The Best of 2021

The top ten The Matrix ResurrectionsTitaneZolaPurple SeaMalmkrogCensorPetite MamanMalignantNotturnoShiva Baby Film of the YearThe Matrix Resurrections Lana Wachowski's belated capper to the hugely influential trilogy made stylish again a form of cinematic spectacle deadened over the last decade of Marvel reign. This phenomenally beautiful sci-fi fantasy piece gleefully leaps down the rabbit-hole with abandon, pushing the …

Ranked: The Saw Films

After months of lying dormant, biding their time, the nation's cinemas are poised to reopen. And while the awards season giants are queuing up to draw extra revenue following their spurious streaming debuts, there's also a scant smattering of new releases hotting up the listings. Among the most wryly amusing (hopefully) to arrive on opening …

The Best of 2020

The top ten Portrait of a Lady on FireNever Rarely Sometimes AlwaysEmaBeanpoleA Hidden LifeLovers RockOverseasDick Johnson is DeadRelicAn Easy Girl     Film Of The YearPortrait of a Lady on Fire Céline Sciamma's fourth directorial effort is some kind of masterpiece. The initially diffident, then slow-thawing relationship between painter, Marianne (Noémie Merlant), and subject, Héloïse …

Ranked: Terrence Malick

Looking through the local cinema listings, it is will dismal acceptance that I note that A Hidden Life - the new opus from one of cinema's living legends - is not playing anywhere near me. A privileged woe, granted. Blame poor distribution, a lack of faith from cinema chains, or the happenstance of the first busy release …

The Best of 2019

The top ten If Beale Street Could TalkUsMadeline's MadelineThe Farewell The Irishman/I Heard You Paint HousesEighth Grade Monos Burning Support The GirlsHomecoming - A Film by Beyoncé     Film Of The YearIf Beale Street Could Talk "In a very real sense If Beale Street Could Talk is one of the most ecstatic expressions of romance to …

The Best of 2018

The top ten Phantom ThreadShoplifters120BPM (Beats Per Minute)SuspiriaAnnihilationThe Miseducation of Cameron PostWidowsBlack PantherFirst ManLady Bird Film Of The YearPhantom Thread "Despite their varying ways of hiding and protecting themselves, Reynolds and Alma are two of the most intimate and open characters that Anderson has yet presented us with, when wounded and when wicked." A beguiling, …

The Best of 2017

The top ten Certain WomenThe Florida ProjectRawMoonlightJackieCall Me By Your NameGet OutThe Killing Of A Sacred DeerThe HandmaidenToni Erdmann Film Of The YearCertain Women "All three stories find Reichardt offering us women trying to progress with their lives in the face of absurdity. The tempo is steady and one can readily imagine a thousand other …