Away (2019) Review - Gints Zilbalodis delivers a calming, sensory experience in his feature animation debut 'Away', a film without dialogue that draws comparisons to the work of Studio Ghibli. Tommy James reviews.
Gone with the Wind 80th Anniversary Review - 80 years on from receiving a wide theatrical release at accessible prices, Victor Fleming's 'Gone with the Wind' is equally stunning and controversial. Katie Doyle reviews the film starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.
Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’ – 100 Year Anniversary Review - Charlie Chaplin's seminal feature 'The Kid' was released 100 years ago in 1921, and remains a "gently thought-stirring 53 minutes of cinema" according to Joseph Wade in this review.
Black Bear (2020) Review - Aubrey Plaza electrifies in the "utterly brilliant" thriller 'Black Bear', from screenwriter-director Lawrence Michael Levine, reviewed here by Kieran Judge.
Across the Universe (2007) Review - 50 years since The Beatles released their last album and subsequently split up for good, "audacious" 2007 tribute musical 'Across the Universe' continues to be relevant. Angel Lloyd reviews.
Breach (2020) Review - 2020 sci-fi actioner 'Breach', starring Bruce Willis, takes a lot of inspiration from the likes of 'Alien', but is a painful and unoriginal genre offering. Kieran Judge reviews.
Soul (2020) Review - 2020 Pixar release 'Soul' is a relatable tale for anyone who has ever lost passion, drive or a sense of purpose, but is one more for the adults than the children. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
How ‘What We Do In the Shadows’ Reshapes the “Man Alone” with Vampire Cinema - Reassessing New Zealand cinema's "man alone" trope for Taika Waititi's much-loved vampire mockumentary 'What We Do In the Shadows'. Essay by Jacob Davis.
The Midnight Sky (2020) Review - George Clooney directs and stars in Netflix Original film 'The Midnight Sky', adapted from Lily Brooks-Dalton's novel "Good Morning Midnight". Joseph Wade reviews.
Pieces Of A Woman (2020) Review - 2021 Netflix drama 'Pieces of a Woman', from director Kornél Mundruczó, "taps into the idiosyncrasies of womanhood, of loss, of motherhood". Vanessa Kirby and Ellen Burstyn star, Leoni Horton reviews.
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Review - Following the exhilarating and historic 'Wonder Woman', Gal Gadot and Chris Pine return for Patty Jenkins' much anticipated follow up 'Wonder Woman 1984', reviewed here by Leoni Horton.
10 Best Films 2020: Joseph Wade - Ten films that have forged empathy and awe against all the odds and an almost complete shut down of the theatrical experience, as chosen by Joseph Wade to be the 10 Best Films 2020.
20 Most Popular Articles 2020 - The most popular articles published to thefilmagazine.com in the year 2020, as chosen by you the readers.
10 Best Films 2020: Annice White - In a year without trips to the cinema, a 10 Best Films 2020 list is an interesting one. Annice White's selections for the 10 Best Films of the Year, available here.
7 Best Reviewed Films 2020 – The Film Magazine - The highest rated films released in 2020 and reviewed by the team at The Film Magazine. 7 films from 5 genres and 4 countries.
10 Best Films 2020: Sam Sewell-Peterson - In an industry faced with widespread disruption, many great films have filtered into our homes. Here are the 10 Best Films of 2020 according to Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Best Horror Films 2020 - It has been tough to find the best quality movies in 2020, but here are the 10 Best Horror Films 2020 for fans of the horror genre to enjoy. List by Jacob Davis.
10 Best Films 2020: Jason Lithgo - The very best of cinema in 2020 outlined and presented in this list of the 10 Best Films from one of the worst years on record, by Jason Lithgo.
2020 Comic Book Movies Ranked - The five comic book movies released in 2020, from Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey to Wonder Woman 1984, ranked from worst to best. Article by Joseph Wade.
10 Excellent Non-Christmas Films Set at Christmas - Not every holiday favourite needs to be a trope-ridden festival of Christmas. Here are ten exceptional non-Christmas films that are set at Christmas. List by Louis B Scheuer.
Breathless (1960) Review - Director Jean-Luc Godard changed cinema forever with his debut feature film 'Breathless' (1960), and after 60 years it remains a must-watch for cineastes. Christopher Connor reviews.
Die Hard vs Lethal Weapon: The Battle for Christmas - 'Die Hard' and 'Lethal Weapon' are each action movies that have become Christmas staples to many, but which is the most Christmassy? Katie Doyle explores, judging each by clearly defined factors.
10 Best Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Moments - The best moments from the family Christmas movie classic, 'Home Alone 2: Lost in New York' from director Chris Columbus and starring Macaulay Culkin. List by Charlie Gardiner.
10 Best Home Alone Moments - 30 years after the Christmas classic 'Home Alone' was released, we take a look back over the 10 best moments from that night when Kevin McCallister was left home alone.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Review - Wes Anderson's third feature film 'The Royal Tenenbaums', starring Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller and Gwyneth Paltrow, 'sits alongside the director's very best'. Christopher Connor reviews.
The Prom (2020) Review - Netflix Original musical 'The Prom', starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and James Corden, and directed by 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy, is hard to care about but looks mightily impressive. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020) Review - Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis excel in 2020 Netflix stage drama adaptation 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'. Full film review by Charlie Gardiner.
Can Physical Media Survive in the Age of Streaming? - The fight between physical and digital media has reached a new level, leaving many to question whether there's a future for physical media. Article by Luke Hinton.
5 Reasons Why Klaus (2019) Is an Amazing Christmas Film - 2019 Christmas animation 'Klaus', from Sergio Pablos Animation Studio, is a modern Christmas classic. Find out why in this list by Sophia Patfield.
Happiest Season (2020) Review - Christmas rom-com 'Happiest Season' (2020), from director Clea DuVall and starring Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis and Aubrey Plaza, "is not the LGBT holiday film we were promised". Annice White reviews.
Mank (2020) Review - David Fincher adapts his father's script for 2020 Netflix Original film 'Mank', about Herman J Mankiewicz, the screenwriter behind 'Citizen Kane', played here by Gary Oldman. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Edward Scissorhands (1990) Review - Thirty years on from the release of Tim Burton's iconic 'Edward Scissorhands', does it remain the fresh serving of alternative entertainment it once was, or is it a relic of a laughable by-gone era? Katie Doyle reviews.
Peninsula (2020) Review - 'Peninsula', otherwise known as 'Train to Busan: Peninsula' (2020) is a zombie-action follow up is an unevenly paced, derivative 'Train to Busan' sequel. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Rushmore (1998) Review - Rushmore (1998), the sophomore feature of director Wes Anderson, starring Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, remains important to the director's filmography. Review by Christopher Connor.
Uncle Frank (2020) Review - Written and directed by Alan Ball ('American Beauty'), and starring Paul Bettany, 2020 drama 'Uncle Frank' struggles to be genuine in its portrayal of the hardships of the LGBTQ+ community. Leoni Horton reviews.
Mad Max Movies Ranked - The four 'Mad Max' movies, from the original starring Mel Gibson in 1979 to 2015's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy ranked from worst to best. Article by Katie Doyle.
Dune (1984) – What David Lynch Got Right - Much maligned by audiences, critics and even the director himself, David Lynch's 1984 Hollywood adaptation of Frank Herbert's iconic novel 'Dune' remains deserving of cult status. Louis B Scheuer explores why.
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Review - Ron Howard directed Netflix drama 'Hillbilly Elegy' is certified Oscar bait, but does it do enough to garner awards season recognition? Amy Adams and Glenn Close star, Mark Carnochan reviews.
The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020) Review - It's Netflix Christmas with the 2nd instalment of 'The Princess Switch', 'The Princess Switch: Switched Again' starring Vanessa Hudgens, Vanessa Hudgens and... Vanessa Hudgens. Jacob Davis reviews.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square (2020) Review - 'Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square', released on Netflix in 2020, has cheese and festivities galore but lacks any form of quality. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
10 Best Films of All Time (According to a 9 Year Old Girl) - The 10 best movies ever made according to a nine year old mixed race girl from the North of England.
Planet of the Apes Movies Ranked - All 9 'Planet of the Apes' movies, from 'Planet of the Apes' (1968) to 'War for the Planet of the Apes' (2017), ranked (from worst to best). Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Ocean’s Movies Ranked - The Ocean's films, from the original 1960 Frank Sinatra picture to George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Ocean's 11, 12 and 13, through to Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett in Ocean's 8, Ranked (from worst to best) by Joseph Wade.
Every Dreamworks Animation Movie Ranked - All 35 Dreamworks Animation movies, from 'Antz' to 'Captain Underpants', 'Shrek' to 'How to Train Your Dragon', have been ranked from worst to best in this special article.
Bottle Rocket (1996) Review - Owen Wilson is co-writer and star (alongside brother Luke Wilson) for Wes Anderson's feature directorial debut 'Bottle Rocket' (1996), a film that shows hints of the director's famously idiosyncratic authorial style. Review by Christopher Connor.
Men in Black Movies Ranked - All four Men in Black movies from 'Men in Black' (1997) to 'Men in Black: International' (2019) ranked from worst to best by Joseph Wade.
‘In the Cut’ and How Marriage Can Kill You, Actually - How Jane Campion erotic thriller 'In the Cut' (2003) starring Meg Ryan subverted the expectations of the erotic thriller genre and has gone underappreciated for close to two decades. Article by Margaret Roarty.
Terrence Malick Films Ranked - All ten Terrence Malick directed films ranked (from worst to best) in terms of quality, creative vision, artistic merit and authorial importance, from 'Badlands' to 'A Hidden Life' via 'The Tree of Life'. Article by Joseph Wade.
The American President (1995) Review - Rob Reiner directs a script from 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' filmmaker Aaron Sorkin in this rom-com turned political drama celebrating its 25th anniversary, 'The American President'. Michael Douglas stars. Christopher Connor reviews.
Shirley (2020) Review - Shirley Jackson biopic 'Shirley' (2020) starring Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg is "a hypnotic albeit challenging tapestry of a character piece". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
I’m a 90s Kid and I Watched Scream for the First Time This Year - “Hi, my name is Annice and I have never seen Scream.” How a 90s kid somehow missed out on seeing Wes Craven’s monumental horror hit until nearly 25 years later.
10 of the Best Horror Movies Not in the English Language - Horror is perhaps the most international and inclusive of all genres, with films from all corners of the globe gaining acclaim. Here are 10 of the best horror movies not in the English language. Article by Mark Carnochan.
Kissing the Devil’s Arse: Witch-Hunting in Eurocult Cinema, c.1968-1976 - From the UK's 'Witchfinder General' in 1968 to across Europe in the years that followed, witch-hunting in Eurocult cinema explored and examined by Paul A J Lewis.
The Prodigy (2019) Review - 'Orange Is the New Black' star Taylor Schilling and 'It' child actor Jackson Robert Scott star in possession horror 'The Prodigy' (2019) from 'The Pact' director Nicholas McCarthy. Holly Bowler reviews.
10 of the Most Underrated Horror Movies of All Time - Looking for some suggestions for your horror movie marathons or watchalongs? This list could help. Here are 10 of the most underrated horror movies of all time. Article by Mark Carnochan.
10 Best Movie Vampires - The 10 vampires in movie history - from 'Nosferatu' to 'Dracula' to 'Twilight', the best of the vampiric in this top 10 list.
10 Perfect Horror Movie Double Bills - 10 popular horror films are paired with 10 less popular horror films in this list of perfect horror movie double bills by Kieran Judge.
Katie Doyle’s “Movies I had a Religious/Spiritual Experience With” Part 5: The Exorcist - "inspiration has come from the most unexpected of places - the 1973 horror film, The Exorcist. God really does work in mysterious ways." - Katie Doyle in Pt. 5 of her Religious/Spiritual Experience series.
To Die For (1995) Review - Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix star in 1995 Gus Van Sant film 'To Die For', the tale of a woman who will go so far as to orchestrate murder to get ahead in her journalism career. Beth Sawdon reviews.
10 Most Exciting Movies Coming Out of LFF 2020 - The 10 movies coming out of the BFI London Film Festival 2020 that you should look out for in cinemas across the coming months.
On the Rocks (2020) Review - Sofia Coppola comedy-drama 'On the Rocks' (2020), available on Apple TV+ and starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones, reviewed by Christopher Connor.
Get Out (2017) Review - 2017 horror mega-hit 'Get Out', from screenwriter-director Jordan Peele and starring Daniel Kaluuya, "is an exceptional display of exemplary directing, scoring and writing". Darcy Rae reviews.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Review - Borat is back, and this time he's looking to sell his daughter to Republican Vice President Mike Pence. Sacha Baron Cohen takes aim at Trumpism in 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' (ie, Borat 2), reviewed by Joseph Wade.
10 Best Horror Movies of the 2000s - The 2000s is something of an underrated decade for horror, the decade throwing up critical darling, genre defining fare and audience pleasers alike. Here are the 10 best horror movies of the 2000s. List by Jacob Davis.
Rebecca (2020) Review - Ben Wheatley adapts Daphne De Maurier's "Rebecca", first put to screen by Alfred Hitchcock, with Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas and particularly Lily James excelling in their roles. Beth Sawdon reviews.
Funny Games and the Victimisation of the Audience - How Michael Haneke makes us as much the victims of his world-renowned horror film 'Funny Games' as he does his central characters. A feature essay by Jacob Heayes.
Saint Maud (2020) Review - A religion themed horror of the pace and tone of a Robert Eggers movie, Saint Maud (2020) from debut feature director Rose Glass and starring Morfydd Clark reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Every Oscar Nominated Best Picture Horror Film Ranked - Only 6 horror films have ever been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. In this edition of Ranked, we rank each of them from worst to best. Article by Joseph Wade.
New Order (2020) BFI LFF Review - 'New Order' (2020), from Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco, is "a daunting but very well crafted art-house thriller". Naian González Norvind stars. Review by Jack Cameron.
10 Best Horror Movie Moments of the 1970s - What are the best horror movie moments of the 1970s? The decade, known for some of the best horror films in history, such as Jaws and The Exorcist, had many. Top 10 list by Beth Sawdon.
The Exorcist (1973) Retrospective Review - Arguably the most famous and influential horror of all time, William Friedkin's 'The Exorcist' (1973) starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair and Jason Miller, reviewed by Katie Doyle.
Young Frankenstein (1974) Review - Following hot on the heels of his smash hit 'Blazing Saddles', Mel Brooks sends up the horror genre with a spoof for the ages, 'Young Frankenstein' (1974). Retrospective film review by Christopher Connor.
Nomadland (2020) BFI LFF Review - "The Journey is one hell of a trip" in Chloé Zhao's immersive road movie 'Nomadland' (2020), featuring arguably the most complex and versatile performance of Frances McDormand's career. Leoni Horton reviews.
Never Gonna Snow Again (2020) BFI LFF Review - "Imagine a superhero film that takes aim at the upper middle classes and borrows moments from the work of legendary Soviet-era filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky". Never Gonna Snow Again (2020) review by Joseph Wade.
Possessor (2020) BFI LFF Review - "You've never seen blood splatter so pretty" as in Brandon Cronenberg sophomore feature 'Possessor' (2020) starring Andrea Riseborough and Christopher Abbott. Leoni Horton reviews.
Limbo (2020) BFI LFF Review - Ben Sharrock creates a bittersweet tale of those in need of a place to call home in 2020 refugee drama 'Limbo'. Leoni Horton reviews this lovingly photographed fish-out-of-water film.
Fractured (2018) Review - If you're looking for an independent horror film to watch, the gripping, spooky, gory and unique 'Fractured' starring 'Skins' star April Pearson would make for a good choice. Sophie Cook reviews.
Final Destination Movies Ranked - All 5 'Final Destination' horror movies Ranked from worst to best. 'Final Destination' (2000) to 'Final Destination 5' (2011) ordered in terms of quality by Joseph Wade.
David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020) BFI LFF Review - David Byrne and Spike Lee burn down the house with this expertly crafted, toes out extravaganza. Shove over "Hamilton", David Byrne is here. Leoni Horton reviews 'David Byrne's American Utopia' (2020).
How Midsommar and The Wicker Man Hold Much of the Same Wisdom - How in trying to avoid taking pointers from 'The Wicker Man', Ari Aster made the closest thing to it, 'Midsommar', and how both films use the same wisdom to terrify all of us. Article by Louis B Scheuer.
Rose: A Love Story (2020) Review - When illness and reality take over, Rose and Sam must find a way to survive in the wilderness with only their love for each other to keep them safe. Charlie Gardiner reviews Rose: A Love Story (2020) starring Sophie Rundle and Matt Stokoe.
Requiem for an American Dream - Requiem for an American Dream - how Darren Aronofsky's 'Requiem for a Dream' (2000) is about more than just drugs, it's about commodification, capitalism and modernity. Article by Kristina Murkett.
Ultraviolence (2020) BFI LFF Review - Ultraviolence, from documentarian Ken Fero, takes a graphic look into the brutality within the British Police whilst talking to the families of victims who have suffered at the hands of a faulty system. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
Wildfire (2020) BFI LFF Review - Nika McGuigan and Nora-Jane Noone shine in Cathy Brady's feature debut 'Wildfire', an Irish drama that ponders a lot of topics at the expense of its narrative. Jack Cameron reviews.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Review - Netflix Original 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' from screenwriter-director Aaron Sorkin and starring an ensemble including Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, reviewed by Kieran Judge.
One Night in Miami (2020) BFI LFF Review - Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown and Cassius Clay converse on matters of race and religion in Regina King's tenderly crafted feature directorial debut, 'One Night In Miami' (2020), reviewed by Leoni Horton.
Zombieland (2009) Review - "a great team of characters who forge a distinct and enjoyable chemistry" in Ruben Fleischer's 2009 zombie hit 'Zombieland', starring Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone. Libby Briggs reviews.
Cicada (2020) BFI LFF Review - Matthew Fifer's breathtaking self-penned and co-directed debut project, 'Cicada', speaks of the varied manifestations of pain. Movie review by Leoni Horton.
Wolfwalkers (2020) BFI LFF Review - Cartoon Saloon animated feature 'Wolfwalkers' (2020), directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart, and starring Sean Bean, is a must-watch; both timely and timeless. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
Supernova (2020) BFI LFF Review - A breathtakingly beautiful look at the effect dementia can have on a couple trying to relive their fondest memories, 'Supernova' (2020) starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci reviewed by Charlie Gardiner.
Undine (2020) BFI LFF Review - Christian Petzold's Berlin-set drama 'Undine' is a challenging film that features an utterly watchable performance from Paula Beer. Joseph Wade reviews.
Kajillionaire (2020) BFI LFF Review - 'Kajillionaire', from screenwriter-director Miranda July, starring Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger and Gina Rodriguez is "entangled in July's bohemian-style flair". Leoni Horton reviews.
Mangrove (2020) BFI LFF Review - The tale of the Mangrove 9 is told in one part of the 'Small Axe' Steve McQueen anthology, 'Mangrove', "one of the most important British films of the 21st century". Joseph Wade reviews.
Relic (2020) BFI LFF Review - Natalie Erika James takes a lead pipe to the glass ceiling with this horror debut of the highest class, 2020 BFI London Film Festival entry 'Relic' starring Emily Mortimer, being "a genuine triumph". Joseph Wade reviews.
5 Scariest Stephen King Horror Movie Adaptations - The 5 scariest Stephen King movie adaptations ever made. Top 5 list curated and written by Sophia Patfield.
Eyimofe ‘This Is My Desire’ (2020) BFI LFF Review - The Esiri Brothers, Arie and Chuko, direct 'Eyimofe' (This Is My Desire), a new dual-chaptered drama set in Nigeria's most populous city, Lagos. Leoni Horton reviews this BFI London Film Festival entry.
Siberia (2020) BFI LFF Review - 2020 BFI London Film Festival entry 'Siberia', from screenwriter-director Abel Ferrara and starring Willem Dafoe, is a self-reflective film that always feels just out of reach. Joseph Wade reviews.
Herself (2020) BFI LFF Review - Herself (2020) Review - "There’s a true beauty in art that showcases the power of people and what can be achieved when we come together, a message that is arguably more important than ever in 2020." Charlie Gardiner.
10 Best Found-Footage Horror Movies - The top 10 best horror films from the sub-genre of "found-footage", as collated and written by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Painter and the Thief (2020) BFI LFF Review - An emotional depiction of friendship, trauma and the power of art, Benjamin Ree's documentary 'The Painter and the Thief' (2020) focusing on Barbora Kyslikova and Karl Bertil-Norland, reviewed by Charlie Gardiner.
Mogul Mowgli (2020) BFI LFF Review - Riz Ahmed stars as MC Zed, a British-Pakistani rapper facing his toughest challenge in his life away from music, in the debut feature of Bassam Tariq. Leoni Horton reviews this BFI London Film Festival 2020 release.
Loincloths, Muscles, Sorcery and the Rock of Uranus: A Journey Into the Realm of the Italian Peplum (c.1958-1965) - A journey into Italian Peplum, the cinema of mythical gods, muscle-bound heroes, sorcery and loincloths, as presented by Paul A J Lewis.
Harry Potter and the Uncredited Creator of That Chess Scene - The story of Jeremy Silman, the International Master of Chess uncredited with work on 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' and that iconic chess scene. Article by Kieran Judge.
‘Burning’ and Elusive Truth - How Chang-Dong Lee purposefully obscures the truth in his 2018 mystery 'Burning' to provide one of the most engaging examples of the genre in decades. Article by Jack Cameron.
Hollywood Spectacles – Nerds, Perverts and the Morally Deviant - Bespectacled film characters have long been presented with a number of damaging traits, the least of which is "being a nerd". Ciaran Duncan explores this problematic representation in this feature essay.
The Untouchables (1987) Review - Brian De Palma’s impeccably acted prohibition Noir, 'The Untouchables' (1987) stands the test of time as an at times moving crime thriller. Christopher Connor reviews.
The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Review - 2020 rom-com 'The Broken Hearts Gallery', from screenwriter-director Natalie Krinsky and starring Geraldine Viswanathan, demonstrates the timelessness of New York City love stories. Leoni Horton reviews.
Enola Holmes (2020) Review - Sherlock's kid sister takes on the case in new Netflix feature Enola Holmes. Beth Sawdon gives us the low-down on Millie Bobby Brown's producing debut.
10 Best British TV Comedy Film Adaptations from the Past 30 Years - Which British TV comedies have made the most seamless transition into feature films in the past 30 years? Katie Doyle trawls the good and the ugly, from Mrs. Brown to Ali G, for this top 10 list.
Se7en (1995) Review - The 25th anniversary of the release of David Fincher thriller 'Se7en' (1995) starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman brings into question its quality. Sophia Patfield reviews.
The Devil All the Time (2020) Review - 'The Devil All the Time', Netflix's Antonio Campos directed adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock's novel of the same name starring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson, is an interesting albeit slow-burning adaptation. Sophia Patfield reviews.
JJ Abrams Directed Movies Ranked - From 'Mission: Impossible' to 'Star Trek' to 'Star Wars', the directed movies of JJ Abrams ranked (from worst to best), by Joseph Wade for The Film Magazine.
Easy A (2010) Review - Can you believe that it has been 10 years since the release of 'Easy A'? Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci, Amanda Bynes and more star in Will Gluck's version of "The Scarlet Letter", reviewed by Martha Lane.
Nolan’s Films Are Complex, but Are They Deep? - Famed film director Christopher Nolan has long been a filmmaker who pursues interesting concepts, but are movie releases such as 'Tenet' and 'Inception' actually deep? Louis B Scheuer explores.
The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020) Review - Sequels are infamously difficult to get right, but McG is out to prove a point with 'The Babysitter: Killer Queen'. Was he able to overcome the sequel curse? Mark Carnochan reviews.
Memories of Murder (2003) Review - 'Memories of Murder' (2003), from 'Parasite' director Bong Joon-ho, has been re-released in 2020. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews what is one of South Korea's greatest ever films.
Christopher Nolan’s Cinematic Chores: Understanding ‘Tenet’ - Nolan frequently assigns his audience chores, engineering his films in such a way that requires them to participate in each narrative actively. 'Tenet' is no exception. Leoni Horton explores.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Review - 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things', the 2020 Netflix film starring Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons, from the mind of 'Synecdoche, New York' filmmaker Charlie Kaufman, reviewed by Joseph Wade.
The Assistant (2019/20) Review - Kitty Green's 'The Assistant' (2019/2020) "is a stunning piece of work that unflinchingly tells a story of everyday life and everyday abuse in an industry that isn’t changing fast enough." Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Why the 1980s Is the Best Decade for Horror - Why the politics, special effects, music and themes of horror movies in the 1980s make for the best decade in the history of the genre. Article by James Harris.
An American Pickle (2020) Review - Seth Rogen offers a terrific combination of leading performances in 'An American Pickle', a "sophisticated but not alienating" comedy from Pixar and SNL writer Simon Rich. Annice White reviews.
Where to Start with David Lynch - Where to start with David Lynch, the painter turned screen artist who has left an indelible mark on American cinema. Jacob Davis offers a guide on how to introduce yourself to the dream-like state of Lynch's filmography.
Mulan (2020) Review - Disney have released the most expensive film ever made by a female director, with Niki Caro's reimagining of 'Mulan' now on Disney Plus. Full movie review by Sam Sewell-Peterson here.
Every X-Men Movie Ranked - What is the best X-Men movie? All 13 X-Men films, including 'Logan', 'Deadpool', 'Dark Phoenix' and 'The New Mutants' ranked worst to best by Joseph Wade. Updated 2020.
Aardman Animation Movies Ranked - All 7 movie releases from famed British stop-motion animators Aardman Animation have been ranked from good to legendary by Beth Sawdon.
Feeling Blue, Facebook? The Colour Symbolism of The Social Network - How David Fincher's Mark Zuckerberg Facebook movie uses colour to evoke meaning and further story. Essay by Kristina Murkett.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Review - The world waited 30 years for Terry Gilliam to finally realise his 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' film, but was it worth the hype? Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews the should-be magnum opus of a great career.
Matthias and Maxime (2019) Review - 2019 Cannes competition entry 'Matthias et Maxime' from French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan is "an intimate portrait of how big each our small lives can feel in the immediacy of every passing moment". Joseph Wade reviews.
Blockbuster Filmmaking and Transmedia Storytelling at the Great Pit of Carkoon - How the Great Pit of Carkoon in 'Star Wars - Return of the Jedi' is an example of commodified transmedia storytelling and blockbuster filmmaking. Essay by Jacob Davis.
Barry Lyndon (1975) Review - Despite often being overlooked in the canon of great Stanley Kubrick films, 1975 period drama/historical epic 'Barry Lyndon' is a must-watch for anyone interested in the form. Christopher Connor reviews.
The New Mutants (2020) Review - More than 2 years after it was originally scheduled to be released, Josh Boone X-Men teen horror 'The New Mutants' is finally here, and it could be destined for cult status. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Where to Start with Paul Verhoeven - Paul Verhoeven is an often misunderstood and extremely versatile filmmaker. In this special introductory feature, find out where you can dive into his filmography, courtesy of Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) Review - By the time of his fifth feature, Wes Anderson had found his feet as an auteur, 'The Darjeeling Limited' (2007) becoming one of his best ever according to Sophia Patfield.
Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) Review - Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962), from screenwriter-director Agnès Varda, the only female film director of the French New Wave, is filmed with love rather than contempt according to Eve O'Dea in this review.
Tenet (2020) Review - 'Tenet' (2020), written and directed by 'Inception' filmmaker Christopher Nolan, and starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, is "an unmissable cinematic experience". Joseph Wade reviews.
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Review - "It's hard to imagine a film more relevant to the past and present being released this year". Spike Lee's Netflix Original exploration of PTSD, race and neo-imperialism reviewed by Jacob Davis.
Get Duked! (2020) Review - "One of 2020's best", Amazon Original Scottish horror-comedy 'Get Duked!', is a memorable feature debut for screenwriter-director Ninian Doff. Full movie Review by Mark Carnochan.
The Filmmaker Must Attack On All Fronts: José Mojica Marins (1936-2020) - José Mojica Marins (1936-2020) provided Brazil with a distinct cinematic resistance to an oppressive regime, his character Coffin Joe crossing boarders and making for an iconic franchise-leading character. Paul A J Lewis explores Mojica's work here.
CGI Vs Animatronics - In 2020, the debate surrounding the use of CGI versus the use of Animatronics is more divisive than ever. o which is better? Louis B Scheuer explores.
The Little Game of Dogville, and a Philosopher Who Sucks at His Job - Lars von Trier's Bertolt Brecht-inspired film about absent of most elements of set paints a picture of a broken capitalistic system. Cole Clark analyses how in this piece on the movie starring Nicole Kidman and Paul Bettany.
Host (2020) Review - Rob Savage directed Zoom video call horror film 'Host' (2020) takes "a simple, economic concept and expands it into something chillingly lasting". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Why Is It So Hard to Make a Good Shark Film? - They did it. We had one. A good shark movie. So why has it been so difficult for anyone else to come close to matching 'Jaws' in the 45 years since its release? Martha Lane breaks it down.
Babyteeth (2020) Review - Coming-of-age drama 'Babyteeth', starring Eliza Scanlen and Toby Wallace, directed by Shannon Murphy, "side-steps every overworked genre cliché". Full movie review by Leoni Horton.
Bad Education (2019) Review - Hitting all the right punches in all the right moments to help you understand the motives of the real life character at its heart, 'Bad Education' is edge of the seat movie going and deserves to be celebrated. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
Mulan (1998) Review - Released in the midst of the Disney Animation renaissance period, 'Mulan' (1998) remains an entry with visual flair and top voice acting performances despite dated aspects. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Scoob! (2020) Review - Mystery Inc is back for a new adventure, this time from Warner Animation Group, with 'Scoob!' (2020) featuring some expressive animation, a host of star names and one notably bad cameo. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
About Schmidt (2002) Review - Positioned between 'Election' and 'Sideways', 2002's 'About Schmidt' makes for a peculiar entry into Alexander Payne's work, but is anchored by a phenomenal Jack Nicholson lead performance.
How to Build a Girl (2020) Review - 'How to Build A Girl' fails to catch up with Beanie Feldstein's immense talent, using overtired Britcom to water down the issues it brings to light.
Once More with Feeling: 10 More of the Best Remakes - 10 of the very best film remakes in the history of cinema, from the Spaghetti Westerns of the 60s to recent horrors, curated and analysed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Dirty Harry Movies Ranked - For close to two decades Clint Eastwood starred as "Dirty Harry" Harry Callahan, performing the iconic gun toting hero across five movies. Here are the Dirty Harry Movies Ranked by Mark Carnochan.
The Perfect Candidate (2019) Review - Monumental filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour returns to Saudi Arabia to tell a tale of a woman fighting systemic sexism in 'The Perfect Candidate' (2019). Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Safdie Brothers Movies Ranked - The effervescent neo-realist movies of directorial duo Josh and Benny Safdie (the Safdie Brothers) ranked from worst to best by Leoni Horton.
Yes, God, Yes (2019) Review - 'Stranger Things' star Natalia Dyer plays a sexually repressed teenager discovering herself and her body amidst a religious upbringing in Karen Maine's debut feature 'Yes, God, Yes' (2019) reviewed by Beth Sawdon.
Alien Movie Franchise Ranked - All 6 of the 'Alien' movies, including the prequels, ranked from worst to best according to artistic merit and public perception by Sophia Patfield.
Oldboy (2003) Review - Chan-wook Park breakout directorial hit 'Oldboy' (2003), starring Min-sik Choi in a remarkable leading role, "is an ultra-violent, challenging film". Full movie review by Andy English here.
Pitch Perfect Movies Ranked - The three movies from the Pitch Perfect series Ranked (from worst to best) in terms of enjoyment, artistic credibility and audience perception, by Emma Kershaw.
Unhinged (2020) Review - Russell Crowe stars as a sweaty and ultra violent maniac in 2020 thriller 'Unhinged', from director Derrick Borte and screenwriter Carl Ellsworth, described as "a throwback thriller" by Joseph Wade in this review.
Daughters of Darkness (1971) Review - Harry Kümel directed, internationally flavoured horror 'Daughters of Darkness' (1971) is a cryptic horror with plenty to offer visually and a notable performance from Delphine Seyrig. Eve O'Dea reviews.
Election (1999) Review - Alexander Payne finds his feet with lacerating high school & political satire 'Election' (1999), a film led by superb performances from Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick. Review by Christopher Connor.
Citizen Ruth (1996) Review - 'Citizen Ruth' (1996), the feature debut of 'Sideways' and 'Nebraska' screenwriter-director Alexander Payne, starring Laura Dern as a pregnant drug addict, reviewed here by Christopher Connor.
Heaven Knows What (2014) Review - 2014 Safdie Brothers film 'Heaven Knows What' is a typically ultra-realist expression of cinema from one of the form's most revolutionary new partnerships. Leoni Horton reviews.
Extraction (2020) Review - Produced by the Russo Brothers, the men behind 'Avengers: Endgame', and starring Chris Hemsworth ('Thor'), Netflix Original action movie 'Extraction' "is how you make an all-out shooter". Joseph Wade's review.
Searching (2018) Review - Aneesh Chaganty makes an exceptional feature debut with 'Searching' (2018), the technological thriller starring John Cho. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The Invitation (2015) Review - 2015 horror film 'The Invitation', from director Karyn Kusama and starring Logan Marshall-Green, is an exciting independent horror. Full movie review from Sophia Patfield here.
5 Moments in Good Will Hunting That Will Give You Chills - The best, most spine-tingling moments from the iconic 1997 Oscar-winning drama 'Good Will Hunting', starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Article by Charlie Gardiner.
The Old Dark House (1932) Review - From visionary director James Whale comes the classic Universal Horror movie 'The Old Dark House' starring Boris Karloff and a film-stealing performance from Ernest Thesiger. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The Old Guard (2020) Review - Charlize Theron leads an ensemble cast in 2020 Netflix action film 'The Old Guard'. With a "universe" clearly in Netflix's sights, is this film worth a sequel? Find out in Joseph Wade's review.
Where to Start with Universal Classic Monsters - With 27 films in a unique universe of monsters and ghouls, it can be tough to know where to start with the Universal Classic Monsters. Sam Sewell-Peterson guides you through it.
Grand Hotel (1932) Review - A jewel of the pre-code era, 1932 Best Picture Oscar winner 'Grand Hotel' starring Greta Garbo, John Barrymore and other famous faces is perhaps unfairly misremembered. Eve O'Dea looks to set the record straight in this review.
Panic! At The Movies: An Emo Top 10 Watchlist - Panic! At the Movies - An essential watchlist to awaken your sleeping inner emo kid. List curated and written by Leoni Horton.
For Only A Fistful Of Dollars – How A Low Budget Western Reinvented the Hollywood Hero - The Sergio Leone directed Spaghetti Western 'A Fistful of Dollars' left an indelible mark on the film industry in a lot of ways, but how it reshaped the male hero may be its biggest. Article by Stephen Vega.
7 Moments from ‘Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager’ That Will Give You Chills - The very best, most emotional and inspirational moments from football documentary 'Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager' (2018), from Gabriel Clarke. Article by Katie Doyle.
Mendez, Baledon, Urueta: The Golden Age of Mexican Horror Cinema - "By locating the figure of the (European) vampire in a Mexican setting, these films express an anxiety about outsiders, immigrants and colonisers." - The Golden Age of Mexican Horror by Paul A J Lewis.
Palm Springs (2020) Review - Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti star in 'Palm Springs' (2020), a new film from the team behind The Lonely Island of a romance stuck in a time loop. Joseph Wade reviews.
When Love Transcends Time (Travel) - "Time travel [...] can miraculously give characters their happily ever after, snatch it cruelly away, or both." Time travel and love in cinema - an essay by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Trickling Influence of ‘Inception’ - How Christopher Nolan hit 'Inception' "mark[ed] the turning of the tide – planting the idea of the more intelligent blockbuster". Article by Aaron Bayne.
Top 5 A24 Horror Films - The independent horror movie scene is teeming with frights and gruesome narratives. Beth Sawdon presents the Top 5 Horror Films from dominant studio A24.
Time Bandits (1981) Review - Terry Gilliam’s time travelling romp, 'Time Bandits' (1981), remains an example of his unique blend of humour and darkness. The first of Gilliam's Trilogy of Imagination reviewed by Christopher Connor.
5 Horror Movies for People Who Don’t Like Horrors - Five horror movies that make for good entry points to the horror genre while avoiding the anxiety of possibly losing sleep to something too scary. List by Emma Kershaw.
A Matter of Life and Death (1946) Review - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1946 romantic drama, 'A Matter of Life and Death', "is a towering metaphysical masterpiece" of cinema. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Where to Start with Terrence Malick - Terrence Malick is a Palme d'Or winning film auteur with a remarkable and unique perspective on filmmaking, but where should one start with his work? This guide will help you.
5 Movies About Time Travel for People Who Don’t Like Sci-Fi - Science fiction isn't for everyone, but that doesn't mean time travel can't be. Here are 5 films about time travel for those who don't like sci-fi. Article by Joseph Wade.
Where to Start with Akira Kurosawa - He is one of the most legendary and influential filmmakers in history, and his work is instantly recognisable, but where would one start with Akira Kurosawa? Article by Francesca Militello.
Rachel McAdams: The Time-Traveller’s Wife - "I have a question for you Rachel McAdams: where is your agency? And, why do you have such a thing for time-travellers?" - Annice White on Rachel McAdams: the time traveller's wife.
The King of Staten Island (2020) Review - 2020 Judd Apatow directed come-drama 'The King of Staten Island' is a recognisable attempt by Pete Davidson to face his demons head-on. Review by Leoni Horton.
The Omen Films Ranked - Known as one of the great horror franchises to spawn from the 1970s horror boom, 'The Omen' has scared for generations. In this edition of Ranked, Sophia Patfield ranks each entry from worst to best.
Caliber 9 (1972) Review - 'You Have to Accept It': Fate and Power in Fernando di Leo's Milano calibro 9 (Calibre 9, 1972). Review by Paul A J Lewis.
Harry Palmer – The Thinking, Cooking Man’s James Bond - How Michael Caine's Harry Palmer, of 'The Ipcress File', is the thinking, cooking man's James Bond, and how in the first film he rivals the iconic spy in terms of cool. Feature by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Only Movies Your Douchebag Ex Has Ever Seen – Top 10 - In this list, we're looking out for all of those poor souls who may one day lose weeks, months and even years of their lives to undeserving assholes with superiority complexes. Article by Joseph Wade.
Come to Daddy (2019) Review - Elijah Wood stars in 'Come To Daddy', a gory favourite of the 2019 festival circuit now available on home video. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
How Music Reframes the Violence in You Were Never Really Here - How the music composed by Jonny Greenwood for 'You Were Never Really Here' borrows from Aphex Twin to create a dialogue between character and narrative. Essay by Cole Clark.
10 Best Moments from the Jurassic Park Franchise - The 10 best moments from the Jurassic Park / Jurassic World franchise, from the T-Rex chase of 'Jurassic Park' to the hunt in 'Jurassic World'. List by Mark Carnochan.
How Every Element in the Final Sequence from ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ Works To Create A Wonderfully Disturbing Finale - How Anthony Minghella's 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' borrows from Hitchcock and Film Noir to create a phenomenal and tense final sequence. Analysis by Sophie Cook.
Ben Stiller Directed Movies Ranked - Known worldwide as a star on the screen, Ben Stiller has also made sizable contributions behind the scenes. In this edition of Ranked, Joseph Wade ranks his 6 directorial features from worst to best.
10 Films from the Past 10 Years To Teach You About White Privilege - A list of 10 films from the past 10 years that everyone can watch to educate themselves on racial inequality, systemic racism and white privilege. Article by Beth Sawdon.
Down Among the Big Boys (1993) Review - Billy Connolly stars in Scottish gangster film 'Down Among the Big Boys' from 1993. Mark Carnochan reviews.
The Vast of Night (2019) Review - 'The Vast of Night', available exclusively on Amazon, is proof that "small-scale storytelling can sometimes be more captivating than the flashiest and most elaborate blockbusters". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
5 British and Irish Films That Don’t ‘Bury Their Gays’ - LGBTQ+ characters in film are given disproportionately unhappy endings. We know it as "burying their gays". Here are 5 British and Irish films that you can watch without the fear of revisiting this trope. Article by Annice White.
Mark Herman Films Ranked - The movies of screenwriter-director Mark Herman ranked from worst to best. This ranked list includes Brassed Off and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and was written by Joseph Wade.
Lost in Translation: Romance in a Blur - How Sofia Coppola crafted one of the most intimate and realistic depictions of romance in her boundary shattering 2003 film 'Lost In Translation'. Article by Sophia Patfield.
Little Voice (1998) Review - "Nostalgic, funny, cinematic and deep, Little Voice is a terrifically well performed and well constructed piece of British cinematic history". Joseph Wade reviews Mark Herman's adaptation starring Caine, McGregor, Blethyn and Horrocks.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008) Review - Mark Herman's memorable 2008 holocaust drama 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' is a movie with a "hard-hitting and emotional narrative", "a deserved classic for future cinephiles". Bethen Blackabee reviews.
So Bad It’s Good: Romance in the Outfield: Double Play - "Comparing this movie to Hallmark is offensive to Hallmark - their films are basically 'Citizen Kane' compared to this." Jacob Davis on 'Romance In the Outfield: Double Play' and "knowing why a film doesn’t work is key to understanding why others do."
Top 10 Alfred Hitchcock Films - 10 best Alfred Hitchcock movies, as chosen from the Master of Suspense's 50-plus releases, by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Review - After success with 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz', Edgar Wright took to North America with his off-kilter adaptation 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' (2010). Christopher Connor looks back in this retrospective review.
Comfort and Joy (1984) Review - Two rival ice cream gangs and the radio presenter stuck in the middle of it all. That's the premise for Bill Forsyth's 1984 comedy 'Comfort and Joy', a landmark of Scottish cinema according to Mark Carnochan.
Disney Renaissance Movies Ranked - All 10 movies of the Walt Disney Animation renaissance period, from 'The Little Mermaid' to 'Tarzan' via 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'The Lion King' ranked from worst to best by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Out (2020) Pixar Short Film Review - "Hilarious, heartwarming and sweet", Disney Pixar short film 'Out' marks the animation studio's first openly LGBTQ+ narrative. Rebecca Seghini reviews the film now available on Disney Plus.
A Manchester Legend Immortalised in Black and White: A Reflection on Control’s Portrayal of Ian Curtis - Forty years on from the premature death of one of the UK's great music artists, Ian Curtis of Joy Division, Leoni Horton analyses Anton Corbijn's 2007 biopic 'Control', a movie about the man and the city that helped make him.
Uncorked (2020) Review - Netflix wine movie 'Uncorked', from director Prentice Penny and starring Mamoudou Athie, "gets so much right" and puts across the "almost magical power of food and drink". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Calm with Horses (2019) Review - Irish gang drama 'Calm with Horses' (2019) is a stunning visual presentation with an atmospheric and moody score. Barry Keoghan and Cosmo Jarvis star. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The World’s End (2013) Review - The Cornetto Trilogy came to an end with 'The World's End' (2013), with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright offering perhaps their most underrated film. Christopher Connor reviews.
The Full Monty (1997) Review - A BAFTA and Oscar winner, 'The Full Monty' is "not just a northern comedy about men who take their clothes off". Robert Carlyle and Mark Addy star in Peter Cattaneo's South Yorkshire classic. Annice White reviews.
Blood Junkies (1993) Review - Once thought lost to an underhanded "distributor", the story of how Scottish cult horror movie 'Blood Junkies' (1993) found a release is probably even more interesting than the film. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Billy Elliot (2000) Review - "It’s been twenty years since Billy Elliot burst onto cinema screens, and its portrait of the North East remains just as moving and inspiring today." Angel Lloyd reviews 'Billy Elliot' (2000).
A Field in England (2013) Review - Ben Wheatley's 'A Field In England' (2013) is a film "like nothing else" from "one of the most distinctive, original and prolific British filmmakers working today" according to Sam Sewell-Peterson in this review.
Hot Fuzz (2007) Review - The midpoint of The Cornetto Trilogy, 'Hot Fuzz', finds Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost firing on all cylinders. Christopher Connor reviews.
Wuthering Heights Films Ranked - The 4 English language feature film adaptations of Emily Brontë’s "Wuthering Heights" ranked worst to best in terms of artistic merit, and critical/popular reception, by Annice White.
Sweet Sixteen (2002) Review - Ken Loach and Paul Laverty film 'Sweet Sixteen' (2002), telling the tale of a non-educated delinquent in small-town Scotland, packs a tremendously heavy punch. Mark Cornachan reviews.
Adult Life Skills (2016) Review - 'Adult Life Skills' (2016) starring Jodie Whittaker has "a certain dressed-down appeal" that indicates writer-director Rachel Tunnard "could be one to watch". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews this film about tackling grief and growing up in your 20s.
So Bad It’s Good: Pitching Love and Catching Faith - "Just forget that was motivation because nothing matters, everything withers and dies, this movie has sapped any meaning from life. Kiss or no kiss, that’s the only question." Jacob Davis on 'Pitching Love Catching Faith' (2015) for the So Bad It's Good series.
Good Time (2017) Review - 2017 Safdie Brothers release 'Good Time' starring Robert Pattinson "is a relentless barrage of anxiety and violence", a thriller shot in 35mm with an "unsettling, naturalistic aesthetic". Leoni Horton reviews.
Stuber (2019) Review - New Michael Dowse buddy cop movie 'Stuber' starring Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani is "an enjoyable but far from groundbreaking funny actioner that will come and go about as quick as an Uber driver's illusive 5-star rating". Joseph Wade reviews.
I’m a 90s Kid and I Watched Jurassic Park for the First Time This Year - "Hi, my name is Annice and I have never seen Jurassic Park." How a 90s kid somehow missed out on seeing Steven Spielberg's dinosaur-sized blockbuster hit until nearly 30 years later.
Where to Start with Studio Ghibli - With over 20 feature film releases to date, where do you start with Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli? Sam Sewell-Peterson offers our ultimate Ghibli guide.
Shaun of the Dead (2004) Review - In watching 'Shaun of the Dead' - one of the best loved British comedies of the contemporary era - it's easy to see why the Cornetto Trilogy has proven so popular, and why Wright, Pegg and Frost have had exciting careers. Christopher Connor reviews.
What We Did on Our Holiday (2014) Review - 'What We Did on Our Holiday' (2014) is proof you should never judge a book by its cover, this David Tennant and Rosamund Pike starring drama "smashing audience expectations" set by its trailers. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Dearly Departed (2020) Short Film Review - "Imagine a mixture of 'Waitress' and 'The Sixth Sense', and you’ve got Elise Martin and Jess Bartlett’s entertaining new short", 'Dearly Departed' (2020). Beth Sawdon reviews.
Goodfellas (1990) Review - 'Goodfellas' at 30 – Martin Scorsese’s Mob epic starring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci remains both one of his greatest achievements and one of the best films of a storied genre. Christopher Connor reviews.
Whisky Galore! (1949) Review - 'The Ladykillers' director Alexander Mackendrick makes his directorial debut with cult Scottish film 'Whisky Galore!', a film about an island's love for Whisky that doesn't quite stand the test of time. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Star Wars Live-Action Movies Ranked - Star Wars movies ranked. All 11 live-action releases from the 'Star Wars' franchise, from 'A New Hope' to 'The Rise of Skywalker', 'Rogue One' to 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' ranked from worst to best.
Every Star Wars Lightsaber Fight Ranked - Every Lightsaber duel from the live-action 'Star Wars' movies ranked from worst to best, featuring Empire Strikes Back, The Phantom Menace and Rise of Skywalker. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Back to the Future Movies Ranked - Which of the three 'Back to the Future' films, from Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, is the best? Find out in our Back to the Future edition of Ranked, as written by Annice White.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Review - Eliza Hittman film 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always', succeeds at telling the tale of a teenage girl seeking abortion in the United States through empathy and authenticity. Pagan Carruthers reviews.
The Elephant Man (1980) Review - David Lynch film 'The Elephant Man' (1980), starring John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins, "maintains its poignant sting" some 40 years later. Angel Lloyd reviews.
Real-Time: Examining How the Safdie Brothers Experiment with Naturalistic Cinema - Are Josh and Benny Safdie, The Safdie Brothers, the quiet revolutionaries of contemporary cinema? Leoni Horton examines their exploration of naturalistic filmmaking thus far, looking at the likes of 'Uncut Gems' and 'Good Time'.
The Battle of the Sexes (1960) Review - Peter Sellers stars in Charles Crichton's almost perfect 1960 comedy 'The Battle of the Sexes', set in Scotland's capital city Edinburgh. Mark Cornachan reviews.
Pirates of the Caribbean Movies Ranked - Johnny Depp excels as the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow for five 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies from Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer, ranked here from worst to best by Charlie Gardiner.
Judy (2019) Review - "A biopic of the year", Rupert Goold's Judy Garland movie 'Judy', starring Renée Zellweger as icon of the stage and screen Judy Garland, is "simply spectacular". Francesca Militello reviews.
Love Wedding Repeat (2020) Review - All-star Netflix film 'Love Wedding Repeat' (2020), starring the likes of Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn, Eleanor Tomlinson and Aisling Bea, is a rom-com with no rom and no com. Annice White reviews.
Brassed Off (1996) Review - A cultural phenomenon in the 1990s, Mark Herman's 'Brassed Off' (1994) starring Pete Postlethwaite, Ewan McGregor and a range of recognisable British talent, is a remarkable piece of cinema. Joseph Wade reviews.
Superhero Bust: The Future of the Superhero Genre - Have we seen the pinnacle of the superhero movie mountain? Gillian MacLeod looks at the facts, analysing the genre in conjunction with a prominent film theory in this special superhero movie essay.
My Summer of Love (2004) Review - The English language debut of auteur Pawel Pawlikowski, 2004's 'My Summer of Love' starring a young Emily Blunt, "feels like a look back into the spring of a great career". Joseph Wade reviews.
The Selfish Giant (2013) Review - An "amalgamation of 'Oliver Twist' and 'Standy By Me'" that presents "an almost folkloric package" of childhood through poverty. Clio Barnard's 'The Selfish Giant' (2013) reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
An American Werewolf In London – Unfinished Game-Changing Fun - Roger Ebert once described horror-comedy 'An American Werewolf in London' (1981), from director John Landis, as "unfinished". Sarah Williams looks at how this unfinished movie changed the game by making horror fun.
The Arbor (2010) Documentary Review - Clio Barnard's feature debut, documentary 'The Arbor' (2010), tells the truth of impoverished Great Britain through the tragedy of Andrea Dunbar and her family's posthumous devastation. Joseph Wade reviews.
‘Green Street’ and Toxic Masculinity - Toxic masculinity and violence in 'Green Street' (2005) starring Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam. How critique of the film seems to have missed the point, as written by George Forster.
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) Review - "Environmentalism, war and peace, pride and corruption, coming of age and redemption" - Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's animation 'Howl's Moving Castle' (2004) reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Fantasy Island (2020) Review - New Blumhouse fantasy-thriller-horror 'Fantasy Island' (2020) might be worth a watch if you're a fan of Lucy Hale, but it won't thrill fans of the genre quite like a 'Get Out'. Sophie Cook reviews.
My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999) Review - Studio Ghibli's first fully computer-animated feature, from lesser known Ghibli director Isao Takahata, is a unique though very different animated vision from Hayao Miyazaki's. Sam Sewell-Peterson's review.
Breaking Principles: Passive Characters in ‘Vivarium’ (2020) - How 'Vivarium' (2020) succeeds in frustrating some and enlightening others through its choice of presenting actively-passive characters against all usual writing principles. Essay by Kieran Judge.
True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Review - Justin Kurzel (Macbeth; Assassin's Creed) takes on the legend of Ned Kelly in his Western turned punk performance piece starring '1917' star George MacKay. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
High School Musical Trilogy Ranked - The three Disney Channel original movies that came to define many a millennial's tween years, and kick-start the careers of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, ranked from good to great by Emma Kershaw.
5 Great Comedies from the Past 5 Years That You Should Watch To Keep You Going - We all need a laugh, so here are five films from the past five years that are guaranteed to give you one (according to Joseph Wade, anyway).
Dark Waters (2020) Review - Todd Haynes takes inspiration from the horror genre to intelligently present the real-life story of a lawyer who uncovered one of America's largest ever conspiracies. DuPont are taken to task in 'Dark Waters' (2020) reviewed by Annice White.
Arrietty (2010) Review - Studio Ghibli’s 'Arrietty' ('The Secret World of Arrietty' in the USA) is a film that captivates you from the first minute to the last. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews Ghibli's animated adaptation of "The Borrowers".
Examining Controversial Depictions of Jesus Christ in Cinema - As one of history's most influential figures, depictions of Jesus Christ have caused controversy and discord since the days of the early church, and the same goes for cinema. In this piece Katie Doyle examines cinema's most provocative interpretations of the Easter Story.
Quentin Tarantino Movies Ranked - All 10 Quentin Tarantino movies from 'Reservoir Dogs' to 'Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood', via the likes of 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Kill Bill' ranked worst to best by Beth Sawdon.
The Truth (2019) Review - Palme d'Or winning director Hirokazu Koreeda follows up his smash hit 'Shoplifters' with 'The Truth', his first film made outside of his first language, starring Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Windows Into Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ - Bong Joon-ho's Best Picture Oscar winning feature 'Parasite' (2019/2020) makes spectacular use of windows to establish and reinforce themes. Sam Sewell-Peterson explores in this 'Parasite' essay.
Bloodshot (2020) Review - Is new Vin Diesel action film worth a shot on VOD? Jacob Davis takes a look in his review of 'Bloodshot' (2020) from director David S.F. Wilson.
Porco Rosso (1992) Review - 'Expect an unexpectedly satirical edge' to Hayao Miyazaki's 'Porco Rosso' (1992), a strange diversion from the usual Studio Ghibli output. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Twilight Movies Ranked - The Twilight Saga movies ranked from worst to best. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner star in the film adaptations of Stephenie Meyer's work, ranked here by Leoni Horton.
Plot Reveals vs Plot Twists – When They Work and When They Don’t - When plot twists work and when they don't. Kieran Judge explores one of cinema's most controversial, discussion stirring narrative elements, ruminating on some of the form's best and most famous examples.
Our Ladies (2020) GFF Review - Directed by Michael Caton-Jones, 'Our Ladies' is a 'wildly entertaining riot of a movie'. Click to read Sophie Butcher's review in full.
Onward (2020) Review - Pixar have done it again with the heartwarming, family friendly, adventure film 'Onward' starring Chris Pratt and Tom Holland. Review from Charlie Gardiner.
The Railway Children (1970) Review - The Railway Children may have its issues according to Annice White, but it still makes for an enjoyable nostalgia-filled afternoon. Full movie review here.
Bad Tales (Favolacce) Press Conference – Berlinale 2020 - Insight into the 2020 Berlinale Golden Bear competition entry 'Favolacce', known in English as 'Bad Tales', from the press conference by brother directors Damiano and Fabio D'Innocenzo. Report by Rose Dymock.
The Invisible Man (2020) Review - This is not your great-grandfather's 'Invisible Man', this is Blumhouse and writer-director Leigh Whannell ('Upgrade') making the horror film we need right now. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The Identity Crisis of Hong Kong Cinema - How the films of the likes of John Woo and Wong Kar-wai have illustrated the identity crisis and cultural anxieties of Hong Kong during the state's rich history of cinema.
“So Bad It’s Good” Revival - What does it mean when a film is "so bad it's good"? Jacob Davis explains in his resurrection of our beloved series So Bad It's Good.
Misbehaviour (2020) Review - 'Misbehaviour' (2020) from director Philippa Lowthorpe and starring Keira Knightley, Jessie Buckley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, is not without its issues but "a charming, heartwarming and funny film about feminism" nonetheless. Annice White reviews.
The Last Thing He Wanted (2020) Review - Netflix Joan Didion adaptation 'The Last Thing He Wanted' (2020), from 'Mudbound' director Dee Rees, starring Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck and Willem Dafoe is "fails miserably on almost every conceivable level". Leoni Horton reviews.
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) Review - Studio Ghibli anime feature 'Kiki's Delivery Service', written and directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, is "beautiful to look at", "a hugely relatable coming-of-age film". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
100 Years of ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ – Is It Still Significant? - Famed German Expressionism horror-thriller 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' turns 100 years old in 2020, but is it still relevant? Jacob Davis explores Germany's first massively popular German export here.
No, You Are: Deconstructing Dinesh D’Souza’s Interview with Richard Spencer - Dinesh D'Souza and Richard Spencer walk into a sit-down interview on right wing American politics. Jacob Davis deconstructs 'The Death of A Nation' here.
Greed (2020) Review - New Michael Winterbottom movie 'Greed' starring Steve Coogan and an ensemble of A-List British talent "is not as smart as it thinks it is". Annice White's review.
The Rhythm Section (2020) Review - Blake Lively and Jude Law star in spy-thriller 'The Rhythm Section' from director Reed Morano. Do we have the next Bourne? Sophie Cook reviews...
A Brief History of the Director’s Cut - From the Ridley Scott's Director's Cut of 'Blade Runner' to Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' extended editions and right through to the Snyder Cut of 'Justice League' - the history of the director's cut as presented by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
How Cathy Yan’s ‘Birds of Prey’ Reawakens the Ethos of the Riot Grrrl - ‘That girl thinks she’s the Queen of the neighbourhood, I got news for you, she is!’ - How Cathy Yan's 'Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey' embraces the Riot Grrrl ethos in its fresh attempts to validate female anger. Article by Leoni Horton.
Kes (1969) Review - "Kes (1969) is one of the premiere British films ever made. A bold, critical, moving masterpiece from one of the true masters of the form." Joseph Wade's review of Ken Loach film 'Kes'.
10 Best Wrestlers Turned Actors - The best actors who used to be wrestlers, and the best wrestlers who at one time did some acting. List includes Dwayne Johnson, John Cena, Dave Bautista and more. By Joseph Wade.
Bedelia (1946) Review - The film adaptation of the Vera Caspery novel "Bedelia", starring Margaret Lockwood as the titular character and directed by Lance Comfort, reviewed by Joseph Wade.
10 Years of Shutter Island – Flawless Directorial Command and Mental Health Examination - Released 10 years ago (2010), Martin Scorsese's 'Shutter Island' has taken on a life of its own to remain a relevant and enticing masterpiece from one of cinema's greatest. Beth Sawdon explores...
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) Review - "If Detective Pikachu was the exception that proved the rule that video game to cinema adaptations don't work, Sonic the Hedgehog just rewrote that rule." Joseph Wade's review of Jeff Fowler and SEGA Studios' live-action 'Sonic the Hedgehog' (2020).
The Streaming Romance: Reception and Perception in Modern Moviestaying - Jacob Davis looks at 5 Netflix rom-coms with noticeable disparities between their critic and audience scores to decipher why those disparities exist and hopefully lend a helping hand on which one/s to watch.
Gretel and Hansel (2020) Review - Oz Perkins directs 'Gretel & Hansel', a film with an obvious upside that is worth considering as a choice for a trip to the theatre. Jacob Davis reviews.
Bong Joon-ho Films Ranked - Bong Joon-ho made history by winning 4 Academy Awards at the 2020 Oscars, but is his Best Picture winner 'Parasite' his best film? Find out in this Director Bong special edition of Ranked.
The Host (2006) Review - Bong Joon-ho feature 'The Host' is not only "a smart and entertaining thriller, but a tender family drama and a rip-roaring comedy." Sam Sewell-Peterson's review.
Why Parasite’s Oscars Dominance Matters - 'Parasite winning, and winning so big, shows that maybe barriers are being broken down'. Jacob Davis on why 'Parasite' winning big at the Oscars 2020 matters.
Birds of Prey (2020) Review - Harley Quinn is unleashed from under the Joker's thumb and teams up with three other lethal ladies of Gotham in Cathy Yan's 'Birds of Prey'. Click to read Sophie Butcher's review in full.
Billy Madison (1995) Retrospective Review - Does Adam Sandler's 'Billy Madison' (1995) stand up to modern day audiences in 2020? Jacob Davis reviews the film that launched the Sand-Man's career 25 years ago.
The Animation Race 2020 - Which films are nominated in the Animated Feature category at the 2020 Oscars and which one is most likely to win? Find out in The Animation Race 2020 by Rebecca Seghini.
Kitbull – Oscar Nominated Animated Short Review - Disney Pixar have been nominated in the Oscars Animated Short Film category in 2020 for 'Kitbull' the story of a kitten and a pitbull making friends in bad circumstances. Joseph Wade reviews this Rosana Sullivan film.
The Alternative Oscars – Selecting 2020’s Best Non-Nominees - Who would be nominated in each of the major categories at the 2020 Oscars if the current nominees were ineligible?
Walk, Run, Cha-Cha – Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Review - Nominated for the Documentary Short Oscar in 2020, 'Walk, Run, Cha-Cha' from director Laura Nix is more than just a dance movie. Joseph Wade reviews...
2020 Oscars Best Picture Nominees Ranked - The 9 nominees for the 2020 Oscar for Best Picture ranked from worst to best, by Joseph Wade.
From ‘Foreign Language’ To ‘International Feature’: Why A Change In Name Isn’t Enough - The Oscars have renamed their 'Best Foreign Language Film' category 'Best International Feature Film' in the name of inclusivity - but, as Sophie Butcher discusses, this alone is not enough to improve recognition for world cinema.
In the Absence – Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Review - In 2014, 250 school children drowned to death when their ferry sank off the coast of South Korea. 2020's Oscar nominated documentary short 'In the Absence' explores the ethical quagmire that led to this disaster. Joseph Wade reviews.
If The Oscars Had A “Most Extraordinary Overall Output” Acting Award - Which 5 actors would be deserved to be nominated if The Oscars judged actors on their overall output from the past year?
Could ‘Frozen II’ Win Best Original Song? – Oscars 2020 - "in the final “Into the unknown” in the chorus, [Elsa] goes so far past the safe notes, way into the enchanted forest. Here the chorus acts as a microcosm for the whole narrative." - Sophie Cook on why "Into the Uknown" should win Best Original Song at the 2020 Oscars.
In Defence of The Academy – A Sarcastic Address of the Controversy Surrounding The Oscars - For close to a century, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been a pillar of open-mindedness and has set benchmarks for inclusion. This article celebrates their otherworldly knowledge and passion that totally isn't bought or the source of controversy.
1917 Is Not Nationalistic - Is '1917' inherently nationalistic? The multi-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globes winner has come under fire from certain sections of the press, but Jacob Davis disagrees with the consensus. Full feature/essay here.
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Review - 'The Death of Stalin' screenwriter-director Armando Ianucci tackles the bane of the English classroom's Charles Dickins, in his adaptation of 'The Personal History of David Copperfield' starring Dev Patel. Katie Doyle reviews.
The Turning (2020) Review - “Huh?” seems to be the only response you'll have. Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard and Brooklyn Prince star in 'The Turning', a 2020 horror from Floria Sigismondi, reviewed by Jacob Davis.
‘Joker’ Vs ‘Us’: Their Significance, Similarities – And Why Is One Missing From The Oscar Nominations? - The Oscar nominations for 2020 are out, and Sophie Butcher has a question - why has 'Joker' received so much recognition, and 'Us' none at all, despite their similarities? Click here to read in full.
Kobe Bryant: 1978-2020 - The writer and producer of Oscar-winning short 'Dear Basketball' was one of the sport's greatest ever players. His untimely death at the age of 41 is one felt around the world. This is Jacob Davis' tribute to a sporting icon taken too soon.
Bad Boys for Life (2020) Review - Are the Bad Boys really "for life"? Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews the third installment in the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence action-comedy franchise 'Bad Boys'.
Ravished by Romance – Before Sunrise’s Antithetical Approach to Love - After a quarter of a century on the big screen, why does Richard Linklater's seminal romantic piece 'Before Sunrise' still resonate with audiences? Joseph Wade explores.
Pagan Carruthers’ 5 More of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History - 5 (more) of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History as chosen by Pagan Carruthers. Which Saoirse Ronan role/s made the list? Find out here.
