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: 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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …