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 …

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. …

Review: Green Book

Director: Peter Farrelly Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini Ever get the feeling Peter Farrelly saw Adam McKay shift gears from bawdy comedy to prestige drama and thought, "hey, I can do that"? This certainly seems like a credible scenario given the arrival of Green Book. The former creative talent behind There's Something About …

Review: An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

Director: Jim Hosking Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Craig Robinson, Jemaine Clement Having been wooed by the exceptionally well assembled trailer, I snapped up a chance to partake in An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn without doing any research. It was only in the ensuing week that a dread chill presented itself. This goofy-looking comedy starring Aubrey Plaza …

Review: Zama

Director: Lucrecia Martel Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Lola Dueñas, Mariana Nunes It's been a decade since Lucrecia Martel stirred art house audiences with the quietly provocative The Headless Woman, but following a handful of shorts and a documentary, she returns to feature filmmaking with Zama, an absurdist sideswipe at colonialism. Daniel Giménez Cacho stars as Don Diego de …

Review: Game Night

Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein Stars: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemmons As I sit writing this, the snow from this week's weather front is thawing on the roof and cascading down the side of the house. The gutters - already a problem - are overflowing from the melt; fat, heavy droplets spattering on …

Review: Lady Bird

Director: Greta Gerwig Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts I've been thinking a lot about homogenised culture and Donnie Darko. Indulge me. I'm 34. When Donnie Darko came out - around the close of 2001, start of 2002 - its 1987 setting felt quirky and nostalgic. The fashions, the mindsets, the music. Maybe because I was …

Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Director: Martin McDonagh Stars: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson Culpability hangs heavy over the residents of Ebbing, Missouri in Martin McDonagh's latest film. In an early scene, embittered and grieving resident Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) whips out a flashy piece of dialogue aimed at the local pastor, more or less accusing him of culpability …

Why I Love… #90: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Year: 1953 Director: Howard Hawks Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn   As 2017 turns into 2018, why would fondly remembering a movie as wildly outdated as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes prove worthwhile? Perhaps because cinema history is exactly that; a history. Art is always a product of its time and thus Gentlemen Prefer Blondes should be …