Review: The Levelling

Director:  Hope Dickson Leach Stars: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden Hope Dickson Leach's sparse, emotionally intelligent feature debut features two pieces of source music, both songs taken from A Silver Mt. Zion's first album He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts Of Light Sometimes Grace The Corners Of Our Rooms. Anyone familiar with that album …

Review: The Beguiled

Director: Sofia Coppola Stars: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst The arrival of a new Sofia Coppola film is always cause for excitement. With the triptych of The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation and (the poorly received but enduring) Marie Antoinette she confirmed herself a major talent in American filmmaking, tapping into a thoughtful feminine ennui with her …

Review: Harmonium

Director:  Kôji Fukada Stars: Mariko Tsutsui, Tadanobu Asano, Kanji Furutachi While it is not wholly inaccurate to describe Kôji Fukada's latest as a quiet film, the use of loud sounds to punctuate and ratchet tension proves repeatedly integral. Take a key scene from the second half. By this time a malaise has settled firmly over the …

Review: Free Fire

Director: Ben Wheatley Stars: Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer Made in quick succession with last year's anarchic J.G. Ballard adaptation High-Rise, Free Fire finds Ben Wheatley in looser form. Where High-Rise evoked the rise of Thatcherite Britain and the societal divisions that blossomed from that rotten seed, Free Fire is less consciously political, despite the central conceit …

Review: The Fits

Director: Anna Rose Holmer Stars: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Antonio A.B. Grant Jr. Coming in at a temptingly svelte 72 minutes, Anna Rose Holmer's debut feature The Fits is one of those modest joys that appear every now and again that deserve better distribution than has been generally afforded. If you can find a screening of …

Review: Moonlight

Director: Barry Jenkins Stars: Ashton Sanders, Alex R Hibbert, Trevante Rhodes The Florida shoreline is an intrinsic part of Barry Jenkins' Moonlight; the steady rhythms of the breaking waves setting a pulse for the film. Jenkins pushes the sound deftly, rekindles it, has it play in dreams. The relaxed rhythm reminds the viewer of breathing. In …

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 …