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‘Wanderlust’ and Its ‘Bizarro Cut’ at 10: How David Wain Split His Sensibility in Two for the Studio System - 10 years on from the release of David Wain's cult comedy 'Wanderlust', starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston, its 'Bizarro Cut' remains transparent about the comedy process. Essay by Nicholas Armstrong.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) Review - David Blue Garcia brings Leatherface back in Netflix horror film 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (2022), a sequel to Tobe Hooper's film with few redeeming features. Review by Kieran Judge.
10 Best Jackass Number Two Moments - From the Toro Totter to the Bee Hive Limo, the 10 best moments from 'Jackass Number Two' starring Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and Bam Margera. List by Joseph Wade.
Parallel Mothers (2021) Review - Pedro Almodóvar tells of two mothers, Penélope Cruz and Milena Smit, struggling with motherhood and Spain's past trauma in 'Parallel Mothers'. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Best Jackass: The Movie Moments - All the best moments from the first 'Jackass' film, 'Jackass: The Movie' (2002), including Steve-O's alligator tightrope and Dave England's accidental pant leakage. List by Joseph Wade.
Death on the Nile (2022) Review - Kenneth Branagh "entertains the hell out of you" in his adaptation of Agatha Christie book "Death on the Nile", leading an all-star cast (including Gal Gadot) as Hercule Poirot. Review by Kieran Judge.
Uncharted (2022) Review - Nathan Drake arrives on the big screen, Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg starring in Ruben Fleischer's film adaptation of 'Uncharted' (2022). Review by Christopher Connor.
‘Wayne’s World’ at 30 – Review - Wayne Campbell went from Saturday Night Live to the big screen 30 years ago, Mike Myers starring and co-writing 'Wayne's World' (1992). Retrospective review by Jamie Garwood.
‘Cabaret’ at 50 – Review - At fifty years of age, Bob Fosse's Oscar-winning film adaptation of 'Cabaret', starring Liza Minnelli, remains the benchmark for grounded movie musicals. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Jackass Movies Ranked - All 4 'Jackass' movies, from the original in 2002 to 'Jackass Forever' in 2022, starring Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera and company, ranked from worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
Jackass Forever (2022) Review - A reunion 12 years in the making, 'Jackass Forever' (2022) sees Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius and company reunite for a fourth time on the big screen. Review by Joseph Wade.
10 Must-See One-Shot Films - From a legendary Alfred Hitchcock offering to Best Picture winners and beyond, these are the 10 best one-shot movies ever made. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Austin Powers Movies Ranked - All 3 Mike Myers Austin Powers movies, from 'International Man of Mystery' to 'Goldmember' via 'The Spy Who Shagged Me', ranked from worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
Paul Thomas Anderson Films Ranked - All 9 films directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, from 'Hard Eight' to 'Licorice Pizza' via 'Boogie Nights', 'Magnolia', 'There Will Be Blood' and 'The Master', ranked from worst to best. List by George Taylor.
Guillermo Del Toro Movies Ranked - All 10 of Oscar-winning director Guillermo Del Toro's career ranked from worst to best, including the likes of 'Pan's Labyrinth', 'Hellboy' and 'The Shape of Water', by Beth Sawdon.
Flag Day (2022) Review - Sean Penn directs and stars in 'Flag Day' (2022) co-starring daughter Dylan Penn, though it's a film that doesn't live up to its potential as a serviceable family drama. Article by Kieran Judge.
Nightmare Alley (2022) Review - Guillermo del Toro returns to the big screen with 'Nightmare Alley' starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, "a visual feast, a pleasure and a joy to behold and watch". Kieran Judge reviews.
Scream (2022) Review - The return of Ghostface to the big screen in 'Scream' (2022), for the first time since the passing of creator Wes Craven, is "fun and gory but with a severe identity crisis". Kieran Judge reviews.
Licorice Pizza (2021) Review - Paul Thomas Anderson's ninth feature film, 'Licorice Pizza' (2021) starring Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim, is a "big-hearted and soulful" coming-of-age tale. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews,
10 Best Films 2021: Joseph Wade - From musicals to award winners, blockbusters to animations, the 10 best films of 2021 according to The Film Magazine editor Joseph Wade.
2022 Big Movie Preview - The very best of blockbuster, arthouse and awards-ready cinema due for release in 2022, from 'The Batman' to a new Damien Chazelle movie, to the upcoming 'Knives Out' sequel.
