Review: The Bubble

Director: Judd Apatow Stars: Karen Gillan, Keegan-Michael Key, Pedro Pascal Judd Apatow became known for a string of affable, overlong but justifiably loved comedies, but that's all over now. In one fell swoop we're invited to watch as his credibility is visibly eroded. Running a little over two hours and missing even a single grace …

Review: Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood

Director: Richard Linklater Stars: Glen Powell, Jack Black, Milo Coy Folding in his combined interests in nostalgia, coming-of-age tales and the passage of time, Richard Linklater's latest deployment of rotoscope technology arrives on Netflix as a winsome blue-skied What If. His previous film outings that have utilised rotoscoping - Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly - used …

Review: Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Director: David Blue Garcia Stars: Elsie Fisher, Nell Hudson, Sarah Yarkin I'm a frequent Texas Chainsaw Massacre apologist, especially when it comes to some of the much-maligned remakes and sequels. I'm ring-fencing Tobe Hooper's original here. It's a visceral classic that might just be the ultimate horror film. It's so inimitable, in fact, that those who've tried …

Review: The Hand of God

Director: Paolo Sorrentino Stars: Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Luisa Ranieri The Hand of God can plainly be cited as Paolo Sorrentino's "autobiographical one", but when you're an auteur on the world cinema stage with the kind of craft that marks each effort with your distinct signature, aren't they all "autobiographical ones"? Perhaps the answer is …

Review: Procession

Director: Robert Greene An anonymous double-garage with its wide door closed. Slowly it opens, sliding up to reveal... boxes. Boxes atop boxes. As high as the ceiling, as deep as the garage goes, so it seems. These are case files. Sexual abuse case files. The Catholic church's unending connection to pedophiliac horror stories isn't funny …

Review: Passing

Director: Rebecca Hall Stars: Ruth Negga, Tessa Thompson, André Holland There's a scene in Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir in which young prospective filmmaker Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) is grilled on her desire to make a film about Sunderland dockworkers. She is questioned on why she has chosen a subject so alien to her own experience. One might …

Review: Kate

Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Miku Martineau, Jun Kunimura People wonder why other people watch slasher movies when - crude violence aside - so many of them are interchangeable. I watch my share and it's true; what you get in one isn't often much different to what you'll find in another. But therein …

Review: Fear Street Part Three: 1666

Director: Leigh Janiak Stars: Kiana Madeira, Elizabeth Scopel, Darrell Britt-Gibson The latest in the unending is-it-a-movie-is-it-TV discourse, Netflix's time travelling teen horror trilogy/mini-series hops further back than before as it reaches its final frontier - or should that be frontier finale? Largely reusing its extant cast, Fear Street Part Three: 1666 takes us back to …

Review: Oxygen

Director: Alexandre Aja Stars: Mélanie Laurent, Mathieu Amalric, Malik Zidi Cinemas may have reopened across the country (yay!), but there are still plenty of viewing options for those wary of rushing back to 'normal', And, around here at least, something new from Alexandre Aja is usually enough to pique curiosity. If you're cycling endlessly through …

Review: Stowaway

Director: Joe Penna Stars: Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette, Daniel Dae Kim I recently watched Al Reinert's extraordinary 1989 documentary For All Mankind, which makes exceptional use of actual video diaries from NASA's astronauts as they make a pioneering journey out of our gravity on a mission to the moon. Landmark moments are captured with the …