Just Mercy (2020) Review - Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson star in Destin Daniel Cretton's 'Just Mercy', the true story of a man attempting to clear a prisoner on death row of a crime he didn't commit. Annice White reviews.
Box Office Report – 2019 Year In Review - 2019 - All Wrapped Up! The UK, Chinese and Worldwide box office rounded up, including the highest grossers, biggest losers and what to expect in 2020.
Spring Breakers (2012) Review - "A fascinating movie", Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers' (2012) starring James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez is more than what you might expect. Full review here.
1917 (2019) Review - It's rare to see a film about World War I, but Sam Mendes' '1917', photographed by Roger Deakins, becomes a pretty fine example of the sub-genre according to Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Baz Luhrmann’s Iconic Postmodern Trilogy: An Exploration - Baz Luhrmann exercises postmodernism in his work through his instantly recognisable work in adaptation and reimagining, including in his three most iconic pieces, a postmodern trilogy explored by Sophie Cook.
Annice White’s 5 More of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History - With entries from the likes of 'The Dark Knight' and 'The Full Monty', here are Annice White's 5 of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History.
Underwater (2020) Review - Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel and T.J. Miller star in Christopher Eubank directed Sci-Fi 'Underwater' (2020). Full movie review courtesy of Jacob Davis.
Bombshell (2020) Review - Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie star in 'Bombshell', the dramatisation of the Fox News takedown that came before #MeToo as we know it. Read our review, as written by Sophie Butcher.
The Grudge (2020) Review - Despite some positive aspects, the new version of 'The Grudge', from director Nicolas Pesce, fails offer enough to warrant the franchise resurrection. Jacob Davis reviews.
100 Film Challenge - Join The Film Magazine in watching 100 films in 2020 for the #100FilmChallenge 2020. Check out what we're looking for and how to update us on your progress here.
100 Greatest Films of the 2010s - The Film Magazine's selections of the 100 Greatest Films of the 2010s, a decade in which some of the most important work the art form has ever seen has been produced.
10 Best Films 2019: Jason Lithgo - The 10 best films of 2019 according to Jason Lithgo. Could one of the box office's billion-dollar hits break the top 10? Find out here.
10 Directors with 3 or More Great Films from the 2010s - 10 of the most impressively prolific directors of the 2010s, listed in alphabetical order by Sam Sewell-Peterson. If you watch the work of 10 filmmakers from this past decade, these should be the ones.
10 Best Films 2019: Joseph Wade - 2019 has been a year in which some of the most influential auteurs have released films, blockbusters have taken on a new significance and some stagnant genres have been reignited, but what are the 10 best films of 2019? Joseph Wade selects, here.
10 Best Films 2019: Jacob Davis - The 10 Best Films of 2019, as selected by The Film Magazine's Jacob Davis based on wide North American release dates.
Uncut Gems (2019) Review - Safdie Brothers film 'Uncut Gems' (2019), starring Adam Sandler, brings the myth of Sisyphus to life in a movie that provides "joy in the struggle", according to Jacob Davis in his review.
Little Women (2019) Review - "Little Women will be the Greta Gerwig movie that will establish her as one of the most important filmmakers of the 21st century". Katie Doyle reviews 'Little Women' (2019) starring Saoirse Ronan and an ensemble of talent.
Cats (2019) Review - The Tom Hooper directed adaptation of stage musical "Cats" is "cat-tastrophic" and "uncomfortable to say the least". Pagan Carruthers reviews the film starring the likes of Taylor Swift.
2019 Superhero Movies Ranked - 2019 has been a bumper year for superhero films with 9 releases from 6 studios, including 4 billion dollar box office hits, but which are the best and worst of the year? Joseph Wade ranks them here.
Marriage Story (2019) Review - Netflix original drama 'Marriage Story' (2019) from screenwriter-director Noah Baumbach, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, is a complex and human tale of divorce according to Sam Sewell-Peterson in his review.
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Review - Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan are joined by Danny Devito, Danny Glover, Awkwafina and more in the sequel to 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle', 'Jumanji: The Next Level'. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Tokyo Godfathers (2003) Review - 'Tokyo Godfathers' (2003), from visionary Anime director Satoshi Kon, is an unlikely Japanese Christmas film with progressive messages and a real heart. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews...
Why ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ Has Become Hard To Watch - Why 'The Muppet Christmas Carol' Has Become Hard To Watch in the contemporary landscape of inequality according to Annice White.
The Holiday (2006) Review - It has become one of the Christmas holiday season's most recognisable staples since its release in 2006, but does Nancy Meyers' 'The Holiday', starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black still hold up? Francesca Militello reviews.
I’m a 90s Kid and I Watched Die Hard for the First Time This Year - "Hi, my name is Annice and I've never seen Die Hard." How a 90s kid somehow missed out on seeing John McClane fight Hans Gruber in the questionably Christmas movie 'Die Hard' (1988).
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Review - The final instalment of the 'Star Wars' Skywalker saga has arrived, but does it fulfil expectations and conclude the franchise effectively? Joseph Wade reviews.
Black Christmas (2019) Review - The sorority slasher is back - directed by Sophia Takal and starring Imogen Poots, this remake of Black Christmas is transported to modern times and given a thoroughly feminist spin. Read our review, as written by Sophie Butcher.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) Review - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989), from screenwriter John Hughes and starring Chevy Chase, is "highly entertaining farce" according to Bradley Weir in his review.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Review - In defense of 'The Last Jedi', Jacob Davis breaks down how and why Rian Johnson's Skywalker Saga 'Star Wars' entry is deserving of praise. His review.
5 Christmas Movies Rewritten According to Brexit and UK Politics - As the UK enters another General Election, Katie Doyle rewrites five Christmas classics of cinema to fit the modern political discourse in this entertaining piece.
Knives Out at UK Box Office – Roundup 29th Nov-1st Dec 2019 - 'Knives Out' starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis and Ana De Armas debuts at the UK box office, but was it enough to de-throne Disney Animation's 'Frozen II' from the top spot? Charlie Gardiner reports.
Knives Out (2019) Review - 'Knives Out' (2019), a modern whodunnit from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson, starring an ensemble headlined by Daniel Craig, as reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
What ‘Le Mans 66’ Gets Right That Other Motorsport Films Did Not - Does 'Ford v Ferrari' manage to satisfy racing fans as it seems to be pleasing filmgoers? Dan Mason analyses in this special feature.
Charlie’s Angels (2019) Review - "Whilst the tone can be offputting, it doesn’t detract entirely from some enjoyable elements" - Elizabeth Banks' 'Charlie's Angels', starring Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott, reviewed by Sophie Butcher.
More Downton Abbey, New Elizabeth Banks Film, Lots of Star Wars Updates, New Superman, More - All of the week's top movie news stories, including Netflix saving a movie theatre from closure, Disney being charitable with 'Rise of Skywalker' and much more.
George Lucas Directed Movies Ranked - George Lucas films ranked - the films directed by 'Star Wars' creator George Lucas ranked from worst to best, including the Star Wars prequels.
Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Review - "a simply marvellous blend of technical skill and emotional resonance", Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner 2049' starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford is "simply an achievement". Harrison Thorne reviews.
The Hunger Games Movies Ranked - The Hunger Games movies were a success at both the box office and with critics. But which is the best of the franchise? Sophie Butcher ranks the films that propelled Jennifer Lawrence's rise to stardom...
Ford v Ferrari / Le Mans ’66 (2019) Review - New James Mangold film 'Le Mans '66'/'Ford v Ferrari' (2019) starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale is "more than an exciting adventure into the world of motorsport made for motorsport enthusiasts" according to Francesca Militello's review.
Frozen II Debuts – UK Box Office Roundup 22-24th Nov 2019 - This week's UK Box Office Report tells of the success of new Walt Disney Animation release 'Frozen II', as well as the continued success of 'Joker'. Charlie Gardiner collates and presents the information, here.
A Separation (2011) Review - Asghar Farhadi's 'A Separation' (2011) is the "film that stands out above all else" from the 2010s, according to Bradley Weir's review of the Oscar-nominated movie.
Harry Potter Movies Ranked - Which 'Harry Potter' movie is the best? And which is the worst? Take a read of Beth Sawdon's Harry Potter Movies Ranked to find out.
Henry Cavill Superman Update, New MCU Releases, New Star Trek Director, Joker 2, More - All of the week's top movie news upto 24th Nov 2019 including a new 'Star Trek' movie, a huge Superman update, Joker 2 news, what comes after 'Rise of Skywalker' and more.
Audrey Hepburn’s 3 Career-Defining Performances - She has gone down in history as one of the most iconic actresses of all time and a timeless fashion icon, but what are Audrey Hepburn's career defining performances?
Star Wars Movie Directors Ranked - Which of the live-action 'Star Wars' movie directors has had the best career? Find out in our Star Wars Directors Ranked article from Joseph Wade.
A Hidden Life (2019) Review - A war drama and true life story that combines the early narrative accomplishments of screenwriter-director Terrence Malick's earlier career with the visual motifs of his later work. Starring August Diehl. Joseph Wade's review.
10 Magnificent Moustaches at the Movies - In support of Movember, Sam Sewell-Peterson has counted down 10 of the most magnificent moustaches in cinema history.
Last Christmas (2019) Review - Last Christmas (2019) is the George Michael-inspired, festive romcom written by Emma Thompson, directed by Paul Feig and starring Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding. But is it a new Christmas classic? Sophie Butcher reviews...
Controversial Uncharted Casting, New Scott, PT Anderson, Lee, Waititi Projects, Cage Playing Cage, More - 'The Little Mermaid' casts Prince Eric, 'Joker' breaks box office records, Adam McKay reveals his next project, huge changes at Amazon, Spike Lee's new film and much more in our movie news of the week.
Ema (2019) Review - "One of the most alive, bustling, energetic and effervescent movies of 2019", 'Ema' from 'Jackie' director Pablo Larraín, starring Gael Garcia Bernal is "a film of the year". Joseph Wade's review.
Batman Casts Two Stars, New Michael Keaton Action Film, Another Scream Movie, More - All of the week's top movie news stories upto 10th November 2019 in one easy-to-read place, including a new 'Scream' movie, details of the latest Michael Keaton project, 'The Batman' updates and more.
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Review - Sam Sewell-Peterson explains how "'Terminator' movies should always be chase movies, and [Dark Fate] is one hell of a taut and gripping one". His review of the new Terminator franchise entry from Tim Miller.
Parasite (2019) Snapshot Review - Bong Joon-ho's Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winning thriller 'Parasite' is the latest film to prove that genre filmmaking is back. Jacob Davis reviews.
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Review - A satire from 'Thor: Ragnarok' director Taika Waititi that, even when examining Nazis, proves "love will always win over hate in the end" according to Bradley Weir in his review of 'Jojo Rabbit' (2019).
Doctor Sleep (2019) Review - Mike Flanagan honours two distinct visions of 'The Shining' in his adaptation of Stephen King's 'Doctor Sleep' starring Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Big Brains Behind Game of Thrones’ Demise Will Not Be Desecrating Star Wars - 'Game of Thrones' creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have exited a deal with Lucasfilm to make their own 'Star Wars' trilogy. Jacob Davis explains why that's not a bad thing.
The Aeronauts (2019) Review - Tom Harper film 'The Aeronauts' (2019) starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones "transforms reality into something poetic and magical that demands to be seen on the biggest screen possible", according to Holly Weaver in her review.
New Lady Gaga Project, Jodie Foster Returns to Acting, New Spider-Verse Movie, Star Wars News, More - All of the week's top movie news leading up to November 3rd including a new Lady Gaga/Ridley Scott project, lots of 'Star Wars' news, Ant-Man 3 update and much more.
The Shining (1980) Retrospective Review - "Humans are scarier than ghosts" and Stanley Kubrick's precise vision for Stephen King's 'The Shining', released in 1980, explores that. Sam Sewell-Peterson offers a retrospective review of the horror classic.
Sorry We Missed You (2019) Review - 'I, Daniel Blake' was "our quiet rage", 'Sorry We Missed You' is an impassioned cry for help. Joseph Wade reviews the latest film from Ken Loach, the Cannes nominated 'Sorry We Missed You'.
Possessed By My Possessions: The Scariest Cursed Objects In Horror - Separating the wheat from the chaff so you don’t have to. From 'Drag Me To Hell' to Annabelle in 'The Conjuring', we find the scariest cursed objects in horror films.
Shot For Shot: Safe-Theft Scene in Hitchcock’s ‘Marnie’ (1964) - Over half a century later, Hitchcock's movies still have us on the edge of our seats. But why? Kieran Judge breaks down how he masterfully manipulates his audience in a shot-by-shot analysis of a scene from 'Marnie' (1964).
Countdown (2019) Review - An app that counts down to when you die, and a premise that reaches too deep to find logic according to Jacob Davis in his review of 'Countdown' (2019).
Every ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ Song Ranked - Every song from Tim Burton's 'Sweeney Todd' (2007) starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter ranked from worst to best by Sophie Grant.
The Lighthouse (2019) Snapshot Review - Films like Robert Eggers' 'The Lighthouse' (2019) "are why cinema exists", the Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe starring movie being "engrossing and mysterious", according to Jacob Davis in his review.
‘Joker’ Sets Box Office Record, Jane Fonda Makes Awards Show History, Cannes Plan Development, More - More film auteur comments on superhero films, Jane Fonda creates awards show history, Joker sets a Box Office record, first reactions to Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' and more.
Rebecca Seghini’s 5 More of the Best Character introductions In Movie History - Rebecca Seghini chooses 5 (more) of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History in the latest entry to our writing team's "Best Character Intros" series. In this piece... three non-human characters and a fashion icon.
The Cell (2000) Review - "if you like really weird things that go all-in on the weirdness, 'The Cell' (2000) is worth a watch" according to Jacob Davis in his review of the Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn and Vincent D'Onofrio starring film.
Waves (2019) Review - Trey Edward Shults' 'Waves' (2019) starring Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Taylor Russell "is a cautionary tale about lack of communication" with strong, potentially award earning performances. Pagan Carruthers reviews.
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Review - 'The Peanut Butter Falcon' (2019), headlined by Down's Syndrome actor Zack Gottsagen, Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson, has a soaring message according to Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Analyzing ‘Star Wars’ Lore: The Jedi - The history, development and contradictions in Jedi lore in the 'Star Wars' franchise. Article by Jacob Davis.
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Review - Zombieland: Double Tap (2019), from director Ruben Fleischer and starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone, is too self-congratulatory. Sophie Butcher reviews...
A Legend Honoured, Plus Updates on ‘The Batman’, New David Fincher Movie, New Robert Eggers Film, More - Over 20 major movie news stories, from casting on 'The Batman' to news on the new film studio in London, right through to the honouring of a legend, inside.
Jexi (2019) Review - Jexi (2019) starring Adam DeVine and Alexandra Shipp pits humanity against technology as DeVine must choose between his phone and a new romantic interest in this movie romcom. Jacob Davis reviews.
Official Secrets (2019) Review - Keira Knightley heads an all-star British cast for 'Official Secrets', a political thriller from 'Eye in the Sky' director Gavin Hood about the true story of Katherine Gun. Joseph Wade reviews.
Your Holiday Guide to Bad Halloween Movies - 12 terrible horror movies to avoid this Halloween, unless you're a masochist who enjoys the painfully cheesy, inept and unoriginal. List by Jacob Davis.
Gemini Man (2019) Review - Ang Lee action movie 'Gemini Man' (2019) starring Will Smith in two opposing roles may be a technical marvel, but is it an exciting movie? Jacob Davis reviews.
Honey Boy (2019) Review - "A moving reflection, perhaps even an exorcism" from the pen of Shia LaBeouf, directed by Alma Har'el and starring Lucas Hedges - our review from Pagan Carruthers.
Katie Doyle’s 5 More of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History - 5 (more) of the best character introductions in movie history as chosen by The Film Magazine's Katie Doyle. This list includes an unlikely Muppets movie character and a few stone cold classics.
The Irishman (2019) Review - New Martin Scorsese film 'The Irishman', starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, is "a thrilling, nostalgic and self-retrospective gangster movie" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
Live-Action Jokers Ranked - Every live-action incarnation of The Joker - as played by Cesaro Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Jared Leto & Joaquin Phoenix - ranked from worst to best.
Portrait of A Lady on Fire (2019) Review - New Céline Sciamma film 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' offers "some of the most extraordinary filmmaking this century" according to Joseph Wade in his review of the Queer Palm winning film.
Joker: Incels, Violence, the Alt-Right – Tackling the Discourse Around 2019’s Most Controversial Movie - Jacob Davis tackles the hysteria surrounding Todd Phillips' 'Joker' (2019), breaking down the discourse forged by the opinions of high-ranking journalists in an attempt to get to the bottom of the controversy.
Nightmare on Elm Street Films Ranked - All 9 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' movies, from the original in 1984 to the remake in 2010 and including 'Freddy vs Jason', Ranked from worst to best by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Joker (2019) Review - After all the controversy, was the powerful performance from lead actor Joaquin Phoenix enough to save 'Joker' (2019) from failure? Joseph Wade reviews.
10 Best Horror Movies of the 2010s - The best horror movie of each year 2010-2019 listed in this article: 10 Best Horror Movies of the 2010s. Written by Jacob Davis.
Sam Sewell-Peterson’s 5 More of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History - Sam Sewell-Peterson selects 5 of the best character introductions in movie history, including characters played by the likes of Nicolas Cage and Javier Bardem.
Spider-Man Back in MCU, New ‘The Batman’ Cast Members, Binoche Honoured With Award, More - Huge news from the 'Spider-Man', 'Batman' and 'Star Wars' franchise as Juliette Binoche receives an honour. Plus over 15 more movie news stories.
The Last Tree (2019) Review - 2019 Shola Amoo movie 'The Last Tree' is "a British offering that will not only make you think about its message and feel towards its characters, but also encourage you to take in the very essence of cinema as an art form". Joseph Wade's review.
The Farewell (2019) Review - 'The Farewell' (2019) starring Awkwafina "marks Lulu Wang out as a vivid talent" according to Sam Sewell-Peterson in his review.
Ad Astra (2019) Review - 'The Lost City of Z' filmmaker James Gray has teamed with Brad Pitt for 'Ad Astra', a space exploration film being likened to 'Apocalypse Now'. Joseph Wade reviews.
Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions: Expectations of Star Wars Lore in the 21st Century - How expectations regarding 'Star Wars' lore have been cultivated and why it isn't the end of the world that you don't know anything about Snoke.
1st Summoning (2019) Review - "Found Footage is a subgenre that requires creativity and a semblance of originality... this film fails on both counts." Raymond Wood directs '1st Summoning', Jacob Davis offers the horror movie review.
Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Review - Did 'Rambo: Last Blood' manage to pay fitting tribute to the franchise's 4 previous iterations under the direction of Adrian Grunberg? Check out Jacob Davis' review to find out.
Danny Boyle Films Ranked - Celebrating 25 years as a director in 2019, Danny Boyle has made movie classics and film award winners. Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, Yesterday and more, ranked.
Downton Abbey (2019) Review - Could the 'Downton Abbey' movie recapture the heart of the television series or did it sell out to a more reductive, cinematic experience? Annice White reviews,
5 More of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History - From The Dude in 'The Big Lebowski' to Vito Corleone in 'The Godfather' - 5 More of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History from Jacob Davis.
Border (2018) Review - Ali Abbasi movie 'Border' (2018), also known as Gräns, is "one campfire story you're not going to forget in a hurry" according to Sam Sewell-Peterson in this review.
The Souvenir (2019) Review - While "at times you struggle to understand what makes these characters worth your attention", "you’ll find yourself more invested than you realised you could be". Sophie Butcher of The Cine Blog reviews Joanna Hogg drama 'The Souvenir'.
The Scariest Scene of the 2010s – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Despite the resurgence of horror in the 2010s, the scariest scene of the decade came from a 'Star Wars' movie? Kieran Judge explores how Darth Vader has never been more terrifying than in 'Rogue One'.
The Wizard of Oz – 80 Years of Social Relevance - The impact of 'The Wizard of Oz', its context to politics at the time and the profound effect it had during the 2nd world war examined in the year of its 80th anniversary by Beth Sawdon.
A Textual Critique of ‘Stand Your Ground’ - 2014 Michael McClendon movie 'Stand Your Ground' sides you with the assailant in a "based on true events" story of a real-life murder trial from the perspective of the perpetrator's mother. Jacob Davis explores its problematic stance.
It Chapter Two (2019) Review - Jacob Davis thinks "Bill Skarsgård was so phenomenal that he made Tim Curry’s version of the character seem less like an Eldritchian horror and more like a weirdo at a circus." His full review here.
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition – Review - "A peerless insight" into the career of Stanley Kubrick, Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition offers "inspiring experience to cinephiles young and old".
Little Women (1994) Retrospective Review - Gillian Armstrong's 'Little Women' (1994) starring Winona Ryder is one to "watch during the lazy nights of Christmas and New Year’s Day, underneath a throw with a hot chocolate: man or woman, brothers or sisters" according to Katie Doyle.
12 Lightsaber Designs Star Wars Should Employ - It's like a catalogue, but instead of shopping for household goods or clothing, you're shopping for Lightsabers...
Overcomer (2019) Review - New Kendrick Brothers movie 'Overcomer' (2019) is "a visual “and then”, like a toddler telling a story", according to Jacob Davis' review.
Dragonworld (1994) Review - "Fortunately, Dragonworld is incredibly entertaining because it’s so stupid" are the words of Jacob Davis in his review of the 1994 picture from writer-director Ted Nicolaou.
Tim Burton Movies Ranked - All 19 of the films directed by iconic filmmaker Tim Burton ranked from worst to best, including 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'Sweeney Todd', 'Edward Scissorhands' and 'Beetlejuice'.
47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Review - The Johannes Roberts directed sequel to the surprisingly well received '47 Meters Down', '47 Meters Down: Uncaged', starring Corinne Fox, reviewed by Jacob Davis.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Review - Jacob Davis reviews new horror movie 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' from the mind of Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Andre Ovredal.
5 of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History - A great character always has a sensational introduction. Ioanna Micha guides us through 5 of the very best in movie history in this exclusive feature.
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019) Review - Perhaps "the precise moment we can pinpoint as Tarantino signing his career's own death warrant", 2019 release Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, reviewed by Joseph Wade.
The Emoji Movie (2017) Review - "The Emoji Movie is a legendarily bad film", but is it worth all of the vitriol? Jacob Davis explores in his review of the Sony Pictures Animation movie, here.
Top 10 UK Box Office Movies of 2019 (So Far) - Which of this year's spate of high budget, massively popular releases have broken into the UK's top 10 box office hits of 2019? Josh Greally of Big Picture Film Club takes a look.
The Art of the Social Media Thriller; Narcissism, Paranoia and Tools for Good or Ill - "Technological paranoia has always been great fuel for exciting films and filmmaking." Sam Sewell-Peterson takes us through 4 of the best examples from the recent trend of Social Media Thrillers.
The Lion King (2019) Review - "While The Jungle Book enhanced the magic of its predecessor, The Lion King did the opposite." Samuel Sybert reviews 'The Lion King' (2019).
Far From Home – Throwing Shade at the Superhero Factory - "Compelling character first, crash-bang-wallop second", the compelling subtext of 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' (2019), by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) Snapshot Review - Peter Greenaway directed Michael Gambon and Helen Mirren in 'The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover' (1989), a "dark and disturbing" movie according to reviewer Jacob Davis.
Gwen (2019) Review - "Moody, tense and visually stunning, 'Gwen' (2019) is a dark delight that holds back no punches and speaks of some cold, hard truths in the world." Kieran Judge reviews.
Crawl (2019) Review - "Does this movie really expect me to believe that a college swimmer that can't even win in practice is outswimming an 8-million year old killing machine?" Jacob Davis reviews 'Crawl' (2019).
Demolition Man (1993) Snapshot Review - Imagine a film about a defrosted Sylvester Stallone, a nightmarish sexual simulator and Wesley Snipes saying "what's your boggle". You don't have to imagine it any more, because it exists and it is absolutely worth your time.
The Happy Science Filmography Ranked - The movies of Happy Science, a New Age religious movement, Ranked (from worst to best) in terms of their entertainment value, by Jacob Davis.
Far from Home – E.D.I.T.H. and the Morality of the MCU - Spider-Man: Far from Home introduces a problematic new piece of technology that illustrates a genre shift in politics that Jacob Davis explores, here.
Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) Snapshot Review - New Spidey movie 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' (2019) marks the 22nd entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kieran Judge reviews the film starring Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Midsommar (2019) Review - "With Midsommar, Aster has scored again, topping his first film with a truly horrific nightmare drenched in sunlight." Samuel Sybert reviews 'Midsommar' starring Florence Pugh.
Yesterday (2019) Review - He's woken up in a world where The Beatles don't exist and it's up to him to reintroduce the music to them. Himesh Patel and Lily James star in Danny Boyle's 'Yesterday'. Katie Doyle's review.
The Dead Don’t Die (2019) Review - Bill Murray and Adam Driver star in the latest movie from Jim Jarmusch, a zombie survival movie titled 'The Dead Don't Die'. Joseph Wade reviews.
Another Cinderella Story (2008) Review - "I hope she was paid a pile of cash for this pile of trash." Jacob Davis reviews 'Another Cinderella Story' starring Selena Gomez and Jane Lynch.
Rocketman – Analysis of the Movie, the Biopic, the Musical - With Dexter Fletcher’s new biographical drama, we catch a glimpse of Elton John’s rock n' roll lifestyle. Beth Sawdon explores this in her special feature on 'Rocketman' (2019).
Treacle (2019) Short Film Review - 'Treacle' (2019), the new short film from Mini Productions, written by and starring April Kelley, and directed by Rosie Westhoff, has been reviewed by Joseph Wade.
Gramps Goes to College (2014) Analytical Review - "Just when you think that this movie has no more turns to take, it gets even nuttier." Jacob Davis' review of 'Gramps Goes to College' from director Chips Rossetti and writer Donald James Parker.
Toy Story 4 (2019) Review - Woody and the crew are back for the latest Disney Pixar instalment of Toy Story, 'Toy Story 4' (2019). Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Annie Potts star, Becca Seghini reviews.
The Sound of Silence (2019) Review - Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones star in the feature debut of Michael Tyburski, The Sound of Silence, a story of a man connecting the pitches of sound in New York City. Joseph Wade reviews.
Firecrackers (2019) Review - 'Firecrackers', a new coming of age drama from Jasmin Mozaffari, could become the debut feature of 2019. Joseph Wade reviews.
The Emperor of Paris (2019) Review - L'Empereur de Paris (The Emperor of Paris) from acclaimed 'Mesrine' director Jean-François Richet, starring Vincent Cassell and Olga Kurylenko, movie review.
Help! (1965) Retrospective Review - The Beatles' 2nd movie, 'Help!' (1965), is a gem of British surrealist comedy with a problematic backdrop that can't go unseen in the contemporary landscape. Katie Doyle reviews.
Venezia (2019) Review - Rodrigo Guerrero's powerful, cinematic 2019 release 'Venezia' asks us to ponder the very nature of existence in a profound visual journey. Joseph Wade reviews.
7 Reasons (2019) Analytical Review - Evangelist turned filmmaker Ray Comfort has turned his attentions towards abortion in his latest documentary '7 Reasons'. Jacob Davis reviews.
Ham on Rye (2019) Snapshot Review - "If you like works that are off the beaten path" Tyler Taormina's 'Ham on Rye' (2019) may be the film for you. Jacob Davis reviews.
It Just Might be His Masterpiece: Revisiting Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’ Ten Years Later - Will Quentin Tarantino ever top 'Pulp Fiction'? Maybe he already has. Samuel Sybert breaks down the artistry behind the iconic director's 'Inglourious Basterds'.
The Mountain (2019) Snapshot Review - 'The Mountain', the 2019 release from 'Entertainment' director Rick Alverson, starring Tye Sheridan and Jeff Goldblum, as reviewed by Jacob Davis.
“I’m A Weirdo Builder” – Costume Designer Lauren Oppelt In Conversation - Lauren Oppelt, a costume designer who recently worked on 'Greener Grass' (2019) from Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, has been interviewed by Jacob Davis.
Greener Grass (2019) Review - 'Greener Grass', the 2019 comedy from Dawn Luebbe and Jocelyn DeBoer, is "a bold comedy that is also incredibly detailed". Jacob Davis reviews.
Dark Phoenix (2019) Review - Do Fox's X-Men go out with a bang or a whimper in Simon Kinberg's 'Dark Phoenix' (2019)? Sophie Turner, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender star in this movie reviewed by Joseph Wade.
Ma (2019) Review - Octavia Spencer is the titular 'Ma' in a new horror-thriller from Tate Taylor, director of 'The Help'. Jacob Davis reviews.
Always Be My Maybe (2019) Review - 'Always Be My Maybe', the latest movie rom-com from Netflix, starring and written by Ali Wong and Randall Park, reviewed by Joseph Wade.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Review - Part 3 of Legendary's titan-centered cinematic universe 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' from director Michael Dougherty has hit the big screen. Is it worth the hype? Check out our review by Jacob Davis for more.
A Hard Day’s Night (1964) Retrospective Review - "With the likes of 'A Hard Day’s Night', their music and joie de vivre of their early days will never die." Katie Doyle's review of 'A Hard Day's Night' starring The Beatles.
Brightburn (2019) Review - 'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn attached his name to horror-superhero film 'Brightburn', but was it worth it? Jacob Davis outlines in his spoiler-filled review.
10 Most Exciting Movies Coming Out of Cannes 2019 - The 10 movies coming out of Cannes 2019 that you should look out for in cinemas in the coming year.
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Movies Ranked - Each of Peter Jackson's 6 J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations, from both the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' movie trilogies, ranked from worst to best by Esther Doyle.
Booksmart (2019) Review - Olivia Wilde's 2019 coming of age comedy 'Booksmart' is a "genuinely funny" and hearty movie "headlined by two superlative performances" according to Joseph Wade in this review.
4 of the Most Depressing Disney Movie Moments - Steamboat your willies and bibbity bobbity brace yourselves, as The Film Magazine counts down the most depressing Disney movie moments.
5 Most Profound Scenes in Star Wars (1977) - 5 profound moments from 'Star Wars' (1977) that helped to evolve George Lucas' sci-fi epic into one of the biggest franchises of all time.
Laika Animated Movies Ranked - Laika have been producing unique and interesting visions through animation for over 10 years. Sam Sewell-Peterson ranks each of their 5 releases, from 'Coraline' to 'Missing Link', from worst to best.
A Textual Analysis of ‘John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ - An analysis of the use of colour and the narrative progression on offer in 'John Wick Chapter 3 - Parabellum' by Jacob Davis.
Clownado (2019) Trailer Review - Nope, not a tornado... a CLOWNADO. Jacob Davis reviews the trailer for 2019 horror b-movie 'Clownado', starring a tornado of clowns.
Top 10 Times Nicolas Cage Went Full Cage - A performer so unique he's had much of his work become famous memes, Nicolas Cage has gone "full cage" so many times. Here are the top 10 (as presented by Craig Sheldon).
A Tip of the Cap: Saying “So Long” to Steve - Jacob Davis says "so long" to Captain America Steve Rogers in a spoiler-filled piece on the famed hero's on-screen journey.
Top 10 Contemporary Rom-Com Ensembles - Which rom-coms can boast the best ensemble casts in contemporary cinema? Take a look back in time and through many an era for these, the Top 10 Contemporary Rom-Com Ensembles.
The Fool (2019) Review - From Evangelist Ray Comfort comes 'The Fool' (2019), a documentary on how he takes atheists to task on their atheism. Jacob Davis reviews.
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Snapshot Review - Michael Chaves' 2019 horror film 'The Curse of La Llorona' is "a weak entry into the Conjuring Universe' according to Jacob Davis in his snapshot review.
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Review - Avengers: Endgame (2019) is the most important superhero film of all time. Joseph Wade reviews Marvel's culmination of a 21-film journey, directed by the Russo Brothers, here.
Loki: The Development of One of Marvel’s Greatest Villains - He became one of the most iconic superhero villains of all time. In this feature, Francesca Militello charts Loki's development from prince to villain to brother between 'Thor' and 'Infinity War'.
What’s The Deal With ‘New Mutants’? - A trailer for the X-Men spin-off 'New Mutants' debuted in late 2017, so where is it? Jacob Davis takes a look at a film long-gestating under the Fox banner ahead of Disney's purchase of the company in 2019.
Fourigin: A Series of Fantastic Flops - The rights to the Fantastic Four have reverted to Marvel, but what are the lessons they can learn from the other three attempted franchise starters? Jacob Davis takes a look at the "series of fantastic flops" here.
Top 10 Brie Larson Performances - Beth Sawdon takes a look at the filmography of Brie Larson and her journey to becoming the most famous female in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
MCU: 10 Ideas for the Next 10 Years - We're entering a phase of uncertainty with the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Endgame and the launch of Disney Plus. Jacob Davis presents his 10 ideas for the next 10 years at Marvel Studios.
Katie Doyle’s ‘Movies I Had a Religious/Spiritual Experience With’ Part 4: Becket/A Man For All Seasons - In Part 4 of her series 'Movies I Had a Religious/Spiritual Experience With', Katie Doyle uncovers what it means to be an English Catholic through 'Becket' (1964) and 'A Man for All Seasons' (1966).
Laika Animation: Meditations on Alienation and Death… for Kids! - Laika, the stop-motion animation house behind 'Kubo and the Two Strings' and 'Missing Link', have been tackling soft subjects in child friendly ways for a decade. Sam Sewell-Peterson takes a look at how they made death and alienation not only digestible but also relatable.
A Clockwork Orange In Retrospect – Its Themes, Its Reception and Kubrick’s Directorial Masterclass - 'A Clockwork Orange', the controversial 1971 release from directorial master Stanley Kubrick, has been analysed by Lucas Hill-Paul regarding its themes, reception and delivery in this exclusive retrospective.
Us (2019) Snapshot Review - Jordan Peele directed 'Us' (2019) "is the best movie of 2019 so far" according to Jacob Davis in his snapshot review.
Wild Rose (2019) Review - Jessie Buckley "simply owns the screen" in Tom Harper's 'Wild Rose' (2019), the tale of a Glaswegian ex-con turned country singer intent on visiting Nashville. Joseph Wade's review.
Captive State (2019) Snapshot Review - 'Captive State' (2019), the new film from writer-director Rupert Wyatt starring John Goodman and Machine Gun Kelly, reviewed by Jacob Davis.
Top 10 Video Game Movie Adaptations - The history of video-game-to-movie adaptations has been far from kind to us, but Craig Sheldon has done his best to compile a list of the 10 best thus far.
Shazam (2019) Review - 'Shazam!' (2019), the latest film from the DCEU starring Zachary Levi and directed by David F. Sandberg has made a few waves, but has it been for good or bad reasons? See here in Jacob Davis' review.
Unplanned (2019) Review - The Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon anti-abortion movie from PureFlix is "a poorly reconstructed facsimile of reality"; "a Gish gallop caught on film". Jacob Davis reviews.
The Dirt (2019) Review - From the director of 'Jackass' and 'Bad Grandpa' comes the Mötley Crüe biopic that promises drink, drugs and rock 'n' roll but leaves you with "thoughts of what could have been".
From Final Girls to Kickass Women – What Modern Female Protagonists Have in Common with Ellen Ripley - "Ellen Ripley stands as one of the first pages torn out of a sexist and archaic rulebook." From Final Girls to Kickass Women - What Modern Female Protagonists Have in Common with Ellen Ripley.
The Fine Art of Black Comedy or Why It’s OK to Laugh When We Shouldn’t - Using three examples by filmmakers from three different continents, Sam Sewell-Peterson analyses the cathartic nature of Black Comedy in this special feature.
Gotti (2018) Review - Just say Gambi-No! 'Gotti' (2018) from director Kevin Connolly and starring John Travolta "is the worst of what cinema has to offer". Jacob Davis' full review, here.
The Legacy of ‘Tomb Raider’ and Its Impact On Video Game Cinema - 21st century Hollywood's biggest attempt at a video-game-to-movie franchise, Tomb Raider, has left an enduring legacy. Craig Sheldon explores in this special feature.
Ray & Liz (2018) Review - Richard Billingham's 'Ray & Liz' (2018), starring Justin Sallinger, is "a superbly photographed document" but features a "mean-spirited smugness" according to Lucas Hill-Paul in his review.
Us (2019) Review - Jordan Peele returns with his latest horror outing 'Us' (2019), a film Kieran Judge has described as "a startling vision by one of the new masters of the dark side of humanity".
Aliens (1986) Retrospective Review - In his retrospective review of James Cameron's 'Aliens' (1986), Lucas Hill-Paul describes the famous sequel as "a landmark in action-horror". Read the full piece here.
The Muppets Movies Ranked - All 8 'The Muppets' movies released theatrically have been ranked from worst to best by our Muppets aficionado Katie Doyle.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) Snapshot Review - "More The Temple of Doom than The Last Crusade", Jan de Bont's 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' follow up 'The Cradle of Life' starring Angelina Jolie is 8/24 according to Craig Sheldon.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) Snapshot Review - In watching 2001 video game adaptation 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' starring Angelina Jolie, "you might just find yourself unearthing some fun" according to Craig Sheldon in his review.
Alien (1979) Retrospective Review - Ridley Scott's 'Alien' (1979) pairs "genuine, spine-tingling horror and thematic resonance" to create a classic of horror and sci-fi. Lucas Hill-Paul reviews...
Designing Nightmares: H.R. Giger and ‘Alien’ - When you think of 'Alien', you think of Ridley Scott and the Xenomorph, but the man behind the disturbing visuals is H.R. Giger, the artist profiled by Kieran Judge in this article.
The Thing (1982) Review - John Carpenter’s The Thing is a suspense-riddled, snow-covered sci-fi horror and Kurt Russell is the fiery cherry on top of a perfectly-iced paranoia cake.
Captain Marvel (2019) Review - It has taken us 21 movies to get the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first female-fronted solo superhero movie, but is it any good? Our Captain Marvel review...
The Success and Significance of The Wandering Earth - 'The Wandering Earth' has broken all sorts of records in China and at the worldwide box office. Joseph Wade tackles the significance of this success and why it is successful in this special feature.
Cruel Intentions (1999) 20th Anniversary Review - Doesn’t time fly when you’re playing duplicitous sex games? It’s hard to believe that 20 years have gone by since Cruel Intentions' seductive step-siblings Kathryn and Sebastian writhed onto cinema screens.
Birds of Passage (2018) Review - Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra's 'Birds of Passage', a Colombian picture chronicling country's Marijuana Bonanza, has "the literary feel of a modern classic". Lucas Hill-Paul reviews.
10 Potential Space Jam 2 Co-Stars for LeBron James - Who could star opposite LeBron James in 'Space Jam 2'? Jacob Davis picks 10 potentially perfect choices from the NBA and NCAA in this top 10 list.
Fighting With My Family (2019) Review - Even if you've never seen a wrestling match in your life, 'Fighting With My Family' is enough to get you hooked. Joseph Wade's review of Stephen Merchant's film about WWE wrestler Paige, starring Florence Pugh, Nick Frost and The Rock.
From Captive Maiden to Captain Marvel – The Rise of the Female Action Hero - Captain Marvel is Marvel Studios' first female superhero movie lead, but it has been a long time coming. Craig Sheldon chronicles the development of female action heroes in Hollywood film.
Green Book’s Win Says More About the Academy Than Society - "A Green Book Oscars win is the cinematic equivalent of burying one’s head in the sand" writes Jacob Davis of its Oscars 2019 Best Picture win in this special opinion piece.
2019 Oscars Best Picture Nominees Ranked - All 8 of the 2019 Oscars Best Picture nominees, from A Star Is Born to Vice, BlackKklansman to Black Panther, RANKED (from worst to best) by Joseph Wade.
The Animation Race 2019 - The five nominees for the 2019 Oscar for Animated Feature are summarised and analysed by Rebecca Seghini in this, the Animation Race 2019.
The Five Most Idiotic Oscar Snubs 2019 - The Oscars seem to have got a lot wrong in 2019, from hosts to broadcasting. In this list, we celebrate 5 of their most overlooked in this: the 5 most idiotic Oscar snubs 2019.
Shoplifters (2018) Review - Hirokazu Koreeda's Oscar-nominated Foreign Language film 'Shoplifters' is "humanist poetry on film". Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018/19) Review - Marielle Heller's 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' starring Oscar nominated Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant "should have been nominated for Best Picture". Sam Sewell-Peterson's review.
BlackKklansman (2018) Review - Nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, Spike Lee's 'BlackKklansman' is "the film America needs right now". Sam Sewell-Peterson's review.
Black Panther (2018) Review - Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Ryan Coogler's 'Black Panther' as reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Green Book’s Verdant Views on Race Allow Inherent Contradiction - Jacob Davis goes to task on one of this Oscars season's most divisive and controversial films, questioning the morals and ethics of Peter Farrelly's 'Green Book'.
Animal Behaviour (2018) Oscar Nominated Short Film Review - 2019 Oscar nominated short film animation 'Animal Behaviour' from David Fine and Alison Snowden of Snowden Fine Animation, is "a brilliantly funny piece of cinema" according to Joseph Wade's review.
Weekends (2017) Oscar Nominated Short Film Review - Nominated for a Short Animation Oscar in 2019, the Trevor Jimenez directed 'Weekends' (2017) is "an experience in artistry" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
One Small Step (2018) Oscar Nominated Short Film Review - 2019 Oscar nominated short film 'One Small Step', from Taiko Studios and screenwriter-directors Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas, is evidence that silent cinema can still be bone-chillingly heartbreaking according to Joseph Wade's review.
Late Afternoon (2017) Oscar Nominated Short Film Review - 2019 Oscar nominated short animated film 'Late Afternoon', from screenwriter-director Louise Bagnall and Cartoon Saloon, is "a delicately told tale" with "astute storytelling nous and a beautifully designed storybook style of animation" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
Bao (2018) Oscar Nominated Animated Short Film Review - 2019 Oscar nominated Animated Short Film 'Bao', from Disney Pixar Animation Studios and directed by Domee Shi tells the tale of one woman's nurturing of a... dumpling. Yes, a dumpling. Joseph Wade's review.
Oscars 2019: What Should Have Been Nominated? - In this special series, The Film Magazine editor Joseph Wade offers his suggestions for what should have been nominated in the 2019 Oscars biggest categories.
I Love You, Cinema – The Film Magazine Team Write Love Letters to the Movies - Members of the TFM team curated love letters to cinema in celebration of St. Valentine's Day. Read about why Elizabeth, Craig, Beth, Annice and Joseph love film in this special collection of love letters.
“Where My Love of Cinema Began” – ‘Scream’ and the Awakening of Kieran Judge as Film Aficionado - How Wes Craven's 'Scream' awoke the film aficionado in staff writer Kieran Judge. Read his Valentine's Day inspired special journey through his love for cinema, here.