10 Best Films 2021: Sam Sewell-Peterson - "What a year for cinema to come back from the brink." The very best of film, from the blockbuster to the arthouse, curated by Sam Sewell-Peterson in this list of Top 10 Films 2021.
21 Most Popular Articles 2021 - The most popular articles published to thefilmagazine.com in the year 2021, as chosen by you the readers.
10 Best Films 2021: Annice White - In a 2021 film calendar filled with delayed releases from years gone by and dominated by big-budget blockbusters, Annice White highlights the 10 Best Films 2021.
‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ at 15 – Review - Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-nominated fantasy movie 'Pan's Labyrinth' at 15 - the critically acclaimed 2007 fantasy release re-evaluated. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
9 Best Reviewed Films 2021 – The Film Magazine - The highest rated films released in 2021 and reviewed by the team at The Film Magazine. 9 films from 4 genres and 3 countries.
Titane (2021) Review - Julia Ducournau's Cannes Palme d'Or winning body horror 'Titane' (2021) is cinema that reflects the parts of ourselves we rarely see on screen, "an experience". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
2021 Comic Book Movies Ranked - All 7 comic book movies, from 'Zack Snyder's Justice League' to 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' via 'Black Widow' and 'Eternals', ranked from worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
Little Women Is the Ultimate Christmas Film, Actually - Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' (2019) starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and more, is the ultimate Christmas film, even if it's arguably not even a Christmas film at all. Rehana Nurmahi explains.
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at 75 – Review - 75 years after its release, Frank Capra's Christmas fable 'It's a Wonderful Life' (1946) still connects with those who sacrifice so much of themselves to the greater good. Katie Doyle reviews.
There’s No Place like St. Louis at Christmas - If 'The Wizard of Oz' taught us that there’s no place like home, 'Meet Me in St. Louis' taught us that, actually, there’s no place like St. Louis. Essay by Margaret Roarty.
10 Best Love Actually Moments - The 10 best moments from Richard Curtis Christmas film 'Love Actually' starring Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy and a host of famous British names. List by Gala Woolley.
5 Reasons ‘Elf’ Is a Gen Z Christmas Classic - Why Jon Favreau's 'Elf' (2003), starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf, has become a Christmas classic in the eyes of Gen Z and why it maintains relevance to this day. Article by Nicole Sanacore.
Elf (2003) Review - 'Elf' (2003) is "one of the most perfect examples of a timeless Christmas classic", in no small part due to the work of director Jon Favreau and breakout star Will Ferrell. Elisabetta Pulcini reviews.
5 Best Christmas Films with Happy Endings - The very best Christmas films with happy endings, for those who love the warm embrace of love and friendship on a cold, festive, winter's night. List by Jamie Garwood.
West Side Story (2021) Review - Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' (2021), film musical adaptation of the stage play from Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein, will leave you shiny-eyed. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Best Bad Santa Moments - The 10 best moments from the alternative Christmas comedy 'Bad Santa' (2003), from director Terry Zwigoff and starring Billy Bob Thornton. Article by Martha Lane.
House of Gucci (2021) Review - Lady Gaga and Adam Driver are acting in another movie to Jared Leto and others in Ridley Scott's true-to-life Gucci empire story, 'House of Gucci' (2021). Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Home Alone Movies Ranked - All 6 'Home Alone' Movies from the original in 1990 to the 2021 release 'Home Sweet Home Alone' ranked from worst to best. "Keep the change ya filthy animal."
Home Sweet Home Alone (2021) Review - 'Home Sweet Home Alone' (2021) dares to stand where a classic once did, this 6th 'Home Alone' film from Dan Mazer and available on Disney Plus now. Review by Joseph Wade.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ at 30 – Review - "Every imitation feels pale in comparison" to Disney Animation's 'Beauty and the Beast' (1991), now 30 years old. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews the Disney Renaissance classic.
Ali and Ava (2021) Review - British director Clio Barnard offers her funniest film yet in the Bradford-set 'Ali and Ava', a story of two people growing close despite differences. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Petite Maman (2021) Review - 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' director Céline Sciamma offers 'Petite Maman' (2021), her latest exploration of womanhood. It will unravel the grief in each of us. Joseph Wade reviews.
Mothering Sunday (2021) Review - Odessa Young and Josh O'Connor excel in an otherwise regular post-Great War romance from Eva Husson and screenwriter Alice Birch, 'Mothering Sunday' (2021). Review by Joseph Wade.
