Love and Monsters (2020) Review - 'Love and Monsters', a new creature feature by director Michael Matthews and starring Dylan O'Brien, is an inventive little adventure movie. Scott Z Walkinshaw reviews.
Crip Camp (2020) Review - Nominated for Documentary Feature at the 2021 Oscars, "Crip Camp is an essential story of liberty and spirit against impossible odds". James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham direct, Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Burrow (2020) Short Film Review - Madeline Sharafian's 'Burrow', the Pixar SparkShorts entry into the 2021 Oscars Animated Short category, is a nursery rhyme relevant to our times. Joseph Wade reviews.
My Octopus Teacher (2020) Review - 'My Octopus Teacher', the wildlife documentary phenomenon that has earned a nomination at the 2021 Oscars, isn't quite the runaway success of other documentaries in its genre. Katie Doyle reviews.
Two Distant Strangers (2021) Short Film Review - Oscar nominated live action short 'Two Distant Strangers', from Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe, starring Joey Bada$$ and Andrew Howard, tells of police brutality and murder in the United States.
Collective (2019) Review - Romanian film 'Collective', a nominee in both the Documentary Feature and International Feature categories at the 2021 Oscars, is "one of the most important documentaries of all time". Mark Carnochan reviews.
Genius Loci (2021) Short Film Review - 'Genius Loci', the 2021 Oscar nominated Animated Short from Adrien Merigeau in conjunction with Brecht Evens, is a wondrous example of cinema's ability to connect on a deep level. Joseph Wade reviews.
Over the Moon (2020) Review - Walt Disney Animation legend Glen Keane returns to animated cinema for 2021 Oscars nominee 'Over the Moon' from Netflix, a film that "features relevant themes of loss and personal ambition".
The Letter Room (2020) Short Film Review - Oscar Isaac stars in Elvira Lind's Live Action Short nominee at the 2021 Oscars, 'The Letter Room', "an interesting experiment worth exploring for fans of Lind or Isaac in particular." Joseph Wade reviews.
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019) Review - Aardman Animation's 'A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon' is nominated for Animated Feature at the Oscars. Does it indicate a renaissance for the British animation house? Mark Carnochan reviews.
Yes-People (2021) Short Film Review - Probably the most quirky of all the Animation Short Subjects nominated at the 2021 Oscars, Gísli Darri Halldórsson's Icelandic short film 'Yes-People' will lift your anxieties for 8 minutes at least.
Feeling Through (2020) Short Film Review - Live-Action Short nominee at the 2021 Oscars, Doug Roland's 'Feeling Through' asks: would you help a DeafBlind man on the street in the middle of the night? Joseph Wade reviews.
The Father (2021) Review - 'The Father', the feature directorial debut of Florian Zeller starring Anthony Hopkins in a career standout performance, "is a deeply unsettling depiction of how memory can betray a person". Peter Charney reviews.
If Anything Happens I Love You (2020) Short Film Review - 'If Anything Happens I Love You' from Michael Govier and Will McCormack, distributed by Netflix, is the subject of a TikTok craze and "the very best of the best" of short film in 2021. Joseph Wade reviews.
Sound of Metal (2021) Review - 'Sound of Metal', from screenwriter-director Darius Marder, is a triumph for Best Actor nominee Riz Ahmed who is utterly dazzling from the moment he arrives on screen. Leoni Horton reviews.
The Present (2021) Short Film Review - Set at one of the West Bank's many border crossings between Palestinian territory and Israel, 'The Present' is a thought-provoking film nominated for Live Action Short at the 2021 Oscars.
Do Not Split (2021) Short Film Review - 'Do Not Split', the Oscar nominated Documentary Short Subject from the frontlines of Hong Kong's protests against the CPC by Anders Hammer, reviewed by Joseph Wade.
Colette (2020) Short Film Review - Colette Marin-Catherine, a survivor of the Nazi occupation of France and sibling to a young man killed in labour camps, is the subject of this Oscar nominated Documentary. Review by Joseph Wade.
Hunger Ward (2021) Short Film Review - Hunger Ward - Oscar nominated for Documentary Short Subject, Skye Fitzgerald's unflinching look at the Yemen food crisis caused by its conflict with Saudi Arabia is unmissable. Review by Joseph Wade.
A Concerto Is a Conversation (2020) Short Film Review - 'A Concerto Is a Conversation', from Kris Bowers and Ben Proudfoot, is a 2021 Oscars Documentary Short Subject film nominee about race, legacy, heritage and music. Joseph Wade reviews.
Greyhound (2021) Review - Tom Hanks writes and stars in Apple TV+ movie 'Greyhound', co-starring Stephen Graham and nominated for Sound at the 2021 Oscars. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
A Love Song for Latasha (2020) Short Film Review - In 1991,15 year old Latasha Harlins was shot and killed in an LA convenience store. Oscar nominated documentary short subject 'A Love Song for Latasha' tells of her impactful life. Joseph Wade reviews.
Godzilla vs Kong (2021) Review - 'Godzilla vs Kong', from Legendary's Monsterverse and directed by Adam Wingard, "will leave any Kaiju fan in need of power tools to remove the smiles from their faces". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
‘Spy Kids’ at 20 – Review - A staple of millennial and Gen Z childhood culture, Robert Rodriguez's family spy film 'Spy Kids' (2001) is 20 years old, and not quite the masterpiece we remember. Darcy Rae reviews.
Godzilla (2014) Review - Warner Bros' 2014 remake of 'Godzilla', from director Gareth Edwards and starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, doesn't quite live up to its potential. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
No Ordinary Man (2020) Review – BFI Flare - When jazz musician Billy Tipton died, it was discovered he was biologically female. Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt direct documentary 'No Ordinary Man', reviewed by Annice White.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Review - Is 2014's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Wes Anderson's finest hour as an auteur? Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori star at the head of an ensemble cast. Reviewed by Christopher Connor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.