Deja View: You Saw Escape Room (2019) Already - Jacob Davis shares his thoughts on horror film Escape Room (2019) and warns us that we may have seen this somewhere before.
When Harry Met Sally (1989) Retrospective Review - On its 30th Anniversary, Katie Doyle takes a retrospective look at just why When Harry Met Sally has been dubbed the greatest rom-com of all time.
Jacob vs. Jacob: Does Black Panther Deserve a Best Picture Nomination? - In his latest feature, Jacob Davis struggles with the inner conflict of whether Black Panther is deserving of a Best Picture nomination.
Cinema’s Biggest F**kbois - So you thought men in the movies were something to dream of? Think again! Annice White has outlined what to look out for when trying to spot a cinema f**kboi.
Ghostbusters (1984) Snapshot Review - Ivan Reitman’s 80s classic Ghostbusters proves that deadpan humor (and nuclear-powered blasters) is the best defence against the dead, as Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson rid New York of paranormal pests.
How Bad Is The Happytime Murders? - On the back of the announcement of this years Razzie Nominations, Jacob Davis takes a look at just how bad is The Happytime Murders?
AMC, What Happened to the Guy Throwing His Popcorn? - In his letter to AMC theatres, Jacob Davis questions what happened to the guy who throws his popcorn over himself?
39th Golden Raspberry Nominations - The nominees for the 39th Golden Razzie Awards are in. Who will have the pleasure of taking home the coveted worst titles of 2018?
5 American Football Films To Get You In the Mood for Super Bowl LIII - With the world ready for this year's Superbowl, Craig Sheldon counts down the top 5 Football (American Football) movies of all time.
Mary Queen Of Scots (2019) Review - Oscar nominated Josie Rourke historical drama 'Mary Queen of Scots' (2019) had the star power but did it also have the required impact? Francesca Militello reviews.
Glass (2019) Review - M. Night Shyamalan has finally brought us the concluding story for the Eastrail 177 Trilogy, but is 'Glass' the conclusion audiences hoped for?
Colette (2019) Review - Based on a true story, 'Colette' (2018/19) starring Keira Knightley and Dominic West, directed by Wash Westmoreland, is "a colossal bore" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
Stan & Ollie (2019) Review - New Laurel & Hardy movie biopic 'Stan & Ollie' starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, "has all the wit and charm of the double act's greatest works but, like those films, fails to capture the imagination beyond its performances" according to Joseph Wade's review.
The Trump Prophecy: A Bigly Boorish Bore - A movie about a regular man turned prophet of God, 'The Trump Prophecy' has been broken down by Jacob Davis through an in-depth analysis of its shortcomings in this enlightening piece.
Bird Box (2018) Review - Susanne Bier's Bird Box envisions a family trying to survive with their eyes shut in suicide-riddled world, where the act of seeing can drive humanity to the brink of destruction.
A Millennial’s Take on Vice - Approaching Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic 'Vice' from the perspective of someone too young to remember Cheney properly is Jacob Davis.
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Review - 'Mary Poppins Returns' starring Emily Blunt is "the best temporary antidote to our dark and twisted times" according to our review of the Disney film by Joseph Wade.
Why Aquaman Can Save the Drowning DCEU - How 'Aquaman' (2018) set the stage for a new era in the DCEU and provided fans with lots of reasons to be positive according to Jacob Davis.
The Favourite (2019) Review - Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Favourite' starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman "is by no means a typical period drama [...] but it did offer all of the splendour expected of such a film and was terrifically constructed from top to bottom" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
The 100 Film Challenge - Make 2019 your year of cinematic enlightenment with The Film Magazine's 100 Film Challenge 2019.
Jason Lithgo’s 10 Best Films 2018 - The 10 best films of 2018 according to The Film Magazine author Jason Lithgo.
10 Best Films 2018 – The Editor’s Selections - The best films released in the year 2018 according to The Film Magazine editor Joseph Wade.
Slender Man is the Worst Film of 2018 - Jacob Davis outlines how 'Slender Man' went beyond being in poor taste to actually be an almost indecipherable mess of a film and the worst of 2018.
20 The Film Magazine Articles to Read from 2018 - 20 of the absolute best The Film Magazine articles released in 2018 from our selection of 20 writers.
10 Most Popular The Film Magazine Articles 2018 - Take a look at our 10 most popular film articles of 2018 in this special top 10 list.
2018 Superhero Movies Ranked - From Aquaman to Spider-Man, Black Panther to Infinity War, 2018 has been quite the year for superhero movies. Joseph Wade ranks each of them here.
Why The Princess Switch Is the Perfect Christmas Movie - 'The Princess Switch' starring Vanessa Hudgens and available on Netflix is "every movie you have ever loved, all rolled into one"; "the perfect Christmas movie" according to Annice White.
Your Holiday Guide to Bad Christmas Movies - 10 films straight out of the would-be bargain bin and available to stream this Christmas, as presented by Jacob Davis. "So bad it's good" doesn't quite cover it.
Aquaman (2018) Review - 2018 DC release 'Aquaman' from James Wan, starring Jason Momoa, features "some fun, distinguishable and easy to digest characters, as well as exciting and creative action set pieces".
Director Spotlight: Na Hong-Jin - South Korean director Na Hong-Jin has developed a recognisable style throughout his three releases to date, something Kieran Judge dissects and celebrates in this Director Spotlight.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Review - 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' (2018) is an "electric, atmospheric, festival of colour" and "may even be the best superhero film of 2018" according to Joseph Wade.
The Worst Show – A Historian’s Account of The Greatest Showman’s Problematic Retelling of History - "It’s not hard in this day and age to get your facts right and do some research." - a historian's account of The Greatest Showman's problematic retelling of history (by Darcy Rae).
“Shut Up and Deal” – How ‘The Apartment’ is Far From a Typical Christmas Love Story - With "sex, adultery and even suicide", Billy Wilder's 1960 comedy/drama 'The Apartment' is far from your typical Christmas love story. Craig Sheldon explores in this retrospective look at the all time classic.
Mowgli (2018) Review - Netflix release 'Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle' (2018), directed by Andy Serkis and starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch review.
I’m a 90s Kid and I Watched Home Alone for the First Time This Year - A 90s kid who's never seen 'Home Alone'? You've got to be kidding! Annice White watched it for the first time in 2018, here are her thoughts.
Bleach (2018) Review - 2018 live-action anime adaptation 'Bleach' from director Shinsuke Sato has been reviewed by Darcy Rae. Was it just another poor live-action adaptation or something more?
Blue (2017) Short Film Review - Maryam Farahzadi's thought provoking 2D animated short film Blue is a wordless journey of finding acceptance from others and within yourself. Joseph Wade reviews.
Meteorlight (2018) Short Film Review - Short film 'Meteorlight' (2018) directed and animated by Jonny Eveson is "a piece of cinema indicative of a filmmaker with an immense talent for his craft". Joseph Wade's review.
What Happens When You Spend A Week Watching Christmas 24? - Will watching made-for-TV Christmas movies on Christmas 24 for an entire week prove to be a much needed festive injection, or will it unleash unholy Christmas fury?
20 Vintage Movies to Warm Your Heart in the Winter Months - Grab yourself a hot chocolate, lean back into your most comfortable chair, put your feet up and indulge in these 20 vintage movie to warm you up this winter. As presented by Beth Sawdon.
Outlaw King (2018) Review - David Mackenzie's new Netflix Original film 'Outlaw King' starring Chris Pine is "a historical epic to remember - one that can satisfy visually and in terms of its brutality" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
An Introduction to the Cinematography in Abel Gance’s ‘Napoleon’ (1927) - An introduction to the cinematography of the hugely influential French filmmaker Abel Gance via his epic genre classic 'Napoleon' (1927), by Francesca Militello.
The Man of Rearden Steel: Objectivism in Contemporary Cinema - Ayn Rand's Objectivism isn't only potent in 'Batman v Superman' but an unfortunate philosophy of film in general, according to Jacob Davis.
“Evil Isn’t Always in the Opposing Uniform” – Filmmaker Matt Kennard on His WWI Centenary Short Film ‘Hymn of Hate’ and Its Contemporary Relevance - We interviewed filmmaker Matt Kennard to discuss what inspired his WWI centenary short film 'Hymn of Hate', the filmmaking process and the film's relevance to contemporary politics.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Review - 2018 Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is "a picture that settles for a greatest hits sing-along medley to let the audience do all the emotional work for themselves" according to Luke Whitticase of Whitty Stuff.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) Review - Adapted from the works of E.T.A. Hoffman & Tchaikovsky comes Disney's 'The Nutcracker and the Four Realms', an "enjoyable but not all that memorable watch".
Peterloo (2018) Review - "If Ken Loach's 'I, Daniel Blake' was "our quiet rage", then Mike Leigh's 'Peterloo' was our very real, contemporary fears" according to Joseph Wade in his review of the 2018 film.
Hymn of Hate (2018) Short Film Review - "an effective tribute to the lost lives of World War I", Matt Kennard's 'Hymn of Hate' (2018) short is "a beautiful, moving picture delivered with skill and poise".
First Man (2018) Review - Damien Chazelle's 'First Man', the tale of Neil Armstrong's journey to being the first man on the moon, starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy has been reviewed by Joseph Wade.
Halloween (2018) Review - 'Halloween' (2018) "transports you back to the original classic in terms of tone and atmosphere" for a "fun slasher movie" according to Rebecca Seghini in her review of the film, here.
10 Best Horror Movies of the 90s - The best and scariest horror movies of the 90s have been ranked and ordered by Elizabeth Howlett in this special top 10 list to satisfy any horror fan all year round, but especially at Halloween.
Hereditary (2018) Review - "If you're a fan of the original 'The Wicker Man', then you'll enjoy 'Hereditary'" according to Esther Doyle, whose review of the 2018 horror film is available here.
The Best Films of the New French Extreme - Not for the faint hearted, the New French Extreme wave of cinema has had its very best presented by Jason Lithgo in this list. Content warning: abuse, gore.
10 Scariest Harry Potter Movie Moments - The 10 scariest moments from the Harry Potter movies counted down by Sophie Grant.
Who’d Have Thought That ‘Paranormal Activity’ Would Be Actually Terrifying? - Could it be possible that the original 'Paranormal Activity' (2007) was actually a feminist movie ahead of its time? And was it actually scarier than we remember? Katie Doyle guides us through it, here.
The History of Zombies in Cinema - Drawing from John Landis' "Monsters in the Movies", Rhian Gillah explores the development of zombies throughout cinematic history.
Jacob’s Ladder: A Masterpiece Often Forgotten - Why more people should remember 'Jacob's Ladder', a film that "takes the themes and iconography of horror and moves into something deeper and more meaningful" according to Kieran Judge.
Top 10 Family Halloween Movies - Halloween is a time for everyone, not just the gore-loving horror enthusiasts of adulthood. That's why Joseph Wade has compiled a list of the Top 10 Family Halloween Movies.
Leatherface (2017) Review - 'Leatherface' (2017) is "so far removed from the original that it's offensive" according to Jacob Davis in this spoiler filled horror film review.
20 Greatest 21st Century Horror Movies - Stuck for what to watch over the Halloween period? Find inspiration from Holly Bowler's list of the 20 Greatest 21st Century Horror Movies (likely to be found on a streaming service), here.
Instruments of Terror: The Music In Horror Films - "music was the hot new thing in town and no other genre would benefit more than Hollywood’s angsty teenage brother, the horror film." Craig Sheldon's exploration of music in horror films, here.
20 Best Movies To Watch In Autumn - Dig out that old jumper, dust off your biggest coffee cup and make your way through this list of Autumnal cinematic gems, as presented by Beth Sawdon.
A Look Inward: Introspection in A Star Is Born - "Seeing someone’s true self is important in 'A Star Is Born', but being able to look at one's self is even more important." Introspection in 'A Star Is Born', by Jacob Davis.
Fabric Love: Costume in Gay Cinema - The role of clothing in male-male romances is very distinct. Annice White takes you through the how and why with comparisons between 'Call Me By Your Name', 'God's Own Country' and 'Brokeback Mountain'.
More Human Than Human: An Introduction to Cyberpunk - Where did cyberpunk originate and what makes it such an influential sci-fi sub-genre in cinema? Kieran Judge walks you through.
Submarine (2010) Snapshot Review - Richard Ayoade's 'Submarine' is "like a song by The Smiths wrapped in the sort of self-aware cinematic tropes that paint a picture of teenage nothingness as if it is most special and unique in its intricacies." From Joseph Wade.
A Star Is Born (2018) Review - Bradley Cooper's 2018 version of 'A Star Is Born' co-starring Lady Gaga is "a strong all-american outing that is bound to get some awards season buzz" according to Joseph Wade's review.
Fullmetal Alchemist (2017) Review - "The good points were few and far between, sporadically wedged between repetitive actions and dialogue, and tedious scenes of intense eye contact" according to Darcy Rae's review, here.
Why I Refuse to Watch the Snyder Cut: Part Two – Batmeh v Supermeh - In part 2 of his series on Zack Snyder's 'Batman v Superman', Jacob Davis explores the characterisations of Batman and Superman in a piece titled "Batmeh v Supermeh".
Why You Should Reconsider Adam Sandler - Why it's time to reconsider Adam Sandler as an actor according to Joseph Wade.
The Lost Boys (1987) Snapshot Review - The Lost Boys brought vampire narratives back into focus for the MTV-era with a peroxide mullet-sporting villain at the helm.
The Nun: The Prequel We Didn’t Need - With a story that lacked narrative and jump scares that avoided originality, should 'The Nun' be the end for the 'Conjuring' universe?
Who Is Jareth In Labyrinth (1986) and Why Has He Got a Bulging Penis? - Jareth's penis bulge has finally been explained. Why is Bowie trying to chat up a child, and why did Jim Henson create a sexually charged labyrinth?
Why I Refuse to Watch the Snyder Cut: Part One – Dawn of Dumbness - Jacob Davis unwraps the problematic Zack Snyder Warner Bros release 'Batman v Superman' in "Why I Refuse to Watch the Snyder Cut: Part One - Dawn of Dumbness".
Death Note (2017) Review - Netflix "missed the point" of 'Death Note' in adapting it for their streaming service in 2017 according to Darcy Rae in her review of the Adam Wingard directed movie.
Cold War (2018) Review - Pawel Pawlikowski's new film 'Cold War' (2018), for which the director won Best Director at Cannes, is "a piece of almost indescribable beauty and impact" according to Joseph Wade's review.
The 8 Most 80s Movies of the 1980s - The Film Magazine runs down the 8 films that truly embody 1980s cinema, and which characteristics make them so unapologetically 80's.
Holy Water and Unholy Ghosts – The Resurrection of Hammer - Hammer, perhaps the most iconic horror movie company in the world, mirrored some of its classic films to come back from the dead. But what happened next? Kieran Judge examines...
Commando (1985) – Snapshot Review - Arnold Schwarzenegger takes up one of his most iconic roles as khaki-clad, tree carrying wonder John Matrix, on a mission to retrieve his kidnapped daughter, and help Bennett let off some steam.
Adam McKay Directed Movies Ranked - From modern comedy classics like 'Anchorman' to Oscar-winning dramas like 'The Big Short', here are all 6 of Adam McKay's movies ranked (from worst to best).
Mamma Mia 2, Incredibles 2 Set Huge Records | Box Office Report 24-26th August 2018 - Could 'Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again' be the biggest movie of the year in the UK? 'Incredibles 2' sets new records. Box office report with results from the 24-26th Aug 2018 weekend.
MCU Movies – The First 10 Years Ranked - Every movie from the first 10 years of the MCU (2008-2018) RANKED worst to best. 20 movies overall (including Infinity War).
Why Are We Still Scared of Horror Movies? - How have horror movies changed to keep us squirming in our seats and seeking the thrill time and time again? Beth Sawdon investigates in this special feature.
Ant-Man 2 vs Mamma Mia 2 vs Mission Impossible 6 – Box Office Report 3-5th August 2018 - Where the 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' box office fits into the Marvel Studios release catalogue and just how big is 'Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!'? Plus the entire top 15 fully analysed in our Box Office Report.
The Era of Nostalgia in Cinema – Why Are We Watching So Many Remakes? - Beth Sawdon explores the sociological, financial and creative reasons behind Hollywood's current leanings towards sequels, prequels, remakes and reboots in this special feature.
Top 10 Joel Schumacher Movies - The top 10 Joel Schumacher movies, Bat-nipples not included.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) Review - Tom Cruise has still got it... and so does the 'Mission: Impossible' franchise, as proven by 'Fallout'. Joseph Wade's review...
New Records and ‘Mission: Impossible’ | Box Office Report 25-27th July 2018 - 'Incredibles 2' crosses 1 billion dollars worldwide and 'Mamma Mia 2' may be one of the biggest UK hits of all time, plus news on 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' and its record setting opening weekend, in this week's box office report.
Set It Up (2018) Review - Refreshing, modern and worthy of your time, 'Set It Up' (2018) is a Netflix original that is unlikely to disappoint you - a modern take on the outdated tropes of the rom-com that'll bring a smile to your face.
The Terminator (1984) Snapshot Review - A film famously made as a result of high-temperature hallucinations, James Cameron created a nerve-twisting nightmare world of surrealist violence and bionic monstrosity.
Working Girl (1988) Snapshot Review - 'Working Girl' proves that a simple plot can be transformed with a star-studded cast, and reminds us that rom-coms can be a backdrop to an empowering female narrative.
How To Make A Good Book-to-Movie Adaptation - Beth Sawdon offers advice on how to make a good book-to-film adaptation, taking lessons from the good and often downright ugly adaptations of the past in this special feature.
Lowest Grossing Weekend of the Year | UK Box Office Report 6-8th July 2018 - It was the lowest grossing weekend of 2018 at the UK box office this past weekend (6-8th July 2018), as 'The First Purge' pushed to the top spot and Whitney Houston documentary 'Whitney' disappointed. Joseph Wade's full report, here.
Sicario 2: Soldado (2018) Review - "if 'Sicario 1' was a policy changing expose article from the New Yorker, the sequel was like a an hour of Sean Hannity on Fox News." Our review of the Stefano Sollima movie starring Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro.
Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001) Review - 2001 football Mockumentary 'Mike Bassett: England Manager' starring Ricky Tomlinson has some "deliciously witty writing" and is "the perfect cure to World Cup years, be it tears of joy or disappointment", according to Katie Doyle's review.
Overboard (1987) Snapshot Review - A film that entirely encapsulates its title, 'Overboard' holds a cast of the decade’s cherished regulars whose performances are sure to smack a smile on the sternest of faces – if they can overlook the whole slave labour kidnapping sub-plot.
10 Must-See Football Movies - There have been some classic football movies released over the years, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup got us thinking, so we had Joseph Wade list the top 10 football films of all time.
The Exceptionals: The Philosophies of The Incredibles - In this special feature, Luke Whitticase explores the philosophies of 'The Incredibles' and its director Brad Bird, drawing particular parallels with exceptionalism and Randian Objectivism.
The Breadwinner (2017) Review - 2018 Oscar nominee 'The Breadwinner' is "a carefully crafted concoction of direction, art and voice-acting [that] squeezes heartbreak, wrath, terror and joy from every frame" according to Katie Doyle's review of the animated movie.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Review - "The monsters are out of the closet, they're off the island and they're in your bedroom, but these monsters are not the ginormous prehistoric animals you might expect". Review by Joseph Wade.
On Chesil Beach (2018) Flash Review - 'On Chesil Beach' starring 'Lady Bird' Saoirse Ronan is "a movie that is not without its problems, but a British release that is worth celebrating nonetheless" according to Joseph Wade's review of the 2018 release, here.
More Damning ‘Solo’ Statistics | UK Box Office Report 1-3rd June 2018 - 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' is set to be the first financial failure in live-action 'Star Wars' history and will likely be out-grossed by 'Peter Rabbit', 'Fifty Shades Freed', 'Detective Chinatown 2' and 'Operation Red Sea'. Full details in this week's box office report.
How Science Fiction Movies Have Influenced Technology - "what is science fiction really? By definition, it's science that isn't real. Or is it?" Craig Sheldon takes you through the real-life impact sci-fi movie gadgets and gizmos have had in this special feature.
Ibiza (2018) Review - Joseph Wade has reviewed Netflix's summer party movie, and "complete waste of time", 'Ibiza' starring Gillian Jacobs; an unfunny comedy that "completely missed the mark in all aspects of the production".
Solo Bombs | UK Box Office Report 25-27th May 2018 - Solo: A Star Wars Story bombs at the box office, falling below even 'Peter Rabbit' as regards its opening weekend total at the UK box office. Full UK box office report for the weekend of May 25th-27th 2018.
Adventures In Babysitting (1987) Snapshot Review - A stood-up babysitter gets more than she bargained for when her efforts to retrieve her stranded bestie at the bus station are hilariously sabotaged at every turn. Elizabeth Shue stars in 'Adventures in Babysitting', as reviewed by Elizabeth Howlett.
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Review - The latest 'Star Wars' movie 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' is "fun but unessential" according to Joseph Wade in his review of the 2018 Ron Howard (Disney) release here.
Deadpool 2 Sets A Record | UK Box Office Report 18th-20th May 2018 - How big was the opening weekend for 'Deadpool 2'? Take a look in this week's UK box office report, also featuring further updates on 'Avengers: Infinity War'.
‘Infinity War’ Breaks New Records and ‘Black Panther’ Exits | UK Box Office Report 11-13th May 2018 - 'Infinity War' becomes the highest grossing superhero movie of all time, 'The Greatest Showman' is 2017's 4th highest grossing film, 'Black Panther' breaks worldwide top 10 for all time, and more in the our box office report for the weekend starting 11th May 2018.
