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 …

Review: Censor

Director: Prano Bailey-Bond Stars: Niamh Algar, Sophia La Porta, Michael Smiley In Britain in the early '80s, numerous low-rent horror films became the scapegoat of the Tory government's ills, dubbed "video nasties" and cut to ribbons by the British Board of Film Censors (now the British Board of Film Classification). This in an effort to …

Review: In the Earth

Director: Ben Wheatley Stars: Ellora Torchia, Joel Fry, Hayley Squires From one extreme to the other; those keeping an eye on the timeline here at The Lost Highway Hotel will note this is the second review of the day following Jon M Chu's In the Heights. It's a swift move from all-singing all-dancing to Ben Wheatley's …

Review: After Love

Director: Aleem Khan Stars: Joanna Scanlan, Nathalie Richard, Talid Ariss Actor Nasser Memarzia barely appears in After Love, but his character - Ahmed - is present in every scene. A Pakistani immigrant married to a white British woman Mary/Fahina (Joanna Scanlan), Ahmed lives a transitory life thanks to his work, which sees him spending as much …

Review: Shiva Baby

Director: Emma Seligman Stars: Rachel Sennott, Fred Melamed, Polly Draper Emma Seligman's Shiva Baby (which I choose to believe is named as such in a nod of respect to '70s Pam Grier action flick Sheba, Baby) arrives via MUBI in the UK on a promising wave of praise; praise that is (yes!) absolutely deserved. Seligman's debut …

Review: Nomadland

Director: Chloé Zhao Stars: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Bob Wells Thus far in a relatively brief but exemplary career, Chloé Zhao has shown a tenderness and sensitivity to microclimates that typify the American Midwest. Be it the reservations of Songs my Brothers Taught Me or the close-knit rodeo bonds of The Rider, her approach has …