Reviews

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2021) Review - The creative minds behind the "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" stage musical have adapted the story for the big screen in what may be 2021's best movie musical. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Review - Marvel's first true martial arts film is endlessly thrilling, funny and heartfelt. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, starring Simu Liu and Awkwafina. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ at 10 – Review - 10 years on from its 2011 release, Tomas Alfredson's film adaptation of John le Carré’s "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" feels more relevant and connective today than ever. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The Road Dance (2021) EIFF Review - 'The Road Dance', from filmmaker Richie Adams and adapted from the book by John MacKay, returns Scottish cinema to its roots, though makes for a frustrating experience. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Candyman (2021) Review - Nia DaCosta horror sequel 'Candyman' (2021), from producer and co-writer Jordan Peele, starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, feels less organic and poised than the original. Kieran Judge reviews.
The Nest (2021) Review - 'The Nest' (2021), from 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' director Sean Durkin, features a career-defining Carrie Coon performance that deserves to be seen on the big screen. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
Mad God (2021) EIFF Review - Phil Tippett, the man behind visual effects on the likes of 'Jurassic Park', directs stop motion animation 'Mad God', nightmare fuel 30 years in the making. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Annette (2021) EIFF Review - Sparks and Leos Carax combine for the unique and interesting movie musical 'Annette', starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Mandibles (2021) EIFF Review - 'Mandibles' (2020/21), the latest film from French director Quentin Dupieux and starring Adèle Exarchopoulos, is a significant drop in quality from 'Deerskin'. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Here Today (2021) EIFF Review - Bolly Crystal writes, directs and co-stars with Tiffany Haddish in 'Here Today' (2021), a film that survives on the charisma and chemistry of its leading duo. Mark Carnochan reviews.
The Beta Test (2021) EIFF Review - Jim Cummings' newest offering, 'The Beta Test', is a 'Twilight Zone' shaped Hollywood rabbit hole filled with murder, mystery, manipulation, data harvesting, consumerism, greed and luxury stationery. Leoni Horton reviews.
Censor (2021) Review - 'Censor', the debut movie of Welsh filmmaker Prano Bailey-Bond, is a horror film set within the era of so-called "video nasties", a "captivating and original story". Mark Carnochan reviews.
‘Barton Fink’ at 30 – Review - 30 years on from the release of Palme d'Or winner 'Barton Fink', the Coen Brothers still keep you on your toes in this tale of John Turturro's movie-bound playwright. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Pig (2021) EIFF Review - Nicolas Cage offers one of the performances of his career in 'Pig', a debut film from Michael Sarnoski that defies all expectations. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Don’t Breathe 2 (2021) Review - Horror sequel 'Don't Breathe 2' (2021), starring Stephen Lang, is a movie that fans of horror may enjoy, but that the uninitiated may become inpatient with. Jacob Davis reviews.
Free Guy (2021) Review - Ryan Reynolds holds together the video game-inspired 'Free Guy' (2021), a blockbuster comedy that fans will return to time and time again, from director Shawn Levy. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
The Kissing Booth 3 (2021) Review - Netflix young adult rom-com 'The Kissing Booth 3', starring Joey King, Jacob Elordi and Joel Courtney, is a disappointing end to an already tedious franchise. Leoni Horton reviews.
‘Hell or High Water’ at 5 – Review - 'Hell or High Water', from screenwriter Taylor Sheridan and director David Mackenzie, starring Chris Pratt and Ben Foster, remains gripping and character-rich 5 years on from its release. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Jungle Cruise (2021) Review - 'Jungle Cruise' (2021), starring Emily Blunt, The Rock and Jack Whitehall, is the latest Disney film based on a theme park attraction, but it isn't a sure-fire hit. Jacob Davis reviews.
Stillwater (2021) Review - A dark and powerful true-to-life drama packed full of emotion and featuring stand-out performances, Tom McCarthy's 'Stillwater' starring Matt Damon is one to watch. Charlie Gardiner reviews.



The Suicide Squad (2021) Review - James Gunn writes and directs 'The Suicide Squad' (2021) starring Margot Robbie, Idris Elba and John Cena, from DC and Warner Bros' comic book universe. Jacob Davis reviews.
