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.
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.
Second Cut’s Top 10 Best Films of All Time - Regular 2nd Cut Podcast hosts Jacob Davis, Kieran Judge and Sam Sewell-Peterson discuss their selections for the 10 Best Films of All Time, with controversial picks (including a 3-in-1).
Original vs Remakes: Mystery of the Wax Museum vs House of Wax - Michael Curtiz's 'Mystery of the Wax Museum' (1933) vs Vincent Price in 'House of Wax' (1953) vs Paris Hilton in 'House of Wax' (2005). Which version is best? Find out here. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Animated Disney Villains Ranked - Every animated Disney villain ranked from worst to best in terms of wickedness, memorability and the threat they represent to our heroes and heroines. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Saw Movies Ranked - All 10 'Saw' movies, from Saw (2004) to Saw X (2023), Ranked from worst to best. Which is the best Saw horror movie? Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
10 Best Films of All Time: Sam Sewell-Peterson - The 10 best films of all time according to The Film Magazine producer, podcaster and staff writer Sam Sewell-Peterson, who has selected a rich and diverse list.
Ben Wheatley Films Ranked - Ben Wheatley is one of the most prolific and distinctive British filmmakers of recent years. Here are his 10 feature films ranked from worst to best. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘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.
Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune: Cinema’s Greatest Collaborations - Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, arguably the most iconic director-actor pairing of the 20th century. These carefully curated films best represent their everlasting legacy. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Peter Weir Films Ranked - All 13 feature films directed by Australian filmmaker Peter Weir ranked from worst to best in terms of quality, reception and longevity. List includes 'The Truman Show'. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘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.
Paul Verhoeven Films Ranked - All 16 Paul Verhoeven movies ranked from worst to best. List includes all Dutch, Hollywood and European films, including 'Soldier of Orange', 'Robocop' and 'Elle'. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Where to Start with Wong Kar-Wai - Wong Kar-Wai is one of the most instantly recognisable filmmakers to come out of East Asia, and has had a profound impact on global cinema. Here's where to start. Guide by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Bob Fosse Films Ranked - The five feature films of stage and screen director Bob Fosse ranked from worst to best. List includes 'Sweet Charity', 'Cabaret' and 'All That Jazz'. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Live-Action Transformers Movies Ranked - All 7 of the live-action 'Transformers' movies, from the 2007 Michael Bay film to 'Transformers: Rise of the Beasts' (2023) via 2018's 'Bumblebee', ranked worst to best by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023) Review - The 'Transformers' franchise returns with 'Rise of the Beasts' (2023), an ensemble blockbuster headed by Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback, that offers little to enjoy. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Feature Film Spider-Man Villains Ranked - The villains of the feature film 'Spider-Man' universe, from Green Goblin in 'Spider-Man' (2002) to the villain of 'Across the Spider-Verse' (2023), ranked worst to best. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘The Truman Show’ at 25 – Review - After 25 years, Peter Weir's 'The Truman Show' starring Jim Carrey is a meticulously crafted, stylistically subversive, titanic cultural influence. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Marvel Cinematic Universe Villains Ranked - The supervillains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) ranked from worst to best. List includes Loki, Thanos, The High Evolutionary, Killmonger, Kang and more. By Sam Sewell-Peterson.
MCU Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies Ranked - Every Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movie ranked from worst to best. List includes 'Iron Man', 'Black Panther', 'Captain Marvel' and 'Avengers: Endgame'. By Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’ at 85 – Review - Director Michael Curtiz and star Errol Flynn bring Robin Hood to life in the greatest ever film adaptation of the British legend, a Technicolor masterpiece. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘Speed Racer’ at 15 – Review - 15 years on from the release of the Wachowskis' 'Speed Racer', the all-star anime adaptation is rightly undergoing some critical reappraisal. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) Review - James Gunn brings the Guardians of the Galaxy's journey to an immensely satisfying and appropriately epic conclusion. Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper star. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Peter Pan and Wendy (2023) Review - Singular director David Lowery turns his hand to the story of Peter Pan in new Disney Plus live-action fantasy film 'Peter Pan and Wendy' (2023), starring Jude Law. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Renfield (2023) Review - "Come for campy Count Cage, stay for Nicholas Hoult" in Chris McKay's colourful genre horror-comedy 'Renfield' filled with claret-soaked action. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Dungeons and Dragons: Honour Among Thieves (2023) Review - 'Dungeons and Dragons: Honour Among Thieves' (2023) is "one of the best times you’re likely to have at the cinema this year". Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘The Birds’ at 60 – Review - At 60-years-old, archetypal natural horror (creature feature) 'The Birds' continues to exemplify director Alfred Hitchcock's mastery of suspense. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Every Non-English Language Best Picture Nominee Ranked - Every Best Picture Oscar nominee not in the English language ranked from worst to best. List includes 'Parasite', 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' and 'Z'. By Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Quiet Girl (2022) Review - Soft Colm Bairéad drama 'The Quiet Girl' (Irish: 'An Cailín Ciúin') is the first Irish film to ever be nominated for International Feature Film at the Oscars. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Best Animated Feature Oscar Winners Ranked - Every Oscars Best Animated Feature winner ranked. List includes 'Shrek', 'Spider-Verse', 'Spirited Away', 'Frozen' and 'Encanto'. By Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) Review - Marvel Studios' 2023 'Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania' shows some imaginative flourishes, Jonathan Majors proving himself a charismatic villain. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Where to Start with Mike Leigh - Critically-acclaimed British filmmaker Mike Leigh holds a mirror up to British society, capturing the mundane with a beautiful eye. Here's where to start with Mike Leigh. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Brian and Charles (2022) Review - If you like deadpan delivery and surreal asides, you'll have a great time with British mockumentary 'Brian and Charles' (2022), from David Earl and Chris Hayward. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Six Decades of Spielberg - Steven Spielberg is one of cinema's most famous names and influential directors. Here's one film per decade that best defines his filmography. By Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Rian Johnson Movies Ranked - Which Rian Johnson film is the best? All 6 feature films directed by Rian Johnson, from 'Brick' to 'Glass Onion' via 'Looper' and 'The Last Jedi' ranked. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Best Films 2022: Sam Sewell-Peterson - The best films released in the UK in 2022, from the mind-boggling adventures of 'Everything Everywhere' to the quiet dramas like 'The Quiet Girl'. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ at 85 – Review - At 85-years-old, how do the outdated views of Walt Disney Animation's debut feature film 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' hold up? Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022) Review - 'Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio' (2022) is a vivid and hard-hitting reimagining of a classic story, presented in stop-motion animation for Netflix. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
A Christmas Carol Films Ranked - Each major film adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", from 'Scrooged' to 'The Muppet Christmas Carol' and beyond, ranked from worst to best. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘Aladdin’ at 30 – Review - Walt Disney Animation classic 'Aladdin' (1992) is thirty, and despite problematic representation remains a much-enjoyed Renaissance offering. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Where to Start with Terry Gilliam - Where to begin with the work of iconic off-kilter filmmaker, and former Monty Python member, Terry Gilliam, the director of '12 Monkeys', 'Brazil' and more. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) Review - Ryan Coogler's 'Black Panther' Marvel sequel 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' makes a heartfelt connection and delivers memorable action. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
All Quiet on the Western Front (2022) Review - Director Edward Berger and Netflix present 'All Quiet on the Western Front' (2022), an adaptation of a powerful anti-war novel that hits like a Howitzer. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Friday the 13th Movies Ranked - All 12 'Friday the 13th' movies ranked. List includes every feature release, from the original in 1980 to the reboot of 2009, via 'Freddy vs Jason' and 'Jason X'. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Original vs Remake: Nosferatu vs Nosferatu the Vampyre - 'Nosferatu' (1922) vs 'Nosferatu the Vampyre' (1979), the F.W. Murnau film versus the Werner Herzog adaptation based on Bram Stoker's "Dracula". Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
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.
