Reviews

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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.



‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.