Reviews

Halloween Ends (2022) Review - Do not see 'Halloween Ends' (2022). Do not give it exposure. Save your money. Save cinema. David Gordon Green directs, Jamie Lee Curtis stars. Review by Kieran Judge.
The Orphanage (2007) Review - Directed by J.A. Bayona, and backed by Guillermo del Toro, 'The Orphanage' (2007) "might be one the most moving ghost stories ever put to film". Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Mr Harrigan’s Phone (2022) Review - 'Mr Harrigan's Phone' (2022) starring Jaeden Martell and Donald Sutherland is understanding, empathetic, and more mature than other Stephen King adaptations. Review by Kieran Judge.
Martyrs (2008) Review - Pascal Laugier's infamous New French Extreme horror film 'Martyrs' (2008) intentionally refuses us any catharsis, but holds us in a twisted and tight grip. Review by Grace Britten.
The Others (2001) Review - With a twist "so obvious you won’t see it coming", Alejandro Amenábar's 'The Others' (2001) starring Nicole Kidman is still captivating and frightening today. Review by Margaret Roarty.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) Review - Tim Curry stars as Dr Frank N. Furter in the camp classic Halloween musical 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' (1975), from the mind of Richard O'Brien. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Hocus Pocus 2 (2022) Review - The Sanderson Sisters return in Disney's 'Hocus Pocus 2', starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker. It fails to live up to the original, but has moments of magic. Review by Emi Grant.
Hocus Pocus (1993) Review - The Sanderson Sisters, played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, light up 'Hocus Pocus' (1993), a cult classic for Halloween enthusiasts. Review by Emi Grant.
Suspiria (2018) Review - Luca Guadagnino's 2018 'Suspiria' film places a new focus on the story first told on screen by Dario Argento in 1977. Film stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton. Review by Mark Carnochan.
Blonde (2022) Review - Ana de Armas gives the performance of a lifetime as Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik's Netflix biopic 'Blonde' (2022), a film that wastes her potential. Review by Kieran Judge.
Don’t Worry Darling (2022) Review - Behind the scenes controversy surrounds the release of Olivia Wilde's 'Don't Worry Darling' (2022) starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, a film that squanders its potential. Review by Kieran Judge.
‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ at 10 – Review - Ten years on from its release, Stephen Chbosky's film adaptation of his own novel 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' still offers a warm embrace. Review by Kae M.
Kintsugi (2022) Short Film Review - 'Kintsugi' is "a beautiful little original animation" from Sugar Animation Studios and director Cleto Acosta-McKillop, "a wonderful creation". Short film review by Kieran Judge.
Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022) Review - Halina Reijn makes a name for herself amongst the horror-comedy fanbase with 'Bodies Bodies Bodies' (2022), a pointed and funny Gen Z fable. Review by Morgan Barr.
‘The Master’ at 10 – Review - Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master', starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams in Oscar-nominated performances, is 10 years old. Review by Rachael Norris.
Pinocchio (2022) Review - Robert Zemeckis ('Back to the Future', 'Forrest Gump') reimagines classic Walt Disney Animation 'Pinocchio' in CG/live-action for Disney Plus. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
After Yang (2022) Review - Kogonada takes inspiration from Hirokazu Koreeda for his "exceptionally beautiful" 2022 film 'After Yang' starring Colin Farrell as the father of a young robot. Review by Mark Carnochan.
The Forgiven (2021) Review - John Michael McDonagh returns to form with 'The Forgiven' starring Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain, an upper class couple who accidentally kill a Moroccan boy. Review by Mark Carnochan.
Return to Seoul (2022) Review - Park Ji-min embodies someone trying to find their place in the world in Davy Chou's tale of lost identity, 'Return to Seoul' (2022). Review by Jake Gill.
Winners (2022) EIFF Review - A young boy seeks to return an Oscar statue to its rightful owner in the UK-financed, Iran-set 'Winners' (2022) from director Hassan Nazer. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Full Time (2021) EIFF Review - Eric Gravel directs Laure Calamy in 'Full Time' - picture the Safdie Brothers directing a film about a single mother. Review by Mark Carnochan.
