Reviews

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.
Edward Scissorhands (1990) Review - Thirty years on from the release of Tim Burton's iconic 'Edward Scissorhands', does it remain the fresh serving of alternative entertainment it once was, or is it a relic of a laughable by-gone era? Katie Doyle reviews.
Peninsula (2020) Review - 'Peninsula', otherwise known as 'Train to Busan: Peninsula' (2020) is a zombie-action follow up is an unevenly paced, derivative 'Train to Busan' sequel. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Rushmore (1998) Review - Rushmore (1998), the sophomore feature of director Wes Anderson, starring Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray, remains important to the director's filmography. Review by Christopher Connor.



Uncle Frank (2020) Review - Written and directed by Alan Ball ('American Beauty'), and starring Paul Bettany, 2020 drama 'Uncle Frank' struggles to be genuine in its portrayal of the hardships of the LGBTQ+ community. Leoni Horton reviews.
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Review - Ron Howard directed Netflix drama 'Hillbilly Elegy' is certified Oscar bait, but does it do enough to garner awards season recognition? Amy Adams and Glenn Close star, Mark Carnochan reviews.
The Princess Switch: Switched Again (2020) Review - It's Netflix Christmas with the 2nd instalment of 'The Princess Switch', 'The Princess Switch: Switched Again' starring Vanessa Hudgens, Vanessa Hudgens and... Vanessa Hudgens. Jacob Davis reviews.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square (2020) Review - 'Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square', released on Netflix in 2020, has cheese and festivities galore but lacks any form of quality. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
Bottle Rocket (1996) Review - Owen Wilson is co-writer and star (alongside brother Luke Wilson) for Wes Anderson's feature directorial debut 'Bottle Rocket' (1996), a film that shows hints of the director's famously idiosyncratic authorial style. Review by Christopher Connor.
The American President (1995) Review - Rob Reiner directs a script from 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' filmmaker Aaron Sorkin in this rom-com turned political drama celebrating its 25th anniversary, 'The American President'. Michael Douglas stars. Christopher Connor reviews.
Shirley (2020) Review - Shirley Jackson biopic 'Shirley' (2020) starring Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg is "a hypnotic albeit challenging tapestry of a character piece". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The Prodigy (2019) Review - 'Orange Is the New Black' star Taylor Schilling and 'It' child actor Jackson Robert Scott star in possession horror 'The Prodigy' (2019) from 'The Pact' director Nicholas McCarthy. Holly Bowler reviews.
To Die For (1995) Review - Nicole Kidman and Joaquin Phoenix star in 1995 Gus Van Sant film 'To Die For', the tale of a woman who will go so far as to orchestrate murder to get ahead in her journalism career. Beth Sawdon reviews.
On the Rocks (2020) Review - Sofia Coppola comedy-drama 'On the Rocks' (2020), available on Apple TV+ and starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones, reviewed by Christopher Connor.
Get Out (2017) Review - 2017 horror mega-hit 'Get Out', from screenwriter-director Jordan Peele and starring Daniel Kaluuya, "is an exceptional display of exemplary directing, scoring and writing". Darcy Rae reviews.
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Review - Borat is back, and this time he's looking to sell his daughter to Republican Vice President Mike Pence. Sacha Baron Cohen takes aim at Trumpism in 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' (ie, Borat 2), reviewed by Joseph Wade.
Rebecca (2020) Review - Ben Wheatley adapts Daphne De Maurier's "Rebecca", first put to screen by Alfred Hitchcock, with Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas and particularly Lily James excelling in their roles. Beth Sawdon reviews.
Saint Maud (2020) Review - A religion themed horror of the pace and tone of a Robert Eggers movie, Saint Maud (2020) from debut feature director Rose Glass and starring Morfydd Clark reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
New Order (2020) BFI LFF Review - 'New Order' (2020), from Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco, is "a daunting but very well crafted art-house thriller". Naian González Norvind stars. Review by Jack Cameron.
The Exorcist (1973) Retrospective Review - Arguably the most famous and influential horror of all time, William Friedkin's 'The Exorcist' (1973) starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair and Jason Miller, reviewed by Katie Doyle.
Young Frankenstein (1974) Review - Following hot on the heels of his smash hit 'Blazing Saddles', Mel Brooks sends up the horror genre with a spoof for the ages, 'Young Frankenstein' (1974). Retrospective film review by Christopher Connor.
Nomadland (2020) BFI LFF Review - "The Journey is one hell of a trip" in Chloé Zhao's immersive road movie 'Nomadland' (2020), featuring arguably the most complex and versatile performance of Frances McDormand's career. Leoni Horton reviews.
Never Gonna Snow Again (2020) BFI LFF Review - "Imagine a superhero film that takes aim at the upper middle classes and borrows moments from the work of legendary Soviet-era filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky". Never Gonna Snow Again (2020) review by Joseph Wade.
Possessor (2020) BFI LFF Review - "You've never seen blood splatter so pretty" as in Brandon Cronenberg sophomore feature 'Possessor' (2020) starring Andrea Riseborough and Christopher Abbott. Leoni Horton reviews.
Limbo (2020) BFI LFF Review - Ben Sharrock creates a bittersweet tale of those in need of a place to call home in 2020 refugee drama 'Limbo'. Leoni Horton reviews this lovingly photographed fish-out-of-water film.
Fractured (2018) Review - If you're looking for an independent horror film to watch, the gripping, spooky, gory and unique 'Fractured' starring 'Skins' star April Pearson would make for a good choice. Sophie Cook reviews.
David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020) BFI LFF Review - David Byrne and Spike Lee burn down the house with this expertly crafted, toes out extravaganza. Shove over "Hamilton", David Byrne is here. Leoni Horton reviews 'David Byrne's American Utopia' (2020).
Rose: A Love Story (2020) Review - When illness and reality take over, Rose and Sam must find a way to survive in the wilderness with only their love for each other to keep them safe. Charlie Gardiner reviews Rose: A Love Story (2020) starring Sophie Rundle and Matt Stokoe.
Ultraviolence (2020) BFI LFF Review - Ultraviolence, from documentarian Ken Fero, takes a graphic look into the brutality within the British Police whilst talking to the families of victims who have suffered at the hands of a faulty system. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
Wildfire (2020) BFI LFF Review - Nika McGuigan and Nora-Jane Noone shine in Cathy Brady's feature debut 'Wildfire', an Irish drama that ponders a lot of topics at the expense of its narrative. Jack Cameron reviews.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Review - Netflix Original 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' from screenwriter-director Aaron Sorkin and starring an ensemble including Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, reviewed by Kieran Judge.
One Night in Miami (2020) BFI LFF Review - Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown and Cassius Clay converse on matters of race and religion in Regina King's tenderly crafted feature directorial debut, 'One Night In Miami' (2020), reviewed by Leoni Horton.
Zombieland (2009) Review - "a great team of characters who forge a distinct and enjoyable chemistry" in Ruben Fleischer's 2009 zombie hit 'Zombieland', starring Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone. Libby Briggs reviews.
Cicada (2020) BFI LFF Review - Matthew Fifer's breathtaking self-penned and co-directed debut project, 'Cicada', speaks of the varied manifestations of pain. Movie review by Leoni Horton.