The Souvenir: Part II (2021) Review - 'The Souvenir: Part II' (2021), Joanna Hogg's self-reflective sequel to 'The Souvenir' starring Honor Swinton Byrne and Tilda Swinton, is rich, prodigious cinema. Joseph Wade reviews.
Last Night in Soho (2021) Review - Edgar Wright 2021 film 'Last Night in Soho' starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy is an uneven ode to swinging sixties Soho, a horror close to the director's heart. Christopher Connor reviews.
No Sudden Move (2021) Review - 'No Sudden Move' (2021) is a creative if uneven 1950s heist thriller from Steven Soderbergh starring Benicio del Toro and Don Cheadle at the head of an all-star cast. Christopher Connor reviews.
Dear Evan Hansen (2021) Review - Broadway musical 'Dear Evan Hansen' has arrived on the big screen to a controversial reception. Ben Platt stars in Stephen Chbosky's musical. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Eternals (2021) Review - Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao directs Marvel Phase Four entry 'Eternals', bringing real stakes and a deeper sense of existentialism to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Review by Mark Carnochan.
Ten Women Who Defined and Evolved Horror’s Final Girl Trope - Ten of horror's most important final girls, from Sally Hardesty of 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' to Laurie Strode of 'Halloween', Ellen Ripley of 'Alien' and beyond. List by Margaret Roarty.
Where to Start with the Cinema of Peter Cushing - British screen acting icon Peter Cushing saved so many films from obscurity and shaped British horror in the 20th century. Here's where to start with the cinema of Peter Cushing. Article by Katie Doyle.
Brendan Fraser Mummy Movies Ranked - 'The Mummy' movies starring Brendan Fraser ranked from worst to best. The three films directed by Stephen Sommers and Rob Cohen ranked. Article by Darcy Rae.
The French Dispatch (2021) Review - Wes Anderson's 'The French Dispatch' (2021) is a wildly inventive ode to print journalism and French culture, with hints of Truffaut. Chalamet, Ronan, Wilson and more star. Christopher Connor reviews.
Original vs Remake: Let the Right One In vs Let Me In - 'Let the Right One In' (2008) vs 'Let Me In' (2010), the Thomas Alfredson movie versus the Matt Reeves adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s popular novel "Låt den rätte komma in". Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Great Japanese Horror Movies - 10 great horror films from Japan: movie list. From the likes of 'Onibaba' to 'Ringu' via 'Audition', the very best Japanese horror movies of all time. List by Jack Cameron.
Hannibal Movies Ranked - The movies of the Hannibal franchise, from Michael Mann's 'Manhunter' (1986) to 'Hannibal Rising' (2007) via Jonathan Demme's 'Silence of the Lambs', ranked from worst to best. List by Libby Briggs.
Nitram (2021) LFF Review - Justin Kurzel film 'Nitram' (2021), starring Caleb Landry Jones, commits the sin of humanising a monster, something even a tense atmosphere and fantastic performances can't overcome. Leoni Horton reviews.
Romero’s ‘Dead’ Movies Ranked - All 6 of George A Romero's 'Dead' films, from 'Night of the Living Dead' (1968) to 'Survival of the Dead' (2009) via 'Dawn of the Dead' (1978), ranked from worst to best by Scott Z Walkinshaw.
The Last Duel (2021) Review - Ridley Scott directs 'The Last Duel', the first Matt Damon and Ben Affleck script since 'Good Will Hunting', a period drama that continues Scott's good run of form. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Halloween Kills (2021) Review - 'Halloween' sequel 'Halloween Kills' (2021) is "an absolute mess. It’s a disgrace to the original". Jamie Lee Curtis leads a horror movie ensemble. Kieran Judge reviews.
10 Great Australian Horror Films - From the Babadook to the outback, 10 great Australian horror movies that will scare your socks off. Great for Halloween! List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Power of the Dog (2021) LFF Review - Benedict Cumberbatch leads an ensemble cast in 2021 Jane Campion western 'The Power of the Dog', an unyielding exploration of masculinity against the backdrop of the old west. Leoni Horton reviews.
Spencer (2021) LFF Review - Kristen Stewart stars as Princess Diana in 'Spencer' (2021), from 'Jackie' director Pablo Larraín, an ambitious achievement that reframes the tragic legacy of the female icon. Leoni Horton reviews.
Purge Movies Ranked - All 5 movies from the Purge franchise, from 'The Purge' (2013) to 'The Forever Purge' (2021), ranked from worst to best. All 5 horror-turned-action films ranked from worst to best. List by Jacob Davis.
