Reviews

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.
Wolfwalkers (2020) BFI LFF Review - Cartoon Saloon animated feature 'Wolfwalkers' (2020), directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart, and starring Sean Bean, is a must-watch; both timely and timeless. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
Supernova (2020) BFI LFF Review - A breathtakingly beautiful look at the effect dementia can have on a couple trying to relive their fondest memories, 'Supernova' (2020) starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci reviewed by Charlie Gardiner.
Undine (2020) BFI LFF Review - Christian Petzold's Berlin-set drama 'Undine' is a challenging film that features an utterly watchable performance from Paula Beer. Joseph Wade reviews.
Kajillionaire (2020) BFI LFF Review - 'Kajillionaire', from screenwriter-director Miranda July, starring Evan Rachel Wood, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger and Gina Rodriguez is "entangled in July's bohemian-style flair". Leoni Horton reviews.
Mangrove (2020) BFI LFF Review - The tale of the Mangrove 9 is told in one part of the 'Small Axe' Steve McQueen anthology, 'Mangrove', "one of the most important British films of the 21st century". Joseph Wade reviews.
Relic (2020) BFI LFF Review - Natalie Erika James takes a lead pipe to the glass ceiling with this horror debut of the highest class, 2020 BFI London Film Festival entry 'Relic' starring Emily Mortimer, being "a genuine triumph". Joseph Wade reviews.
Eyimofe ‘This Is My Desire’ (2020) BFI LFF Review - The Esiri Brothers, Arie and Chuko, direct 'Eyimofe' (This Is My Desire), a new dual-chaptered drama set in Nigeria's most populous city, Lagos. Leoni Horton reviews this BFI London Film Festival entry.
Siberia (2020) BFI LFF Review - 2020 BFI London Film Festival entry 'Siberia', from screenwriter-director Abel Ferrara and starring Willem Dafoe, is a self-reflective film that always feels just out of reach. Joseph Wade reviews.
Herself (2020) BFI LFF Review - Herself (2020) Review - "There’s a true beauty in art that showcases the power of people and what can be achieved when we come together, a message that is arguably more important than ever in 2020." Charlie Gardiner.
The Painter and the Thief (2020) BFI LFF Review - An emotional depiction of friendship, trauma and the power of art, Benjamin Ree's documentary 'The Painter and the Thief' (2020) focusing on Barbora Kyslikova and Karl Bertil-Norland, reviewed by Charlie Gardiner.
Mogul Mowgli (2020) BFI LFF Review - Riz Ahmed stars as MC Zed, a British-Pakistani rapper facing his toughest challenge in his life away from music, in the debut feature of Bassam Tariq. Leoni Horton reviews this BFI London Film Festival 2020 release.
The Untouchables (1987) Review - Brian De Palma’s impeccably acted prohibition Noir, 'The Untouchables' (1987) stands the test of time as an at times moving crime thriller. Christopher Connor reviews.
The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) Review - 2020 rom-com 'The Broken Hearts Gallery', from screenwriter-director Natalie Krinsky and starring Geraldine Viswanathan, demonstrates the timelessness of New York City love stories. Leoni Horton reviews.
Enola Holmes (2020) Review - Sherlock's kid sister takes on the case in new Netflix feature Enola Holmes. Beth Sawdon gives us the low-down on Millie Bobby Brown's producing debut.
Se7en (1995) Review - The 25th anniversary of the release of David Fincher thriller 'Se7en' (1995) starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman brings into question its quality. Sophia Patfield reviews.
The Devil All the Time (2020) Review - 'The Devil All the Time', Netflix's Antonio Campos directed adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock's novel of the same name starring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson, is an interesting albeit slow-burning adaptation. Sophia Patfield reviews.
Easy A (2010) Review - Can you believe that it has been 10 years since the release of 'Easy A'? Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci, Amanda Bynes and more star in Will Gluck's version of "The Scarlet Letter", reviewed by Martha Lane.
The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020) Review - Sequels are infamously difficult to get right, but McG is out to prove a point with 'The Babysitter: Killer Queen'. Was he able to overcome the sequel curse? Mark Carnochan reviews.
Memories of Murder (2003) Review - 'Memories of Murder' (2003), from 'Parasite' director Bong Joon-ho, has been re-released in 2020. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews what is one of South Korea's greatest ever films.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Review - 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things', the 2020 Netflix film starring Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons, from the mind of 'Synecdoche, New York' filmmaker Charlie Kaufman, reviewed by Joseph Wade.
The Assistant (2019/20) Review - Kitty Green's 'The Assistant' (2019/2020) "is a stunning piece of work that unflinchingly tells a story of everyday life and everyday abuse in an industry that isn’t changing fast enough." Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
An American Pickle (2020) Review - Seth Rogen offers a terrific combination of leading performances in 'An American Pickle', a "sophisticated but not alienating" comedy from Pixar and SNL writer Simon Rich. Annice White reviews.
Mulan (2020) Review - Disney have released the most expensive film ever made by a female director, with Niki Caro's reimagining of 'Mulan' now on Disney Plus. Full movie review by Sam Sewell-Peterson here.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Review - The world waited 30 years for Terry Gilliam to finally realise his 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' film, but was it worth the hype? Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews the should-be magnum opus of a great career.
Matthias and Maxime (2019) Review - 2019 Cannes competition entry 'Matthias et Maxime' from French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan is "an intimate portrait of how big each our small lives can feel in the immediacy of every passing moment". Joseph Wade reviews.
Barry Lyndon (1975) Review - Despite often being overlooked in the canon of great Stanley Kubrick films, 1975 period drama/historical epic 'Barry Lyndon' is a must-watch for anyone interested in the form. Christopher Connor reviews.
The New Mutants (2020) Review - More than 2 years after it was originally scheduled to be released, Josh Boone X-Men teen horror 'The New Mutants' is finally here, and it could be destined for cult status. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) Review - By the time of his fifth feature, Wes Anderson had found his feet as an auteur, 'The Darjeeling Limited' (2007) becoming one of his best ever according to Sophia Patfield.
Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962) Review - Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962), from screenwriter-director Agnès Varda, the only female film director of the French New Wave, is filmed with love rather than contempt according to Eve O'Dea in this review.
Tenet (2020) Review - 'Tenet' (2020), written and directed by 'Inception' filmmaker Christopher Nolan, and starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, is "an unmissable cinematic experience". Joseph Wade reviews.
Da 5 Bloods (2020) Review - "It's hard to imagine a film more relevant to the past and present being released this year". Spike Lee's Netflix Original exploration of PTSD, race and neo-imperialism reviewed by Jacob Davis.
Get Duked! (2020) Review - "One of 2020's best", Amazon Original Scottish horror-comedy 'Get Duked!', is a memorable feature debut for screenwriter-director Ninian Doff. Full movie Review by Mark Carnochan.
Host (2020) Review - Rob Savage directed Zoom video call horror film 'Host' (2020) takes "a simple, economic concept and expands it into something chillingly lasting". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Babyteeth (2020) Review - Coming-of-age drama 'Babyteeth', starring Eliza Scanlen and Toby Wallace, directed by Shannon Murphy, "side-steps every overworked genre cliché". Full movie review by Leoni Horton.
Bad Education (2019) Review - Hitting all the right punches in all the right moments to help you understand the motives of the real life character at its heart, 'Bad Education' is edge of the seat movie going and deserves to be celebrated. Charlie Gardiner reviews.
Mulan (1998) Review - Released in the midst of the Disney Animation renaissance period, 'Mulan' (1998) remains an entry with visual flair and top voice acting performances despite dated aspects. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Scoob! (2020) Review - Mystery Inc is back for a new adventure, this time from Warner Animation Group, with 'Scoob!' (2020) featuring some expressive animation, a host of star names and one notably bad cameo. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
About Schmidt (2002) Review - Positioned between 'Election' and 'Sideways', 2002's 'About Schmidt' makes for a peculiar entry into Alexander Payne's work, but is anchored by a phenomenal Jack Nicholson lead performance.
How to Build a Girl (2020) Review - 'How to Build A Girl' fails to catch up with Beanie Feldstein's immense talent, using overtired Britcom to water down the issues it brings to light.
The Perfect Candidate (2019) Review - Monumental filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour returns to Saudi Arabia to tell a tale of a woman fighting systemic sexism in 'The Perfect Candidate' (2019). Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Yes, God, Yes (2019) Review - 'Stranger Things' star Natalia Dyer plays a sexually repressed teenager discovering herself and her body amidst a religious upbringing in Karen Maine's debut feature 'Yes, God, Yes' (2019) reviewed by Beth Sawdon.
Oldboy (2003) Review - Chan-wook Park breakout directorial hit 'Oldboy' (2003), starring Min-sik Choi in a remarkable leading role, "is an ultra-violent, challenging film". Full movie review by Andy English here.
Unhinged (2020) Review - Russell Crowe stars as a sweaty and ultra violent maniac in 2020 thriller 'Unhinged', from director Derrick Borte and screenwriter Carl Ellsworth, described as "a throwback thriller" by Joseph Wade in this review.
Daughters of Darkness (1971) Review - Harry Kümel directed, internationally flavoured horror 'Daughters of Darkness' (1971) is a cryptic horror with plenty to offer visually and a notable performance from Delphine Seyrig. Eve O'Dea reviews.
Election (1999) Review - Alexander Payne finds his feet with lacerating high school & political satire 'Election' (1999), a film led by superb performances from Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick. Review by Christopher Connor.
Citizen Ruth (1996) Review - 'Citizen Ruth' (1996), the feature debut of 'Sideways' and 'Nebraska' screenwriter-director Alexander Payne, starring Laura Dern as a pregnant drug addict, reviewed here by Christopher Connor.
Heaven Knows What (2014) Review - 2014 Safdie Brothers film 'Heaven Knows What' is a typically ultra-realist expression of cinema from one of the form's most revolutionary new partnerships. Leoni Horton reviews.
Extraction (2020) Review - Produced by the Russo Brothers, the men behind 'Avengers: Endgame', and starring Chris Hemsworth ('Thor'), Netflix Original action movie 'Extraction' "is how you make an all-out shooter". Joseph Wade's review.
Searching (2018) Review - Aneesh Chaganty makes an exceptional feature debut with 'Searching' (2018), the technological thriller starring John Cho. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The Invitation (2015) Review - 2015 horror film 'The Invitation', from director Karyn Kusama and starring Logan Marshall-Green, is an exciting independent horror. Full movie review from Sophia Patfield here.
The Old Dark House (1932) Review - From visionary director James Whale comes the classic Universal Horror movie 'The Old Dark House' starring Boris Karloff and a film-stealing performance from Ernest Thesiger. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The Old Guard (2020) Review - Charlize Theron leads an ensemble cast in 2020 Netflix action film 'The Old Guard'. With a "universe" clearly in Netflix's sights, is this film worth a sequel? Find out in Joseph Wade's review.
Grand Hotel (1932) Review - A jewel of the pre-code era, 1932 Best Picture Oscar winner 'Grand Hotel' starring Greta Garbo, John Barrymore and other famous faces is perhaps unfairly misremembered. Eve O'Dea looks to set the record straight in this review.
Palm Springs (2020) Review - Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti star in 'Palm Springs' (2020), a new film from the team behind The Lonely Island of a romance stuck in a time loop. Joseph Wade reviews.
Time Bandits (1981) Review - Terry Gilliam’s time travelling romp, 'Time Bandits' (1981), remains an example of his unique blend of humour and darkness. The first of Gilliam's Trilogy of Imagination reviewed by Christopher Connor.
A Matter of Life and Death (1946) Review - Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1946 romantic drama, 'A Matter of Life and Death', "is a towering metaphysical masterpiece" of cinema. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The King of Staten Island (2020) Review - 2020 Judd Apatow directed come-drama 'The King of Staten Island' is a recognisable attempt by Pete Davidson to face his demons head-on. Review by Leoni Horton.
Caliber 9 (1972) Review - 'You Have to Accept It': Fate and Power in Fernando di Leo's Milano calibro 9 (Calibre 9, 1972). Review by Paul A J Lewis.
Come to Daddy (2019) Review - Elijah Wood stars in 'Come To Daddy', a gory favourite of the 2019 festival circuit now available on home video. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Down Among the Big Boys (1993) Review - Billy Connolly stars in Scottish gangster film 'Down Among the Big Boys' from 1993. Mark Carnochan reviews.
The Vast of Night (2019) Review - 'The Vast of Night', available exclusively on Amazon, is proof that "small-scale storytelling can sometimes be more captivating than the flashiest and most elaborate blockbusters". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Little Voice (1998) Review - "Nostalgic, funny, cinematic and deep, Little Voice is a terrifically well performed and well constructed piece of British cinematic history". Joseph Wade reviews Mark Herman's adaptation starring Caine, McGregor, Blethyn and Horrocks.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008) Review - Mark Herman's memorable 2008 holocaust drama 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas' is a movie with a "hard-hitting and emotional narrative", "a deserved classic for future cinephiles". Bethen Blackabee reviews.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Review - After success with 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz', Edgar Wright took to North America with his off-kilter adaptation 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' (2010). Christopher Connor looks back in this retrospective review.
Comfort and Joy (1984) Review - Two rival ice cream gangs and the radio presenter stuck in the middle of it all. That's the premise for Bill Forsyth's 1984 comedy 'Comfort and Joy', a landmark of Scottish cinema according to Mark Carnochan.
Out (2020) Pixar Short Film Review - "Hilarious, heartwarming and sweet", Disney Pixar short film 'Out' marks the animation studio's first openly LGBTQ+ narrative. Rebecca Seghini reviews the film now available on Disney Plus.
Uncorked (2020) Review - Netflix wine movie 'Uncorked', from director Prentice Penny and starring Mamoudou Athie, "gets so much right" and puts across the "almost magical power of food and drink". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Calm with Horses (2019) Review - Irish gang drama 'Calm with Horses' (2019) is a stunning visual presentation with an atmospheric and moody score. Barry Keoghan and Cosmo Jarvis star. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The World’s End (2013) Review - The Cornetto Trilogy came to an end with 'The World's End' (2013), with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright offering perhaps their most underrated film. Christopher Connor reviews.
The Full Monty (1997) Review - A BAFTA and Oscar winner, 'The Full Monty' is "not just a northern comedy about men who take their clothes off". Robert Carlyle and Mark Addy star in Peter Cattaneo's South Yorkshire classic. Annice White reviews.
Blood Junkies (1993) Review - Once thought lost to an underhanded "distributor", the story of how Scottish cult horror movie 'Blood Junkies' (1993) found a release is probably even more interesting than the film. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Billy Elliot (2000) Review - "It’s been twenty years since Billy Elliot burst onto cinema screens, and its portrait of the North East remains just as moving and inspiring today." Angel Lloyd reviews 'Billy Elliot' (2000).
A Field in England (2013) Review - Ben Wheatley's 'A Field In England' (2013) is a film "like nothing else" from "one of the most distinctive, original and prolific British filmmakers working today" according to Sam Sewell-Peterson in this review.
Hot Fuzz (2007) Review - The midpoint of The Cornetto Trilogy, 'Hot Fuzz', finds Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost firing on all cylinders. Christopher Connor reviews.
Sweet Sixteen (2002) Review - Ken Loach and Paul Laverty film 'Sweet Sixteen' (2002), telling the tale of a non-educated delinquent in small-town Scotland, packs a tremendously heavy punch. Mark Cornachan reviews.
Adult Life Skills (2016) Review - 'Adult Life Skills' (2016) starring Jodie Whittaker has "a certain dressed-down appeal" that indicates writer-director Rachel Tunnard "could be one to watch". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews this film about tackling grief and growing up in your 20s.
Good Time (2017) Review - 2017 Safdie Brothers release 'Good Time' starring Robert Pattinson "is a relentless barrage of anxiety and violence", a thriller shot in 35mm with an "unsettling, naturalistic aesthetic". Leoni Horton reviews.
Stuber (2019) Review - New Michael Dowse buddy cop movie 'Stuber' starring Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani is "an enjoyable but far from groundbreaking funny actioner that will come and go about as quick as an Uber driver's illusive 5-star rating". Joseph Wade reviews.