The Foreigner (2017) Snapshot Review - Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan star in 'The Foreigner' (2017) from 'Casino Royale' director Martin Campbell, a movie Joseph Wade has tagged as "an effective piece [...] worth an intrigued glance". Full review here.
Exploring the Great Empathy Machine – Cinema’s Most Romantic Moments Part 1 - In his third blog on The Great Empathy Machine we know as cinema, Joseph Wade presents part 1 of a miniseries of posts regarding Cinema's Most Romantic Moments. He begins with 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' and the line "what if you stayed this time?"
The Clapper (2018) Snapshot Review - "There are no saving graces here. This is bad. This is so bad it might even be offensive." - Joseph Wade's review of the Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried film 'The Clapper' (2018).
‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Sets More Box Office Records | UK Box Office Report 4-6th May 2018 - 'Avengers: Infinity War' has become the 5th highest grossing movie since 2016 after just 11 days of release! This and so much more box office analysis in Joseph Wade's UK Box Office Report 4-6th May 2018, here.
Exploring the Great Empathy Machine: Blog 2 – Subjectivity in Criticism - In Exploring the Great Empathy Machine blog 2, Joseph Wade explores subjectivity in film criticism, analysis and fandom. Check out his thoughts and theories and let him know your "guilty pleasures" here.
An Artist’s Contributions: David Wark Griffith - Highly influential 'Broken Blossoms' and 'The Birth of a Nation' director David Wark Griffith is the topic of Francesca Militello's latest piece in her "An Artist's Contributions" series. Just how did Griffith influence modern cinema? Find out here.
Full Avengers: Infinity War Box Office Analysis | UK Box Office Report Apr 27-29th 2018 - Full reports on 'Avengers: Infinity War' (2018) in the UK, North America and worldwide, as it sets all kinds of records at the box office. Take a look at how it compares to other superhero movies and the historical importance of the film in this week's UK box office report.
Exploring the Great Empathy Machine: Joseph Wade Blog 1 – An Introduction - In the first of a new blog series, our editor Joseph Wade discusses the impact of 'Interstellar' on his life and how YouTube channel Like Stories of Old helped him to understand how so many of his favourite films are linked.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Review - Our spoiler-free review of 'Avengers: Infinity War' tags the movie as "unforeseen and unprecedented", "an event invitation you're not going to want to pass up on". Read it here.
Rampage vs A Quiet Place | UK Box Office Report 20-22nd April 2018 - $120million action-monster movie 'Rampage' versus $17million horror film 'A Quiet Place' at the box office, plus news on the UK performance of 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' and the pre-'Infinity War' landscape in this week's UK box office report.
Kickboxer (1989) Snapshot Review - Lower your plotline standards, avoid looking for any connections and don’t take it too seriously, because watching 'Kickboxer' (1989) is like having a cheap and dirty one-night stand.
Netflix versus Cannes: All You Need to Know - Netflix and Cannes Film Festival have been embroiled in a bitter debate regarding cinema. Here's all you need to know about the Netflix versus Cannes debate.
Is Rampage a Financial Success? | UK Box Office Report 13-15th April 2018 - 'Rampage' tops the chart, but is it actually financially successful? Which national cinema has become the 3rd biggest in UK cinemas over the past 12 months? Could 'A Quiet Place' become the most profitable movie of 2018? Answers to these questions and more in this week's UK Box Office Report 2018.
Jaws (1975) Snapshot Review - As more blood clouds the water, Brody must keep a clear head while keeping Quint and Hooper from bashing each other’s in, and avoid the rows of razor sharp teeth waiting for him under the waves.
‘To the Bone’ (2017) Snapshot Review - "Impressively, whilst maintaining a thoughtful approach, [Netflix's 'To the Bone' (2017)] didn’t shy away from showing the brutality of its topics" according to Sophie Grant in her Snapshot Review of the film.
Tomb Raider (2018) Snapshot Review - 'Tomb Raider' (2018) is "a finished product that fans of the gaming franchise and adventure movies in general may appreciate or even come to adore" according to Francesca Militello's review of the film starring Alicia Vikander.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) Snapshot Review - Jake Kasdan's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle's plot is weak, features an absentee villain and is devoid of emotion. Thankfully comedy refreshed a rebooted concept, bringing new energy to the typical archetypal cast of angst-ridden teens.
‘Greatest Showman’ Sets Another Milestone | UK Box Office Report April 6-8th 2018 - 'A Quiet Place' becomes a breakout hit, 'Peter Rabbit' could be one of 2018's highest earners, 'The Greatest Showman' adds an accolade to its ever-growing list - all in this week's UK Box Office Report.
Ready Player One (2018) Snapshot Review - Joseph Wade has described Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' (2018) as "one of the best teenage adventure movies of the past 20 years" and "an instant family classic" in his spoiler free review of the Tye Sheridan movie, here.
A Retrospective Look at The Passion of the Christ and Its Artistic/Cultural Merits - In this eye-opening piece of analysis, Katie Doyle takes an in-depth look at 'The Passion of the Christ' as a piece of art and a cultural phenomenon, flagging issues regarding discrimination and the movie's post-9/11 politics.
Cameron Crowe Movies Ranked - All 10 of quirky, effervescent director Cameron Crowe's feature-length films, including the likes of 'Say Anything', 'Jerry Maguire' and 'Elizabethtown' have been ranked from worst to best by Joseph Wade, here.
Katie Doyle’s ‘Movies I Had A Religious/Spiritual Experience With’ Part 3 - Terry Gilliam's 'Brazil' and Martin McDonagh's 'In Bruges' are the subject of Katie Doyle's 3rd piece in her "Movies I Had A Religious/Spiritual Experience With" series, in which she dissects the morality of each film and their profound effects on her.
Peter Rabbit’s Remarkable Performance | UK Box Office Report March 16-18th 2018 - 'Peter Rabbit' just out-performed Disney Pixar at the box office and grossed more in 3 days than most 2018 releases have in total, while 'Tomb Raider' performed way under expectations. We've also got news on 'Finding Your Feet' and 'Black Panther', among others, in this week's UK Box Office Report.
Dark River (2018) Review - Clio Barnard's 'Dark River' focuses on "universal themes of womanhood, hunter versus hunted, righteousness versus evil and the way of nature versus god in a way comparable to the works of one of the silver screen's greatest ever poets, Terrence Malick" in what Joseph Wade describes as a film that "must be seen by anyone who wishes to support this art form we know and love" in his review.
Walk Like A Panther (2018) Flash Review - 'Walk Like A Panther' may have had a relatively poor screenplay, but it was still an uplifting film. Read Joseph Wade's shortened review of the wrestling-inspired film, here.
Which Best Picture Oscar Nominee Won the Box Office? | UK Box Office Report March 9-11th 2018 - Which Oscars Best Picture nominee was the only one to not at least double its production budget, and just how well are 'The Greatest Showman' and 'Black Panther' doing at the box office? We have the answers, and much more box office analysis in our UK Box Office Report (March 2018).
Jennifer Lawrence Bankable? UK Box Office Chart 2nd-4th March 2018 - Following the release of 'Red Sparrow', is Jennifer Lawrence still a bankable Hollywood star? How well is 'Black Panther' doing relative to other Marvel films? Is Polish cinema the new Bollywood at the UK box office? All in our UK Box Office Report 2nd-4th March 2018.
The 2018 Oscars Winners - Take a look at each of the 90th annual Oscars' awards winners and how many awards each film won in a night celebrating inclusion and acceptance from the Dolby Theatre in California. The full results.
2018 Oscars Best Picture Nominees Ranked - All 9 of the 2018 Oscars Best Picture nominees have been ranked from worst to best by Joseph Wade in this special 90th Annual Oscars edition of Ranked.
Lady Bird (2017/18) Review - Greta Gerwig's "anything but ordinary" 2018 awards season headliner 'Lady Bird' is a film where the performances of Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf "are the heart and soul of the film", according to Jason Lithgo's review of the Best Picture nominee, here.
The Animation Race 2018 - Take a look at Rebecca Seghini's rundown of the 2018 Best Animation Feature Oscar nominees and their likelihood of taking home Gold in the 2018 edition of The Film Magazine's The Animation Race.
Lady Bird vs Best Picture Nominees – UK Box Office Report Feb 23-25 2018 - In this week's UK Box Office Report: Joseph Wade takes a look at Lady Bird's opening weekend in comparison to the other Oscar Best Picture nominees, has an update on Black Panther, outlines The Greatest Showman's continued success and more.
‘Black Panther’ Box Office Debut: UK Box Office Report Feb 16-18th 2018 - Marvel's 'Black Panther' broke all kinds of records at the UK box office, North American box office and worldwide box office this past weekend, out-grossing many a superhero film in just a matter of days. All the facts and figures you need are in our UK box office report.
4 Unconventional Mother-Daughter Movie Relationships - Elizabeth Howlett runs down her top 4 list of movies featuring unconventional mother-daughter relationships, similar to Greta Gerwig's 'Ladybird'. Disclaimer: list does not include 'Mermaids' (1990).
10 ‘Black Panther’ Facts You Probably Don’t Know - The biggest 'Black Panther' movie facts you probably don't know...
Top 5 Sexiest Movies of All Time - Which films are the sexiest of all time? We've deliberated long and hard to celebrate just five in this list: The Top 5 Sexiest Movies of All Time.
Top 10 Ron Howard Movies - Director, producer, actor, screenwriter Ron Howard has had quite the career, directing 25 films across 5 decades ahead of directing 'Solo: A Star Wars' story. We've listed the top 10 Ron Howard movies here.
What Does the Crystal Mean in Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’? - What does the crystal represent in 'Mother!' (2017)? Elizabeth Howlett takes you through her theory about this vital aspect of the controversial Darren Aronofsky film starring Jennifer Lawrence, here.
The Post (2018) Review - Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' (2018) "abandons obvious extravagance to focus its tightly knit story on the nuggets of wonder we can find in the pursuit of truth, those we consider to be truth seekers, and the very idea of truth itself." Joseph Wade's review...
An Artist’s Contributions: Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein - Sergei Eisenstein, the father of many modern theories on cinema, is the latest filmmaker to be included in Francesca Militello's An Artist's Contributions series. Take a look at what made him so influential, here.
‘Early Man’ and ‘Maze Runner’ Debut Strongly: UK Box Office Report Jan 26-28th 2018 - All of the top films at the UK box office for the weekend of January 26th to 28th 2018 have been analysed, including new releases 'Early Man' and 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure', in this week's UK Box Office Report.
Darkest Hour (2018) Review - 'Darkest Hour' (2018) is "so anti-Europe and pro-war that only in 2018 could a film such as this have been made" according to Joseph Wade's review of the Joe Wright movie starring Gary Oldman, available here.
Female Directed Films in 2018: January – March - Filminine's Vicky Wheeler breaks down the top female-directed films that you should see in January, February and March 2018, including 'A Wrinkle in Time' and 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post', here.
A New Number 1: UK Box Office Report Jan 19th-21st 2018 - News on 'The Last Jedi' becoming the 5th highest grossing UK box office release of all time, 'Jumanji' becoming the 5th highest grossing Sony movie ever, 'The Greatest Showman' setting records and more.
The Bourne Collection Ranked - All five movies from the 'Bourne' movie franchise, from 'The Bourne Identity' in 2002 to 'Jason Bourne' in 2016, have been ranked from worst to best here at The Film Magazine.
‘Before Christmas’ (2016) Short Film Review - Sophie Grant has reviewed Chuyao He's short film 'Before Christmas' (2016), "eight-hundred and ninety-six seconds [she] couldn't get back".
All Change: UK Box Office Report Jan 12-14th 2018 - The UK greeted awards season this week by welcoming 'Darkest Hour' to the top of the box office chart. Check out analysis of the top films, as well as updates on 'The Last Jedi', 'Jumanji' and 'Ferdinand'.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017/18) Review - Martin McDonagh's 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' (2017/18) is "a standout of the year as regards performance" that "bleeds into your subconscious" with "dictatorial precision". Full review:
The Shape of Water (2017/18) Review - 'The Shape of Water' (2017/18), the new movie from fantasy-horror director Guillermo Del Toro, is a "beautifully crafted whimsical fairy tale" according to Joseph Wade's review of the film.
A New Chart Topper: UK Box Office Report Jan 5-7th 2018 - 'Jumanji' hits number 1 in the chart, 'Paddington 2' surpasses the £40million mark to become the 5th highest grossing 2017 release and we have information on the debuts of 'Molly's Game' and 'All the Money in the World' in our weekly box office report.
UK Box Office Dec 29th 2017 – Jan 1st 2017 - 'The Last Jedi' enters 2018 atop of the UK box office, surpassing 'Beauty and the Beast' to become the no.1 film released in 2017.
The Editor’s Selections: Top 10 Films of 2017 - The top 10 films of 2017 according to The Film Magazine editor Joseph Wade.
10 of the Worst: Films of 2017 - Our picks for the top 10 worst films of the year includes two entries for Michael Fassbender, two sequels and a host of high profile filmmakers. Check out what made the list here.
11 The Film Magazine Articles to Read from 2017 - 11 of our favourite articles from the 2017 calendar year including interviews with filmmakers, a feminist critique of a beloved 2017 sci-fi, a film essay and more. Celebrate our very best, here.
Every 2017 Comic Book Movie Ranked - Every comic book superhero movie of 2017, including 'The Lego Batman Movie', 'Logan', 'Thor: Ragnarok' and 'Justice League', has been ranked from worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
Three Heart-Warming Christmas Classics to Re-Watch This Christmas - Francesca Militello presents three Christmas classics that you should watch to get yourself in the festive mood this holiday.
UK Box Office Report Dec 15-17th 2017 - 'Star Wars; The Last Jedi' hit a landmark total in its opening weekend at the UK box office. Find out why its £28million total was so remarkable as we look at this week's chart and begin to predict the annual top 5 in this week's box office report.
The Disney/Fox Merger: All You Need to Know - All you need to know about Disney's $52.4billion purchase of 21st Century Fox, including how it benefits the Murdochs and how it effects you.
UK Box Office Report Dec 8-10th 2017 - 'The Disaster Artist' fails to break the top 5 as the UK Box Office prepares for 'The Last Jedi', with news on 'Justice League' financials, the possibility of a 'Daddy's Home 3' & the entire top 15 chart, here.
UK Box Office Report December 1st-3rd 2017 - 'Thor: Ragnarok' officially becomes the 5th top grossing film of the year in the UK while 'Paddington 2' continues its success story and 'The Disaster Artist' performs well in limited release previews, in our Box Office Report.
UK Box Office Report November 24-26 2017 - This week in the UK Box Office Report: the reason for the surprise return of Disney favourite 'Frozen' to the chart, more on Polish cinema becoming more powerful & 'Daddy's Home 2' topping the chart.
Justice League (2017) Review - 'Justice League', starring Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, is "one of the largest blends of bad ideas put to screen in 2017" according to Joseph Wade's review of the DC Comics adaptation.
Falsified (2017) Short Film Review - Short film 'Falsified' (2017), from screenwriter-actor Ashley Tabatabai and director Stefan Fairlamb, is "a little too unsure of itself to be what it is clear that the film could potentially be" according to Joseph Wade's review.
UK Box Office Report November 17-19th 2017 - Did you know that 'Justice League' may have debuted at number 1 in the UK box office chart this week, but that it's only the 6th biggest superhero film of 2017? Information on this and more damming statistics in Joseph Wade's box office report.
An Introduction to Italian Neorealism – Essay - Francesca Militello outlines the famous film movement of Italian Neorealism in this introductory essay complete with suggestions on what to watch and why.
Astrid Goldsmith on Mock Duck Studios, Tackling Stop-Motion Animation and Her 8 Year Journey to Short Film ‘Squirrel Island’ - 'Squirrel Island' director Astrid Goldsmith sat down with us for an interview regarding her 8 year journey to the short film's release.
10 Picks from ASFF 2017 - The Film Magazine selects 10 short films from the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017 that you must see, from 'NEON' to 'Squirrel Island' and beyond.
Paddington 2 (2017) Review - Luke Whitticase of Whitty Stuff has described the UK Box Office smash hit 'Paddington 2' as "an absolute delight; an utterly charming storybook adventure". The review...
UK Box Office Report November 10-12th 2017 - 'Paddington 2' shot to the top of a competitive UK Box Office Chart this week. Joseph Wade outlines its impact and the less than impressive performances of a few films elsewhere in this week's Box Office Report.
Experiencing Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017 - York's Aesthetica Short Film Festival is "one of the friendliest and most respectable festivals on the circuit", writes Joseph Wade of his experience.
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017 – The Winners - The official winners of York's 2017 Aesthetica Short Film Festival. Benjamin Cleary & TJ O'Grady Peyton's 'Wave' wins Best of Festival.
UK Box Office Report October 27-29th 2017 - This week's Box Office Report features an analysis of the success being had by 'Thor: Ragnarok' in comparison to other superhero films as well as notes on the success of 'The Death of Stalin'.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Review - 'Thor: Ragnarok' (2017) is "undeniably the funniest Marvel movie yet" according to Joseph Wade's review of Taika Waitit's Marvel movie starring Chris Hemsworth & Cate Blanchett.
Why ‘Halloween III: Season of the Witch’ Didn’t Feature Michael Myers and Why We Should Give It Another Chance - Why was 'Halloween III: Season of the Witch' absent of its franchise villain Michael Myers? James Cullen explains, and creates a case for reconsidering III's quality, in this special feature.
The Snowman (2017) Review - New Jo Nesbø movie adaptation, 'The Snowman' (2017) starring Michael Fassbender, is "an ineptly made mess" according to Cold Coffee Press writer Stephen Porzio in his review.
The Evil Dead (1981) Retrospective Review - Sam Raimi's 'Evil Dead' (1981) is the "heart and charm" of horror filmmaking according to Katie Doyle in her retrospective review of the horror classic, available here.
The 7 Best Halloween Films For People Who Don’t Like Horror Movies - Sometimes Halloween is better without jump scares and murderous dolls, so James Cullen has presented a week's worth of festive gems for those who are looking to avoid the horror genre.
10 Great Alternative Film Costumes to Inspire You This Halloween - 10 alternative film-inspired costume ideas to use this Halloween, as presented by Sophie Grant.
Wachowski Movies Ranked - All 7 movies co-directed by the Wachowskis ranked from worst to best, from their co-debut 'Bound' (1996) to their divisive 'Jupiter Ascending' (2016). List by Joseph Wade.
UK Box Office Report October 13-15th 2017 - 'Botoks' surprises everyone by landing a top 5 spot in the UK Box Office chart this week. Joseph Wade focuses his analysis on its success and makes comparisons between 'LEGO Ninjago' and older Lego movies.
Star Trek Movies Ranked - All 13 'Star Trek' feature-length cinematic releases have been ranked from worst to best by Katie Doyle, here.
The Meyerowitz Stories (2017) Review - The latest Netflix release, 'The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)', from 'Frances Ha' director Noah Baumbach and starring Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler & Dustin Hoffman, has been reviewed by Joseph Wade.
IT (2017) Review - 'IT' (2017), directed by Andy Muschietti, is a box office hit but is it a good horror movie? Take a look in our review by Holly Bowler.
Mini Productions’ April Kelley and Sara Huxley Discuss Industry Sexism, Getting an Indie Made and Acting On A Dream – Interview - April Kelley and Sara Huxley of Mini Productions discuss gender inequality, being British filmmakers, the success of short films 'Annie Waits' and 'Edith', and their new project Acting on a Dream in this exclusive interview.
Blade Runner 2049: Why is the Female Body the Future’s Prop? - Why is the female body the future's prop in 'Blade Runner 2049'? Alex Morden Osborne offers her critique of the Denis Villeneuve sci-fi movie here.
UK Box Office Report October 6-8th 2017 - Full UK Box Office Report - 'Blade Runner 2049' fails to outshine its 2016 counterpart as 'Dunkirk' finally bows out of the top 15 and 'IT' sets a landmark for the year.
UK Box Office Report September 29th-October 1st 2017 - 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' and 'Victoria & Abdul' are flying the flag for British independent film, it seems 'Mother!' won't be a financial failure after all, and 'IT' is about to overtake a Marvel juggernaut, in this week's box office report.
Official Selection Announced for Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017 - Introducing the Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017's official selection. Get all of the information you need, here.
UK Box Office Report September 22nd-24th 2017 - A special look at the impact of 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' and 'IT' at the September box office, as well as more on the continued success of 'Dunkirk' in this week's box office report.
Mother! (2017) Review - 'Mother!', one of this year's most controversial movies - from Darren Aronofsky and starring Jennifer Lawrence - has been reviewed as 'having elements that are no less than spectacular' by Joseph Wade.
UK Box Office Report September 15th-17th 2017 - Analysis on the how's, why's and what's of this past weekend's UK box office top 15, as provided by Joseph Wade.
How the TV Renaissance Has Helped Film Actors - What was once a death nail to any film actor's career now seems like a more enticing proposition as film actors embrace tv, giving the small screen a bigger draw and changing the industry.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) Review - 'The Hitman's Bodyguard' (2017), one of this Summer's chart-topping action movies - starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson - has been reviewed by Joseph Wade.
UK Box Office Report September 8th-10th 2017 - This week's UK Box Office report, featuring news on a British independent film being doomed to fail financially and a revival of box office fortunes courtesy of 'IT' making its debut.
You’ve Been Watching ‘Signs’ Wrong - A 'Signs' alternative theory. Could the aliens in 'Signs' really be angels or demons? Joseph Wade takes you through the facts...