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.
Where to Start with Powell and Pressburger - Have you ever thought about exploring the cinema of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger? Here's a handy guide on where to start with the filmmaking duo also known as The Archers. By Sam Sewell-Peterson.
100 Unmissable BBC Films - From the unmissable British Broadcasting Corporation film 'Billy Elliot' to 'The Power of the Dog', 'Iris' to 'His House', the 100 best BBC Films. List by Katie Doyle, Sam Sewell-Peterson and Joseph Wade.
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.
‘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.
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.
Taika Waititi Films Ranked - From 'What We Do In the Shadows' to 'Thor: Love and Thunder', and including 'Jojo Rabbit' and 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople', the movies directed by Taika Waititi ranked from worst to best. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Best Thor Ragnarok Moments - The 10 best moments from Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi and Marvel's take on Chris Hemsworth's God of Thunder co-starring Hulk, Hela and Loki. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
‘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.
10 Best Sam Raimi Movie Moments - The 10 best Sam Raimi movie moments, from the upside down kiss in 'Spider-Man' to the chainsaw arm in 'Evil Dead II', ranked. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
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.
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.
1990s Superhero Movies Ranked - 1990s superhero films ranked worst to best. List includes 'The Crow', 'Guyver', 'The Mask', 'Blade', 'The Mystery Men'. Ranked article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clio Barnard Films Ranked - Bradfordian filmmaker Clio Barnard's four films ranked from worst to best, including Andrea Dunbar documentary 'The Arbor' and 2022 release 'Ali & Ava'. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
‘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.
10 Must-See One-Shot Films - From a legendary Alfred Hitchcock offering to Best Picture winners and beyond, these are the 10 best one-shot movies ever made. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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,
10 Best Films 2021: Sam Sewell-Peterson - "What a year for cinema to come back from the brink." The very best of film, from the blockbuster to the arthouse, curated by Sam Sewell-Peterson in this list of Top 10 Films 2021.
‘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.
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.
Ridley Scott Films Ranked - All 27 films directed by Ridley Scott ranked from worst to best, including 'Alien', 'Blade Runner', 'Gladiator' and 'House of Gucci'. Article 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.
‘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.
Original vs Remake: Let the Right One In vs Let Me In - 'Let the Right One In' (2008) vs 'Let Me In' (2010), the Thomas Alfredson movie versus the Matt Reeves adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s popular novel "Låt den rätte komma in". Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Great Australian Horror Films - From the Babadook to the outback, 10 great Australian horror movies that will scare your socks off. Great for Halloween! List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
No Time to Die (2021) Review - Daniel Craig says goodbye to the Bond franchise in Cary Joji Fukunaga's 'No Time to Die' (2021), co-starring Lashana Lynch, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Every James Bond 007 Movie Ranked - Every 007 James Bond movie from 'Dr. No' in 1962 to 'No Time to Die' in 2021, ranked from worst to best by Sam Sewell-Peterson. 25 films over close to 60 years.
Delphine’s Prayers (2021) Open City Documentary Festival Review - 'Delphine's Prayers' (2021), from well regarded documentarian Rosine Mbakam, serves as a memoir by its subject, a Belgian immigrant with a traumatic, perspective-shifting story. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Songs for the River (2021) Open City Documentary Festival Review - Charlotte Ginsborg coronavirus pandemic documentary 'Songs for the River' highlights social and political issues from the perspective of a small London community. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Juste un mouvement (2021) Open City Documentary Festival Review - Inspired by the work of Jean-Luc Godard, Vincent Meessen's 'Juste un mouvement' (2021) documentary on Senegalese left-wing revolutionary Omar Blondin Diop, review. By Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
‘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.
‘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.
‘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.
