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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.
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 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.
The Subversion of the Motion Picture Production Code in Cat People - How Jacques Tourneur thriller 'Cat People' (1942) worked with and against the Hays Code to become a much discussed and highly influential film of its era. Essay by Jacob Davis.
12 Hour Shift (2020) Review - '12 Hour Shift', written and directed by Brea Grant, "embraces its trashier elements", with its commitment to dark humour and excessive brutality being commendable. Rory Doherty reviews.
Casablanca (1942) Review - Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Golden Era Hollywood romance 'Casablanca' is one of the most recognisable films of all time. Joseph Wade offers his retrospective review.
Terminator Movies Ranked - All 6 Terminator movies, from 'The Terminator' to 'Terminator: Dark Fate' via 'T2: Judgement Day', ranked from worst to best in this list by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Greatest Film Trailer of All Time? Psycho (1960) - Analysing the iconic trailer to the iconic 1960 horror 'Psycho', starring a first person narration from director Alfred Hitchcock himself. Feature by Kieran Judge.
The Sky Is Still Falling: ‘Donnie Darko’ at 20 – Review - Richard Kelly's debut feature 'Donnie Darko', starring Jake Gyllenhaal in a star-making turn, holds a lasting impact and relevance 20 years on from its release. Sophie Butcher reviews.
Shot-for-Shot: Stryker’s Dilemma in Sands of Iwo Jima - How tension is ramped up and a moral conundrum of war is addressed in one particularly well made scene in 'Sands of Iwo Jima', starring John Wayne. Analysis by Kieran Judge.
Away (2019) Review - Gints Zilbalodis delivers a calming, sensory experience in his feature animation debut 'Away', a film without dialogue that draws comparisons to the work of Studio Ghibli. Tommy James reviews.
Gone with the Wind 80th Anniversary Review - 80 years on from receiving a wide theatrical release at accessible prices, Victor Fleming's 'Gone with the Wind' is equally stunning and controversial. Katie Doyle reviews the film starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.
Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’ – 100 Year Anniversary Review - Charlie Chaplin's seminal feature 'The Kid' was released 100 years ago in 1921, and remains a "gently thought-stirring 53 minutes of cinema" according to Joseph Wade in this review.
Black Bear (2020) Review - Aubrey Plaza electrifies in the "utterly brilliant" thriller 'Black Bear', from screenwriter-director Lawrence Michael Levine, reviewed here by Kieran Judge.
Across the Universe (2007) Review - 50 years since The Beatles released their last album and subsequently split up for good, "audacious" 2007 tribute musical 'Across the Universe' continues to be relevant. Angel Lloyd reviews.
Breach (2020) Review - 2020 sci-fi actioner 'Breach', starring Bruce Willis, takes a lot of inspiration from the likes of 'Alien', but is a painful and unoriginal genre offering. Kieran Judge reviews.
Soul (2020) Review - 2020 Pixar release 'Soul' is a relatable tale for anyone who has ever lost passion, drive or a sense of purpose, but is one more for the adults than the children. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
How ‘What We Do In the Shadows’ Reshapes the “Man Alone” with Vampire Cinema - Reassessing New Zealand cinema's "man alone" trope for Taika Waititi's much-loved vampire mockumentary 'What We Do In the Shadows'. Essay by Jacob Davis.
The Midnight Sky (2020) Review - George Clooney directs and stars in Netflix Original film 'The Midnight Sky', adapted from Lily Brooks-Dalton's novel "Good Morning Midnight". Joseph Wade reviews.
Pieces Of A Woman (2020) Review - 2021 Netflix drama 'Pieces of a Woman', from director Kornél Mundruczó, "taps into the idiosyncrasies of womanhood, of loss, of motherhood". Vanessa Kirby and Ellen Burstyn star, Leoni Horton reviews.
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Review - Following the exhilarating and historic 'Wonder Woman', Gal Gadot and Chris Pine return for Patty Jenkins' much anticipated follow up 'Wonder Woman 1984', reviewed here by Leoni Horton.
10 Best Films 2020: Joseph Wade - Ten films that have forged empathy and awe against all the odds and an almost complete shut down of the theatrical experience, as chosen by Joseph Wade to be the 10 Best Films 2020.
20 Most Popular Articles 2020 - The most popular articles published to thefilmagazine.com in the year 2020, as chosen by you the readers.
10 Best Films 2020: Annice White - In a year without trips to the cinema, a 10 Best Films 2020 list is an interesting one. Annice White's selections for the 10 Best Films of the Year, available here.
7 Best Reviewed Films 2020 – The Film Magazine - The highest rated films released in 2020 and reviewed by the team at The Film Magazine. 7 films from 5 genres and 4 countries.
10 Best Films 2020: Sam Sewell-Peterson - In an industry faced with widespread disruption, many great films have filtered into our homes. Here are the 10 Best Films of 2020 according to Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Best Horror Films 2020 - It has been tough to find the best quality movies in 2020, but here are the 10 Best Horror Films 2020 for fans of the horror genre to enjoy. List by Jacob Davis.
10 Best Films 2020: Jason Lithgo - The very best of cinema in 2020 outlined and presented in this list of the 10 Best Films from one of the worst years on record, by Jason Lithgo.
2020 Comic Book Movies Ranked - The five comic book movies released in 2020, from Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey to Wonder Woman 1984, ranked from worst to best. Article by Joseph Wade.
10 Excellent Non-Christmas Films Set at Christmas - Not every holiday favourite needs to be a trope-ridden festival of Christmas. Here are ten exceptional non-Christmas films that are set at Christmas. List by Louis B Scheuer.
Breathless (1960) Review - Director Jean-Luc Godard changed cinema forever with his debut feature film 'Breathless' (1960), and after 60 years it remains a must-watch for cineastes. Christopher Connor reviews.
Die Hard vs Lethal Weapon: The Battle for Christmas - 'Die Hard' and 'Lethal Weapon' are each action movies that have become Christmas staples to many, but which is the most Christmassy? Katie Doyle explores, judging each by clearly defined factors.
10 Best Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Moments - The best moments from the family Christmas movie classic, 'Home Alone 2: Lost in New York' from director Chris Columbus and starring Macaulay Culkin. List by Charlie Gardiner.
10 Best Home Alone Moments - 30 years after the Christmas classic 'Home Alone' was released, we take a look back over the 10 best moments from that night when Kevin McCallister was left home alone.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Review - Wes Anderson's third feature film 'The Royal Tenenbaums', starring Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller and Gwyneth Paltrow, 'sits alongside the director's very best'. Christopher Connor reviews.
The Prom (2020) Review - Netflix Original musical 'The Prom', starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and James Corden, and directed by 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy, is hard to care about but looks mightily impressive. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020) Review - Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis excel in 2020 Netflix stage drama adaptation 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'. Full film review by Charlie Gardiner.
Can Physical Media Survive in the Age of Streaming? - The fight between physical and digital media has reached a new level, leaving many to question whether there's a future for physical media. Article by Luke Hinton.
5 Reasons Why Klaus (2019) Is an Amazing Christmas Film - 2019 Christmas animation 'Klaus', from Sergio Pablos Animation Studio, is a modern Christmas classic. Find out why in this list by Sophia Patfield.