US Cinema Attendance Lowest Since WWII This Weekend - The North American box office fell to its lowest attendance figure since World War II this past weekend, a certified disaster for the film industry.
Top 10 Movies of 2007 - With the likes of Paul Thomas Anderson, the Coen brothers and David Fincher at work, 2007 was a stellar year for film. Here are the top 10 movies from 2007.
Alone in Berlin (2016) Review - 'Alone in Berlin' (2016), Vincent Pérez's Hans Fallada novel adaptation starring Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Uwe Preuss and Daniel Brühl, has been reviewed by Francesca Militello.
Top 5 Moments from ‘The Dark Crystal’ (1982) - Katie Doyle counts down the Top 5 moments from the Jim Henson and Frank Oz cult classic 'The Dark Crystal' (1982).
2017’s Biggest Box Office Hit You Haven’t Heard Of - The 2017 box office is getting eaten up by a recent release you've probably never heard of. Here are all the facts and figures...
47 Meters Down (2017) Review - '47 Meters Down', starring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt, and directed by Johannes Roberts, has been reviewed by Sophie Grant using our 24 point scale. Where did it rank? Take a look...
Hurricane (2016) Short Film Review - Christiano Dias' short film 'Hurricane' (2016) starring Lisa Roumain, Corey Page and David Jay is "a film of great quality". Read more...
The Circle (2017) Review - 'The Circle' Review: James Ponsoldt directs Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega and more in this technology conscious film.
The Beguiled (2017) Review - "Instantly grabbing", Sofia Coppola's 'The Beguiled' (2017) starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell "is very much about women as individuals and a collective". Our review.
Baby Driver (2017) Review - Edgar Wright's 'Baby Driver' (2017) has been described by Joseph Wade as 'La La Land on wheels' in his review of this hugely successful film from the director of 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz'.
5 Reasons Why I Love The Grand Budapest Hotel - 5 reasons Lee Royle loves Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and believes that you should love the movie too.
Top 10 Ridley Scott Movies - From 'Alien' to 'Gladiator', 'Blade Runner' to 'Thelma and Louise', here are the 10 best films directed by iconic British filmmaker Ridley Scott. List by Joseph Wade.
The 6 Billion Dollar Threat to Hollywood - The advances of Video on Demand service Netflix into the realms of original programming and film distribution offers a very real threat to Hollywood. Lee Royle explores.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Review - "Marvel have certainly put their best foot forward in reigniting the Spider-Man character" according to Joseph Wade in his spoiler-free review of 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' (2017) starring Tom Holland.
The Dark Crystal and Why 80s Nostalgia Can Be Good - Katie Doyle presents why she feels the reemergence of 'The Dark Crystal' via Netflix signifies the positive side of this decade's 80s nostalgia trip.
Short Film Review: Becoming Undead II (2013) - Ron Purtee's short film 'Becoming Undead II' has been reviewed by James Cullen.
The Mummy (2017) Review - Universal's Dark Universe has kicked off with 'The Mummy' (2017) starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, a movie described as being "like a bad Mission: Impossible film with zombies", in our review.
Wonder Woman (2017) Review - See where 'Wonder Woman' (2017), directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, ranks on our 24 point scale in Joseph Wade's review of the Warner Bros/DC movie.
Dirty Books (2016) Short Film Review - Katie Doyle considers Zachary Lepierre's 2016 short film 'Dirty Books', starring Noah Bailey, to be "made of some sensational parts" in her movie review.
What Jack Built (2015) Short Film Review - Matthew Mahler's 'What Jack Built' (2015) short film is "a swing and a miss for all involved" according to Joseph Wade's review.
Here Lies Joe (2016) Short Film Review - Mark Battle's 'Here Lies Joe' (2016), a short film about a man's struggle with depression, is "poignant and raw" according to James Cullen's review.
Toni Erdmann (2016/17) Review - Foreign Language Film BAFTA winner & Oscar nominee 'Toni Erdmann' (2016/17), a movie about a father using comedy to reconnect with his estranged daughter, has been reviewed by Joseph Wade.
Annie Waits (2017) Short Film Review - Marnie Paxton's 'Annie Waits' (2017) short film is "honest, sex-clad, female-driven cinema that so admirably represents the in-between members of Generation Y", according to Joseph Wade's review.
‘Total Performance’ (2015) Short Film Review - Sean Meehan's short film 'Total Performance' (2015) presents "an original concept we can all appreciate" according to Sophie Grant in her review.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Review - Out spoiler-free review of James Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' (2017) starring Chris Pratt and gang, describes it as "a romp of an adventure". Read it here.
Katie Doyle’s ‘Movies I Had A Religious/Spiritual Experience With’ 2.5 – The Miracle Maker - Katie Doyle has revisited her 'Movies I Had A Religious/Spiritual Experience With' series to bring a small Easter-themed update, with 'The Miracle Maker' the case study.
Edith (2016) Short Film Review - 'Edith' (2016), a Mini Productions short film directed by 'Cemetery Junction' star Christian Cooke and starring Peter Mullan, is " an emotionally stirring 15 minutes of cinema that has enough about it to move even the most hardened of film goers".
How Robin Williams Affected Millennials - Robin Williams was a legend, but to millennials he was something more. Hear about it straight from the horses mouth in Catherine Giggal's special piece.
The Fate of the Furious (2017) Review - "Movies this fun are truly hard to come by these days" according to Joseph Wade in his review of 'The Fate of the Furious (2017) starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron and Jason Statham.
Going In Style (2017) Review - 'Going In Style' (2017), the OAP heist movie starring Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin, and directed by Zach Braff, is a "paint by the numbers movie" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
INDOOR AIR (2014) Short Film Review - Ron Purtee's short film thriller - 'Indoor Air' (2014) - is "a stirring short thriller" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
The Simpsons Movie (2007) Flash Review - Nearly 10 years removed from 'The Simpsons Movie' (2007), James Cullen looks back on the film with this flash review.
This World We Live In (2017) Short Film Review - "It is movies like 'This World We Live in' that we need more than ever" according to Katie Doyle in her review of Gage Oxley's LGBT+ short film about a young man's battle to uncover his sexuality in an oppressive society.
The Great Gatsby (2013) Review - 'The Great Gatsby' (2013), Baz Luhrmann's F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, has been reviewed by Francesca Militello.
MERCS (2017) Short Film Review - Short film 'MERCS' (2017), directed by Michael Morris, is "an admirable attempt at an idea way too large for its budget and skill sets", according to Joseph Wade in his review.
Should ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ be Considered a Feminist Franchise? - Sophie Grant sets out to answer the question everyone's been asking for years... Should the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' be considered a feminist franchise?
Fate (2016) Short Film Review - Short film 'Fate' (2016), from director Chris Hallas, is "a well constructed cautionary tale pushed each step of the way by its meritorious screenplay" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
1984 (1984) Review - '1984', Michael Radford's adaptation of George Orwell's famous novel, "is an important film because of its ageless quality" according to Katie Doyle in her review.
Beauty and the Beast (2017) Review - Disney's remake of their "tale as old as time", 'Beauty and the Beast' starring Emma Watson, has been described by Becca Seghini as "visually pleasing and full of nostalgia" in her review.
Logan (2017) Review - 'Logan' (2017) "is challenging and emotional more than it is exciting and awe-inspiring in the best of ways" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
Weiner (2016) Review - Former US Congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned when explicit pictures were posted publicly, is documented in the midst of his run for New York mayor in this documentary reviewed by Joseph Wade.
The Evolution of Disney Dads - What does the interaction a Disney Princess has with her father tell us about how times have changed between 1989 and 2016? James Cullen explores.
Film as a Political Medium: Propaganda and ‘The Triumph of the Will’ - Nazi propaganda film 'The Triumph of the Will' is analysed for its effectiveness as a documentary and comparisons are drawn to contemporary politics in James Cullen's informative film essay.
Hidden Figures (2017) Review - 'Hidden Figures' (2017), one of the Oscars' Best Picture nominees, telling the tale of some of the black women who took the US to the moon, has been reviewed by Elle Cole.
Sing (2016/17) Review - 'Sing' (2016/17), the latest animation from Illumination Entertainment starring Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson and a host of star names, has been reviewed by Catherine Giggal, here.
Spirit of ’45 (2013) Review - Ken Loach's documentary on the development of social standards and the National Health Service in the UK, 'Spirit of '45', has been reviewed by Katie Doyle.
T2 Trainspotting (2017) Review - 20 years have passed since cult classic 'Trainspotting' was released. Could Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner & Robert Carlyle recreate the magic with 'T2 Trainspotting'? Here's our review.
13th (2016) Review - Ava DuVernay's 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary feature '13th', about the use of prisoners as free labour in a racist system of incarceration, has been reviewed by Joseph Wade.
The 6 Best Films Snubbed by the Oscars 2017 - The Oscars forget important films every year and 2017 has been no different. Here are the 6 films that are too good to have been forgotten about.
‘I, Daniel Blake’, Its Significance and Recognition - 'I, Daniel Blake' has become a significant film for more than just its art. In this piece, Joseph Wade outlines how the film transcended cinema and looks at the reasons for its lack of awards show recognition.
Bodies of Power: Masculinity and Femininity in ‘Rambo: First Blood Part II’ and ‘Aliens’ - Ripley from 'Aliens' and Rambo from 'Rambo: First Blood Part II' each represented different ideas of masculinity and femininity in 80s America, according to James Cullen's film essay.
Singin’ in the Rain (1952) Review - Take a look back at one of Hollywood's most classical musicals, 'Singin' in the Rain', starring Gene Kelly and the recently deceased Debbie Reynolds, in Francesca Militello's review.
David Brent: Life on the Road (2016) Review - 'David Brent: Life on the Road' (2016), Ricky Gervais' silver-screen follow-up to his hit series 'The Office', has been reviewed by Catherine Giggal.
La La Land (2017) Review - 'La La Land', the awards happy musical from 'Whiplash' director Damien Chazelle, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has been reviewed.
Who Will Win the Golden Globes? The Editor’s Selections - The 2017 Golden Globe winners have been predicted by Joseph Wade in this edition of 'The Editor Selects'.
#52FilmsByWomen - #52FilmsByWomen is the subject of our latest guest publication as Gemma Pecorini Goodall outlines her testing attempt to watch a female-led film each week of the year.
Katie Doyle’s ‘Movies I Had A Religious/Spiritual Experience With’ Part 2 - In Part 2 of her 'Movies I Had A Religious/Spiritual Experience With' series, Katie Doyle outlines three more films that have had a profound effect on her faith and spirituality.
The Editor’s Selections: Top 10 Films of 2016 - In what he describes as 'a year for the independents', our editor Joseph Wade has presented his Top 10 Films of 2016, here.
He Sees You When You’re Sleeping: The Psychology of Christmas Horror Films - What draws us to Christmas-themed horror films? James Cullen takes a look in this special seasonal piece.
Nocturnal Animals (2016) Review - Tom Ford's Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal starring psychological drama 'Nocturnal Animals' is a film reminiscent of "Hollywood's more famous classical directors" according to Joseph Wade. His full review is available here.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Review - 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' (2016) has been given a spoiler-free review by Joseph Wade, here.
Katie Doyle’s ‘Movies I had a Religious/Spiritual Experience With’ Part 1 - A person's faith can have a profound effect on their cinema watching experience and, sometimes, the cinema watching experience can have a profound effect on a person's faith. Katie Doyle's journey through cinema has been bullet pointed by such moments. In this piece, the first of two articles, she outlines three movies she had a spiritual experience with.
What Happened to the Breakfast Club? - What happened to 'The Breakfast Club'? Take a look at what happened to Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson and company in the decades following their iconic performances.
5 Picks from ASFF 2016 - 5 short films you should see from Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016 and a round-up of all of the festival's awards, here.
The Illusionist (2006) Review - 'The Illusionist' (2006) starring Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel has been reviewed by Francesca Militello here.
Experiencing ASFF 2016 - Aesthetica Short Film Festival took over the city of York in the UK this weekend. Joseph Wade was in attendance and he's run-down his thoughts, here.
The 10 Greatest Moments of Gun Powder, Treason and Plot in ‘V for Vendetta’ - This Guy Fawkes Night, we've judged the 10 most revolution-inciting moments from 'V For Vendetta' for your viewing pleasure!
The Killing of America (1981) Review - Banned from release or distribution in the United States in 1981, the Schrader brothers documentary 'The Killing of America' proposed that America and violence were wed. Joseph Wade has a review, here.
‘Dr Terror’s House of Horrors’ – A Curious Outing Into British Horror - 1960s British Horror is the home of Katie Doyle's thoughts this Halloween, courtesy of her experience with Amicus Productions’ first Portmanteau: 'Dr Terror’s House of Horrors'.
I, Daniel Blake (2016) Review - Ken Loach's Palme d'Or winning, society questioning, government challenging drama 'I, Daniel Blake' has been reviewed by Joseph Wade.
An Analysis Of John Candy’s Role In ‘Uncle Buck’ (1989) - John Candy's iconic performance in 'Uncle Buck' has been analysed by Catherine Giggal in this special feature.
30 Greatest Universal Films - The 30 greatest Universal Studios movies, from 'To Kill a Mockingbird' to 'Jurassic Park', 'Back to the Future' to 'Despicable Me', ranked.
Swiss Army Man (2016) Review - 'Swiss Army Man' (2016), the Dan Kwan & Daniel Scheinart screwball comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe as a dead body and Paul Dano, has been reviewed by Joseph Wade.
Star Trek Beyond (2016) Review - 2016's 'Trek' offering, 'Star Trek Beyond', as directed by Justin Lin, has been reviewed by resident Trekkie Katie Doyle, here.
The Choice (2016) Review - 'The Choice' (2016) has been reviewed by Sophie Grant. See what we think and where it ranks on our 24 point scale here.
Romeo and Juliet (1968) vs. Romeo + Juliet (1996) - Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann go head-to-head as Francesca Militello compares their adaptations of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', here.
The Celluloid Threat of Atomic Annihilation – The Cinema of Nuclear War. - Take a special look back at the history of cinema's relationship with the bomb in this special guest publication from Closer To Midnight's Ben Taylorson.
Maggie’s Plan (2015) Review - 'Maggie's Plan' (2016) starring Greta Gerwig, Julianne Moore and Ethan Hawke, has been reviewed by Joseph Wade. See where this New York independent movie ranks on our 24 point scale, here.
30 Greatest Comic Book Movies - The 30 greatest comic book movies of all time were counted down over the course of the month, here is the final list.
How Everyone Finally Got Over Ben Affleck Being Batman - Ben Affleck won over most of his critics with his performance in 'Batman v Superman' (2016). Joseph Wade analyses how he managed to do so in a follow up to his contentious piece 'Why It's Finally Time To Get Over Ben Affleck Being Batman' (released in 2015).
Jason Bourne (2016) Review - 'Jason Bourne' (2016) sees Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass return to the spy-thriller-action franchise 'Bourne'. See where it ranks on our 24 point scale in this spoiler-free review.
The Nice Guys (2016) Review - 'The Nice Guys' (2016), a buddy cop movie starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, has been reviewed by Joseph Wade. See why "Gosling was great" and where the movie ranks on our 24 point scale, here.
The Young Victoria (2009) Review - 'The Young Victoria' (2009) starring Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria in a historical drama about her early years as the monarch of the UK, has been reviewed by Francesca Militello.
The Film Mobcast Comic Book Movie Special - In this special edition of The Film Mobcast Podcast, regular host Joe is joined by Becca to discuss Comic Book Movies. Together, they re-cast the Avengers, judge the best of 2016, and more!
Knight of Cups (2016) Review - The latest film from Terrence Malick, 'Knight of Cups' (2016), starring an ensemble cast led by Christian Bale, has been reviewed by Joseph Wade, here.
Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World (2016) Review - 'Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World' (2016), a documentary feature that told the story of the legendary artist David Bowie, has been reviewed by Katie Doyle.
A Retrospective Look At ‘Independence Day’ - Read about how and why 'Independence Day' (1996) was and remains so successful in Joseph Wade's critical analysis of the famed Blockbuster.
30 Greatest Musical Numbers From Movie Musicals - The final list of the 30 Greatest Musical Numbers from Movie Musicals.
Les Misérables (2012) Review - Tom Hooper's 'Les Misérables' (2012), starring Hugh Jackman & Russell Crowe, has been reviewed by Catherine Giggal.
An Artist’s Contributions: Orson Welles - Orson Welles may be the most influential American director of all time. Francesca Militello has analysed his artistic contributions in this special article.
A Woman’s Vengeance (1948) Review - 'A Woman's Vengeance' (1948) has been reviewed by Katie Doyle. See where this "stylish melodrama full of huge characters" ranks on our 24 point scale.
What Happened to Emile Hirsch? - He was once considered one of the United States' most talented young actors and now he's on the verge of obscurity. The story of Emile Hirsch, a wasted talent.
A Retrospective Look At ‘School of Rock’ - A retrospective look at 'School of Rock' (2003) has been written by Joseph Wade, who argues that Richard Linklater's ode to Rock 'n' Roll is grossly overlooked.
A Royal Night Out (2015) Review - 'A Royal Night Out' (2015), the movie of the now Queen Elizabeth's experience of VE Day, has been reviewed by Michelle Kohnen.
Budo – The Art of Killling (1979) Review - 'Budo - The Art of Killing' (1979) has been reviewed by Catherine Giggal. Read about where it ranks on our 24 point scale, here.
Captain America: Civil War (2016) Review - Our spoiler free review of 'Captain America: Civil War' (2016) is available now. See where this huge summer events movie battle between the MCU's most popular heroes ranks on our 24 point scale.
The Dressmaker (2015) Review - Australian movie 'The Dressmaker' (2015) starring Kate Winslet and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse has been reviewed by Michelle Kohnen.
Joy (2015) Flash Review - 'Joy' (2015), the Golden Globe winning David O. Russell movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro, has been reviewed by Francesca Militello.
Hollywood’s X-Files: The Curse of James Dean’s Car - Introducing Jack Gooding's 'Hollywood's X-Files' and its subject for the week: the curse of James Dean's car.
The ‘Smith Saga’ – 3 of Will Smith’s Best Movies - Catherine Giggal has counted down her three favourite Will Smith performances in this special one-off piece titled "The 'Smith Saga' - 3 of Will Smith's Best Movies'.
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Review - '50 Shades of Grey' (2015) was one of the year's biggest releases. Joseph Wade has reviewed it and ranked it on our 24 point scale, here.
Under Sandet (2015) Review - German-Danish co-production 'Under Sandet' ('Land of Mine' - 2015) exploring German prisoners of war in World War II, has been reviewed by Francesca Militello here.
The Hobbit: Taking An Unexpected Journey Into One of My Favourite Franchises - Read of Tolkien fan Catherine Giggal's journey into Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit' franchise in this special feature. Spoiler alert: she's a big fan!
So Bad it’s Good: Broken Arrow (1996) - John Woo's 'Broken Arrow' (1996) starring a show-stealing John Travolta and Christian Slater is the latest movie reviewed as a part of Jack Gooding's 'So Bad It's Good' series.
Terminator Genisys (2015) Review - 'Terminator Genisys' (2015) is the final movie to be reviewed as a part of Jack Gooding's look at the 'Terminator' franchise. Check out where it ranks on our 24 point scale, here.
30 Greatest Academy Award Best Picture Winners - This month we have been counting down the 30 Greatest Academy Award Best Picture Winners. Let us know if you agree.
Kubrick & Kids – The Work of a Dictatorial Director & His Child Stars - Stanley Kubrick isn't the first name you think of when thinking of directors working with children in film, but Jacqui Griffin points out that maybe he should be in this special feature article.
Three Days In Auschwitz (2015) Review - 'Three Days In Auschwitz' (2015) has been reviewed. See what Katie Doyle makes of Phillipe Mora's documentary, here.
Batman v Superman (2016) Review - 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' (2016), as directed by Zack Snyder and starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg and Gal Gadot, has been reviewed by Joseph Wade here.
Rubbeldiekatz – Woman in Love (2011) Review - German comedy 'Rubbeldiekatz' (2011), known as 'Woman In Love' in English, has been reviewed by Francesca Militello here.
Dumb & Dumber (1994) Flash Review - Catherine Giggal looks back to 1994's legendary slapstick movie 'Dumb & Dumber', starring Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels, in this special flash review.
The Hunting Ground (2015) Review - 'The Hunting Ground' (2015), the documentary that Lady Gaga's 'Til It Happens To You' was written for, has been reviewed by Rebecca Seghini. See where it ranks on our 24 point scale.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) Review - 'Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines' is the latest Terminator film to be reviewed in Jack Gooding's complete coverage of the franchise, here.
Take the Lead (2006) Review - 'Take the Lead' (2006) starring Antonio Banderas has been reviewed by Michelle Kohnen here.
What’s Wrong With the Original ‘Spider-Man’ Trilogy?! - "These movies came at a time when people needed them" in Katie Doyle's special look at Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man' trilogy (2002-2007).
Home (2015) Review - A review of Dreamworks Animation's 2015 movie 'Home' starring Jim Parsons and Rihanna, as provided by Michelle Kohnen, is available here.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) Review - 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' (2013) has been reviewed by Joseph Wade on site, here.
Hail, Caesar! (2016) Flash Review - The latest film from the Coen Brothers, 'Hail, Caesar!' has been reviewed by Rebecca Seghini. See where it ranks on on our 24 point scale.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) Review - 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day' has been reviewed by Jack Gooding in his second look at 'The Terminator' franchise in as many weeks.