Shaun of the Dead (2004) Review - In watching 'Shaun of the Dead' - one of the best loved British comedies of the contemporary era - it's easy to see why the Cornetto Trilogy has proven so popular, and why Wright, Pegg and Frost have had exciting careers. Christopher Connor reviews.
What We Did on Our Holiday (2014) Review - 'What We Did on Our Holiday' (2014) is proof you should never judge a book by its cover, this David Tennant and Rosamund Pike starring drama "smashing audience expectations" set by its trailers. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Dearly Departed (2020) Short Film Review - "Imagine a mixture of 'Waitress' and 'The Sixth Sense', and you’ve got Elise Martin and Jess Bartlett’s entertaining new short", 'Dearly Departed' (2020). Beth Sawdon reviews.
Goodfellas (1990) Review - 'Goodfellas' at 30 – Martin Scorsese’s Mob epic starring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci remains both one of his greatest achievements and one of the best films of a storied genre. Christopher Connor reviews.
Whisky Galore! (1949) Review - 'The Ladykillers' director Alexander Mackendrick makes his directorial debut with cult Scottish film 'Whisky Galore!', a film about an island's love for Whisky that doesn't quite stand the test of time. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Review - Eliza Hittman film 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always', succeeds at telling the tale of a teenage girl seeking abortion in the United States through empathy and authenticity. Pagan Carruthers reviews.
The Elephant Man (1980) Review - David Lynch film 'The Elephant Man' (1980), starring John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins, "maintains its poignant sting" some 40 years later. Angel Lloyd reviews.
The Battle of the Sexes (1960) Review - Peter Sellers stars in Charles Crichton's almost perfect 1960 comedy 'The Battle of the Sexes', set in Scotland's capital city Edinburgh. Mark Cornachan reviews.
Judy (2019) Review - "A biopic of the year", Rupert Goold's Judy Garland movie 'Judy', starring Renée Zellweger as icon of the stage and screen Judy Garland, is "simply spectacular". Francesca Militello reviews.
Love Wedding Repeat (2020) Review - All-star Netflix film 'Love Wedding Repeat' (2020), starring the likes of Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn, Eleanor Tomlinson and Aisling Bea, is a rom-com with no rom and no com. Annice White reviews.
Brassed Off (1996) Review - A cultural phenomenon in the 1990s, Mark Herman's 'Brassed Off' (1994) starring Pete Postlethwaite, Ewan McGregor and a range of recognisable British talent, is a remarkable piece of cinema. Joseph Wade reviews.
My Summer of Love (2004) Review - The English language debut of auteur Pawel Pawlikowski, 2004's 'My Summer of Love' starring a young Emily Blunt, "feels like a look back into the spring of a great career". Joseph Wade reviews.
The Selfish Giant (2013) Review - An "amalgamation of 'Oliver Twist' and 'Standy By Me'" that presents "an almost folkloric package" of childhood through poverty. Clio Barnard's 'The Selfish Giant' (2013) reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Arbor (2010) Documentary Review - Clio Barnard's feature debut, documentary 'The Arbor' (2010), tells the truth of impoverished Great Britain through the tragedy of Andrea Dunbar and her family's posthumous devastation. Joseph Wade reviews.
Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987) Review - Tagged as "Thatcher's Britain with her knickers down", Alan Clarke's film adaptation of Andrea Dunbar's famous stage play, 'Rita, Sue and Bob Too' (1987) is a Yorkshire classic. Annice White reviews.
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) Review - "Environmentalism, war and peace, pride and corruption, coming of age and redemption" - Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's animation 'Howl's Moving Castle' (2004) reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Fantasy Island (2020) Review - New Blumhouse fantasy-thriller-horror 'Fantasy Island' (2020) might be worth a watch if you're a fan of Lucy Hale, but it won't thrill fans of the genre quite like a 'Get Out'. Sophie Cook reviews.
My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999) Review - Studio Ghibli's first fully computer-animated feature, from lesser known Ghibli director Isao Takahata, is a unique though very different animated vision from Hayao Miyazaki's. Sam Sewell-Peterson's review.
True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Review - Justin Kurzel (Macbeth; Assassin's Creed) takes on the legend of Ned Kelly in his Western turned punk performance piece starring '1917' star George MacKay. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.