Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry (2021) Review - With 'Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry', director R.J. Cutler constructs a mesmerising treat that will make a fan of musical sensation Billie Eilish out of any viewer. Leoni Horton reviews.
Netflix’s Business Model Doesn’t Allow for Long-Term Film Success - Netflix Original movies seem to disappear just as soon as they've appeared, and with a new film set to be released during every week of 2021, it's an issue filmmakers should take notice of. Essay by Luke Hinton.
Arrival and the Language of Cinema - In his 2016 science fiction film 'Arrival', director Denis Villeneuve expertly uses the power of cinematic language to take us on a mind bending journey of love, loss, and the inevitability of time. Essay by Margaret Roarty.
The Witch (2015) Review - Boasting provoking visuals, a gifted ensemble and an established narrative, Robert Eggers folk horror 'The Witch', starring Golden Globes winner Anya Taylor-Joy, remains must-watch. Beth Sawdon reviews.
The Winter Lake (2021) Review - 'Game of Thrones' alum Michael McElhatton and 'Sex Education's' Emma Mackey star in 'The Winter Lake', a gnarly drama dealing with trauma from debut director Phil Sheerin. Kevin Woodley reviews.
Get Carter (1971) – 50th Anniversary Review - Mike Hodges crime thriller 'Get Carter' at 50 - Michael Caine stars as the titular Carter in the gruesome and bloody 'Get Carter', set in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Katie Doyle reviews.
Moxie (2021) Review - 2021 Amy Poehler movie 'Moxie', available on Netflix and starring Hadley Robinson, had a great opportunity to explore feminism through the lens of Gen Z. Did it succeed? Annice White reviews.
Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Review - The first wholly original Disney film in years, 'Raya and the Last Dragon' starring Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina is likely to become a sure-fire animation classic. Review by Mark Carnochan.
Coming 2 America (2021) Review - In 1988, Eddie Murphy and company captured lightning in a bottle for comedy classic 'Coming to America'. Could they do it a 2nd time for sequel 'Coming 2 America'? Scott Z Walkinshaw reviews.
‘Fargo’ at 25 – Review - 25 years removed from the release of the Coen Brothers' iconic black comedy crime film 'Fargo', starring Frances McDormand, the 1996 release remains razor-sharp. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Surge (2021) Review – GFF - Headlined by an unforgettable and unrecognisable performance from Ben Whishaw, 'Surge' has a "wild, kinetic energy" that evokes comparisons to 'Joker' and 'Falling Down'. Jack Cameron reviews.
Cowboys (2021) Review – GFF - Anna Kerrigan writes and directs Steve Zahn and Jillian Bell in the Tribeca award winning family drama 'Cowboys', about a trans boy and his family relationships. Jack Cameron reviews.
Voice of Silence (2021) Review – GFF - Screenwriter-director Hong Eui-jeong announces himself as a talent to look out for in the future in his feature debut 'Voice of Silence', an off-kilter South Korean film starring 'Burning' actor Yoo Ah-in. Jack Cameron reviews.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Review - Wes Anderson is close to his best for his work on 2012 ensemble coming-of-age hit 'Moonrise Kingdom', starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand and more. Christopher Connor reviews.
Sweetheart (2021) Review – GFF - Marley Morrison British seaside holiday film 'Sweetheart', featuring the debuting Nell Barlow, is a nuanced exploration of sexuality and a modern twist in the realm of British film. Leoni Horton reviews.
Enemies of the State (2020) Review - Is Matt DeHart a liberating whistleblower in possession of incriminating evidence against the US government or just trying to escape prosecution for heinous crimes? 'Enemies of the State' explores, Jack Cameron reviews.
Richard Jenkins: 3 Career-Defining Performances - Of all the character actors working today, perhaps no one else brings such low-key class to his films as Richard Jenkins. Here are his 3 career-defining performances. Article by Scott Z Walkinshaw.
Tom and Jerry (2021) Review - Is Tom & Jerry the best new comedy of 2021, or exploitation of nostalgia for profit? Is it worth getting a HBO Max subscription for? Chloë Grace Moretz stars, Jacob Davis reviews.
Bliss (2021) Review - 2021 Amazon film 'Bliss', from 'Another Earth' filmmaker Mike Cahill, starring Owen Wilson and Salma Hayek, is a throwback to turn of the century suburban dramas. Joseph Wade reviews.
