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Bullet Train (2022) Review - Brad Pitt leads an ensemble of star names in 'Bullet Train', from 'Deadpool 2' director David Leitch, that features plenty of shiny neon-soaked fight scenes but little by way of character. Kieran Judge reviews.
Prey (2022) Review - The Predator has returned for Dan Trachtenberg's 2022 film 'Prey', "a lean, mean and completely thrilling hunter vs hunted historical action movie". Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Gray Man (2022) Review - Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans star in Netflix summer action film the "utterly lifeless" 'The Gray Man', from 'Avengers: Endgame' directors the Russo Brothers. Review by Joseph Wade.
Where the Crawdads Sing (2022) Review - Daisy Edgar-Jones stars in Olivia Newman's sloppily-directed feature adaptation of Delia Owens' 'Where the Crawdads Sing' (2022). Review by Kieran Judge.
Blue Sky Studios Animated Movies Ranked Worst to Best The Film Magazine Blue Sky Studios Animated Movies Ranked - Every feature animated film release from Blue Sky Studios - the people behind 'Ice Age', 'Ferdinand' and 'Rio' - have been ranked from worst to best.
10 Best Thor Ragnarok Moments - The 10 best moments from Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi and Marvel's take on Chris Hemsworth's God of Thunder co-starring Hulk, Hela and Loki. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) Review - Thor returns in Marvel's 'Thor: Love and Thunder' (2022), an inconsistent MCU entry that makes the most of Natalie Portman and Christian Bale but doesn't do justice to its hero. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Elvis (2022) Review - Elvis Presley biopic 'Elvis' (2022), starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, may be famed director Baz Luhrmann's magnum opus. Fans are in for a treat. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Jurassic Park / World Movies Ranked - All 6 'Jurassic Park' and 'Jurassic World' movies ranked. Which is the best Jurassic dinosaur movie? 'Jurassic Park' (1993) to 'Jurassic World Dominion' (2022) ranked worst to best. Article by Joseph Wade.
Top Gun: Maverick Is in Love With Companionship, Familiarity - 'Top Gun: Maverick' is the biggest hit of 2022 because it's more than an action movie, it's a romance flick dedicated to all the things we love, and love, and love again. Essay by Callum McGuigan.
Straightwashing Removes All Rainbows: Removing Bisexuals from Comic Book Films - In 2022, the blockbuster sphere's choices in representation must face more scrutiny, particularly with regard to straightwashing bisexual comic book characters. Essay by Paul Klein.
10 Best Moments from The Thing - The 10 best moments from John Carpenter's 'The Thing' (1982) starring Kurt Russell, from the dog to the defibrillator and beyond. List by Kieran Judge.
‘Blade Runner’ at 40 – Review - 40 years removed from the release of Ridley Scott's Philip K. Dick adaptation, starring Harrison Ford, 'Blade Runner' (1982) has lost none of its potency. Review by Kieran Judge.
Jurassic Franchise Directors Ranked - The directors of the 'Jurassic Park' and 'Jurassic World' movies ranked from worst to best in terms of their overall directorial work. Ranked article by Joseph Wade.
Spiderhead (2022) Review - Joseph Kosinski's Netflix Original 'Spiderhead' (2022), starring Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller, is a film with so much unrealised potential. Review by Joseph Wade.
‘Minority Report’ at 20 – Review - Twenty years on from the release of Steven Spielberg sci-fi 'Minority Report', starring Tom Cruise, it remains one of the great contemplative mysteries on film. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘Blue My Mind’ and New Female Monsters - 'Blue My Mind' cathartically redefines the old-fashioned film logic that pain must be felt in the coming-of-age period and thus redefines the rulings of the monstrous feminine. Essay by Grace Britten.
‘Hercules’ at 25 – Review - The Disney Renaissance offered a number of animated feature film classics, but can 'Hercules' be considered one? Danny DeVito and company offer their voices. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Jurassic World Dominion (2022) Review - Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Golblum return in the 3rd 'Jurassic World' film 'Jurassic World Dominion', a modern tentpole blockbuster heavy on nostalgia. Review by Joseph Wade.