Escape the Undertaker (2021) Review - WWE and Netflix interactive film 'Escape the Undertaker' makes a mockery of WWE Studios releases, offering something actually joyful and well made. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Predator Movies Ranked - All 4 'Predator' movies, from the original 'Predator' (1987) to the latest entry from Shane Black, 'The Predator' (2018), ranked from worst to best. Ranked list by Scott Z Walkinshaw.
No Time to Die (2021) Review - Daniel Craig says goodbye to the Bond franchise in Cary Joji Fukunaga's 'No Time to Die' (2021), co-starring Lashana Lynch, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Ride the Eagle (2021) Review - Jake Johnson co-writes and stars in 'Ride the Eagle' (2021), the Trent O'Donnell film of a man reconnecting with his deceased mother and makes the most of Covid limitations. Review by Leoni Horton.
Isle of Dogs (2018) Review - 2018 stop motion animation 'Isle of Dogs' is a loving ode to dog-kind from famed contemporary auteur Wes Anderson, and features an all-star cast. Christopher Connor reviews.
Delphine’s Prayers (2021) Open City Documentary Festival Review - 'Delphine's Prayers' (2021), from well regarded documentarian Rosine Mbakam, serves as a memoir by its subject, a Belgian immigrant with a traumatic, perspective-shifting story. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Songs for the River (2021) Open City Documentary Festival Review - Charlotte Ginsborg coronavirus pandemic documentary 'Songs for the River' highlights social and political issues from the perspective of a small London community. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Juste un mouvement (2021) Open City Documentary Festival Review - Inspired by the work of Jean-Luc Godard, Vincent Meessen's 'Juste un mouvement' (2021) documentary on Senegalese left-wing revolutionary Omar Blondin Diop, review. By Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2021) Review - The creative minds behind the "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" stage musical have adapted the story for the big screen in what may be 2021's best movie musical. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Top 10 Adam Sandler Top 10 Adam Sandler Performances - Adam Sandler's top 10 best performances of all time, including 'Billy Madison', 'Big Daddy', 'Punch-Drunk Love', 'Uncut Gems'. List by Joseph Wade.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Review - Marvel's first true martial arts film is endlessly thrilling, funny and heartfelt. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, starring Simu Liu and Awkwafina. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ at 10 – Review - 10 years on from its 2011 release, Tomas Alfredson's film adaptation of John le Carré’s "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" feels more relevant and connective today than ever. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The Road Dance (2021) EIFF Review - 'The Road Dance', from filmmaker Richie Adams and adapted from the book by John MacKay, returns Scottish cinema to its roots, though makes for a frustrating experience. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Candyman (2021) Review - Nia DaCosta horror sequel 'Candyman' (2021), from producer and co-writer Jordan Peele, starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, feels less organic and poised than the original. Kieran Judge reviews.
85-Year-Old ‘My Man Godfrey’ Is a Crash Course in Comic Perfection - Gregory La Cava comedy 'My Man Godfrey' (1936), starring William Powell and Carole Lombard, could teach modern Hollywood some lessons, even at 85 years old. Retrospective essay by Sloan De Forest.
The Nest (2021) Review - 'The Nest' (2021), from 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' director Sean Durkin, features a career-defining Carrie Coon performance that deserves to be seen on the big screen. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
Mad God (2021) EIFF Review - Phil Tippett, the man behind visual effects on the likes of 'Jurassic Park', directs stop motion animation 'Mad God', nightmare fuel 30 years in the making. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Annette (2021) EIFF Review - Sparks and Leos Carax combine for the unique and interesting movie musical 'Annette', starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Mandibles (2021) EIFF Review - 'Mandibles' (2020/21), the latest film from French director Quentin Dupieux and starring Adèle Exarchopoulos, is a significant drop in quality from 'Deerskin'. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Here Today (2021) EIFF Review - Bolly Crystal writes, directs and co-stars with Tiffany Haddish in 'Here Today' (2021), a film that survives on the charisma and chemistry of its leading duo. Mark Carnochan reviews.
The Beta Test (2021) EIFF Review - Jim Cummings' newest offering, 'The Beta Test', is a 'Twilight Zone' shaped Hollywood rabbit hole filled with murder, mystery, manipulation, data harvesting, consumerism, greed and luxury stationery. Leoni Horton reviews.