Riders of Justice (2021) Review – GFF - Mads Mikkelsen stars in the latest black comedy from Danish writer-director Anders Thomas Jensen, 'Riders of Justice', a movie about probability. Jack Cameron reviews.
5 Reasons Why You Need to Watch Midnight Cowboy - John Schlesinger film 'Midnight Cowboy' (1969) starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight is a classic of cinema, and here are 5 reasons why you must watch it. Article by Katie Doyle.
The Mauritanian (2021) Review – GFF - Tahar Rahim steals the show in the star-studded court drama 'The Mauritanian', about a man incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay following the 9/11 attacks. Jack Cameron reviews.
Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché (2021) Review – GFF - Marianne Elliott-Said, aka punk pioneer Poly Styrene of the X-Ray Spex, is the subject of her daughter's documentary 'Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché' (2021), reviewed from Glasgow Film Festival by Leoni Horton.
Sia’s Music Is Not “a Love Letter to the Autistic Community”: It’s Another Unrealistic Portrayal of ASD - Sia's Golden Globes nominated feature film debut, 'Music', a musical starring Maddie Ziegler and Kate Hudson, is another unrealistic portrayal of ASD. Essay by Shona Leigh Pope.
Creation Stories (2021) Review – GFF - Directed by Nick Moran, Creation Stories - about music studio founder Alan McGee - is a mildly offensive, egotistical mess, and we can only hope Liam and Noel Gallagher never see this film. Leoni Horton reviews.
5 Must-Watch Early British LGBTQ+ Films - 5 British films, made before the legalisation of homosexuality or ahead of some of the LGBTQ+ community's major milestones, that you need to see. List by Annice White.
Where to Start with Yasujirō Ozu - Yasujirō Ozu is one of the most recognisable Japanese directors of all time and a forefather of the nation's cinema. Discover where to start with Yasujirō Ozu in this guide from Francesca Militello.
Jumbo (2021) Review – GFF - Starring Portrait of a Lady on Fire’s Noémie Merlant, 'Jumbo' is a surefooted yet strangely erotic adrenaline ride through the wildest depths of sexual fantasy. Leoni Horton reviews.
‘Trainspotting’ at 25 – Review - 'Trainspotting' (1996) at 25 - Mark Carnochan's review of Danny Boyle's "small film from the small country that became one of the most famous films of all time", starring Ewan McGregor.
Penguin Bloom (2021) Review - Naomi Watts shines in Netflix's latest biopic about tragedy, family, and the unique relationship between a woman and an injured magpie, in 'Penguin Bloom' from Glendyn Ivin. Sophie Cook reviews.
5 Reasons Why Pride Is One of the Best Films of the 21st Century - 'Pride' (2014) is one of the great British and LGBTQ+ films, here are 5 reasons why it's one of the best films of the 21st century. List by Annice White.
The Enduring Legacy of Stan and Ollie - Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were beloved by legions of fans and described by legends of comedy as the very best around. What makes Stan and Ollie such an enduring act? Louis B Scheuer explores.
Minari (2021) Review – GFF - Lee Isaac Chung's semi-autobiographical Sundance home run manages to be "both quietly poignant and thunderously profound". Leoni Horton reviews from Glasgow Film Festival.
Fantastic Mr Fox (2009) Review - Roald Dahl's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is adapted via stop-motion animation for the screen by Wes Anderson, in this ensemble film led by George Clooney and Meryl Streep. Christopher Connor reviews.
Alive (2020) Short Film Review - Jimmy Olsson writes and directs 'Alive' (2020), a short film about disability, friendship and dating, starring Eva Johansson, Madeleine Martin and Joel Ödmann. Review by Christopher Connor.
King Kong vs Godzilla (1962) Review - The original battle of legendary kaiju King Kong and Godzilla was in 1962 Japanese film 'King Kong vs Godzilla', from Ishirō Honda. Scott Z Walkinshaw reviews.
‘Hannibal’ at 20 – Review - Lacking two of the three magic ingredients of 'The Silence of the Lambs', Ridley Scott's 'Hannibal' (2001), starring Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore and Gary Oldman offers only surface-level thrills. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Muppet Treasure Island (1996) – 25th Anniversary Review - 25 years on from its release, 'Muppet Treasure Island', starring Tim Curry, remains a high bar to which all subsequent Muppets movies have aimed to reach. Katie Doyle reviews.