Is Marvel’s Insistence on Being So Firmly On-The-Nose Rooted in a Distrust of Its Audience? - In 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness', Marvel, writer Michael Waldron and director Sam Raimi, tell rather than show. Is this because they don't trust us to understand film language? Essay by Callum McGuigan.
One Fine Morning (2022) Review - Mia Hansen-Løve's Cannes Film Festival entry 'One Fine Morning' starring Léa Seydoux as a single parent navigating Parisian life, depicts a bittersweet transitional period. Gala Woolley reviews.
What Film Can Teach Us About Heartbreak - "Real life is often nonsensical and absurd – if art can truly mirror that experience, something special can occur." What abstract ideas in film can teach us about heartbreak. Essay by Sam Florsheim.
10 Best Sam Raimi Movie Moments - The 10 best Sam Raimi movie moments, from the upside down kiss in 'Spider-Man' to the chainsaw arm in 'Evil Dead II', ranked. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Men (2022) Review - 'Men' (2022), the new film from 'Ex Machina' and 'Annihilation' director Alex Garland, is either a godsend or a void of nothingness, but never clear. Review by Kieran Judge.
The Before Trilogy: How to Capture a Moment - A love story is made of moments, and in no place are those moments captured better than in Richard Linklater's Before Trilogy - Sunrise, Sunset, Midnight. Essay on why, by Jack Fanning.
Ex Machina (2014) Review - Alex Garland's directorial debut 'Ex Machina' (2014) is a film that becomes richer and more enthralling upon multiple viewings and through intense debate. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Bob’s Burgers Movie (2022) Review - Animated sitcom 'Bob's Burgers' transitions from television to cinema with the feel-good and family-friendly 'The Bob's Burgers Movie' (2022). Review by Jacob Davis.
Top Gun: Maverick (2022) Review - Joseph Kosinski directs Tom Cruise in 'Top Gun: Maverick' (2022). "Do you remember how movies used to feel when you were a kid? This is it." Review by Joseph Wade.
Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) Review - Daniels' witty and imaginative 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' (2022), starring Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, will leave you breathless and in tears. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Cooper Raiff and the Strength of Vulnerability - Cooper Raiff uses his films 'Sh*thouse' and 'Cha Cha Real Smooth' to re-evaluate the limits of masculinity, confronting limited stereotypes to present vulnerability as a strength. Essay by Tina Kakadelis.
The Innocents (2022) Review - Eskil Vogt mixes Stephen King with 'Let the Right One In' for 2022 Norwegian art-house film 'The Innocents', a relatable, "quiet, creeping, and always charged" horror. Review by Kieran Judge.
10 Best Moments from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy - The 10 best moments from Sam Raimi's seminal superhero blockbuster trilogy, 'Spider-Man'. List includes moments from 'Spider-Man 2' and 'Spider-Man 3'. Article by Katie Doyle.
Firestarter (2022) Review - Zac Efron stars in Blumhouse's 2022 Stephen King adaptation 'Firestarter', but uninspired filmmaking makes for a bland and derivative experience. Review by Kieran Judge.
10 Most Important Comic Book Movies Ever - What are the most important comic book movies of all time? Which superhero films are the most influential? Find out in this Movie List from The Film Magazine by Joseph Wade.
Dobermann (1997) Review - Jan Kounen's 'Dobermann' (1997), starring Vincent Cassel, marks 25 years on the big screen. It is 'enjoyable with vulgar stylings' worthy of the international cult spotlight. Review by Jacob Davis.
