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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 Animated Films Ranked 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 Mae 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 Mae 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 Mae 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.
Every MCU Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie Ranked - The movies of Marvel Studios' Marvel Cinematic Universe ranked from worst to best (2008-2020), by Joseph Wade.
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.