Axiom (2022) EIFF Review - Upcoming Swedish director Jöns Jönsson proves he's a filmmaker to keep your eye on with the subtle but interesting 'Axiom' (2022) starring Moritz von Treuenfels. Review by Mark Carnochan.
Sick of Myself (2022) Review - Kristine Kujath Thorp is Signe, arguably the worst person in the world, in Kristoffer Borgli’s satire of culture's glorification of victim mentality, 'Sick of Myself' (2022). Review by Jake Gill.
Official Competition (2021) EIFF Review - Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas and Oscar Martínez star as three filmmakers in 'Official Competition', an hilarious satire on the film industry. Review by Mark Carnochan.
Nope (2022) Review - Jordan Peele follows 'Get Out' and 'Us' with 2022 sci-fi 'Nope', starring Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun, a film that may prove he's the next Spielberg. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Flux Gourmet (2022) EIFF Review - Infamous director Peter Strickland follows his divisive 'In Fabric' with 2022's 'Flux Gourmet' starring Asa Butterfield and Gwendoline Christie, a repetitive and messy satire. Review by Mark Carnochan.
Aftersun (2022) EIFF Review - Paul Mescal stars as a dad managing anger issues in father-daughter relationship drama 'Aftersun' (2022), from screenwriter-director Charlotte Wells. Mark Carnochan reviews from EIFF.
False Memories – A Pseudo-Documentary (2022) Review - In 'False Memories', filmmaker Jack Caffrey brings together an imagined story born from photographs he found and had developed. It's a pseudo-documentary on life and meaning. Jacob Davis reviews.
‘Black Narcissus’ at 75 – Review - Although dated in parts, Powell and Pressburger's 'Black Narcissus' remains iconic and influential even 75 years after it was released. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Bullet Train (2022) Review - Brad Pitt leads an ensemble of star names in 'Bullet Train', from 'Deadpool 2' director David Leitch, that features plenty of shiny neon-soaked fight scenes but little by way of character. Kieran Judge reviews.
Prey (2022) Review - The Predator has returned for Dan Trachtenberg's 2022 film 'Prey', "a lean, mean and completely thrilling hunter vs hunted historical action movie". Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Gray Man (2022) Review - Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans star in Netflix summer action film the "utterly lifeless" 'The Gray Man', from 'Avengers: Endgame' directors the Russo Brothers. Review by Joseph Wade.
Where the Crawdads Sing (2022) Review - Daisy Edgar-Jones stars in Olivia Newman's sloppily-directed feature adaptation of Delia Owens' 'Where the Crawdads Sing' (2022). Review by Kieran Judge.
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) Review - Thor returns in Marvel's 'Thor: Love and Thunder' (2022), an inconsistent MCU entry that makes the most of Natalie Portman and Christian Bale but doesn't do justice to its hero. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Elvis (2022) Review - Elvis Presley biopic 'Elvis' (2022), starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, may be famed director Baz Luhrmann's magnum opus. Fans are in for a treat. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘Blade Runner’ at 40 – Review - 40 years removed from the release of Ridley Scott's Philip K. Dick adaptation, starring Harrison Ford, 'Blade Runner' (1982) has lost none of its potency. Review by Kieran Judge.
Spiderhead (2022) Review - Joseph Kosinski's Netflix Original 'Spiderhead' (2022), starring Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller, is a film with so much unrealised potential. Review by Joseph Wade.
‘Minority Report’ at 20 – Review - Twenty years on from the release of Steven Spielberg sci-fi 'Minority Report', starring Tom Cruise, it remains one of the great contemplative mysteries on film. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘Hercules’ at 25 – Review - The Disney Renaissance offered a number of animated feature film classics, but can 'Hercules' be considered one? Danny DeVito and company offer their voices. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Jurassic World Dominion (2022) Review - Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Golblum return in the 3rd 'Jurassic World' film 'Jurassic World Dominion', a modern tentpole blockbuster heavy on nostalgia. Review by Joseph Wade.
