Review: The Day After I’m Gone

Director: Nimrod Eldar Stars: Menashe Noy, Zohar Meidan, Sarit Vino-Elad Methods of communication are at the heart of this handsome Israeli debut from filmmaker Nimrod Eldar. Yoram (Menashe Noy) is a 50-year-old veterinarian and recent widower who is having trouble relating to his teenage daughter Roni (Zohar Meidan). She disappears for days or comes home … Continue reading Review: The Day After I’m Gone

Review: Midsommar

Director: Ari Aster Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper Two films into his career, and you get the feeling that Ari Aster is working through some shit. Anyone who caught last year's Hereditary will have already guessed two things; 1) Aster is interested in the extremes of the grieving process and 2) he … Continue reading Review: Midsommar

Review: First Man

Director: Damien Chazelle Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler If your preconception of First Man is something akin to the puffed-chest pride of Apollo 13 or the adventurous stupidity of Armageddon then you are setting yourself up to be confounded. Damien Chazelle returns from the glitz and gloss of La La Land with a sharp tonal about-turn, retelling … Continue reading Review: First Man

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 … Continue reading Review: The Levelling

Review: Personal Shopper

Director: Olivier Assayas Stars: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz When anyone asks what Maureen (Kristen Stewart) is doing in Paris, she tells them she is "waiting". The first time we hear this it is out of context for us. We are left to wonder what it is she is waiting for. And though Assayas … Continue reading Review: Personal Shopper

Review: Manchester By The Sea

Director: Kenneth Lonergan Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges Kenneth Lonergan's latest indie epic is here, and like his last - 2011's under-seen Margaret - it's a slowly defrosting tale of grief and responsibility, implicitly American in its specific geography but broadly universal in its honest truisms.  Lonergan plies his trade in an overpopulated field, … Continue reading Review: Manchester By The Sea

Review: The Babadook

This review may contain spoilers. Jennifer Kent's directorial debut The Babadook does for the mother/son relationship what Gone Girl did for the husband/wife dynamic; picks at it, stretches it to breaking point and wraps it up in an engrossing genre experience. In truth this summary is really quite lazy; there's a fair bit being discussed in Kent's … Continue reading Review: The Babadook