Starsky and Hutch (2004) Review - The 'Starsky & Hutch' movie reboot tried to offer nostalgia and fan service, as well as attract new fans, and with Todd Phillips at the wheel it made a fine effort. Katie Doyle reviews.
The Sparks Brothers (2021) Review - Self-confessed music fanboy Edgar Wright makes for the perfect director of Sparks music documentary 'The Sparks Brothers' (2021), about Ron and Russell Mael aka The Sparks Brothers. Review by Mark Carnochan.
Wrath of Man (2021) Review - Director Guy Ritchie follows 'The Gentlemen' with 'Wrath of Man', a crime action ensemble film lead by 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' star Jason Statham. Tony Ruggio reviews.
‘Planet of the Apes’ at 20 – Review - Studio interference and a rushed production marred Tim Burton's 'Planet of the Apes', which at 20 still lacks the inspiration of the original. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
‘Little Miss Sunshine’ at 15 – Review - 15 years on from Michael Arndt and Valerie Faris evolving cinema with the warm disfunction of 'Little Miss Sunshine', their ensemble hit remains relatable and important. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
‘Spirited Away’ at 20 – Review - 20 years on from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli releasing 'Spirited Away', it remains an incomparable masterpiece of animation and world cinema. Katie Doyle reviews.
Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) Review - Warner Bros return to 'Space Jam' for 2021 follow-up 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' starring NBA icon LeBron James and a whole host of famous characters. Jacob Davis reviews.
Deerskin (2019) Review - Jean Dujardin and Adèle Haenel lead Quentin Dupieux's dark comedy-horror 'Deerskin', about one man's obsession with the perfect jacket. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Black Widow (2021) Review - Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff finally gets her standalone Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in 'Black Widow', from director Cate Shortland. Review by Mark Carnochan.
The Tomorrow War (2021) Review - Amazon's big summer blockbuster 'The Tomorrow War', from the director of 'The Lego Batman Movie' and starring Chris Pratt, is "only clever if you've never seen a sci-fi movie before". Kieran Judge reviews.
Freaky (2021) Review - 'Freaky' (2021), from 'Happy Death Day' director Christopher Landon, and starring Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn, "is insanely fun". Mark Carnochan reviews.
In the Heights (2021) Review - 'In the Heights', the new musical from "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and 'Crazy Rich Asians' director Jon M. Chu, is likely to be the summer movie of 2021. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ at 50 – Review - 50 years since Willy Wonka asked "if you want to view paradise" and still it resonates as a feat of "pure imagination". Scott Z. Walkinshaw reviews.
F9: The Fast Saga (2021) Review - The 9th 'Fast and Furious' movie 'F9', starring Vin Diesel and John Cena, directed by Justin Lin, has some incredible moments but doesn't reach the heights of some franchise entries. Jacob Davis reviews.
Luca (2021) Review - Pixar's 'Luca', from director Enrico Casarosa, may not shoot for anything profound but it is their most summery and optimistic film in years. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ at 25 – Review - 25 years removed from the release of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', the Disney Animation remains "among the most satisfying and lasting movies of the Disney Renaissance". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Cruella (2021) Review - Emma Stone and Emma Thompson can't quite carry a relatively poor script in Disney's latest live-action adaptation 'Cruella'. Mark Carnochan reviews.
A Quiet Place Part II (2020) Review - How does 2021 John Krasinski film 'A Quiet Place Part II' fair amongst the best and worst sequels in cinema history? Mark Carnochan reviews.
Enfant Terrible (2021) Review - Cult filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder of the German New Wave is the subject of Oskar Roehler's Cannes entry 'Enfant Terrible'. Kieran Judge reviews.
Wings (1927) Review - 'Wings' (1927) is, for better or for worse, the first ever winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture. Close to 100 years later, its issues and triumphs are more evident than ever. Review by Kieran Judge.
News of the World (2021) Review - 'News of the World' (2021), from Bourne Series director Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks, nominated for 4 Oscars including cinematography, is "two hours well spent", but little more. Kieran Judge reviews.
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".