Reviews

You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah (2023) Review - Adam Sandler and family come together to make 'You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah', a heartwarming Netflix Original comedy about coming of age. Review by Emi Grant.
Femme (2023) EIFF Review - 'Femme' (2023), from debut feature directors Sam H Freeman and Ng Choon Ping, starring Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and George Mackay is a tightly packed punch of a film. Review by Mark Carnochan.
Past Lives (2023) Review - Celine Song offers one of the greatest debut features of all time in 'Past Lives' (2023), an achingly beautiful film starring Greta Lee. Review by Mark Carnochan.
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (2023) EIFF Review - Hope Dickson Leach fails to find consistent standards and a fresh take on Jekyll and Hyde in 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'. Review by Mark Carnochan.
Passages (2023) EIFF Review - Ira Sachs' sex-fused relationship drama 'Passages' (2023), starring Franz Rogowski, Ben Whishaw and Adèle Exarchopoulos, ultimately fails to arouse. Review by Mark Carnochan.
‘Blade’ at 25 – Review - 25 years on from revolutionary comic book film 'Blade' starring Wesley Snipes, it has become clearer how this film changed the blockbuster landscape. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Communion Girl (2022) Review - 'The Communion Girl' (2022) comes all the way from Spain, though it could have come straight from 1980s USA because you've seen this film before. Review by Kieran Judge.
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ at 5 – Review - This glamorous, heartwarming rom-com set records for its all-Asian cast and its cross-cultural love story. Five years later, did 'Crazy Rich Asians' change Hollywood? Review by Emily Nighman.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (2023) Review - 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem' is a love letter to the Ninja Turtles of the past, while creating something new and completely captivating. Review by Martha Lane.
Meg 2: The Trench (2023) Review - 'Meg 2: The Trench', from cult British director Ben Wheatley, ticks a lot of shark lore boxes and knows exactly what sort of film it is. Stars Jason Statham. Review by Martha Lane.
Sharksploitation (2023) Review - 'Sharksploitation', the shark film Shudder documentary, is a celebration of cinema that highlights real world issues and will give you plenty of films for your watchlists. Review by Kieran Judge.
Talk to Me (2022) Review - Danny and Michael Philippou of popular YouTube channel RackaRacka have captured the zeitgeist of Gen Z in their supernatural horror 'Talk to Me' starring Sophie Wilde. Review by Mark Carnochan.
They Cloned Tyrone (2023) Review - Netflix Original 'They Cloned Tyrone', starring John Boyega, Teyonah Parris and Jamie Foxx, is enjoyable, funny and entertaining. Review by Martha Lane.
‘The Piano’ at 30 – Review - The first film directed by a woman to win the Cannes Palme d'Or, 'The Piano' by Jane Campion is now 30. It is a gothic, dark tale that offers a strong female lead. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Barbie (2023) Review - It's easy to fall in love with 'Barbie' (2023) starring Margot Robbie because director Greta Gerwig speaks a universal truth about growing up and so much more. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Oppenheimer (2023) Review - 'Oppenheimer' (2023) offers a depth of undertaking incomparable in the contemporary space, Christopher Nolan presenting an imperfect but important film. Review by Joseph Wade.
Theater Camp (2023) Review - Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman comedy Theater Camp (2023) is a funny and poignant film about the inner workings of theater nerds. Review by Emi Grant.
Quicksand (2023) Review - 'Quicksand', the 2023 Shudder horror film set in the rainforest of Colombia, has a few rare and fleeting moments but is absent of creativity or enjoyment. Review by Kieran Judge.
The Out-Laws (2023) Review - Adam DeVine and Pierce Brosnan star in the latest Happy Madison Productions film for Netflix, 'The Out-Laws' (2023), a forgettable low-stakes comedy. Review by Rob Jones.
Insidious: The Red Door (2023) Review - Patrick Wilson takes a huge step behind the camera as he directs 'Insidious: The Red Door' (2023), a horror film full of anxiety, apprehension and fear. Review by Jacob Davis.



Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One (2023) Review - The 7th 'Mission: Impossible' film, 'Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One' (2023) proves that Tom Cruise was right to champion the theatrical experience. Review by Joseph Wade.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023) Review - Some will say that Indiana Jones belongs in the past. That he's too old. That the ideas are overplayed. 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny' (2023) proves those people wrong. Review by Joseph Wade.
‘WALL-E’ at 15 – Review - Still relevant 15 years after it was released, Pixar's 'WALL-E' (2008) is a moral tale but isn't saccharine or preachy, a film brimming with expressive animation. Review by Martha Lane.
Asteroid City (2023) Review - Director Wes Anderson may have been mimicked on TikTok a lot recently, but his latest film 'Asteroid City' is all the proof you need of his genius. Review by Margaret Roarty.
No Hard Feelings (2023) Review - Jennifer Lawrence is the key to the good-natured albeit raunchy 2023 comedy 'No Hard Feelings', from 'Good Boys' director Gene Stupnitsky. Review by John McDonald.
‘Sleepless in Seattle’ at 30 – Review - 'Sleepless in Seattle' has endured as a top tier romantic comedy that could turn even the most steadfast cynic into a believer in love, fate, and the magic of the movies. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Extraction 2 (2023) Review - Compared to other Netflix Original films, 'Extraction 2' (2023) starring Chris Hemsworth, is a gem. The kind of spectacle Netflix should shoot for. Review by Jacob Davis.
‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ at 35 – Review - In some respects, Robert Zemeckis film 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' may seem dated, but it remains a relevant trailblazer with an unforgettable lead pairing. Review by Martha Lane.
Elemental (2023) Review - Though not one of Pixar's best films in their beloved canon, Elemental is a heartwarming rom-com with masterful animations that is worth a watch this summer. Review by Emily Nighman.
The Flash (2023) Review - DCEU entry 'The Flash' (2023), from Andy Muschietti and starring Ezra Miller and Michael Keaton, is a touching story about loss with adrenaline-fueled highs. Review by Rob Jones.
‘The Bling Ring’ at 10 – Review - 'The Bling Ring' at 10. Sofia Coppola made a timely commentary on celebrity culture and social media that remains relevant today. Stars Emma Watson. Review by Grace Laidler.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023) Review - The 'Transformers' franchise returns with 'Rise of the Beasts' (2023), an ensemble blockbuster headed by Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback, that offers little to enjoy. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘Jurassic Park’ at 30 – Review - 'Jurassic Park' turns 30. Steven Spielberg's dinosaur classic movie avoids cliché, is driven by character, and is a genre-defining piece even now. Review by Martha Lane.
Sisu (2022) Review - Jalmari Helander tells a bloody tale for the sake of a bloody tale in the visually arresting Finnish action-western 'Sisu' (2023) starring Jorma Tommila. Review by Kieran Judge.
‘The Truman Show’ at 25 – Review - After 25 years, Peter Weir's 'The Truman Show' starring Jim Carrey is a meticulously crafted, stylistically subversive, titanic cultural influence. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Boogeyman (2023) Review - Rob Savage's 'The Boogeyman', an adaptation of Stephen King's short story, slots right into the established zeitgeist but makes no attempts to shake up a well-worn path. Review by Kieran Judge.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023) Review - Sony Pictures Animation are rewriting the rule book in 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' (2023), a ginormous swing at something special. Spider-Man doesn't get better than this.
The Little Mermaid (2023) Review - Halle Bailey's vocal performance is the only highlight of a pale imitation of a much better movie. Disney and Rob Marshall's 'The Little Mermaid' (2023) review by Margaret Roarty.
Fast X (2023) Review - 'Fast X' (2023) is the first film to live up to the legacy created by 'Fast Five' and 'Furious 7'. Jason Momoa offers franchise's best performance. Review by Jacob Davis.
‘Frances Ha’ at 10 – Review - Greta Gerwig co-writes and stars in 'Frances Ha', from 'Marriage Story' director Noah Baumbach, a poignant watch for anyone undergoing construction in their life. Review by Emi Grant.