Censor (2021) Review - 'Censor', the debut movie of Welsh filmmaker Prano Bailey-Bond, is a horror film set within the era of so-called "video nasties", a "captivating and original story". Mark Carnochan reviews.
‘Barton Fink’ at 30 – Review - 30 years on from the release of Palme d'Or winner 'Barton Fink', the Coen Brothers still keep you on your toes in this tale of John Turturro's movie-bound playwright. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Pig (2021) EIFF Review - Nicolas Cage offers one of the performances of his career in 'Pig', a debut film from Michael Sarnoski that defies all expectations. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Don’t Breathe 2 (2021) Review - Horror sequel 'Don't Breathe 2' (2021), starring Stephen Lang, is a movie that fans of horror may enjoy, but that the uninitiated may become inpatient with. Jacob Davis reviews.
Free Guy (2021) Review - Ryan Reynolds holds together the video game-inspired 'Free Guy' (2021), a blockbuster comedy that fans will return to time and time again, from director Shawn Levy. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
The Kissing Booth 3 (2021) Review - Netflix young adult rom-com 'The Kissing Booth 3', starring Joey King, Jacob Elordi and Joel Courtney, is a disappointing end to an already tedious franchise. Leoni Horton reviews.
‘Hell or High Water’ at 5 – Review - 'Hell or High Water', from screenwriter Taylor Sheridan and director David Mackenzie, starring Chris Pratt and Ben Foster, remains gripping and character-rich 5 years on from its release. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Jungle Cruise (2021) Review - 'Jungle Cruise' (2021), starring Emily Blunt, The Rock and Jack Whitehall, is the latest Disney film based on a theme park attraction, but it isn't a sure-fire hit. Jacob Davis reviews.
Todd Phillips Movies Ranked - From 'Road Trip' to 'Joker' via 'Starsky and Hutch', 'The Hangover' and 'Old School', the films of director Todd Phillips ranked worst to best.
Stillwater (2021) Review - A dark and powerful true-to-life drama packed full of emotion and featuring stand-out performances, Tom McCarthy's 'Stillwater' starring Matt Damon is one to watch. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
The Suicide Squad (2021) Review - James Gunn writes and directs 'The Suicide Squad' (2021) starring Margot Robbie, Idris Elba and John Cena, from DC and Warner Bros' comic book universe. Jacob Davis reviews.
Starsky and Hutch (2004) Review - The 'Starsky & Hutch' movie reboot tried to offer nostalgia and fan service, as well as attract new fans, and with Todd Phillips at the wheel it made a fine effort. Katie Doyle reviews.
The Sparks Brothers (2021) Review - Self-confessed music fanboy Edgar Wright makes for the perfect director of Sparks music documentary 'The Sparks Brothers' (2021), about Ron and Russell Mael aka The Sparks Brothers. Review by Mark Carnochan.
Wrath of Man (2021) Review - Director Guy Ritchie follows 'The Gentlemen' with 'Wrath of Man', a crime action ensemble film lead by 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' star Jason Statham. Tony Ruggio reviews.
‘Planet of the Apes’ at 20 – Review - Studio interference and a rushed production marred Tim Burton's 'Planet of the Apes', which at 20 still lacks the inspiration of the original. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
‘Little Miss Sunshine’ at 15 – Review - 15 years on from Michael Arndt and Valerie Faris evolving cinema with the warm disfunction of 'Little Miss Sunshine', their ensemble hit remains relatable and important. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
10 Best Studio Ghibli Films - Studio Ghibli is the most recognisable and acclaimed producer of Japanese anime feature films in the world. Here are the 10 Best Studio Ghibli Films. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘Spirited Away’ at 20 – Review - 20 years on from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli releasing 'Spirited Away', it remains an incomparable masterpiece of animation and world cinema. Katie Doyle reviews.
Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Review - Warner Bros return to 'Space Jam' for 2021 follow-up 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' starring NBA icon LeBron James and a whole host of famous characters. Jacob Davis reviews.
Deerskin (2019) Review - Jean Dujardin and Adèle Haenel lead Quentin Dupieux's dark comedy-horror 'Deerskin', about one man's obsession with the perfect jacket. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Black Widow (2021) Review - Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff finally gets her standalone Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in 'Black Widow', from director Cate Shortland. Review by Mark Carnochan.
22 World Class Football Movies - A football pitch's worth of world class football movies from around the globe, including stars like Maradona, Pelé, Messi and Ronaldo (both of them). List by Joseph Wade.