10 Best Studio Ghibli Films - Studio Ghibli is the most recognisable and acclaimed producer of Japanese anime feature films in the world. Here are the 10 Best Studio Ghibli Films. List by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
Where to Start with Pedro Almodóvar - Get started with the filmography of an icon of European cinema and arguably one of the most influential Spanish filmmakers of the past half century, Pedro Almodóvar. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
Prone to Bouts of Mania, Narcissism and Power Failure: Watching High-Rise and Snowpiercer in 2021 - With hindsight and terrifying changes in the real world, Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise' and Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer' have been given new power and relevance as socially conscious art. Essay by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Where to Start with Bong Joon-ho - Director Bong Joon-ho made history at the Oscars as the first filmmaker to win Best Picture with a film outside of the English language. Discover where to start with this modern auteur's filmography in this guide.
Back There in the Dark: A Cinema Poem by Sam Sewell-Peterson - "Back There in the Dark", an original poem about cinema by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
Godzilla vs Kong (2021) Review - 'Godzilla vs Kong', from Legendary's Monsterverse and directed by Adam Wingard, "will leave any Kaiju fan in need of power tools to remove the smiles from their faces". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Godzilla (2014) Review - Warner Bros' 2014 remake of 'Godzilla', from director Gareth Edwards and starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, doesn't quite live up to its potential. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Fugitive Dreams (2020) Review – MANIFF - 'Fugitive Dreams', from director Jason Neulander, is a strange road movie, but one you'll be able to appreciate the sheer filmic beauty of. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Showa Era Godzilla Movies Ranked (1954-1975) - The 15 films of the Shōwa Era of Kaiju monster movies, headlined by Godzilla and produced by Toho Studios, ranked from worst to best by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
‘Fargo’ at 25 – Review - 25 years removed from the release of the Coen Brothers' iconic black comedy crime film 'Fargo', starring Frances McDormand, the 1996 release remains razor-sharp. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
‘Hannibal’ at 20 – Review - Lacking two of the three magic ingredients of 'The Silence of the Lambs', Ridley Scott's 'Hannibal' (2001), starring Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore and Gary Oldman offers only surface-level thrills. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Host Interview With Director Rob Savage: “It Was Jemma’s Fault” - Rob Savage, director of 2020 Zoom séance horror hit 'Host', sat down with The Film Magazine's Sam Sewell-Peterson to talk about the limited edition Blu-ray release of his film and what's next.
‘The Silence of the Lambs’ at 30 – Review - 30 years on from the release of the indelible Hannibal tale, 'The Silence of the Lambs' (1991), Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster remain just as riveting in Jonathan Demme's classic. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Malcolm and Marie (2021) Review - 'Euphoria' creator Sam Levinson directs John David Washington and Zendaya in Netflix Original 'Malcolm & Marie', a shallow and emotionally vacant lockdown drama. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Terminator Movies Ranked - All 6 Terminator movies, from 'The Terminator' to 'Terminator: Dark Fate' via 'T2: Judgement Day', ranked from worst to best in this list by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
10 Best Films 2020: Sam Sewell-Peterson - In an industry faced with widespread disruption, many great films have filtered into our homes. Here are the 10 Best Films of 2020 according to Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
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.
Planet of the Apes Movies Ranked - All 9 'Planet of the Apes' movies, from 'Planet of the Apes' (1968) to 'War for the Planet of the Apes' (2017), ranked (from worst to best). Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
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.
10 Best Found-Footage Horror Movies - The top 10 best horror films from the sub-genre of "found-footage", as collated and written by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where to Start with Paul Verhoeven - Paul Verhoeven is an often misunderstood and extremely versatile filmmaker. In this special introductory feature, find out where you can dive into his filmography, courtesy of Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
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.
Once More with Feeling: 10 More of the Best Remakes - 10 of the very best film remakes in the history of cinema, from the Spaghetti Westerns of the 60s to recent horrors, curated and analysed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
Searching (2018) Review - Aneesh Chaganty makes an exceptional feature debut with 'Searching' (2018), the technological thriller starring John Cho. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
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.
