Reviews

Napoleon (2023) Review - Ridley Scott reunites with 'Gladiator' star Joaquin Phoenix for historical epic 'Napoleon', a film about Napoleon Bonaparte's conquests that had a lot of potential. Review by Joseph Wade.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) Review - There is a universal truth at the core of John Hughes' 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles' (1987), an exercise in empathy that has maintained its potency. Review by Connell Oberman.
Thanksgiving (2023) Review - For the most part, Eli Roth's slasher horror 'Thanksgiving' (2023) does exactly what it says it's going to. It gives a good, bloody slasher flick. Review by Kieran Judge.
‘Frozen’ at 10 – Review - Walt Disney Animation mega-hit 'Frozen' is 10, and with a progressive and influential central narrative it maintains its impact and importance. Review by Martha Lane.
Dashing Through the Snow (2023) Review - 'Dashing Through the Snow' (2023), Disney's direct-to-streaming Christmas offering from Tim Story starring Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, is a one-watch-and-done festive adventure. Review by Martha Lane.
Embers (2023) Review - Christian Cooke's 2023 feature 'Embers' breaks down our understanding of therapy and mental illness, achieving a short, sharp shock that lingers in the mind. Review by Kieran Judge.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (2023) Review - The prequel to 'The Hunger Games' is another worthy entry into the canon, 'The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes' offering a rich and intriguing peak into the past. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Saltburn (2023) Review - Emerald Fennell has done it again. 'Saltburn' (2023) is like a Shakespearean episode of 'Skins' with a dash of 'Succession', and Barry Keoghan offers a special performance. Review by Mark Carnochan.
The Marvels (2023) Review - Nia DaCosta takes on 'The Marvels' (2023), a "decent enough time at the movies" that doesn't quite top the canon of Marvel Cinematic Universe offerings. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Dream Scenario (2023) Review - Kristoffer Borgli's 'Dream Scenario' (2023) seems like a dream scenario for star Nicolas Cage, and is an effortlessly watchable and compelling film in its own right. Review by Rob Jones.
Poor Things (2023) Review - Emma Stone stars as Bella, a remarkable creation formed by the hands of Willem Dafoe's Doctor, in Yorgos Lanthimos' most laugh-out-loud funny movie to date. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Killer (2023) Review - David Fincher offers one of 2023's best films in 'The Killer' starring Michael Fassbender, a thriller that deserves to survive the plight of the Netflix algorithm. Review by Mark Carnochan.
How to Have Sex (2023) Review - Molly Manning Walker's 'How to Have Sex' (2023), winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes, is a film about sex and consent thankfully absent of the male gaze. Review by Gala Woolley.
Wingwomen (2023) Review - Mélanie Laurent directs and stars in 'Wingwomen' (2023), a Netflix Original buddy actioner reminiscent of 'Ocean's Eleven' and 'Lethal Weapon'. Review by Rob Jones.
Bottoms (2023) Review - Emma Seligman's 'Bottoms' (2023) is a hilariously violent teen sex comedy co-written by co-star Rachel Sennott. This is a memorable satire that packs a punch. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Five Nights at Freddy’s (2023) Review - The long-awaited film adaptation of 'Five Nights at Freddy's' (2023), starring Josh Hutcherson in a haunted family fun restaurant, proves fan service can only get you so far. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Taxi Driver (1976) Review - The legacy of Taxi Driver (1976) may not endure in a post-Trump world, but Martin Scorsese's film starring Robert De Niro remains a landmark work of US cinema. Review by Jacob Davis.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Review - Martin Scorsese 2013 film 'The Wolf of Wall Street', starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and Jonah Hill, is a timeless reflection on American wealth. Review by Emi Grant.
Hit Man (2023) Review - Glen Powell stars and co-writes 'Hit Man' (2023), from 'Dazed and Confused' director Richard Linklater, "one of the most fun and original movies in years". Review by Leoni Horton.
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (2023) Review - 'Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour' set box office records, and it is a theater-worthy experience. Swift uses the film to construct her artistic image and narrative. Review by Jacob Davis.



Priscilla (2023) Review - Priscilla Presley memoir "Elvis and Me" fits effortlessly into director Sofia Coppola's cinematic canon. Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi star. Review by Leoni Horton.
‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ at 30 – Review - After 30 years, Jack Skellington is not just the King of the Pumpkin Patch, he is the King of the Goths. 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' reviewed 30 years after its release. Article by Katie Doyle.
Ratatouille (2007) Review - Everyone has the potential to follow their dreams and succeed... even Parisian rats! Disney Pixar's 'Ratatouille' (2007) is a masterpiece. Review by Lydia Bowen-Williams.
Killers of the Flower Moon (2023) Review - 'The Killers of the Flower Moon' is nothing short of a masterpiece from our greatest living filmmaker, Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone star. Review by Leoni Horton.
Austin Butler Riding a Motorcycle in 'The Bikeriders' The Bikeriders (2023) Review - Jeff Nichols biker movie 'The Bikeriders' (2023), starring Tom Hardy, Austin Butler and Jodie Comer, wears its influences on its sleeve but tells a recognisable story with a fresh approach.
The Exorcist: Believer (2023) Review - 'The Exorcist: Believer', from 'Halloween' director David Gordon Green, seems to apply the 'twice as many kids, twice as scary' logic to 'The Exorcist', much to its detriment. Review by Kieran Judge.
Haunted Mansion (2023): Review - Disney's 'Haunted Mansion' (2023), starring LaKeith Stanfield at the head of an ensemble cast, is on Disney Plus. It's hard to imagine it becoming a family favourite. Review by Martha Lane.
The Old Oak (2023) Review - 'The Old Oak' (2023), the Palme d'Or-nominated "final film" of renowned director Ken Loach's career, speaks truth to power. Ignore the naysayers. Review by Joseph Wade.
The Creator (2023) Review - Behold Gareth Edwards' 'The Creator' (2023), a mid-budget sci-fi starring John David Washington that is a good time at the movies. Review by Mark Carnochan.
Saw X (2023) Review - The 10th instalment in the 'Saw' franchise, 'Saw X' (2023), won't convert those uninterested in Jigsaw, but it will be particularly pleasing to returning fans. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Dumb Money (2023) Review - Craig Gillespie presents a thoughtful take the real-life story of how GameStop stock upended Wall Street in 'Dumb Money', starring Paul Dano. Review by Rob Jones.
Love at First Sight (2023) Review - On the shoulders of its two stars Haley Lu Richardson and Ben Hardy, Netflix Original rom-com 'Love at First Sight' is great for a cosy movie night. Review by Rehana Nurmahi.
‘Prisoners’ at 10 – Review - 'Prisoners', the crime thriller from 'Dune' director Denis Villeneuve starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, holds us captive even 10 years on from its release. Review by Gala Woolley.
Elevator Game (2023) Review - 'Elevator Game' (2023), the elevator horror film from Rebekah McKendry, is 'Cube' meets 'Candyman', but an insult to both. Review by Kieran Judge.
Bolan’s Shoes (2023) Review - Timothy Spall and Leanne Best star in 'Bolan's Shoes', a film that may disappoint you if a Marc Bolan T Rex film is what you're expecting. Review by John McDonald.
‘Steamboat Willie’ at 95 – Short Film Review - Disney's game-changing breakthrough cartoon 'Steamboat Willie', the film that introduced the public to Mickey Mouse, is 95 - how does it hold up? Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
El Conde (2023) Review - Pablo Larraín, the director behind 'No' (2012), 'Jackie' (2016) and 'Spencer' (2021), directs a historical satire imagining Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet as a vampire. Review by Martha Lane.
A Haunting in Venice (2023) Review - The third film in Kenneth Branagh's Poirot series takes a huge step away from Agatha Christie's source material for this horror film lacking the novel's magic. Review by Kieran Judge.
‘The Age of Innocence’ at 30 – Review - Thirty years on from the release of Martin Scorsese's 'The Age of Innocence' (1993), the Edith Wharton adaptation deserves a spot among his most accomplished works. Review by Margaret Roarty.
Scrapper (2023) Review - Charlotte Regan's debut feature 'Scrapper' (2023), starring Lola Campbell and Harris Dickinson, is a worthwhile take on a story that isn't often told. Review by Rob Jones.
Cobweb (2023) Review - Samuel Bodin horror 'Cobweb' (2023) is a daring push at formula, a film ever-so-close to being one of cinema's surprises of the year. Stars Lizzy Caplan. Review by Kieran Judge.
Fremont (2023) EIFF Review - Babak Jalali's 'Fremont' (2023), about an Afghan woman living in the United States, won't be a film for everyone but has a charm that is difficult to resist. Review by Mark Carnochan.
Kill (2023) EIFF Review - Adapted from a short film, Rodger Griffiths' feature directorial debut 'Kill' (2023) leaves you with thoughts of what could have been. Review by Mark Carnochan.
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.