Review: Varda by Agnès

Director: Agnès Varda Agnès Varda died on 29 March this year at the age of 90. I've seen too few of her films: the ones offered to me by MUBI in the wake of her death... last year's charming Faces Places... her own mini-documentary on the making of partner Jacques Demy's The Young Girls Of … Continue reading Review: Varda by Agnès

Review: Annabelle Comes Home

Director: Gary Dauberman Stars: Katie Sarife, Madison Iseman, Mckenna Grace  Ah, back again. The franchise offshoot that just won't die. Annabelle is a weird one. A series centred on an evil doll from The Conjuring which is completely inanimate, yet acts as a conduit for a cumbersome demon that wants to suck your soul out. The first … Continue reading Review: Annabelle Comes Home

Review: In Fabric

Director: Peter Strickland Stars:  Fatma Mohamed, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires The sinister manipulations of inanimate objects have long antagonised our cinema screens, as horror filmmakers try to wring out truths about our obsessions with commodities. With things. This decade kicked off with an absurdist entry in the genre, as Quentin Dupieux used the prospect of … Continue reading Review: In Fabric

Review: Support The Girls

Director: Andrew Bujalski Stars: Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, Shayna McHayle Support The Girls is a movie set almost entirely at a Hooters-style roadside sports bar and is directed by a man. But even as you draw in breath ready for your long and fatigued exhale, wait. It's also one of the best little indies … Continue reading Review: Support The Girls

Review: Toy Story 4

Director: Josh Cooley Stars: Tom Hanks, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves The BBFC certificate card for Toy Story 4 confirms that it is rated U for universal, as expected, but it also advises that the film contains 'mild violence' and 'scary scenes'. A murmur ripples out across the packed cinema audience. 'Scary scenes'? This is a Pixar … Continue reading Review: Toy Story 4

Review: Booksmart

Director: Olivia Wilde Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Billie Lourd Molly (Beanie Feldstein) is class president and has spent the entirety of her high school life devoted to academia. At the expense of popularity and at the expense of life experience. She has a bestie, Amy (Kaitlyn Dever), who has walked much the same path. … Continue reading Review: Booksmart

Review: High Life

Director: Claire Denis Stars: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Jessie Ross Robert Pattinson is the new Batman (*cough* best choice since Michael Keaton *cough*) and here he is in a new sci-fi film. Are his days in the wilds doing small pictures for indie darlings a thing of the past? Fuck no, they're not. High Life is … Continue reading Review: High Life

Review: Amazing Grace

Directors: Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack Stars: Aretha Franklin, Reverend James Cleveland, Clara Ward In Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film The Shining there is a scene in which Scatman Crothers' hotel employee Dick Halloran talks to young Danny Torrance about his incredible psychic gift. In order to put it into words that the boy can understand, he likens … Continue reading Review: Amazing Grace

Review: Madeline’s Madeline

Director: Josephine Decker Stars: Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July Here's the first thing, and its an important one; this isn't so much an indie darling as it is an art house film posing as one. Madeline's Madeline has courted praise in highbrow quarters, and the aura that has been extended is of something perhaps far … Continue reading Review: Madeline’s Madeline

Review: Vox Lux

Director: Brady Corbet Stars: Natalie Portman, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin At the age of thirteen, Celeste is injured in a high school shooting. A bullet pierces her neck and remains lodged against a vertebrae. Appearing at a vigil for the dead, she performs a song co-written with her sister Ellie (Stacy Martin). The song goes … Continue reading Review: Vox Lux

Review: Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé

Director: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter "I wanted every person who has ever been dismissed because of the way they look to feel like they were on that stage, killing 'em, killing 'em." This quote from Beyoncé, which floats through the first of Homecoming's intervals, should serve to quiet dismissals that this film is merely a concert film. It is … Continue reading Review: Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé

Review: 3 Faces

Director: Jafar Panahi Stars: Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei Its indicative of the splendid humour of Jafar Panahi's 3 Faces that, come the final shot of the film, the titular visages could be those of three cows riding in a procession of trucks, snaking through the dirt roads of northwest Iran. Something so delightful, so … Continue reading Review: 3 Faces

Review: Eighth Grade

Director: Bo Burnham Stars: Elsie Fisher, Emily Robinson, Josh Hamilton "What're you doing here, honey?" Danny DeVito's Dr Hornicker asks sagely to young Cecilia Lisbon in Sofia Coppola's sun-dappled adaptation of The Virgin Suicides, "You're not even old enough to know how bad life gets." To which the world-weary teen retorts, "Obviously, doctor, you've never … Continue reading Review: Eighth Grade

Review: Us

Director: Jordan Peele Stars: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph Dating back to the 16th century, the psychomanteum was a tool used for channeling spirits from the beyond or other realms of being; a room in which the focal point is a mirror, reflecting only darkness. In modern times, in which filmed storytelling is … Continue reading Review: Us

Review: 24 Frames

Director: Abbas Kiarostami 'I always wonder to what extent the artist aims to depict the reality of a scene. Painters capture only one frame of reality and nothing before or after it. For "24 Frames" I started with famous paintings but then switched to photos I had taken through the years. I included about four and … Continue reading Review: 24 Frames