Where to Start with Pedro Almodóvar - Get started with the filmography of an icon of European cinema and arguably one of the most influential Spanish filmmakers of the past half century, Pedro Almodóvar. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Tomorrow War (2021) Review - Amazon's big summer blockbuster 'The Tomorrow War', from the director of 'The Lego Batman Movie' and starring Chris Pratt, is "only clever if you've never seen a sci-fi movie before". Kieran Judge reviews.
Freaky (2021) Review - 'Freaky' (2021), from 'Happy Death Day' director Christopher Landon, and starring Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn, "is insanely fun". Mark Carnochan reviews.
In the Heights (2021) Review - 'In the Heights', the new musical from "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and 'Crazy Rich Asians' director Jon M. Chu, is likely to be the summer movie of 2021. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ at 50 – Review - 50 years since Willy Wonka asked "if you want to view paradise" and still it resonates as a feat of "pure imagination". Scott Z. Walkinshaw reviews.
F9: The Fast Saga (2021) Review - The 9th 'Fast and Furious' movie 'F9', starring Vin Diesel and John Cena, directed by Justin Lin, has some incredible moments but doesn't reach the heights of some franchise entries. Jacob Davis reviews.
Four Must-Watch Lesser-Known Gay Films - Away from the mainstream successes of gay cinema lie so many exceptional and underappreciated films. Here are four must-watch lesser-known gay films. List by Cody J. Riebe.
Luca (2021) Review - Pixar's 'Luca', from director Enrico Casarosa, may not shoot for anything profound but it is their most summery and optimistic film in years. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at 25 – Review - 25 years removed from the release of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', the Disney Animation remains "among the most satisfying and lasting movies of the Disney Renaissance". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Prone to Bouts of Mania, Narcissism and Power Failure: Watching High-Rise and Snowpiercer in 2021 - With hindsight and terrifying changes in the real world, Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise' and Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer' have been given new power and relevance as socially conscious art. Essay by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Conjuring Nonsense: Devils Didn’t Make Him Do It - The third 'Conjuring' film reinforces the dangerous myth that the supernatural is somehow responsible for the heinous crimes of humanity, and it's a problem as big as cinema itself. Essay from Jacob Davis.
The Duality of the Female Psyche in ‘Mouthpiece’ - How 'Mouthpiece', created by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava, forges a moving insight into womanhood through its presentation of the duality of the female psyche. Essay by Gala Woolley.
Cruella (2021) Review - Emma Stone and Emma Thompson can't quite carry a relatively poor script in Disney's latest live-action adaptation 'Cruella'. Mark Carnochan reviews.
A Quiet Place Part II (2020) Review - How does 2021 John Krasinski film 'A Quiet Place Part II' fair amongst the best and worst sequels in cinema history? Mark Carnochan reviews.
How Did I Fall in Love with this Little Thing Called Cinema? - How an early life encounter with James Cameron's 'Aliens' (1986) shaped The Film Magazine writer Mark Carnochan's love for movies.
Enfant Terrible (2021) Review - Cult filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder of the German New Wave is the subject of Oskar Roehler's Cannes entry 'Enfant Terrible'. Kieran Judge reviews.
Where to Start with Bong Joon-ho - Director Bong Joon-ho made history at the Oscars as the first filmmaker to win Best Picture with a film outside of the English language. Discover where to start with this modern auteur's filmography in this guide.
Exploring the Great Empathy Machine – Grief and the Healing Powers of Cinema - How a cinema trip to see a dinosaur movie unravelled the grief surrounding a loved one's death for Joseph Wade. This is the fourth edition of his blog series.
Fuelling an Obsession: Harry Potter at the Pictures - How a trip to an old Warner Bros cinema fuelled a childhood obsession with 'Harry Potter' and wider cinema for The Film Magazine writer Beth Sawdon.
Charlie Gardiner: What Cinema Means To Me - What does cinema mean to The Film Magazine writer Charlie Gardiner? Pretty much everything.
Back There in the Dark: A Cinema Poem by Sam Sewell-Peterson - "Back There in the Dark", an original poem about cinema by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
2021 Oscars Best Picture Nominees Ranked - All 8 movies nominated for Best Picture at the 2021 Oscars ranked from worst to best. The likes of 'Nomadland', 'Promising Young Woman' and 'Mank' head-to-head.
Wings (1927) Review - 'Wings' (1927) is, for better or for worse, the first ever winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture. Close to 100 years later, its issues and triumphs are more evident than ever. Review by Kieran Judge.