One Fine Morning (2022) Review - Mia Hansen-Løve's Cannes Film Festival entry 'One Fine Morning' starring Léa Seydoux as a single parent navigating Parisian life, depicts a bittersweet transitional period. Gala Woolley reviews.
Men (2022) Review - 'Men' (2022), the new film from 'Ex Machina' and 'Annihilation' director Alex Garland, is either a godsend or a void of nothingness, but never clear. Review by Kieran Judge.
Ex Machina (2014) Review - Alex Garland's directorial debut 'Ex Machina' (2014) is a film that becomes richer and more enthralling upon multiple viewings and through intense debate. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Bob’s Burgers Movie (2022) Review - Animated sitcom 'Bob's Burgers' transitions from television to cinema with the feel-good and family-friendly 'The Bob's Burgers Movie' (2022). Review by Jacob Davis.
Top Gun: Maverick (2022) Review - Joseph Kosinski directs Tom Cruise in 'Top Gun: Maverick' (2022). "Do you remember how movies used to feel when you were a kid? This is it." Review by Joseph Wade.
Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022) Review - Daniels' witty and imaginative 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' (2022), starring Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, will leave you breathless and in tears. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Innocents (2022) Review - Eskil Vogt mixes Stephen King with 'Let the Right One In' for 2022 Norwegian art-house film 'The Innocents', a relatable, "quiet, creeping, and always charged" horror. Review by Kieran Judge.
Firestarter (2022) Review - Zac Efron stars in Blumhouse's 2022 Stephen King adaptation 'Firestarter', but uninspired filmmaking makes for a bland and derivative experience. Review by Kieran Judge.
Dobermann (1997) Review - Jan Kounen's 'Dobermann' (1997), starring Vincent Cassel, marks 25 years on the big screen. It is 'enjoyable with vulgar stylings' worthy of the international cult spotlight. Review by Jacob Davis.
The Takedown (2022) Review - Omar Sy, Laurent Lafitte return for Netflix's 'The Takedown' (2022), a forgettable buddy cop film from 'The Incredible Hulk', 'Now You See Me' director Louis Leterrier. Review by Kieran Judge.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) Review - Sam Raimi takes the reins of 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness', a sentimental and flashy Marvel movie filled with fan service. Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen star. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Doctor Strange (2016) Review - Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Dr Stephen Strange in Scott Derrickson's Marvel Cinematic Universe offering 'Doctor Strange' (2016), an eye-popping MCU entry. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
‘Jason X’ at 20 – Review - Twenty years on from the release of the tenth 'Friday the 13th' movie, 'Jason X', this shameless space slasher should at least be saluted for playing into its tropes. Kieran Judge reviews.
The Northman (2022) Review - Robert Eggers' third feature film 'The Northman' (2022), starring Alexander Skarsgård as a prince intent on revenge for the murder of his father, might be his best yet. Review by Kieran Judge.
‘The Cabin in the Woods’ at 10 – Review - 10 years on from the UK release of 'The Cabin in the Woods' (2011/12), Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's self-aware horror doesn't hit like it used to. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Sediments (2021) Review – BFI Flare - Writer-director Adrián Silvestre is a fly on the wall to document a group of trans women discussing their transitions in 'Sediments' (2022). Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022) Review - Sonic returns in 'Sonic the Hedgehog 2' (2022) to offer "family filmmaking for a new generation", a funny big screen film starring Ben Schwartz, Jim Carrey and Idris Elba. Review by Joseph Wade.
Cop Secret (2021) Review – BFI Flare - 'Cop Secret' (2021), from Iceland international footballer Hannes Þór Halldórsson, is an outlandish and entertaining buddy cop movie. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Long Live My Happy Head (2022) Review – BFI Flare - 'Long Live My Happy Head' (2022) is a wonderful new documentary from Will Hewitt and Austen McCowan exploring impending death through art. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Bubble (2022) Review - 2022 Judd Apatow comedy 'The Bubble', released by Netflix and starring an ensemble of stars led by Karen Gillan, parodies the entertainment industry's response to the pandemic. Nick Armstrong reviews.
