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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oscars Announce New Inclusion Requirements for Best Picture Nominees - In accordance with The Academy Aperture 2025 Initiative, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have redefined their Oscars Best Picture eligibility criteria in an attempt to ensure the film industry is more inclusive. Charlie Gardiner reports.
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.
Onward (2020) Review - Pixar have done it again with the heartwarming, family friendly, adventure film 'Onward' starring Chris Pratt and Tom Holland. Review from Charlie Gardiner.
Why Parasite’s Oscars Dominance Matters - 'Parasite winning, and winning so big, shows that maybe barriers are being broken down'. Jacob Davis on why 'Parasite' winning big at the Oscars 2020 matters.
2020 Oscars Results – Full Winners List - All of the winners of the 92nd Annual Oscars have been announced in a ceremony from the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles. The full list of winners...
The Animation Race 2020 - Which films are nominated in the Animated Feature category at the 2020 Oscars and which one is most likely to win? Find out in The Animation Race 2020 by Rebecca Seghini.
Kitbull – Oscar Nominated Animated Short Review - Disney Pixar have been nominated in the Oscars Animated Short Film category in 2020 for 'Kitbull' the story of a kitten and a pitbull making friends in bad circumstances. Joseph Wade reviews this Rosana Sullivan film.
The Alternative Oscars – Selecting 2020’s Best Non-Nominees - Who would be nominated in each of the major categories at the 2020 Oscars if the current nominees were ineligible?
Walk, Run, Cha-Cha – Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Review - Nominated for the Documentary Short Oscar in 2020, 'Walk, Run, Cha-Cha' from director Laura Nix is more than just a dance movie. Joseph Wade reviews...
2020 Oscars Best Picture Nominees Ranked - The 9 nominees for the 2020 Oscar for Best Picture ranked from worst to best, by Joseph Wade.
From ‘Foreign Language’ To ‘International Feature’: Why A Change In Name Isn’t Enough - The Oscars have renamed their 'Best Foreign Language Film' category 'Best International Feature Film' in the name of inclusivity - but, as Sophie Butcher discusses, this alone is not enough to improve recognition for world cinema.
In the Absence – Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Review - In 2014, 250 school children drowned to death when their ferry sank off the coast of South Korea. 2020's Oscar nominated documentary short 'In the Absence' explores the ethical quagmire that led to this disaster. Joseph Wade reviews.
Hair Love – Oscar Nominated Animated Short Review - From Sony Pictures Animation, the Oscar nominee about a little girl with big hair, 'Hair Love', from writer-director Matthew A. Cherry and starring Issa Rae, reviewed.
If The Oscars Had A “Most Extraordinary Overall Output” Acting Award - Which 5 actors would be deserved to be nominated if The Oscars judged actors on their overall output from the past year?
Could ‘Frozen II’ Win Best Original Song? – Oscars 2020 - "in the final “Into the unknown” in the chorus, [Elsa] goes so far past the safe notes, way into the enchanted forest. Here the chorus acts as a microcosm for the whole narrative." - Sophie Cook on why "Into the Uknown" should win Best Original Song at the 2020 Oscars.
In Defence of The Academy – A Sarcastic Address of the Controversy Surrounding The Oscars - For close to a century, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been a pillar of open-mindedness and has set benchmarks for inclusion. This article celebrates their otherworldly knowledge and passion that totally isn't bought or the source of controversy.
1917 Is Not Nationalistic - Is '1917' inherently nationalistic? The multi-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globes winner has come under fire from certain sections of the press, but Jacob Davis disagrees with the consensus. Full feature/essay here.
‘Joker’ Vs ‘Us’: Their Significance, Similarities – And Why Is One Missing From The Oscar Nominations? - The Oscar nominations for 2020 are out, and Sophie Butcher has a question - why has 'Joker' received so much recognition, and 'Us' none at all, despite their similarities? Click here to read in full.
1917 (2019) Review - It's rare to see a film about World War I, but Sam Mendes' '1917', photographed by Roger Deakins, becomes a pretty fine example of the sub-genre according to Sam Sewell-Peterson.
2020 Oscars Nominees – Full List - The nominees for the 92nd Oscars (2020) have been revealed with '1917', 'Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood' and 'Joker' leading the charge. The full list of nominees here.
Bombshell (2020) Review - Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie star in 'Bombshell', the dramatisation of the Fox News takedown that came before #MeToo as we know it. Read our review, as written by Sophie Butcher.
Little Women (2019) Review - "Little Women will be the Greta Gerwig movie that will establish her as one of the most important filmmakers of the 21st century". Katie Doyle reviews 'Little Women' (2019) starring Saoirse Ronan and an ensemble of talent.
Marriage Story (2019) Review - Netflix original drama 'Marriage Story' (2019) from screenwriter-director Noah Baumbach, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, is a complex and human tale of divorce according to Sam Sewell-Peterson in his review.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Review - The final instalment of the 'Star Wars' Skywalker saga has arrived, but does it fulfil expectations and conclude the franchise effectively? Joseph Wade reviews.
Knives Out (2019) Review - 'Knives Out' (2019), a modern whodunnit from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson, starring an ensemble headlined by Daniel Craig, as reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Ford v Ferrari / Le Mans ’66 (2019) Review - New James Mangold film 'Le Mans '66'/'Ford v Ferrari' (2019) starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale is "more than an exciting adventure into the world of motorsport made for motorsport enthusiasts" according to Francesca Militello's review.
Parasite (2019) Snapshot Review - Bong Joon-ho's Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winning thriller 'Parasite' is the latest film to prove that genre filmmaking is back. Jacob Davis reviews.
Jojo Rabbit (2019) Review - A satire from 'Thor: Ragnarok' director Taika Waititi that, even when examining Nazis, proves "love will always win over hate in the end" according to Bradley Weir in his review of 'Jojo Rabbit' (2019).
The Irishman (2019) Review - New Martin Scorsese film 'The Irishman', starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, is "a thrilling, nostalgic and self-retrospective gangster movie" according to Joseph Wade in his review.
Joker (2019) Review - After all the controversy, was the powerful performance from lead actor Joaquin Phoenix enough to save 'Joker' (2019) from failure? Joseph Wade reviews.
Ad Astra (2019) Review - 'The Lost City of Z' filmmaker James Gray has teamed with Brad Pitt for 'Ad Astra', a space exploration film being likened to 'Apocalypse Now'. Joseph Wade reviews.
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019) Review - Perhaps "the precise moment we can pinpoint as Tarantino signing his career's own death warrant", 2019 release Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, reviewed by Joseph Wade.
The Lion King (2019) Review - "While The Jungle Book enhanced the magic of its predecessor, The Lion King did the opposite." Samuel Sybert reviews 'The Lion King' (2019).
Toy Story 4 (2019) Review - Woody and the crew are back for the latest Disney Pixar instalment of Toy Story, 'Toy Story 4' (2019). Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Annie Potts star, Becca Seghini reviews.
Avengers: Endgame (2019) Review - Avengers: Endgame (2019) is the most important superhero film of all time. Joseph Wade reviews Marvel's culmination of a 21-film journey, directed by the Russo Brothers, here.
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 - 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 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 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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? - 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? - 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 - 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 - 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' 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 - 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) 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - "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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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) 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 - 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), 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 - 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 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have appointed famed cinematographer John Bailey as President.
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 - A roundup of the 89th annual Oscars is available here, including a full list of winners.
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), 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 - 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 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 - 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', the awards happy musical from 'Whiplash' director Damien Chazelle, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has been reviewed.
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 - 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 - A list of all of the winners (and losers) from the 88th Annual Academy Awards is available here.
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 - 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 - 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 - 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) 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) 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 - 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 complete list of 2016 Oscar nominees.
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 - 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 - 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 - Disney Pixar's "Inside Out" starring Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader & more has been reviewed by Joseph Wade here.
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 - '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 - 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 comprehensive list of Oscar winners from the 87th Academy Awards.
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 - 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 - 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 - 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? - 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 - 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.