The Takedown (2022) Review - Omar Sy, Laurent Lafitte return for Netflix's 'The Takedown' (2022), a forgettable buddy cop film from 'The Incredible Hulk', 'Now You See Me' director Louis Leterrier. Review by Kieran Judge.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) Review - Sam Raimi takes the reins of 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness', a sentimental and flashy Marvel movie filled with fan service. Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen star. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
1990s Superhero Movies Ranked - 1990s superhero films ranked worst to best. List includes 'The Crow', 'Guyver', 'The Mask', 'Blade', 'The Mystery Men'. Ranked article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Doctor Strange (2016) Review - Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Dr Stephen Strange in Scott Derrickson's Marvel Cinematic Universe offering 'Doctor Strange' (2016), an eye-popping MCU entry. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
‘Jason X’ at 20 – Review - Twenty years on from the release of the tenth 'Friday the 13th' movie, 'Jason X', this shameless space slasher should at least be saluted for playing into its tropes. Kieran Judge reviews.
Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park’ VFX Remain the Industry’s Gold Standard - How Steven Spielberg's direction helped to make the visual effects on 'Jurassic Park' (1993) not only revolutionary but the Gold Standard of Hollywood CGI. Article by Joseph Wade.
The Northman (2022) Review - Robert Eggers' third feature film 'The Northman' (2022), starring Alexander Skarsgård as a prince intent on revenge for the murder of his father, might be his best yet. Review by Kieran Judge.
‘The Cabin in the Woods’ at 10 – Review - 10 years on from the UK release of 'The Cabin in the Woods' (2011/12), Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's self-aware horror doesn't hit like it used to. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Sediments (2021) Review – BFI Flare - Writer-director Adrián Silvestre is a fly on the wall to document a group of trans women discussing their transitions in 'Sediments' (2022). Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022) Review - Sonic returns in 'Sonic the Hedgehog 2' (2022) to offer "family filmmaking for a new generation", a funny big screen film starring Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey and Idris Elba. Review by Joseph Wade.
Cop Secret (2021) Review – BFI Flare - 'Cop Secret' (2021), from Iceland international footballer Hannes Þór Halldórsson, is an outlandish and entertaining buddy cop movie. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Long Live My Happy Head (2022) Review – BFI Flare - 'Long Live My Happy Head' (2022) is a wonderful new documentary from Will Hewitt and Austen McCowan exploring impending death through art. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
In Defense of the Happy Ending: Alice Wu and LGBTQ+ Movies - For so long, Hollywood has made it seem like only white, cisgender, non-disabled, heterosexual people fall in love. The films of Alice Wu offer condolence for those outside of that box. Essay by Tina Kakadelis.
Live-Action Batman Movies Ranked - Which Batman movie is the best? All 10 live-action Batman films, from Batman to The Batman via The Dark Knight, ranked from worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
The Bubble (2022) Review - 2022 Judd Apatow comedy 'The Bubble', released by Netflix and starring an ensemble of stars led by Karen Gillan, parodies the entertainment industry's response to the pandemic. Nick Armstrong reviews.
Morbius (2022) Review - Jared Leto stars in the long-gestated Sony-Marvel Spider-verse movie 'Morbius', from director Daniel Espinosa, and the result is lacking much-needed bite. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Live-Action Batmen Ranked - From Adam West to Robert Pattinson via Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and more, the live-action movie performances of Batman ranked worst to best. List by Joseph Wade.
True Things (2022) Review - Ruth Wilson and Tom Burke star in Harry Wootliff's 'True Things' (2022), an erotically-charged drama-thriller adapted from Deborah Kay Davies' "True Things About Me". Review by Joseph Wade.
How ‘The Worst Person in the World’ Redefines Romantic Cinema - How Joachim Trier rewrites the rules of silver screen romance to create one of the best romantic dramas of recent years, 'The Worst Person in the World'. Essay by Rehana Nurmahi.
‘The Godfather’ at 50 – Review - 50 years since the release of Francis Ford Coppola's eponymous gangster film 'The Godfather', it maintains its position as one of the greatest American films of all time. Jacob Davis reviews.