Happiest Season (2020) Review - Christmas rom-com 'Happiest Season' (2020), from director Clea DuVall and starring Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis and Aubrey Plaza, "is not the LGBT holiday film we were promised". Annice White reviews.
Mank (2020) Review - David Fincher adapts his father's script for 2020 Netflix Original film 'Mank', about Herman J Mankiewicz, the screenwriter behind 'Citizen Kane', played here by Gary Oldman. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Edward Scissorhands (1990) Review - Thirty years on from the release of Tim Burton's iconic 'Edward Scissorhands', does it remain the fresh serving of alternative entertainment it once was, or is it a relic of a laughable by-gone era? Katie Doyle reviews.
Peninsula (2020) Review - 'Peninsula', otherwise known as 'Train to Busan: Peninsula' (2020) is a zombie-action follow up is an unevenly paced, derivative 'Train to Busan' sequel. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Rushmore (1998) Review - Rushmore (1998), the sophomore feature of director Wes Anderson, starring Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, remains important to the director's filmography. Review by Christopher Connor.
Uncle Frank (2020) Review - Written and directed by Alan Ball ('American Beauty'), and starring Paul Bettany, 2020 drama 'Uncle Frank' struggles to be genuine in its portrayal of the hardships of the LGBTQ+ community. Leoni Horton reviews.
Mad Max Movies Ranked - The four 'Mad Max' movies, from the original starring Mel Gibson in 1979 to 2015's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy ranked from worst to best. Article by Katie Doyle.
Dune (1984) – What David Lynch Got Right - Much maligned by audiences, critics and even the director himself, David Lynch's 1984 Hollywood adaptation of Frank Herbert's iconic novel 'Dune' remains deserving of cult status. Louis B Scheuer explores why.
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Review - Ron Howard directed Netflix drama 'Hillbilly Elegy' is certified Oscar bait, but does it do enough to garner awards season recognition? Amy Adams and Glenn Close star, Mark Carnochan reviews.
The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020) Review - It's Netflix Christmas with the 2nd instalment of 'The Princess Switch', 'The Princess Switch: Switched Again' starring Vanessa Hudgens, Vanessa Hudgens and... Vanessa Hudgens. Jacob Davis reviews.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square (2020) Review - 'Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square', released on Netflix in 2020, has cheese and festivities galore but lacks any form of quality. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
10 Best Films of All Time (According to a 9 Year Old Girl) - The 10 best movies ever made according to a nine year old mixed race girl from the North of England.
Planet of the Apes Movies Ranked - All 9 'Planet of the Apes' movies, from 'Planet of the Apes' (1968) to 'War for the Planet of the Apes' (2017), ranked (from worst to best). Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Ocean’s Movies Ranked - The Ocean's films, from the original 1960 Frank Sinatra picture to George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Ocean's 11, 12 and 13, through to Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett in Ocean's 8, Ranked (from worst to best) by Joseph Wade.
Best Dreamworks Animation Movies Every Dreamworks Animation Movie Ranked - All 35 Dreamworks Animation movies, from 'Antz' to 'Captain Underpants', 'Shrek' to 'How to Train Your Dragon', have been ranked from worst to best in this special article.
Bottle Rocket (1996) Review - Owen Wilson is co-writer and star (alongside brother Luke Wilson) for Wes Anderson's feature directorial debut 'Bottle Rocket' (1996), a film that shows hints of the director's famously idiosyncratic authorial style. Review by Christopher Connor.
Illumination Entertainment Movies Ranked Illumination Entertainment Animated Movies Ranked - Since bursting onto the scene in 2010 with 'Despicable Me', Illumination Entertainment have become a major player in Western animation. Every Illumination Entertainment film ranked from worst to best.
Men in Black Movies Ranked - All four Men in Black movies from 'Men in Black' (1997) to 'Men in Black: International' (2019) ranked from worst to best by Joseph Wade.
‘In the Cut’ and How Marriage Can Kill You, Actually - How Jane Campion erotic thriller 'In the Cut' (2003) starring Meg Ryan subverted the expectations of the erotic thriller genre and has gone underappreciated for close to two decades. Article by Margaret Roarty.
Terrence Malick Films Ranked - All ten Terrence Malick directed films ranked (from worst to best) in terms of quality, creative vision, artistic merit and authorial importance, from 'Badlands' to 'A Hidden Life' via 'The Tree of Life'. Article by Joseph Wade.
The American President (1995) Review - Rob Reiner directs a script from 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' filmmaker Aaron Sorkin in this rom-com turned political drama celebrating its 25th anniversary, 'The American President'. Michael Douglas stars. Christopher Connor reviews.
Indiana Jones Movies Ranked - All four Indiana Jones movies released between 1981 and 2008, from Raiders of the Lost Ark to Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, starring Harrison Ford, Ranked (from worst to best) by Joseph Wade.
Shirley (2020) Review - Shirley Jackson biopic 'Shirley' (2020) starring Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg is "a hypnotic albeit challenging tapestry of a character piece". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
I’m a 90s Kid and I Watched Scream for the First Time This Year - “Hi, my name is Annice and I have never seen Scream.” How a 90s kid somehow missed out on seeing Wes Craven’s monumental horror hit until nearly 25 years later.
10 of the Best Horror Movies Not in the English Language - Horror is perhaps the most international and inclusive of all genres, with films from all corners of the globe gaining acclaim. Here are 10 of the best horror movies not in the English language. Article by Mark Carnochan.
Kissing the Devil’s Arse: Witch-Hunting in Eurocult Cinema, c.1968-1976 - From the UK's 'Witchfinder General' in 1968 to across Europe in the years that followed, witch-hunting in Eurocult cinema explored and examined by Paul A J Lewis.
The Prodigy (2019) Review - 'Orange Is the New Black' star Taylor Schilling and 'It' child actor Jackson Robert Scott star in possession horror 'The Prodigy' (2019) from 'The Pact' director Nicholas McCarthy. Holly Bowler reviews.
10 of the Most Underrated Horror Movies of All Time - Looking for some suggestions for your horror movie marathons or watchalongs? This list could help. Here are 10 of the most underrated horror movies of all time. Article by Mark Carnochan.
10 Best Movie Vampires - The 10 vampires in movie history - from 'Nosferatu' to 'Dracula' to 'Twilight', the best of the vampiric in this top 10 list.
10 Perfect Horror Movie Double Bills - 10 popular horror films are paired with 10 less popular horror films in this list of perfect horror movie double bills by Kieran Judge.
Katie Doyle’s “Movies I had a Religious/Spiritual Experience With” Part 5: The Exorcist - "inspiration has come from the most unexpected of places - the 1973 horror film, The Exorcist. God really does work in mysterious ways." - Katie Doyle in Pt. 5 of her Religious/Spiritual Experience series.
To Die For (1995) Review - Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix star in 1995 Gus Van Sant film 'To Die For', the tale of a woman who will go so far as to orchestrate murder to get ahead in her journalism career. Beth Sawdon reviews.
10 Most Exciting Movies Coming Out of LFF 2020 - The 10 movies coming out of the BFI London Film Festival 2020 that you should look out for in cinemas across the coming months.
On the Rocks (2020) Review - Sofia Coppola comedy-drama 'On the Rocks' (2020), available on Apple TV+ and starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones, reviewed by Christopher Connor.
Get Out (2017) Review - 2017 horror mega-hit 'Get Out', from screenwriter-director Jordan Peele and starring Daniel Kaluuya, "is an exceptional display of exemplary directing, scoring and writing". Darcy Rae reviews.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Review - Borat is back, and this time he's looking to sell his daughter to Republican Vice President Mike Pence. Sacha Baron Cohen takes aim at Trumpism in 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' (ie, Borat 2), reviewed by Joseph Wade.
10 Best Horror Movies of the 2000s - The 2000s is something of an underrated decade for horror, the decade throwing up critical darling, genre defining fare and audience pleasers alike. Here are the 10 best horror movies of the 2000s. List by Jacob Davis.
Rebecca (2020) Review - Ben Wheatley adapts Daphne De Maurier's "Rebecca", first put to screen by Alfred Hitchcock, with Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas and particularly Lily James excelling in their roles. Beth Sawdon reviews.
Funny Games and the Victimisation of the Audience - How Michael Haneke makes us as much the victims of his world-renowned horror film 'Funny Games' as he does his central characters. A feature essay by Jacob Heayes.
Saint Maud (2020) Review - A religion themed horror of the pace and tone of a Robert Eggers movie, Saint Maud (2020) from debut feature director Rose Glass and starring Morfydd Clark reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Every Oscar Nominated Best Picture Horror Film Ranked - Only 6 horror films have ever been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. In this edition of Ranked, we rank each of them from worst to best. Article by Joseph Wade.
New Order (2020) BFI LFF Review - 'New Order' (2020), from Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco, is "a daunting but very well crafted art-house thriller". Naian González Norvind stars. Review by Jack Cameron.
10 Best Horror Movie Moments of the 1970s - What are the best horror movie moments of the 1970s? The decade, known for some of the best horror films in history, such as Jaws and The Exorcist, had many. Top 10 list by Beth Sawdon.
The Exorcist (1973) Retrospective Review - Arguably the most famous and influential horror of all time, William Friedkin's 'The Exorcist' (1973) starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair and Jason Miller, reviewed by Katie Doyle.
Young Frankenstein (1974) Review - Following hot on the heels of his smash hit 'Blazing Saddles', Mel Brooks sends up the horror genre with a spoof for the ages, 'Young Frankenstein' (1974). Retrospective film review by Christopher Connor.
Nomadland (2020) BFI LFF Review - "The Journey is one hell of a trip" in Chloé Zhao's immersive road movie 'Nomadland' (2020), featuring arguably the most complex and versatile performance of Frances McDormand's career. Leoni Horton reviews.
Never Gonna Snow Again (2020) BFI LFF Review - "Imagine a superhero film that takes aim at the upper middle classes and borrows moments from the work of legendary Soviet-era filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky". Never Gonna Snow Again (2020) review by Joseph Wade.
Possessor (2020) BFI LFF Review - "You've never seen blood splatter so pretty" as in Brandon Cronenberg sophomore feature 'Possessor' (2020) starring Andrea Riseborough and Christopher Abbott. Leoni Horton reviews.
Limbo (2020) BFI LFF Review - Ben Sharrock creates a bittersweet tale of those in need of a place to call home in 2020 refugee drama 'Limbo'. Leoni Horton reviews this lovingly photographed fish-out-of-water film.
Fractured (2018) Review - If you're looking for an independent horror film to watch, the gripping, spooky, gory and unique 'Fractured' starring 'Skins' star April Pearson would make for a good choice. Sophie Cook reviews.
Final Destination Movies Ranked - All 5 'Final Destination' horror movies Ranked from worst to best. 'Final Destination' (2000) to 'Final Destination 5' (2011) ordered in terms of quality by Joseph Wade.
David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020) BFI LFF Review - David Byrne and Spike Lee burn down the house with this expertly crafted, toes out extravaganza. Shove over "Hamilton", David Byrne is here. Leoni Horton reviews 'David Byrne's American Utopia' (2020).
How Midsommar and The Wicker Man Hold Much of the Same Wisdom - How in trying to avoid taking pointers from 'The Wicker Man', Ari Aster made the closest thing to it, 'Midsommar', and how both films use the same wisdom to terrify all of us. Article by Louis B Scheuer.
Rose: A Love Story (2020) Review - When illness and reality take over, Rose and Sam must find a way to survive in the wilderness with only their love for each other to keep them safe. Charlie Gardiner reviews Rose: A Love Story (2020) starring Sophie Rundle and Matt Stokoe.
Requiem for an American Dream - Requiem for an American Dream - how Darren Aronofsky's 'Requiem for a Dream' (2000) is about more than just drugs, it's about commodification, capitalism and modernity. Article by Kristina Murkett.
Ultraviolence (2020) BFI LFF Review - Ultraviolence, from documentarian Ken Fero, takes a graphic look into the brutality within the British Police whilst talking to the families of victims who have suffered at the hands of a faulty system. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
Wildfire (2020) BFI LFF Review - Nika McGuigan and Nora-Jane Noone shine in Cathy Brady's feature debut 'Wildfire', an Irish drama that ponders a lot of topics at the expense of its narrative. Jack Cameron reviews.
Scream Movies Ranked - The four instalments of the 'Scream' franchise realised by legendary horror director Wes Craven ranked (from worst to best) by Mark Carnochan.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Review - Netflix Original 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' from screenwriter-director Aaron Sorkin and starring an ensemble including Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, reviewed by Kieran Judge.
One Night in Miami (2020) BFI LFF Review - Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown and Cassius Clay converse on matters of race and religion in Regina King's tenderly crafted feature directorial debut, 'One Night In Miami' (2020), reviewed by Leoni Horton.
Zombieland (2009) Review - "a great team of characters who forge a distinct and enjoyable chemistry" in Ruben Fleischer's 2009 zombie hit 'Zombieland', starring Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone. Libby Briggs reviews.
Cicada (2020) BFI LFF Review - Matthew Fifer's breathtaking self-penned and co-directed debut project, 'Cicada', speaks of the varied manifestations of pain. Movie review by Leoni Horton.
Wolfwalkers (2020) BFI LFF Review - Cartoon Saloon animated feature 'Wolfwalkers' (2020), directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart, and starring Sean Bean, is a must-watch; both timely and timeless. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
Supernova (2020) BFI LFF Review - A breathtakingly beautiful look at the effect dementia can have on a couple trying to relive their fondest memories, 'Supernova' (2020) starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci reviewed by Charlie Gardiner.
Undine (2020) BFI LFF Review - Christian Petzold's Berlin-set drama 'Undine' is a challenging film that features an utterly watchable performance from Paula Beer. Joseph Wade reviews.
Kajillionaire (2020) BFI LFF Review - 'Kajillionaire', from screenwriter-director Miranda July, starring Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger and Gina Rodriguez is "entangled in July's bohemian-style flair". Leoni Horton reviews.
Mangrove (2020) BFI LFF Review - The tale of the Mangrove 9 is told in one part of the 'Small Axe' Steve McQueen anthology, 'Mangrove', "one of the most important British films of the 21st century". Joseph Wade reviews.
Relic (2020) BFI LFF Review - Natalie Erika James takes a lead pipe to the glass ceiling with this horror debut of the highest class, 2020 BFI London Film Festival entry 'Relic' starring Emily Mortimer, being "a genuine triumph". Joseph Wade reviews.
5 Scariest Stephen King Horror Movie Adaptations - The 5 scariest Stephen King movie adaptations ever made. Top 5 list curated and written by Sophia Patfield.
Eyimofe ‘This Is My Desire’ (2020) BFI LFF Review - The Esiri Brothers, Arie and Chuko, direct 'Eyimofe' (This Is My Desire), a new dual-chaptered drama set in Nigeria's most populous city, Lagos. Leoni Horton reviews this BFI London Film Festival entry.
Siberia (2020) BFI LFF Review - 2020 BFI London Film Festival entry 'Siberia', from screenwriter-director Abel Ferrara and starring Willem Dafoe, is a self-reflective film that always feels just out of reach. Joseph Wade reviews.
Herself (2020) BFI LFF Review - Herself (2020) Review - "There’s a true beauty in art that showcases the power of people and what can be achieved when we come together, a message that is arguably more important than ever in 2020." Charlie Gardiner.
10 Best Found-Footage Horror Movies - The top 10 best horror films from the sub-genre of "found-footage", as collated and written by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Painter and the Thief (2020) BFI LFF Review - An emotional depiction of friendship, trauma and the power of art, Benjamin Ree's documentary 'The Painter and the Thief' (2020) focusing on Barbora Kyslikova and Karl Bertil-Norland, reviewed by Charlie Gardiner.
Mogul Mowgli (2020) BFI LFF Review - Riz Ahmed stars as MC Zed, a British-Pakistani rapper facing his toughest challenge in his life away from music, in the debut feature of Bassam Tariq. Leoni Horton reviews this BFI London Film Festival 2020 release.
Loincloths, Muscles, Sorcery and the Rock of Uranus: A Journey Into the Realm of the Italian Peplum (c.1958-1965) - A journey into Italian Peplum, the cinema of mythical gods, muscle-bound heroes, sorcery and loincloths, as presented by Paul A J Lewis.
Harry Potter and the Uncredited Creator of That Chess Scene - The story of Jeremy Silman, the International Master of Chess uncredited with work on 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' and that iconic chess scene. Article by Kieran Judge.
‘Burning’ and Elusive Truth - How Chang-Dong Lee purposefully obscures the truth in his 2018 mystery 'Burning' to provide one of the most engaging examples of the genre in decades. Article by Jack Cameron.
Hollywood Spectacles – Nerds, Perverts and the Morally Deviant - Bespectacled film characters have long been presented with a number of damaging traits, the least of which is "being a nerd". Ciaran Duncan explores this problematic representation in this feature essay.
The Untouchables (1987) Review - Brian De Palma’s impeccably acted prohibition Noir, 'The Untouchables' (1987) stands the test of time as an at times moving crime thriller. Christopher Connor reviews.
The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Review - 2020 rom-com 'The Broken Hearts Gallery', from screenwriter-director Natalie Krinsky and starring Geraldine Viswanathan, demonstrates the timelessness of New York City love stories. Leoni Horton reviews.
Enola Holmes (2020) Review - Sherlock's kid sister takes on the case in new Netflix feature Enola Holmes. Beth Sawdon gives us the low-down on Millie Bobby Brown's producing debut.
10 Best British TV Comedy Film Adaptations from the Past 30 Years - Which British TV comedies have made the most seamless transition into feature films in the past 30 years? Katie Doyle trawls the good and the ugly, from Mrs. Brown to Ali G, for this top 10 list.
Se7en (1995) Review - The 25th anniversary of the release of David Fincher thriller 'Se7en' (1995) starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman brings into question its quality. Sophia Patfield reviews.
Live-Action Transformers Movies Ranked - All 6 of the live-action 'Transformers' movies, from the 2007 Michael Bay, Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox film to 2018's 'Bumblebee' starring Hailee Steinfeld, ranked from worst to best by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Devil All the Time (2020) Review - 'The Devil All the Time', Netflix's Antonio Campos directed adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock's novel of the same name starring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson, is an interesting albeit slow-burning adaptation. Sophia Patfield reviews.
JJ Abrams Directed Movies Ranked - From 'Mission: Impossible' to 'Star Trek' to 'Star Wars', the directed movies of JJ Abrams ranked (from worst to best), by Joseph Wade for The Film Magazine.
Easy A (2010) Review - Can you believe that it has been 10 years since the release of 'Easy A'? Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci, Amanda Bynes and more star in Will Gluck's version of "The Scarlet Letter", reviewed by Martha Lane.
Nolan’s Films Are Complex, but Are They Deep? - Famed film director Christopher Nolan has long been a filmmaker who pursues interesting concepts, but are movie releases such as 'Tenet' and 'Inception' actually deep? Louis B Scheuer explores.
The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020) Review - Sequels are infamously difficult to get right, but McG is out to prove a point with 'The Babysitter: Killer Queen'. Was he able to overcome the sequel curse? Mark Carnochan reviews.
Memories of Murder (2003) Review - 'Memories of Murder' (2003), from 'Parasite' director Bong Joon-ho, has been re-released in 2020. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews what is one of South Korea's greatest ever films.
Christopher Nolan Films Ranked - All of the movies directed by pre-eminent Hollywood film director Christopher Nolan ranked from worst to best in terms of artistic merit, cultural impact and popular consensus. Article by Joseph Wade.
Christopher Nolan’s Cinematic Chores: Understanding ‘Tenet’ - Nolan frequently assigns his audience chores, engineering his films in such a way that requires them to participate in each narrative actively. 'Tenet' is no exception. Leoni Horton explores.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Review - 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things', the 2020 Netflix film starring Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons, from the mind of 'Synecdoche, New York' filmmaker Charlie Kaufman, reviewed by Joseph Wade.
The Assistant (2019/20) Review - Kitty Green's 'The Assistant' (2019/2020) "is a stunning piece of work that unflinchingly tells a story of everyday life and everyday abuse in an industry that isn’t changing fast enough." Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Why the 1980s Is the Best Decade for Horror - Why the politics, special effects, music and themes of horror movies in the 1980s make for the best decade in the history of the genre. Article by James Harris.
An American Pickle (2020) Review - Seth Rogen offers a terrific combination of leading performances in 'An American Pickle', a "sophisticated but not alienating" comedy from Pixar and SNL writer Simon Rich. Annice White reviews.
Where to Start with David Lynch - Where to start with David Lynch, the painter turned screen artist who has left an indelible mark on American cinema. Jacob Davis offers a guide on how to introduce yourself to the dream-like state of Lynch's filmography.
Mulan (2020) Review - Disney have released the most expensive film ever made by a female director, with Niki Caro's reimagining of 'Mulan' now on Disney Plus. Full movie review by Sam Sewell-Peterson here.
Every X-Men Movie Ranked - What is the best X-Men movie? All 13 X-Men films, including 'Logan', 'Deadpool', 'Dark Phoenix' and 'The New Mutants' ranked worst to best by Joseph Wade. Updated 2020.
Aardman Animated Films Ranked Aardman Animation Movies Ranked - All 7 movie releases from famed British stop-motion animators Aardman Animation have been ranked from good to legendary by Beth Sawdon.
Feeling Blue, Facebook? The Colour Symbolism of The Social Network - How David Fincher's Mark Zuckerberg Facebook movie uses colour to evoke meaning and further story. Essay by Kristina Murkett.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Review - The world waited 30 years for Terry Gilliam to finally realise his 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' film, but was it worth the hype? Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews the should-be magnum opus of a great career.
Matthias and Maxime (2019) Review - 2019 Cannes competition entry 'Matthias et Maxime' from French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan is "an intimate portrait of how big each our small lives can feel in the immediacy of every passing moment". Joseph Wade reviews.
Blockbuster Filmmaking and Transmedia Storytelling at the Great Pit of Carkoon - How the Great Pit of Carkoon in 'Star Wars - Return of the Jedi' is an example of commodified transmedia storytelling and blockbuster filmmaking. Essay by Jacob Davis.
Barry Lyndon (1975) Review - Despite often being overlooked in the canon of great Stanley Kubrick films, 1975 period drama/historical epic 'Barry Lyndon' is a must-watch for anyone interested in the form. Christopher Connor reviews.
The New Mutants (2020) Review - More than 2 years after it was originally scheduled to be released, Josh Boone X-Men teen horror 'The New Mutants' is finally here, and it could be destined for cult status. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Where to Start with Paul Verhoeven - Paul Verhoeven is an often misunderstood and extremely versatile filmmaker. In this special introductory feature, find out where you can dive into his filmography, courtesy of Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) Review - By the time of his fifth feature, Wes Anderson had found his feet as an auteur, 'The Darjeeling Limited' (2007) becoming one of his best ever according to Sophia Patfield.
Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) Review - Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962), from screenwriter-director Agnès Varda, the only female film director of the French New Wave, is filmed with love rather than contempt according to Eve O'Dea in this review.
Tenet (2020) Review - 'Tenet' (2020), written and directed by 'Inception' filmmaker Christopher Nolan, and starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, is "an unmissable cinematic experience". Joseph Wade reviews.
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Review - "It's hard to imagine a film more relevant to the past and present being released this year". Spike Lee's Netflix Original exploration of PTSD, race and neo-imperialism reviewed by Jacob Davis.
Get Duked! (2020) Review - "One of 2020's best", Amazon Original Scottish horror-comedy 'Get Duked!', is a memorable feature debut for screenwriter-director Ninian Doff. Full movie Review by Mark Carnochan.
The Filmmaker Must Attack On All Fronts: José Mojica Marins (1936-2020) - José Mojica Marins (1936-2020) provided Brazil with a distinct cinematic resistance to an oppressive regime, his character Coffin Joe crossing boarders and making for an iconic franchise-leading character. Paul A J Lewis explores Mojica's work here.
CGI Vs Animatronics - In 2020, the debate surrounding the use of CGI versus the use of Animatronics is more divisive than ever. o which is better? Louis B Scheuer explores.
The Little Game of Dogville, and a Philosopher Who Sucks at His Job - Lars von Trier's Bertolt Brecht-inspired film about absent of most elements of set paints a picture of a broken capitalistic system. Cole Clark analyses how in this piece on the movie starring Nicole Kidman and Paul Bettany.
Host (2020) Review - Rob Savage directed Zoom video call horror film 'Host' (2020) takes "a simple, economic concept and expands it into something chillingly lasting". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Why Is It So Hard to Make a Good Shark Film? - They did it. We had one. A good shark movie. So why has it been so difficult for anyone else to come close to matching 'Jaws' in the 45 years since its release? Martha Lane breaks it down.
Babyteeth (2020) Review - Coming-of-age drama 'Babyteeth', starring Eliza Scanlen and Toby Wallace, directed by Shannon Murphy, "side-steps every overworked genre cliché". Full movie review by Leoni Horton.
Bad Education (2019) Review - Hitting all the right punches in all the right moments to help you understand the motives of the real life character at its heart, 'Bad Education' is edge of the seat movie going and deserves to be celebrated. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
Mulan (1998) Review - Released in the midst of the Disney Animation renaissance period, 'Mulan' (1998) remains an entry with visual flair and top voice acting performances despite dated aspects. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Scoob! (2020) Review - Mystery Inc is back for a new adventure, this time from Warner Animation Group, with 'Scoob!' (2020) featuring some expressive animation, a host of star names and one notably bad cameo. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
About Schmidt (2002) Review - Positioned between 'Election' and 'Sideways', 2002's 'About Schmidt' makes for a peculiar entry into Alexander Payne's work, but is anchored by a phenomenal Jack Nicholson lead performance.
How to Build a Girl (2020) Review - 'How to Build A Girl' fails to catch up with Beanie Feldstein's immense talent, using overtired Britcom to water down the issues it brings to light.
Once More with Feeling: 10 More of the Best Remakes - 10 of the very best film remakes in the history of cinema, from the Spaghetti Westerns of the 60s to recent horrors, curated and analysed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Dirty Harry Movies Ranked - For close to two decades Clint Eastwood starred as "Dirty Harry" Harry Callahan, performing the iconic gun toting hero across five movies. Here are the Dirty Harry Movies Ranked by Mark Carnochan.
The Perfect Candidate (2019) Review - Monumental filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour returns to Saudi Arabia to tell a tale of a woman fighting systemic sexism in 'The Perfect Candidate' (2019). Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Safdie Brothers Movies Ranked - The effervescent neo-realist movies of directorial duo Josh and Benny Safdie (the Safdie Brothers) ranked from worst to best by Leoni Horton.
Yes, God, Yes (2019) Review - 'Stranger Things' star Natalia Dyer plays a sexually repressed teenager discovering herself and her body amidst a religious upbringing in Karen Maine's debut feature 'Yes, God, Yes' (2019) reviewed by Beth Sawdon.
Alien Movie Franchise Ranked - All 6 of the 'Alien' movies, including the prequels, ranked from worst to best according to artistic merit and public perception by Sophia Patfield.
Oldboy (2003) Review - Chan-wook Park breakout directorial hit 'Oldboy' (2003), starring Min-sik Choi in a remarkable leading role, "is an ultra-violent, challenging film". Full movie review by Andy English here.
Pitch Perfect Movies Ranked - The three movies from the Pitch Perfect series Ranked (from worst to best) in terms of enjoyment, artistic credibility and audience perception, by Emma Kershaw.
Unhinged (2020) Review - Russell Crowe stars as a sweaty and ultra violent maniac in 2020 thriller 'Unhinged', from director Derrick Borte and screenwriter Carl Ellsworth, described as "a throwback thriller" by Joseph Wade in this review.
Daughters of Darkness (1971) Review - Harry Kümel directed, internationally flavoured horror 'Daughters of Darkness' (1971) is a cryptic horror with plenty to offer visually and a notable performance from Delphine Seyrig. Eve O'Dea reviews.
Election (1999) Review - Alexander Payne finds his feet with lacerating high school & political satire 'Election' (1999), a film led by superb performances from Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick. Review by Christopher Connor.
Citizen Ruth (1996) Review - 'Citizen Ruth' (1996), the feature debut of 'Sideways' and 'Nebraska' screenwriter-director Alexander Payne, starring Laura Dern as a pregnant drug addict, reviewed here by Christopher Connor.
Heaven Knows What (2014) Review - 2014 Safdie Brothers film 'Heaven Knows What' is a typically ultra-realist expression of cinema from one of the form's most revolutionary new partnerships. Leoni Horton reviews.
Extraction (2020) Review - Produced by the Russo Brothers, the men behind 'Avengers: Endgame', and starring Chris Hemsworth ('Thor'), Netflix Original action movie 'Extraction' "is how you make an all-out shooter". Joseph Wade's review.
Searching (2018) Review - Aneesh Chaganty makes an exceptional feature debut with 'Searching' (2018), the technological thriller starring John Cho. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The Invitation (2015) Review - 2015 horror film 'The Invitation', from director Karyn Kusama and starring Logan Marshall-Green, is an exciting independent horror. Full movie review from Sophia Patfield here.
5 Moments in Good Will Hunting That Will Give You Chills - The best, most spine-tingling moments from the iconic 1997 Oscar-winning drama 'Good Will Hunting', starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Article by Charlie Gardiner.
The Old Dark House (1932) Review - From visionary director James Whale comes the classic Universal Horror movie 'The Old Dark House' starring Boris Karloff and a film-stealing performance from Ernest Thesiger. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The Old Guard (2020) Review - Charlize Theron leads an ensemble cast in 2020 Netflix action film 'The Old Guard'. With a "universe" clearly in Netflix's sights, is this film worth a sequel? Find out in Joseph Wade's review.
Where to Start with Universal Classic Monsters - With 27 films in a unique universe of monsters and ghouls, it can be tough to know where to start with the Universal Classic Monsters. Sam Sewell-Peterson guides you through it.
Grand Hotel (1932) Review - A jewel of the pre-code era, 1932 Best Picture Oscar winner 'Grand Hotel' starring Greta Garbo, John Barrymore and other famous faces is perhaps unfairly misremembered. Eve O'Dea looks to set the record straight in this review.
Panic! At The Movies: An Emo Top 10 Watchlist - Panic! At the Movies - An essential watchlist to awaken your sleeping inner emo kid. List curated and written by Leoni Horton.
For Only A Fistful Of Dollars – How A Low Budget Western Reinvented the Hollywood Hero - The Sergio Leone directed Spaghetti Western 'A Fistful of Dollars' left an indelible mark on the film industry in a lot of ways, but how it reshaped the male hero may be its biggest. Article by Stephen Vega.
7 Moments from ‘Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager’ That Will Give You Chills - The very best, most emotional and inspirational moments from football documentary 'Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager' (2018), from Gabriel Clarke. Article by Katie Doyle.
Mendez, Baledon, Urueta: The Golden Age of Mexican Horror Cinema - "By locating the figure of the (European) vampire in a Mexican setting, these films express an anxiety about outsiders, immigrants and colonisers." - The Golden Age of Mexican Horror by Paul A J Lewis.
Palm Springs (2020) Review - Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti star in 'Palm Springs' (2020), a new film from the team behind The Lonely Island of a romance stuck in a time loop. Joseph Wade reviews.
When Love Transcends Time (Travel) - "Time travel [...] can miraculously give characters their happily ever after, snatch it cruelly away, or both." Time travel and love in cinema - an essay by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Trickling Influence of ‘Inception’ - How Christopher Nolan hit 'Inception' "mark[ed] the turning of the tide – planting the idea of the more intelligent blockbuster". Article by Aaron Bayne.
Top 5 A24 Horror Films - The independent horror movie scene is teeming with frights and gruesome narratives. Beth Sawdon presents the Top 5 Horror Films from dominant studio A24.
Time Bandits (1981) Review - Terry Gilliam’s time travelling romp, 'Time Bandits' (1981), remains an example of his unique blend of humour and darkness. The first of Gilliam's Trilogy of Imagination reviewed by Christopher Connor.
5 Horror Movies for People Who Don’t Like Horrors - Five horror movies that make for good entry points to the horror genre while avoiding the anxiety of possibly losing sleep to something too scary. List by Emma Kershaw.
A Matter of Life and Death (1946) Review - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1946 romantic drama, 'A Matter of Life and Death', "is a towering metaphysical masterpiece" of cinema. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Where to Start with Terrence Malick - Terrence Malick is a Palme d'Or winning film auteur with a remarkable and unique perspective on filmmaking, but where should one start with his work? This guide will help you.
5 Movies About Time Travel for People Who Don’t Like Sci-Fi - Science fiction isn't for everyone, but that doesn't mean time travel can't be. Here are 5 films about time travel for those who don't like sci-fi. Article by Joseph Wade.
Where to Start with Akira Kurosawa - He is one of the most legendary and influential filmmakers in history, and his work is instantly recognisable, but where would one start with Akira Kurosawa? Article by Francesca Militello.
Rachel McAdams: The Time-Traveller’s Wife - "I have a question for you Rachel McAdams: where is your agency? And, why do you have such a thing for time-travellers?" - Annice White on Rachel McAdams: the time traveller's wife.
The King of Staten Island (2020) Review - 2020 Judd Apatow directed come-drama 'The King of Staten Island' is a recognisable attempt by Pete Davidson to face his demons head-on. Review by Leoni Horton.
The Omen Films Ranked - Known as one of the great horror franchises to spawn from the 1970s horror boom, 'The Omen' has scared for generations. In this edition of Ranked, Sophia Patfield ranks each entry from worst to best.
Caliber 9 (1972) Review - 'You Have to Accept It': Fate and Power in Fernando di Leo's Milano calibro 9 (Calibre 9, 1972). Review by Paul A J Lewis.
Harry Palmer – The Thinking, Cooking Man’s James Bond - How Michael Caine's Harry Palmer, of 'The Ipcress File', is the thinking, cooking man's James Bond, and how in the first film he rivals the iconic spy in terms of cool. Feature by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Only Movies Your Douchebag Ex Has Ever Seen – Top 10 - In this list, we're looking out for all of those poor souls who may one day lose weeks, months and even years of their lives to undeserving assholes with superiority complexes. Article by Joseph Wade.
Come to Daddy (2019) Review - Elijah Wood stars in 'Come To Daddy', a gory favourite of the 2019 festival circuit now available on home video. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
How Music Reframes the Violence in You Were Never Really Here - How the music composed by Jonny Greenwood for 'You Were Never Really Here' borrows from Aphex Twin to create a dialogue between character and narrative. Essay by Cole Clark.
10 Best Moments from the Jurassic Park Franchise - The very best moments from the Jurassic Park / Jurassic World franchise, as curated by Mark Carnochan.
How Every Element in the Final Sequence from ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ Works To Create A Wonderfully Disturbing Finale - How Anthony Minghella's 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' borrows from Hitchcock and Film Noir to create a phenomenal and tense final sequence. Analysis by Sophie Cook.
Ben Stiller Directed Movies Ranked - Known worldwide as a star on the screen, Ben Stiller has also made sizable contributions behind the scenes. In this edition of Ranked, Joseph Wade ranks his 6 directorial features from worst to best.
10 Films from the Past 10 Years To Teach You About White Privilege - A list of 10 films from the past 10 years that everyone can watch to educate themselves on racial inequality, systemic racism and white privilege. Article by Beth Sawdon.
Down Among the Big Boys (1993) Review - Billy Connolly stars in Scottish gangster film 'Down Among the Big Boys' from 1993. Mark Carnochan reviews.
The Vast of Night (2019) Review - 'The Vast of Night', available exclusively on Amazon, is proof that "small-scale storytelling can sometimes be more captivating than the flashiest and most elaborate blockbusters". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
5 British and Irish Films That Don’t ‘Bury Their Gays’  - LGBTQ+ characters in film are given disproportionately unhappy endings. We know it as "burying their gays". Here are 5 British and Irish films that you can watch without the fear of revisiting this trope. Article by Annice White.
Mark Herman Films Ranked - The movies of screenwriter-director Mark Herman ranked from worst to best. This ranked list includes Brassed Off and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and was written by Joseph Wade.
Lost in Translation: Romance in a Blur - How Sofia Coppola crafted one of the most intimate and realistic depictions of romance in her boundary shattering 2003 film 'Lost In Translation'. Article by Sophia Patfield.
Edgar Wright Movies Ranked - Edgar Wright's filmography is one of the most respected in mainstream cinema, his combination of Hollywood releases and British independents garnering a lot of attention. Christopher Connor ranks his work here.
Little Voice (1998) Review - "Nostalgic, funny, cinematic and deep, Little Voice is a terrifically well performed and well constructed piece of British cinematic history". Joseph Wade reviews Mark Herman's adaptation starring Caine, McGregor, Blethyn and Horrocks.
Every Darren Aronofsky Directed Film Ranked - All 7 Darren Aronofsky movies ranked from worst to best. Read of the best and worst of one of American cinema's great modern filmmakers in this ranked article by Joseph Wade.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008) Review - Mark Herman's memorable 2008 holocaust drama 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' is a movie with a "hard-hitting and emotional narrative", "a deserved classic for future cinephiles". Bethen Blackabee reviews.
So Bad It’s Good: Romance in the Outfield: Double Play - "Comparing this movie to Hallmark is offensive to Hallmark - their films are basically 'Citizen Kane' compared to this." Jacob Davis on 'Romance In the Outfield: Double Play' and "knowing why a film doesn’t work is key to understanding why others do."
Top 10 Alfred Hitchcock Films - 10 best Alfred Hitchcock movies, as chosen from the Master of Suspense's 50-plus releases, by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Review - After success with 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz', Edgar Wright took to North America with his off-kilter adaptation 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' (2010). Christopher Connor looks back in this retrospective review.
Comfort and Joy (1984) Review - Two rival ice cream gangs and the radio presenter stuck in the middle of it all. That's the premise for Bill Forsyth's 1984 comedy 'Comfort and Joy', a landmark of Scottish cinema according to Mark Carnochan.
Disney Renaissance Movies Ranked - All 10 movies of the Walt Disney Animation renaissance period, from 'The Little Mermaid' to 'Tarzan' via 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'The Lion King' ranked from worst to best by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Out (2020) Pixar Short Film Review - "Hilarious, heartwarming and sweet", Disney Pixar short film 'Out' marks the animation studio's first openly LGBTQ+ narrative. Rebecca Seghini reviews the film now available on Disney Plus.
A Manchester Legend Immortalised in Black and White: A Reflection on Control’s Portrayal of Ian Curtis - Forty years on from the premature death of one of the UK's great music artists, Ian Curtis of Joy Division, Leoni Horton analyses Anton Corbijn's 2007 biopic 'Control', a movie about the man and the city that helped make him.
Uncorked (2020) Review - Netflix wine movie 'Uncorked', from director Prentice Penny and starring Mamoudou Athie, "gets so much right" and puts across the "almost magical power of food and drink". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Calm with Horses (2019) Review - Irish gang drama 'Calm with Horses' (2019) is a stunning visual presentation with an atmospheric and moody score. Barry Keoghan and Cosmo Jarvis star. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The World’s End (2013) Review - The Cornetto Trilogy came to an end with 'The World's End' (2013), with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright offering perhaps their most underrated film. Christopher Connor reviews.
The Full Monty (1997) Review - A BAFTA and Oscar winner, 'The Full Monty' is "not just a northern comedy about men who take their clothes off". Robert Carlyle and Mark Addy star in Peter Cattaneo's South Yorkshire classic. Annice White reviews.
Blood Junkies (1993) Review - Once thought lost to an underhanded "distributor", the story of how Scottish cult horror movie 'Blood Junkies' (1993) found a release is probably even more interesting than the film. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Billy Elliot (2000) Review - "It’s been twenty years since Billy Elliot burst onto cinema screens, and its portrait of the North East remains just as moving and inspiring today." Angel Lloyd reviews 'Billy Elliot' (2000).
A Field in England (2013) Review - Ben Wheatley's 'A Field In England' (2013) is a film "like nothing else" from "one of the most distinctive, original and prolific British filmmakers working today" according to Sam Sewell-Peterson in this review.
Hot Fuzz (2007) Review - The midpoint of The Cornetto Trilogy, 'Hot Fuzz', finds Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost firing on all cylinders. Christopher Connor reviews.
Wuthering Heights Films Ranked - The 4 English language feature film adaptations of Emily Brontë’s "Wuthering Heights" ranked worst to best in terms of artistic merit, and critical/popular reception, by Annice White.
Sweet Sixteen (2002) Review - Ken Loach and Paul Laverty film 'Sweet Sixteen' (2002), telling the tale of a non-educated delinquent in small-town Scotland, packs a tremendously heavy punch. Mark Cornachan reviews.
Adult Life Skills (2016) Review - 'Adult Life Skills' (2016) starring Jodie Whittaker has "a certain dressed-down appeal" that indicates writer-director Rachel Tunnard "could be one to watch". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews this film about tackling grief and growing up in your 20s.
So Bad It’s Good: Pitching Love and Catching Faith - "Just forget that was motivation because nothing matters, everything withers and dies, this movie has sapped any meaning from life. Kiss or no kiss, that’s the only question." Jacob Davis on 'Pitching Love Catching Faith' (2015) for the So Bad It's Good series.
Good Time (2017) Review - 2017 Safdie Brothers release 'Good Time' starring Robert Pattinson "is a relentless barrage of anxiety and violence", a thriller shot in 35mm with an "unsettling, naturalistic aesthetic". Leoni Horton reviews.
Stuber (2019) Review - New Michael Dowse buddy cop movie 'Stuber' starring Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani is "an enjoyable but far from groundbreaking funny actioner that will come and go about as quick as an Uber driver's illusive 5-star rating". Joseph Wade reviews.
I’m a 90s Kid and I Watched Jurassic Park for the First Time This Year - "Hi, my name is Annice and I have never seen Jurassic Park." How a 90s kid somehow missed out on seeing Steven Spielberg's dinosaur-sized blockbuster hit until nearly 30 years later.
Where to Start with Studio Ghibli - With over 20 feature film releases to date, where do you start with Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli? Sam Sewell-Peterson offers our ultimate Ghibli guide.
Shaun of the Dead (2004) Review - In watching 'Shaun of the Dead' - one of the best loved British comedies of the contemporary era - it's easy to see why the Cornetto Trilogy has proven so popular, and why Wright, Pegg and Frost have had exciting careers. Christopher Connor reviews.
What We Did on Our Holiday (2014) Review - 'What We Did on Our Holiday' (2014) is proof you should never judge a book by its cover, this David Tennant and Rosamund Pike starring drama "smashing audience expectations" set by its trailers. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Dearly Departed (2020) Short Film Review - "Imagine a mixture of 'Waitress' and 'The Sixth Sense', and you’ve got Elise Martin and Jess Bartlett’s entertaining new short", 'Dearly Departed' (2020). Beth Sawdon reviews.
Goodfellas (1990) Review - 'Goodfellas' at 30 – Martin Scorsese’s Mob epic starring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci remains both one of his greatest achievements and one of the best films of a storied genre. Christopher Connor reviews.
Whisky Galore! (1949) Review - 'The Ladykillers' director Alexander Mackendrick makes his directorial debut with cult Scottish film 'Whisky Galore!', a film about an island's love for Whisky that doesn't quite stand the test of time. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Star Wars Movies Ranked Worst to Best Star Wars Live-Action Movies Ranked - Star Wars movies ranked. All 11 live-action releases from the 'Star Wars' franchise, from 'A New Hope' to 'The Rise of Skywalker', 'Rogue One' to 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' ranked from worst to best.
Every Star Wars Lightsaber Fight Ranked - Every Lightsaber duel from the live-action 'Star Wars' movies ranked from worst to best, featuring Empire Strikes Back, The Phantom Menace and Rise of Skywalker. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Back to the Future Movies Ranked - Which of the three 'Back to the Future' films, from Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, is the best? Find out in our Back to the Future edition of Ranked, as written by Annice White.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Review - Eliza Hittman film 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always', succeeds at telling the tale of a teenage girl seeking abortion in the United States through empathy and authenticity. Pagan Carruthers reviews.
The Elephant Man (1980) Review - David Lynch film 'The Elephant Man' (1980), starring John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins, "maintains its poignant sting" some 40 years later. Angel Lloyd reviews.
Real-Time: Examining How the Safdie Brothers Experiment with Naturalistic Cinema - Are Josh and Benny Safdie, The Safdie Brothers, the quiet revolutionaries of contemporary cinema? Leoni Horton examines their exploration of naturalistic filmmaking thus far, looking at the likes of 'Uncut Gems' and 'Good Time'.
The Battle of the Sexes (1960) Review - Peter Sellers stars in Charles Crichton's almost perfect 1960 comedy 'The Battle of the Sexes', set in Scotland's capital city Edinburgh. Mark Cornachan reviews.
Pirates of the Caribbean Movies Ranked - Johnny Depp excels as the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow for five 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies from Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer, ranked here from worst to best by Charlie Gardiner.
Judy (2019) Review - "A biopic of the year", Rupert Goold's Judy Garland movie 'Judy', starring Renée Zellweger as icon of the stage and screen Judy Garland, is "simply spectacular". Francesca Militello reviews.
Love Wedding Repeat (2020) Review - All-star Netflix film 'Love Wedding Repeat' (2020), starring the likes of Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn, Eleanor Tomlinson and Aisling Bea, is a rom-com with no rom and no com. Annice White reviews.
Brassed Off (1996) Review - A cultural phenomenon in the 1990s, Mark Herman's 'Brassed Off' (1994) starring Pete Postlethwaite, Ewan McGregor and a range of recognisable British talent, is a remarkable piece of cinema. Joseph Wade reviews.
Superhero Bust: The Future of the Superhero Genre - Have we seen the pinnacle of the superhero movie mountain? Gillian MacLeod looks at the facts, analysing the genre in conjunction with a prominent film theory in this special superhero movie essay.
My Summer of Love (2004) Review - The English language debut of auteur Pawel Pawlikowski, 2004's 'My Summer of Love' starring a young Emily Blunt, "feels like a look back into the spring of a great career". Joseph Wade reviews.
The Selfish Giant (2013) Review - An "amalgamation of 'Oliver Twist' and 'Standy By Me'" that presents "an almost folkloric package" of childhood through poverty. Clio Barnard's 'The Selfish Giant' (2013) reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
An American Werewolf In London – Unfinished Game-Changing Fun - Roger Ebert once described horror-comedy 'An American Werewolf in London' (1981), from director John Landis, as "unfinished". Sarah Williams looks at how this unfinished movie changed the game by making horror fun.
The Arbor (2010) Documentary Review - Clio Barnard's feature debut, documentary 'The Arbor' (2010), tells the truth of impoverished Great Britain through the tragedy of Andrea Dunbar and her family's posthumous devastation. Joseph Wade reviews.
‘Green Street’ and Toxic Masculinity - Toxic masculinity and violence in 'Green Street' (2005) starring Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam. How critique of the film seems to have missed the point, as written by George Forster.
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) Review - "Environmentalism, war and peace, pride and corruption, coming of age and redemption" - Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's animation 'Howl's Moving Castle' (2004) reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Fantasy Island (2020) Review - New Blumhouse fantasy-thriller-horror 'Fantasy Island' (2020) might be worth a watch if you're a fan of Lucy Hale, but it won't thrill fans of the genre quite like a 'Get Out'. Sophie Cook reviews.
My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999) Review - Studio Ghibli's first fully computer-animated feature, from lesser known Ghibli director Isao Takahata, is a unique though very different animated vision from Hayao Miyazaki's. Sam Sewell-Peterson's review.
Breaking Principles: Passive Characters in ‘Vivarium’ (2020) - How 'Vivarium' (2020) succeeds in frustrating some and enlightening others through its choice of presenting actively-passive characters against all usual writing principles. Essay by Kieran Judge.
True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Review - Justin Kurzel (Macbeth; Assassin's Creed) takes on the legend of Ned Kelly in his Western turned punk performance piece starring '1917' star George MacKay. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
High School Musical Trilogy Ranked - The three Disney Channel original movies that came to define many a millennial's tween years, and kick-start the careers of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, ranked from good to great by Emma Kershaw.
5 Great Comedies from the Past 5 Years That You Should Watch To Keep You Going - We all need a laugh, so here are five films from the past five years that are guaranteed to give you one (according to Joseph Wade, anyway).
Dark Waters (2020) Review - Todd Haynes takes inspiration from the horror genre to intelligently present the real-life story of a lawyer who uncovered one of America's largest ever conspiracies. DuPont are taken to task in 'Dark Waters' (2020) reviewed by Annice White.
Arrietty (2010) Review - Studio Ghibli’s 'Arrietty' ('The Secret World of Arrietty' in the USA) is a film that captivates you from the first minute to the last. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews Ghibli's animated adaptation of "The Borrowers".