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: The Green Knight

Director: David Lowery Stars: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Sarita Choudhury David Lowery's Arthurian odyssey ought to have played wide in cinemas here in the UK, but that ship sailed once Entertainment Film Distributors struck a deal with Jeff Bezo's shopping empire. As a result, you'll be very lucky if you have the opportunity to see …

Review: Limbo

Director: Ben Sharrock Stars: Amir El-Masry, Vikash Bhai, Sidse Babett Knudsen A car filled with disrespectful teenagers performs doughnuts in the wet sands of a Scottish estuary out in the middle of nowhere. In the backseat between two teenage girls, Syrian asylum-seeker Omar (Amir El-Masry) sits uncomfortably as he is spun around and around; promised …

Review: Malignant

Director: James Wan Stars: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, Michole Brianna White Throughout an already significant tenure in popular horror cinema, James Wan has been most commonly creeped out by the idea of losing control. Be it succumbing to Jigsaw's traps or getting possessed by whatever malevolent ills stalk the shadows of Insidious and The Conjuring, …

Review: Annette

Director: Leos Carax Stars: Adam Driver, Marion Cotillard, Simon Helberg One imagines a future retirement home for provocateur filmmakers. Gaspar Noé is sat in the games room, muttering to himself and playing checkers with an imaginary opponent. Almodóvar is causing trouble in the canteen, trying to meddle in the daily dishes. And out in the …

Review: Purple Sea

Directors: Amel Alzakout, Khaled Abdulwahed Stars: Amel Alzakout While fleeing Syria by sea in 2015, the boat carrying Amel Alzakout capsized, plunging her and many other refugees into the water. Attached to her wrist, Alzakout's GoPro captured the event in full, and from a vantage point that we couldn't possibly have been afforded otherwise. Purple Sea …

Review: Come True

Director: Anthony Scott Burns Stars: Julia Sarah Stone, Landon Liboiron, Carlee Ryski There must be something in the water up in Canada. Certainly it seems to be the place to go for indie treats that blur the boundaries between science fiction and horror, and a new generation is gamely taking up the baton. We have …

Review: Wildland

Director: Jeanette Nordahl Stars: Sandra Gulberg Kampp, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Carla Philip Roder The gender politics of a small-time Danish crime family come under scrutiny in this assured directorial debut from Jeanette Nordahl; a punchy offering that opens with a car accident and ends on a scream. That description along with the film's title conjure …

Review: Zola

Director: Janicza Bravo Stars: Taylour Paige, Colman Domingo, Riley Keough There are many great opening lines in literature, in plays, in music. Lines that get you on the hook. Think about how 'Heard It On The Grapevine' begins with "I bet you're wondering how I knew..." for instance. That shit's got you paying attention. Zola intends that …

Review: The Nest

Director: Sean Durkin Stars: Carrie Coon, Jude Law, Michael Culkin Carrie Coon had appeared on my radar a couple of times before The Leftovers, but it was her turn as Nora Durst in HBO's extraordinary three-season drama that forever earned her a position, in my mind, as one of The Greats. Everything that made Nora the …

Review: Nadia, Butterfly

Director: Pascal Plante Stars: Katerina Savard, Ariane Mainville, Eli Jean Tahchi At the time of writing, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are, belatedly, in full swing, but its a games unlike any other. It's a year late and the bleachers are empty, the audience is missing. Economically, it's a disaster for Japan, as the additional revenue …

Review: The Halt

Director: Lav Diaz Stars: Joel Lamangan, Piolo Pascual, Shaina Magdayao Shot and assembled in 2019 before the pandemic came the dominate the world, Lav Diaz's quasi-sci-fi dystopian epic The Halt (Ang Hupa) now seems phenomenally prescient. Running close to 5 hours, his film documents a tapestry of lives in Manila circa 2034. Volcanic eruptions have blotted …

Review: Undine

Director: Christian Petzold Stars: Paula Breer, Franz Rogowski, Jacob Matschenz In Christian Petzold's latest, Undine, the tension between dreams and reality rarely leaves the screen. We can be steeped in the ostensibly 'real' - the notion of day-to-day truth that Petzold recreates with his characters and settings - only for these parameters to shift. Second guessing …

Review: The Stylist

Director: Jill Gevargizian Stars: Najarra Townsend, Brea Grant, Sarah McGuire Claire (Najarra Townsend) is a lonely hair stylist eager to provide immaculate service to her clients, but who feels alienated from the urban landscape around her. Her position at the lower end of the beauty industry makes her work a commodity, but she clearly wishes …

Review: Sweat

Director: Magnus von Horn Stars: Magdalena Koleśnik, Julian Swiezewski, Alexsandra Konieczna We are a planet of abundant over-sharers. Culturally, collectively, globally... we're obsessed with self-documentation. From selfies to 'stories', news feeds, tweets and everything in between, this website included. We're habitually cataloging our lives, uploading and updating a persistent stream of information that's too vast …