News of the World (2021) Review - 'News of the World' (2021), from Bourne Series director Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks, nominated for 4 Oscars including cinematography, is "two hours well spent", but little more. Kieran Judge reviews.
Love and Monsters (2020) Review - 'Love and Monsters', a new creature feature by director Michael Matthews and starring Dylan O'Brien, is an inventive little adventure movie. Scott Z Walkinshaw reviews.
Lawrence Michael Levine Interview – “I Will Always Make Small, Intimate Films” - Lawrence Michael Levine tells The Film Magazine about searching deep within himself to find 'Black Bear' (2020), scripting naturalistic dialogue and why he'll always make small films.
Crip Camp (2020) Review - Nominated for Documentary Feature at the 2021 Oscars, "Crip Camp is an essential story of liberty and spirit against impossible odds". James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham direct, Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Burrow (2020) Short Film Review - Madeline Sharafian's 'Burrow', the Pixar SparkShorts entry into the 2021 Oscars Animated Short category, is a nursery rhyme relevant to our times. Joseph Wade reviews.
My Octopus Teacher (2020) Review - 'My Octopus Teacher', the wildlife documentary phenomenon that has earned a nomination at the 2021 Oscars, isn't quite the runaway success of other documentaries in its genre. Katie Doyle reviews.
Two Distant Strangers (2021) Short Film Review - Oscar nominated live action short 'Two Distant Strangers', from Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe, starring Joey Bada$$ and Andrew Howard, tells of police brutality and murder in the United States.
Collective (2019) Review - Romanian film 'Collective', a nominee in both the Documentary Feature and International Feature categories at the 2021 Oscars, is "one of the most important documentaries of all time". Mark Carnochan reviews.
Genius Loci (2021) Short Film Review - 'Genius Loci', the 2021 Oscar nominated Animated Short from Adrien Merigeau in conjunction with Brecht Evens, is a wondrous example of cinema's ability to connect on a deep level. Joseph Wade reviews.
Over the Moon (2020) Review - Walt Disney Animation legend Glen Keane returns to animated cinema for 2021 Oscars nominee 'Over the Moon' from Netflix, a film that "features relevant themes of loss and personal ambition".
The Letter Room (2020) Short Film Review - Oscar Isaac stars in Elvira Lind's Live Action Short nominee at the 2021 Oscars, 'The Letter Room', "an interesting experiment worth exploring for fans of Lind or Isaac in particular." Joseph Wade reviews.
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Review - Aardman Animation's 'A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon' is nominated for Animated Feature at the Oscars. Does it indicate a renaissance for the British animation house? Mark Carnochan reviews.
Yes-People (2021) Short Film Review - Probably the most quirky of all the Animation Short Subjects nominated at the 2021 Oscars, Gísli Darri Halldórsson's Icelandic short film 'Yes-People' will lift your anxieties for 8 minutes at least.
Feeling Through (2020) Short Film Review - Live-Action Short nominee at the 2021 Oscars, Doug Roland's 'Feeling Through' asks: would you help a DeafBlind man on the street in the middle of the night? Joseph Wade reviews.
The Father (2021) Review - 'The Father', the feature directorial debut of Florian Zeller starring Anthony Hopkins in a career standout performance, "is a deeply unsettling depiction of how memory can betray a person". Peter Charney reviews.
If Anything Happens I Love You (2020) Short Film Review - 'If Anything Happens I Love You' from Michael Govier and Will McCormack, distributed by Netflix, is the subject of a TikTok craze and "the very best of the best" of short film in 2021. Joseph Wade reviews.
Sound of Metal (2021) Review - 'Sound of Metal', from screenwriter-director Darius Marder, is a triumph for Best Actor nominee Riz Ahmed who is utterly dazzling from the moment he arrives on screen. Leoni Horton reviews.
The Present (2021) Short Film Review - Set at one of the West Bank's many border crossings between Palestinian territory and Israel, 'The Present' is a thought-provoking film nominated for Live Action Short at the 2021 Oscars.
Do Not Split (2021) Short Film Review - 'Do Not Split', the Oscar nominated Documentary Short Subject from the frontlines of Hong Kong's protests against the CPC by Anders Hammer, reviewed by Joseph Wade.
Colette (2020) Short Film Review - Colette Marin-Catherine, a survivor of the Nazi occupation of France and sibling to a young man killed in labour camps, is the subject of this Oscar nominated Documentary. Review by Joseph Wade.
