee Sun-Kyun, Cho Yeo-Jeong Throughout his career, writer/director Bong Joon-Ho has been preoccupied with matters of class and entitlement. From the underdog family at the centre of monster-movie riff The Host to the very premise of train-bound sci-fi Snowpiercer. Bong has a penchant for asking us to root for … Continue reading Review: Parasite
Director: Marielle Heller Stars: Matthew Rhys, Tom Hanks, Susan Kelechi Watson We didn't really have Mr Rogers in the UK, but we had - and we have - Tom Hanks. From the every-man goofiness of his early comedies, through the earnest '90s to the kind, middle-aged statesman of many a Steven Spielberg picture, Hanks has … Continue reading Review: A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood