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The Fine Art of Black Comedy or Why It’s OK to Laugh When We Shouldn’t

The Fine Art of Black Comedy or Why It’s OK to Laugh When We Shouldn’t

Using three examples by filmmakers from three different continents, Sam Sewell-Peterson analyses the cathartic nature of Black Comedy in this special feature.[...]
Green Book's Win Says More About the Academy Than Society

Green Book's Win Says More About the Academy Than Society

"A Green Book Oscars win is the cinematic equivalent of burying one’s head in the sand" writes Jacob Davis of its Oscars 2019 Best Picture win in this special opinion piece.[...]
2019 Oscars Best Picture Nominees Ranked

2019 Oscars Best Picture Nominees Ranked

All 8 of the 2019 Oscars Best Picture nominees, from A Star Is Born to Vice, BlackKklansman to Black Panther, RANKED (from worst to best) by Joseph Wade.[...]
The Animation Race 2019

The Animation Race 2019

The five nominees for the 2019 Oscar for Animated Feature are summarised and analysed by Rebecca Seghini in this, the Animation Race 2019.[...]
The Five Most Idiotic Oscar Snubs 2019

The Five Most Idiotic Oscar Snubs 2019

The Oscars seem to have got a lot wrong in 2019, from hosts to broadcasting. In this list, we celebrate 5 of their most overlooked in this: the 5 most idiotic Oscar snubs 2019.[...]
Shoplifters (2018) Review

Shoplifters (2018) Review

Hirokazu Koreeda's Oscar-nominated Foreign Language film 'Shoplifters' is "humanist poetry on film". Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.[...]
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018/19) Review

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018/19) Review

Marielle Heller's 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' starring Oscar nominated Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant "should have been nominated for Best Picture". Sam Sewell-Peterson's review.[...]
BlackKklansman (2018) Review

BlackKklansman (2018) Review

Nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, Spike Lee's 'BlackKklansman' is "the film America needs right now". Sam Sewell-Peterson's review.[...]
Black Panther (2018) Review

Black Panther (2018) Review

Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Ryan Coogler's 'Black Panther' as reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.[...]
Green Book's Verdant Views on Race Allow Inherent Contradiction

Green Book's Verdant Views on Race Allow Inherent Contradiction

Jacob Davis goes to task on one of this Oscars season's most divisive and controversial films, questioning the morals and ethics of Peter Farrelly's 'Green Book'.[...]
Animal Behaviour (2018) Oscar Nominated Short Film Review

Animal Behaviour (2018) Oscar Nominated Short Film Review

2019 Oscar nominated short film animation 'Animal Behaviour' from David Fine and Alison Snowden of Snowden Fine Animation, is "a brilliantly funny piece of cinema" according to Joseph Wade's review.[...]
Weekends (2017) Oscar Nominated Short Film Review

Weekends (2017) Oscar Nominated Short Film Review

Nominated for a Short Animation Oscar in 2019, the Trevor Jimenez directed 'Weekends' (2017) is "an experience in artistry" according to Joseph Wade in his review.[...]
One Small Step (2018) Oscar Nominated Short Film Review

One Small Step (2018) Oscar Nominated Short Film Review

2019 Oscar nominated short film 'One Small Step', from Taiko Studios and screenwriter-directors Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas, is evidence that silent cinema can still be bone-chillingly heartbreaking according to Joseph Wade's review.[...]
Late Afternoon (2017) Oscar Nominated Short Film Review

Late Afternoon (2017) Oscar Nominated Short Film Review

2019 Oscar nominated short animated film 'Late Afternoon', from screenwriter-director Louise Bagnall and Cartoon Saloon, is "a delicately told tale" with "astute storytelling nous and a beautifully designed storybook style of animation" according to Joseph Wade in his review.[...]
Bao (2018) Oscar Nominated Animated Short Film Review

Bao (2018) Oscar Nominated Animated Short Film Review

2019 Oscar nominated Animated Short Film 'Bao', from Disney Pixar Animation Studios and directed by Domee Shi tells the tale of one woman's nurturing of a... dumpling. Yes, a dumpling. Joseph Wade's review.[...]
Oscars 2019: What Should Have Been Nominated?

Oscars 2019: What Should Have Been Nominated?

In this special series, The Film Magazine editor Joseph Wade offers his suggestions for what should have been nominated in the 2019 Oscars biggest categories.[...]
Jacob vs. Jacob: Does Black Panther Deserve a Best Picture Nomination?

Jacob vs. Jacob: Does Black Panther Deserve a Best Picture Nomination?

In his latest feature, Jacob Davis struggles with the inner conflict of whether Black Panther is deserving of a Best Picture nomination.[...]
Mary Queen Of Scots (2019) Review

Mary Queen Of Scots (2019) Review

Oscar nominated Josie Rourke historical drama 'Mary Queen of Scots' (2019) had the star power but did it also have the required impact? Francesca Militello reviews.[...]
Oscars 2019 - The Nominees

Oscars 2019 - The Nominees

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have revealed their nominations for the 2019 Oscars, the 91st Oscars ceremony.[...]
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Review

Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Review

'Mary Poppins Returns' starring Emily Blunt is "the best temporary antidote to our dark and twisted times" according to our review of the Disney film by Joseph Wade.[...]
The Favourite (2019) Review

The Favourite (2019) Review

Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Favourite' starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman "is by no means a typical period drama [...] but it did offer all of the splendour expected of such a film and was terrifically constructed from top to bottom" according to Joseph Wade in his review.[...]
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Review

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Review

'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' (2018) is an "electric, atmospheric, festival of colour" and "may even be the best superhero film of 2018" according to Joseph Wade.[...]
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Review

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Review

2018 Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is "a picture that settles for a greatest hits sing-along medley to let the audience do all the emotional work for themselves" according to Luke Whitticase of Whitty Stuff.[...]
First Man (2018) Review

First Man (2018) Review

Damien Chazelle's 'First Man', the tale of Neil Armstrong's journey to being the first man on the moon, starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy has been reviewed by Joseph Wade.[...]
Full List of 25 Films Submitted for Best Animated Feature Oscar

Full List of 25 Films Submitted for Best Animated Feature Oscar

The list of 25 nominees for Best Animated Feature at the 2019 Oscars has been revealed. Find out which films qualified for contention, here.[...]
A Look Inward: Introspection in A Star Is Born

A Look Inward: Introspection in A Star Is Born

"Seeing someone’s true self is important in 'A Star Is Born', but being able to look at one's self is even more important." Introspection in 'A Star Is Born', by Jacob Davis.[...]
A Star Is Born (2018) Review

A Star Is Born (2018) Review

Bradley Cooper's 2018 version of 'A Star Is Born' co-starring Lady Gaga is "a strong all-american outing that is bound to get some awards season buzz" according to Joseph Wade's review.[...]
Cold War (2018) Review

Cold War (2018) Review

Pawel Pawlikowski's new film 'Cold War' (2018), for which the director won Best Director at Cannes, is "a piece of almost indescribable beauty and impact" according to Joseph Wade's review.[...]
Oscars To Add Popular Film Category

Oscars To Add Popular Film Category

Starting in 2019, the Oscars will present an award for Best Popular Film, with a change in telecast formula and broadcasting date to follow. Full details here...[...]
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Review

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Review

Tom Cruise has still got it... and so does the 'Mission: Impossible' franchise, as proven by 'Fallout'. Joseph Wade's review...[...]
Ready Player One (2018) Snapshot Review

Ready Player One (2018) Snapshot Review

Joseph Wade has described Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' (2018) as "one of the best teenage adventure movies of the past 20 years" and "an instant family classic" in his spoiler free review of the Tye Sheridan movie, here.[...]
The 2018 Oscars Winners

The 2018 Oscars Winners

Take a look at each of the 90th annual Oscars' awards winners and how many awards each film won in a night celebrating inclusion and acceptance from the Dolby Theatre in California. The full results.[...]
2018 Oscars Best Picture Nominees Ranked

2018 Oscars Best Picture Nominees Ranked

All 9 of the 2018 Oscars Best Picture nominees have been ranked from worst to best by Joseph Wade in this special 90th Annual Oscars edition of Ranked.[...]
Lady Bird (2017/18) Review

Lady Bird (2017/18) Review

Greta Gerwig's "anything but ordinary" 2018 awards season headliner 'Lady Bird' is a film where the performances of Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf "are the heart and soul of the film", according to Jason Lithgo's review of the Best Picture nominee, here.[...]
The Animation Race 2018

The Animation Race 2018

Take a look at Rebecca Seghini's rundown of the 2018 Best Animation Feature Oscar nominees and their likelihood of taking home Gold in the 2018 edition of The Film Magazine's The Animation Race.[...]
The Post (2018) Review

The Post (2018) Review

Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' (2018) "abandons obvious extravagance to focus its tightly knit story on the nuggets of wonder we can find in the pursuit of truth, those we consider to be truth seekers, and the very idea of truth itself." Joseph Wade's review...[...]
Darkest Hour (2018) Review

Darkest Hour (2018) Review

'Darkest Hour' (2018) is "so anti-Europe and pro-war that only in 2018 could a film such as this have been made" according to Joseph Wade's review of the Joe Wright movie starring Gary Oldman, available here.[...]
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017/18) Review

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017/18) Review

Martin McDonagh's 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' (2017/18) is "a standout of the year as regards performance" that "bleeds into your subconscious" with "dictatorial precision". Full review:[...]
The Shape of Water (2017/18) Review

The Shape of Water (2017/18) Review

'The Shape of Water' (2017/18), the new movie from fantasy-horror director Guillermo Del Toro, is a "beautifully crafted whimsical fairy tale" according to Joseph Wade's review of the film.[...]
Fox to Push 'War for the Planet of the Apes' for Best Picture Oscar

Fox to Push 'War for the Planet of the Apes' for Best Picture Oscar

20th Century Fox are beginning a campaign to get 'War for the Planet of the Apes' nominated for Best Picture at the 2018 Academy Awards. Full details here.[...]
John Bailey Elected Academy President

John Bailey Elected Academy President

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have appointed famed cinematographer John Bailey as President.[...]
Toni Erdmann (2016/17) Review

Toni Erdmann (2016/17) Review

Foreign Language Film BAFTA winner & Oscar nominee 'Toni Erdmann' (2016/17), a movie about a father using comedy to reconnect with his estranged daughter, has been reviewed by Joseph Wade.[...]
The 89th Academy Awards Winners

The 89th Academy Awards Winners

A roundup of the 89th annual Oscars is available here, including a full list of winners.[...]
The Animation Race 2017

The Animation Race 2017

What you need to know about each of this year's Best Animated Film nominees from the 2017 Oscars, in 'The Animation Race' from Rebecca Seghini.[...]
Hidden Figures (2017) Review

Hidden Figures (2017) Review

'Hidden Figures' (2017), one of the Oscars' Best Picture nominees, telling the tale of some of the black women who took the US to the moon, has been reviewed by Elle Cole.[...]
13th (2016) Review

13th (2016) Review

Ava DuVernay's 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary feature '13th', about the use of prisoners as free labour in a racist system of incarceration, has been reviewed by Joseph Wade.[...]
The 6 Best Films Snubbed by the Oscars 2017

The 6 Best Films Snubbed by the Oscars 2017

The Oscars forget important films every year and 2017 has been no different. Here are the 6 films that are too good to have been forgotten about.[...]
2017 Oscar Nominees Announced

2017 Oscar Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 89th Academy Awards have been announced, and 'La La Land' has equalled a record while 'Nocturnal Animals' has been almost completely shut out.[...]
La La Land (2017) Review

La La Land (2017) Review

'La La Land', the awards happy musical from 'Whiplash' director Damien Chazelle, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has been reviewed.[...]
Nocturnal Animals (2016) Review

Nocturnal Animals (2016) Review

Tom Ford's Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal starring psychological drama 'Nocturnal Animals' is a film reminiscent of "Hollywood's more famous classical directors" according to Joseph Wade. His full review is available here.[...]
Under Sandet (2015) Review

Under Sandet (2015) Review

German-Danish co-production 'Under Sandet' ('Land of Mine' - 2015) exploring German prisoners of war in World War II, has been reviewed by Francesca Militello here.[...]
The Oscars 2016: The Results

The Oscars 2016: The Results

A list of all of the winners (and losers) from the 88th Annual Academy Awards is available here.[...]
The Animation Race 2016

The Animation Race 2016

Join Rebecca Seghini as she explores each of the contenders for 2016's Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in this special feature.[...]
Spotlight (2016) Review

Spotlight (2016) Review

The Oscar nominated 'Spotlight' (2016), based on a Pulitzer Prize winning article on child molestation in the Catholic Church, has been reviewed by Joseph Wade here.[...]
Creed (2015) Review

Creed (2015) Review

See how Michelle Kohnen ranks Sylvester Stallone's Golden Globe winning performance in her review of 'Creed' (2015), the latest movie associated with the Rocky Balboa character.[...]
The Danish Girl (2016) Review

The Danish Girl (2016) Review

One of this year's Oscar frontrunners, 'The Danish Girl' (2016), directed by Tom Hooper and starring Eddie Redmayne & Alicia Vikander, has been reviewed by Michelle Kohnen, here.[...]
The Revenant (2016) Review

The Revenant (2016) Review

'The Revenant' (2016) looks set to take over the Oscars this year, but; where did it rank on our 24 point scale and was Leonardo DiCaprio's performance worth the hype? Joseph Wade takes you through it, here.[...]
Room (2015) Review

Room (2015) Review

Room (2015) has been reviewed by Sophie Grant. See how it lives up to the hype and where it ranks on our 24 point scale, here.[...]
Trumbo: The Ten, the Blacklist and the Cold War

Trumbo: The Ten, the Blacklist and the Cold War

With the UK release of 'Trumbo' occurring tomorrow, Kat Lawson has taken you through its subject matter: the Hollywood Blacklist. Read about this destructive and controversial period in US and US cinema history, here.[...]
The 2016 Academy Award Nominees

The 2016 Academy Award Nominees

The complete list of 2016 Oscar nominees.[...]
The Hateful Eight (2015) Review

The Hateful Eight (2015) Review

Quentin Tarantino's eighth feature, 'The Hateful Eight' (2015), has been ranked on our 24 point scale in this review by Kat Lawson.[...]
Brooklyn (2015) Flash Review

Brooklyn (2015) Flash Review

Read Francesca Militello's take on 'Brooklyn' (2015) and see where the film ranks on our 24 point scale.[...]
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Review

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) Review

A spoiler-free review of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (2015) is now available. See where JJ Abrams' take on the franchise ranks on our 24 point scale courtesy of Joseph Wade, here.[...]
Inside Out (2015) Review

Inside Out (2015) Review

Disney Pixar's "Inside Out" starring Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader & more has been reviewed by Joseph Wade here.[...]
The Martian (2015) Review

The Martian (2015) Review

Ridley Scott's silver screen adaptation of Andy Weir's 'The Martian', starring Matt Damon, has been reviewed by Joseph Wade, here.[...]
What To Do If You Want That Oscar - An Inside Look At the Academy Awards' Lack Of Diversity

What To Do If You Want That Oscar - An Inside Look At the Academy Awards' Lack Of Diversity

'Want to win an Oscar? Include as little diversity as possible' - an academy representative. Read of Kat Lawson's shocking story of how she discovered that the academy is actively seeking to discourage diversity, in her piece titled "What To Do If You Want That Oscar - An Inside Look At the Academy Awards' Lack Of Diversity" available here.[...]
How Alejandro González Iñárritu's Best Director Win Was A Triumph Of Art Over Organisation

How Alejandro González Iñárritu's Best Director Win Was A Triumph Of Art Over Organisation

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted for art over organisation in their choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu and Birdman the top technical awards of the evening according to Joseph Wade. Read why, here.[...]
The 87th Academy Award Winners

The 87th Academy Award Winners

The comprehensive list of Oscar winners from the 87th Academy Awards.[...]
The Three Most Idiotic Oscar Snubs of 2015

The Three Most Idiotic Oscar Snubs of 2015

The announcement of the 2015 Academy Award nominees came with a heap of of controversy over its notable absentees. Joseph Wade has outlined three of the most controversial in this special post.[...]
Whiplash (2014) Review

Whiplash (2014) Review

Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" (2014) has been reviewed by Joseph Wade. See what he thinks of the "Best Picture" Oscar nominee and where it ranks on our 24 point scale.[...]
The Animation Race

The Animation Race

This year's Academy Award's animation category has become more famous for one film it's left off the list than the film's it has included. Rebecca Seghini goes through the nominations in "the animation race", here.[...]
Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) 2014 Review

Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) 2014 Review

Joseph Wade has reviewed Alejandro González Iñárritu's Academy Award nominated Birdman Or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and weighed in on the Oscar debate, here.[...]
American Sniper vs Selma: Is the Academy Racist?

American Sniper vs Selma: Is the Academy Racist?

Kat Lawson has tackled the controversy of the Academy Awards decisions to nominate American Sniper for more awards than Selma, with a few controversial opinions for you to wrap your head around. Join the discussion, here.[...]
The Theory Of Everything (2014) Review

The Theory Of Everything (2014) Review

Joseph Wade has reviewed James Marsh's Stephen and Jane Hawking biopic "The Theory Of Everything" starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Read about its Academy Award credentials and see where it rates on our 24 point scale, here.[...]