Where to Start with Universal Classic Monsters - With 27 films in a unique universe of monsters and ghouls, it can be tough to know where to start with the Universal Classic Monsters. Sam Sewell-Peterson guides you through it.
When Love Transcends Time (Travel) - "Time travel [...] can miraculously give characters their happily ever after, snatch it cruelly away, or both." Time travel and love in cinema - an essay by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
Harry Palmer – The Thinking, Cooking Man’s James Bond - How Michael Caine's Harry Palmer, of 'The Ipcress File', is the thinking, cooking man's James Bond, and how in the first film he rivals the iconic spy in terms of cool. Feature by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
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.
Top 10 Alfred Hitchcock Films - 10 best Alfred Hitchcock movies, as chosen from the Master of Suspense's 50-plus releases, by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Disney Renaissance Movies Ranked - All 10 movies of the Walt Disney Animation renaissance period, from 'The Little Mermaid' to 'Tarzan' via 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'The Lion King' ranked from worst to best by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
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.
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.
Where to Start with Studio Ghibli - With over 20 feature film releases to date, where do you start with Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli? Sam Sewell-Peterson offers our ultimate Ghibli guide.
Every Star Wars Lightsaber Fight Ranked - Every Lightsaber duel from the live-action 'Star Wars' movies ranked from worst to best, featuring Empire Strikes Back, The Phantom Menace and Rise of Skywalker. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
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.
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.
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.
Arrietty (2010) Review - Studio Ghibli’s 'Arrietty' ('The Secret World of Arrietty' in the USA) is a film that captivates you from the first minute to the last. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews Ghibli's animated adaptation of "The Borrowers".
The Truth (2019) Review - Palme d'Or winning director Hirokazu Koreeda follows up his smash hit 'Shoplifters' with 'The Truth', his first film made outside of his first language, starring Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Windows Into Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ - Bong Joon-ho's Best Picture Oscar winning feature 'Parasite' (2019/2020) makes spectacular use of windows to establish and reinforce themes. Sam Sewell-Peterson explores in this 'Parasite' essay.
Porco Rosso (1992) Review - 'Expect an unexpectedly satirical edge' to Hayao Miyazaki's 'Porco Rosso' (1992), a strange diversion from the usual Studio Ghibli output. Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Invisible Man (2020) Review - This is not your great-grandfather's 'Invisible Man', this is Blumhouse and writer-director Leigh Whannell ('Upgrade') making the horror film we need right now. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) Review - Studio Ghibli anime feature 'Kiki's Delivery Service', written and directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, is "beautiful to look at", "a hugely relatable coming-of-age film". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
A Brief History of the Director’s Cut - From the Ridley Scott's Director's Cut of 'Blade Runner' to Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' extended editions and right through to the Snyder Cut of 'Justice League' - the history of the director's cut as presented by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Bong Joon-ho Films Ranked - Bong Joon-ho made history by winning 4 Academy Awards at the 2020 Oscars, but is his Best Picture winner 'Parasite' his best film? Find out in this Director Bong special edition of Ranked.
The Host (2006) Review - Bong Joon-ho feature 'The Host' is not only "a smart and entertaining thriller, but a tender family drama and a rip-roaring comedy." Sam Sewell-Peterson's review.
Bad Boys for Life (2020) Review - Are the Bad Boys really "for life"? Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews the third installment in the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence action-comedy franchise 'Bad Boys'.
1917 (2019) Review - It's rare to see a film about World War I, but Sam Mendes' '1917', photographed by Roger Deakins, becomes a pretty fine example of the sub-genre according to Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Directors with 3 or More Great Films from the 2010s - 10 of the most impressively prolific directors of the 2010s, listed in alphabetical order by Sam Sewell-Peterson. If you watch the work of 10 filmmakers from this past decade, these should be the ones.