2022 Oscars Best Picture Nominees Ranked - Every movie nominated for the Oscars Best Picture Academy Award, from 'Belfast' to 'West Side Story' via 'CODA', 'Dune' and 'Licorice Pizza' ranked from worst to best. Article by Joseph Wade.
Robin Robin (2021) Short Film Review - Aardman Animation's Netflix film 'Robin Robin' (2021), nominated at the Oscars in 2022 for Best Animated Short, is a quintessentially British film incomparable at any length. Review by Joseph Wade.
‘Liar Liar’ at 25 – Review - 'Liar Liar', the 1997 comedy hit, celebrates 25 years since its release on the big screen in 2022, and it remains one of Jim Carrey's great performances. Jamie Garwood reviews.
The Windshield Wiper (2021) Short Film Review - Nominated for Best Animated Short at the 2022 Oscars, Alberto Mielgo's 'The Windshield Wiper' animated film featuring music from SoKo, reviewed by Joseph Wade.
King Richard (2021) Review - Will Smith stars as Richard Williams, the father and trainer of Venus and Serena Williams, in this story of the tennis aces' rise to superstardom. Joseph Wade reviews.
Turning Red (2022) Review - Pixar's 2022 Disney Plus animated film 'Turning Red', a "passionate and personal work" from 'Bao' director Domee Shi, has "big emotional beats in abundance". Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Where to Start with Paul Thomas Anderson - Paul Thomas Anderson, director of numerous Oscar winners and film festival awards, may be the best filmmaker of his generation. Here's where to start. Article by Jacob Davis.
2022 Animated Feature Oscar Nominees Ranked - Five animated films are nominated in the Animation Feature category at the 94th Academy Awards (2022 Oscars); where do 'Encanto' and 'Luca' rank among them? Ranked list by Joseph Wade.
Belfast (2022) Review - Kenneth Branagh's black and white Oscar-nominated film 'Belfast' features 4 outstanding performances, including one by Judi Dench that is worth the price of admission. Joseph Wade reviews.
CODA (2021) Review - Sian Heder's 'CODA' (2021) is a best picture nominee at the Oscars, a 'bittersweet, well-performed crowd pleaser' starring Emilia Jones and Troy Kotsur. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021) Review - Sony Pictures Animation offer the Oscar-nominated 'The Mitchells vs the Machines' (2021) as their follow-up to 'Into the Spider-Verse', and it has proven to be unmissable. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Flee (2022) Review - Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau bring 'Flee' to the big screen, an animated docudrama about an Afghan asylum seeker that is nominated for 3 Oscars. Review by Joseph Wade.
10 Things You Might Have Missed in ‘Encanto’ - The most important Easter eggs and details you might have missed from Walt Disney Animation's smash hit film 'Encanto'. List by Sophia Patfield.
10 Best Spider-Man: No Way Home Moments - The 10 best moments from 2021's biggest box office hit, the MCU-adjacent multiverse-spanning 'Spider-Man: No Way Home', from the big twists to those cameos. List by Jake Gill.
The Batman (2022) Review - A bold and distinct new vision of the Caped Crusader, Matt Reeves' 'The Batman' (2022) starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz, reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Best The Dark Knight Moments - The best moments from the 2008 DC Batman movie 'The Dark Knight', starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, and directed by Christopher Nolan. List by Joseph Wade.
10 Best Batman Begins Moments - The best moments in 'Batman Begins' (2005), the first film in Christopher Nolan's 'Dark Knight Trilogy' starring Christian Bale, listed. Includes "Swear to me" and the big twist. Article by Joseph Wade.
Clio Barnard Films Ranked - Bradfordian filmmaker Clio Barnard's four films ranked from worst to best, including Andrea Dunbar documentary 'The Arbor' and 2022 release 'Ali & Ava'. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Best Jackass 3 Moments - Steve-O's Bungee Portaloo, Danger Ehren's Lamborghini Tooth Pull and more compared and contrasted in these, the 10 Best Jackass 3 (3D) Moments. List by Joseph Wade.
‘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.