Morbius (2022) Review - Jared Leto stars in the long-gestated Sony-Marvel Spider-verse movie 'Morbius', from director Daniel Espinosa, and the result is lacking much-needed bite. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
True Things (2022) Review - Ruth Wilson and Tom Burke star in Harry Wootliff's 'True Things' (2022), an erotically-charged drama-thriller adapted from Deborah Kay Davies' "True Things About Me". Review by Joseph Wade.
‘The Godfather’ at 50 – Review - 50 years since the release of Francis Ford Coppola's eponymous gangster film 'The Godfather', it maintains its position as one of the greatest American films of all time. Jacob Davis reviews.
Robin Robin (2021) Short Film Review - Aardman Animation's Netflix film 'Robin Robin' (2021), nominated at the Oscars in 2022 for Best Animated Short, is a quintessentially British film incomparable at any length. Review by Joseph Wade.
‘Liar Liar’ at 25 – Review - 'Liar Liar', the 1997 comedy hit, celebrates 25 years since its release on the big screen in 2022, and it remains one of Jim Carrey's great performances. Jamie Garwood reviews.
The Windshield Wiper (2021) Short Film Review - Nominated for Best Animated Short at the 2022 Oscars, Alberto Mielgo's 'The Windshield Wiper' animated film featuring music from SoKo, reviewed by Joseph Wade.
King Richard (2021) Review - Will Smith stars as Richard Williams, the father and trainer of Venus and Serena Williams, in this story of the tennis aces' rise to superstardom. Joseph Wade reviews.
Turning Red (2022) Review - Pixar's 2022 Disney Plus animated film 'Turning Red', a "passionate and personal work" from 'Bao' director Domee Shi, has "big emotional beats in abundance". Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Belfast (2022) Review - Kenneth Branagh's black and white Oscar-nominated film 'Belfast' features 4 outstanding performances, including one by Judi Dench that is worth the price of admission. Joseph Wade reviews.
CODA (2021) Review - Sian Heder's 'CODA' (2021) is a best picture nominee at the Oscars, a 'bittersweet, well-performed crowd pleaser' starring Emilia Jones and Troy Kotsur. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021) Review - Sony Pictures Animation offer the Oscar-nominated 'The Mitchells vs the Machines' (2021) as their follow-up to 'Into the Spider-Verse', and it has proven to be unmissable. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Flee (2022) Review - Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau bring 'Flee' to the big screen, an animated docudrama about an Afghan asylum seeker that is nominated for 3 Oscars. Review by Joseph Wade.
The Batman (2022) Review - A bold and distinct new vision of the Caped Crusader, Matt Reeves' 'The Batman' (2022) starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz, reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2022) Review - David Blue Garcia brings Leatherface back in Netflix horror film 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' (2022), a sequel to Tobe Hooper's film with few redeeming features. Review by Kieran Judge.
Parallel Mothers (2021) Review - Pedro Almodóvar tells of two mothers, Penélope Cruz and Milena Smit, struggling with motherhood and Spain's past trauma in 'Parallel Mothers'. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Death on the Nile (2022) Review - Kenneth Branagh "entertains the hell out of you" in his adaptation of Agatha Christie book "Death on the Nile", leading an all-star cast (including Gal Gadot) as Hercule Poirot. Review by Kieran Judge.
Uncharted (2022) Review - Nathan Drake arrives on the big screen, Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg starring in Ruben Fleischer's film adaptation of 'Uncharted' (2022). Review by Christopher Connor.
‘Wayne’s World’ at 30 – Review - Wayne Campbell went from Saturday Night Live to the big screen 30 years ago, Mike Myers starring and co-writing 'Wayne's World' (1992). Retrospective review by Jamie Garwood.
‘Cabaret’ at 50 – Review - At fifty years of age, Bob Fosse's Oscar-winning film adaptation of 'Cabaret', starring Liza Minnelli, remains the benchmark for grounded movie musicals. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Jackass Forever (2022) Review - A reunion 12 years in the making, 'Jackass Forever' (2022) sees Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius and company reunite for a fourth time on the big screen. Review by Joseph Wade.
