Review: Dumbo (2019)

Director: Tim Burton Stars: Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton, Eva Green "This is a disaster," exclaims Alan Arkin's character during the climactic scenes of Tim Burton's live action Dumbo remake, and given the savaging the film has received from most quarters of the UK press, one might assume that this line will live to take on a … Continue reading Review: Dumbo (2019)

Review: Widows

Director: Steve McQueen Stars: Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez There's more than one locked room to crack in Steve McQueen's blistering new heist movie Widows. Viola Davis' Veronica Rawlings is as tough a nut as we've yet encountered from this director, whose work has a thematic through-run of protagonists restricted by bonds, literal or psychological. … Continue reading Review: Widows

Review: Roman J. Israel Esq.

Director: Dan Gilroy Stars: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo The Nightcrawler director returns with another burrowing character investigation. Where his previous reflected a gasoline flavoured nihilism and cast Los Angeles in sickly hues, this latest takes a more traditional approach. Denzel Washington stars as the titular character and his casting should tip some viewers to … Continue reading Review: Roman J. Israel Esq.

Review: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Stars: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan "It was very Lynchian," I overheard a gentleman tell his wife upon leaving the screening of The Killing Of A Sacred Deer that I attended, as the varied audience tried to get a handle on what they'd just been through. Now, everyone is most certainly entitled to … Continue reading Review: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer

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 … Continue reading Review: The Beguiled

Review: The Lobster

How important is having a partner? We live in a society that puts great value in the notion that we must all pair off for life. Any deviation from this is somewhat stigmatised. If you haven't found a partner by a certain age, there is a view that you've failed in some way, or are … Continue reading Review: The Lobster

Review: Total Recall (2012)

“I’ll see you at the party, Richter” God bless Schwarzenegger. To certain people of a certain age with a certain sensibility, the above is one of the great movie quotes of all time. Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall, by no means a perfect film, was nonetheless a rip-roaring thrill ride of excess. Coming at the tail … Continue reading Review: Total Recall (2012)