Hunger Ward (2021) Short Film Review - Hunger Ward - Oscar nominated for Documentary Short Subject, Skye Fitzgerald's unflinching look at the Yemen food crisis caused by its conflict with Saudi Arabia is unmissable. Review by Joseph Wade.
A Concerto Is a Conversation (2020) Short Film Review - 'A Concerto Is a Conversation', from Kris Bowers and Ben Proudfoot, is a 2021 Oscars Documentary Short Subject film nominee about race, legacy, heritage and music. Joseph Wade reviews.
Greyhound (2021) Review - Tom Hanks writes and stars in Apple TV+ movie 'Greyhound', co-starring Stephen Graham and nominated for Sound at the 2021 Oscars. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
A Love Song for Latasha (2020) Short Film Review - In 1991,15 year old Latasha Harlins was shot and killed in an LA convenience store. Oscar nominated documentary short subject 'A Love Song for Latasha' tells of her impactful life. Joseph Wade reviews.
Godzilla vs Kong (2021) Review - 'Godzilla vs Kong', from Legendary's Monsterverse and directed by Adam Wingard, "will leave any Kaiju fan in need of power tools to remove the smiles from their faces". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Spy Kids Movies Ranked - Spy Kids 1-4 ranked. The family fun franchise all zillennials can relate to, created by Robert Rodriguez and featuring so many superstar actors, ranked from worst to best. List by Sophia Patfield.
‘Spy Kids’ at 20 – Review - A staple of millennial and Gen Z childhood culture, Robert Rodriguez's family spy film 'Spy Kids' (2001) is 20 years old, and not quite the masterpiece we remember. Darcy Rae reviews.
Godzilla (2014) Review - Warner Bros' 2014 remake of 'Godzilla', from director Gareth Edwards and starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, doesn't quite live up to its potential. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
No Ordinary Man (2020) Review – BFI Flare - When jazz musician Billy Tipton died, it was discovered he was biologically female. Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt direct documentary 'No Ordinary Man', reviewed by Annice White.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Review - Is 2014's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Wes Anderson's finest hour as an auteur? Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori star at the head of an ensemble cast. Reviewed by Christopher Connor.
Fugitive Dreams (2020) Review – MANIFF - 'Fugitive Dreams', from director Jason Neulander, is a strange road movie, but one you'll be able to appreciate the sheer filmic beauty of. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Thelma and Louise: The Most Powerful Final Image in Cinema - How the ending to Ridley Scott's 'Thelma & Louise' (1991) is one of the most iconic and powerful in all of cinema, and how it can be interpreted. Essay by Gala Woolley.
Promising Young Woman (2021) Review - Emerald Fennell filters every bubble-gum pink detail through a boldly cinematic narrative, exposing the real-world judgemental attitudes surrounding rape in 'Promising Young Woman' (2021). Leoni Horton reviews.
Rebel Dykes (2021) Review – BFI Flare - 'Rebel Dykes' is a hugely entertaining and unique documentary about a rebellious lesbian movement that was born out of London's punk scene in the 1980s. Annice White reviews from BFI Flare.
My First Summer (2021) Review- BFI Flare - Capturing first love through the female gaze and in an LGBTQ+ setting, 'My First Summer' has real potential to become a cult classic. Annice White reviews.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) Review - 2021's Zack Snyder's Justice League may be the best film you could expect from such a mess of a situation. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman come together for this HBO Max original reviewed by Joseph Wade.
Superman Movies Ranked - Every live-action 'Superman' film, from 'Superman and the Mole-Men' to 'Man of Steel' via Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh, ranked from worst to best. Article by Mark Carnochan.
She’s the Man (2006) – 15th Anniversary Review - Perhaps we didn't all grow up to be Shakespearean scholars, but 'She’s the Man' is still terrific gender-bending fun. Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum star in 'She's the Man', now 15 years old. Leoni Horton reviews.
DC’s Lightest Movie, Shazam!, Also Contains Its Darkest Moment - In the light-hearted family movie Shazam!, that subverted the tone of the earlier DCEU, David F. Sandberg finds space for a heartbreaking character moment. Article by Rob Gifford.
Cherry (2021) Review - Apple TV Plus exclusive 'Cherry', from 'Avengers: Endgame' directors The Russo Brothers, and starring Spider-Man himself Tom Holland, is a shallow drama. Cole Clark reviews.
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.