Flag Day (2022) Review - Sean Penn directs and stars in 'Flag Day' (2022) co-starring daughter Dylan Penn, though it's a film that doesn't live up to its potential as a serviceable family drama. Article by Kieran Judge.
Nightmare Alley (2022) Review - Guillermo del Toro returns to the big screen with 'Nightmare Alley' starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, "a visual feast, a pleasure and a joy to behold and watch". Kieran Judge reviews.
Scream (2022) Review - The return of Ghostface to the big screen in 'Scream' (2022), for the first time since the passing of creator Wes Craven, is "fun and gory but with a severe identity crisis". Kieran Judge reviews.
Licorice Pizza (2021) Review - Paul Thomas Anderson's ninth feature film, 'Licorice Pizza' (2021) starring Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim, is a "big-hearted and soulful" coming-of-age tale. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews,
‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ at 15 – Review - Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-nominated fantasy movie 'Pan's Labyrinth' at 15 - the critically acclaimed 2007 fantasy release re-evaluated. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Titane (2021) Review - Julia Ducournau's Cannes Palme d'Or winning body horror 'Titane' (2021) is cinema that reflects the parts of ourselves we rarely see on screen, "an experience". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at 75 – Review - 75 years after its release, Frank Capra's Christmas fable 'It's a Wonderful Life' (1946) still connects with those who sacrifice so much of themselves to the greater good. Katie Doyle reviews.
Elf (2003) Review - 'Elf' (2003) is "one of the most perfect examples of a timeless Christmas classic", in no small part due to the work of director Jon Favreau and breakout star Will Ferrell. Elisabetta Pulcini reviews.
West Side Story (2021) Review - Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' (2021), film musical adaptation of the stage play from Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein, will leave you shiny-eyed. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
House of Gucci (2021) Review - Lady Gaga and Adam Driver are acting in another movie to Jared Leto and others in Ridley Scott's true-to-life Gucci empire story, 'House of Gucci' (2021). Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Home Sweet Home Alone (2021) Review - 'Home Sweet Home Alone' (2021) dares to stand where a classic once did, this 6th 'Home Alone' film from Dan Mazer and available on Disney Plus now. Review by Joseph Wade.
‘Beauty and the Beast’ at 30 – Review - "Every imitation feels pale in comparison" to Disney Animation's 'Beauty and the Beast' (1991), now 30 years old. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews the Disney Renaissance classic.
Ali and Ava (2021) Review - British director Clio Barnard offers her funniest film yet in the Bradford-set 'Ali and Ava', a story of two people growing close despite differences. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Petite Maman (2021) Review - 'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' director Céline Sciamma offers 'Petite Maman' (2021), her latest exploration of womanhood. It will unravel the grief in each of us. Joseph Wade reviews.
Mothering Sunday (2021) Review - Odessa Young and Josh O'Connor excel in an otherwise regular post-Great War romance from Eva Husson and screenwriter Alice Birch, 'Mothering Sunday' (2021). Review by Joseph Wade.
The Souvenir: Part II (2021) Review - 'The Souvenir: Part II' (2021), Joanna Hogg's self-reflective sequel to 'The Souvenir' starring Honor Swinton Byrne and Tilda Swinton, is rich, prodigious cinema. Joseph Wade reviews.
Last Night in Soho (2021) Review - Edgar Wright 2021 film 'Last Night in Soho' starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy is an uneven ode to swinging sixties Soho, a horror close to the director's heart. Christopher Connor reviews.
No Sudden Move (2021) Review - 'No Sudden Move' (2021) is a creative if uneven 1950s heist thriller from Steven Soderbergh starring Benicio del Toro and Don Cheadle at the head of an all-star cast. Christopher Connor reviews.
Dear Evan Hansen (2021) Review - Broadway musical 'Dear Evan Hansen' has arrived on the big screen to a controversial reception. Ben Platt stars in Stephen Chbosky's musical. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Eternals (2021) Review - Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao directs Marvel Phase Four entry 'Eternals', bringing real stakes and a deeper sense of existentialism to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Review by Mark Carnochan.