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Review - 'Judas and the Black Messiah' tells the astonishing true story of Chairman Fred Hampton's assassination. Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield star. Click to read Sophie Butcher's review in full.
To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021) Review - Netflix Original 'To All the Boys: Always and Forever', starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, is a satisfying, teary-eyed end to the sickly-sweet franchise. Leoni Horton reviews.
Host Interview With Director Rob Savage: “It Was Jemma’s Fault” - Rob Savage, director of 2020 Zoom séance horror hit 'Host', sat down with The Film Magazine's Sam Sewell-Peterson to talk about the limited edition Blu-ray release of his film and what's next.
‘The Silence of the Lambs’ at 30 – Review - 30 years on from the release of the indelible Hannibal tale, 'The Silence of the Lambs' (1991), Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster remain just as riveting in Jonathan Demme's classic. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
10 Terrible Romantic Comedies - 10 terrible romantic comedy films to either completely avoid or to embrace and watch instead of the usual suspects this Valentine's Day. List by Jacob Davis.
Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) Review - 2011 rom-com 'Crazy, Stupid, Love.' starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone "executes the complexity of love in such a beautiful and rewarding manner". Beth Sawdon reviews.
Malcolm and Marie (2021) Review - 'Euphoria' creator Sam Levinson directs John David Washington and Zendaya in Netflix Original 'Malcolm & Marie', a shallow and emotionally vacant lockdown drama. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Greenland (2021) Review - 2021 extinction event blockbuster 'Greenland', starring Gerard Butler and directed by Ric Roman Waugh, is "an unmissable event". Joseph Wade reviews.
Rocks (2020) Review - Sarah Gavron drama 'Rocks', starring an ensemble of girls headed by Bukky Bakray, is "the most authentic British coming-of-age story in years". Leoni Horton reviews.
5 Reasons Why Oliver and Company (1988) Is an Underrated Animation Classic - Walt Disney Animation's 1988 animated feature film 'Oliver and Company' is an underrated classic. Here are 5 reasons why. List by Sophia Mae Patfield.
The Dig (2021) Review - Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan star in 2021 Netflix Original British drama 'The Dig', a "based on true events" look at existence and legacy. Review by Joseph Wade.
Where to Start with Gene Kelly - Gene Kelly is one of the most influential and iconic movie musical filmmakers in history, but where should you start with his imaginative and genre-topping filmography? Joseph Wade guides you.
A Secret Love (2020) Review - A lesbian couple who kept their relationship secret for 70 years are documented in this 2020 Chris Bolan feature 'A Secret Love', reviewed by Annice White.
‘Out 1’ at 50 (or: What Happened When I Watched a 13 Hour French Film) - What happens when you watch a supposedly genius and almost mythical 13 hour French film? Mark Carnochan takes you through his viewing of Jacques Rivette's 'Out 1', 50 years old in 2021.
Assassins (2021) Review - From the director of Netflix docuseries 'The Keepers' comes 'Assassins', a 2020/21 documentary on the assassination of the first son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Rory Doherty reviews.
Carnival of Souls (1962) Review - Why has Carnival of Souls not become a household name like the other hallmarks of 60s horror? Scott Z. Walkinshaw explains in this review of Herk Harvey's sole feature.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) Review - While not as beloved as some of Wes Anderson's biggest films, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is still a unique and enjoyable entry into the filmmaker's catalogue. Christopher Connor reviews.
10 Great Anime Films for Newcomers - Where do I begin with anime? This list of 10 exceptional entry points into one of Japan's largest cultural exports is sure to help. List by Jack Cameron.
Always Shine (2016) Review - Mackenzie Davis stars in 'Always Shine' (2016), "a beguiling and unique horror experiment" from director Sophia Takal and screenwriter Lawrence Michael Levine, reviewed by Jacob Heayes.
You’ve Seen ‘Soul’. Now What? - What does Disney Pixar's 'Soul' tell us about ourselves? What lessons does 'Soul' aim to teach us? How can this Pete Docter film be read? Peter Charney explores.
‘The Wedding Planner’ at 20 – Review - How does turn of the century rom-com 'The Wedding Planner' hold up at 20? Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey star, Libby Briggs reviews.
10 Best Matt Damon Performances - Matt Damon has had a stellar 30+ year career that includes over 80 acting credits. Here are the 10 Best Matt Damon Performances of all time. List by Charlie Gardiner.