Marriage Story (2019) Review - Netflix original drama 'Marriage Story' (2019) from screenwriter-director Noah Baumbach, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, is a complex and human tale of divorce according to Sam Sewell-Peterson in his review.
Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Review - Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan are joined by Danny Devito, Danny Glover, Awkwafina and more in the sequel to 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle', 'Jumanji: The Next Level'. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Tokyo Godfathers (2003) Review - 'Tokyo Godfathers' (2003), from visionary Anime director Satoshi Kon, is an unlikely Japanese Christmas film with progressive messages and a real heart. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews...
Knives Out (2019) Review - 'Knives Out' (2019), a modern whodunnit from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson, starring an ensemble headlined by Daniel Craig, as reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
10 Magnificent Moustaches at the Movies - In support of Movember, Sam Sewell-Peterson has counted down 10 of the most magnificent moustaches in cinema history.
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Review - Sam Sewell-Peterson explains how "'Terminator' movies should always be chase movies, and [Dark Fate] is one hell of a taut and gripping one". His review of the new Terminator franchise entry from Tim Miller.
Doctor Sleep (2019) Review - Mike Flanagan honours two distinct visions of 'The Shining' in his adaptation of Stephen King's 'Doctor Sleep' starring Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The Shining (1980) Retrospective Review - "Humans are scarier than ghosts" and Stanley Kubrick's precise vision for Stephen King's 'The Shining', released in 1980, explores that. Sam Sewell-Peterson offers a retrospective review of the horror classic.
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) Review - 'The Peanut Butter Falcon' (2019), headlined by Down's Syndrome actor Zack Gottsagen, Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson, has a soaring message according to Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Nightmare on Elm Street Films Ranked - All 9 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' movies, from the original in 1984 to the remake in 2010 and including 'Freddy vs Jason', Ranked from worst to best by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Sam Sewell-Peterson’s 5 More of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History - Sam Sewell-Peterson selects 5 of the best character introductions in movie history, including characters played by the likes of Nicolas Cage and Javier Bardem.
The Farewell (2019) Review - 'The Farewell' (2019) starring Awkwafina "marks Lulu Wang out as a vivid talent" according to Sam Sewell-Peterson in his review.
Border (2018) Review - Ali Abbasi movie 'Border' (2018), also known as Gräns, is "one campfire story you're not going to forget in a hurry" according to Sam Sewell-Peterson in this review.
Tim Burton Movies Ranked - All 19 of the films directed by iconic filmmaker Tim Burton ranked from worst to best, including 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'Sweeney Todd', 'Edward Scissorhands' and 'Beetlejuice'.
The Art of the Social Media Thriller; Narcissism, Paranoia and Tools for Good or Ill - "Technological paranoia has always been great fuel for exciting films and filmmaking." Sam Sewell-Peterson takes us through 4 of the best examples from the recent trend of Social Media Thrillers.
Far From Home – Throwing Shade at the Superhero Factory - "Compelling character first, crash-bang-wallop second", the compelling subtext of 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' (2019), by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Laika Animated Movies Ranked - Laika have been producing unique and interesting visions through animation for over 10 years. Sam Sewell-Peterson ranks each of their 5 releases, from 'Coraline' to 'Missing Link', from worst to best.
Laika Animation: Meditations on Alienation and Death… for Kids! - Laika, the stop-motion animation house behind 'Kubo and the Two Strings' and 'Missing Link', have been tackling soft subjects in child friendly ways for a decade. Sam Sewell-Peterson takes a look at how they made death and alienation not only digestible but also relatable.
The Fine Art of Black Comedy or Why It’s OK to Laugh When We Shouldn’t - Using three examples by filmmakers from three different continents, Sam Sewell-Peterson analyses the cathartic nature of Black Comedy in this special feature.
Shoplifters (2018) Review - Hirokazu Koreeda's Oscar-nominated Foreign Language film 'Shoplifters' is "humanist poetry on film". Review by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018/19) Review - Marielle Heller's 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' starring Oscar nominated Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant "should have been nominated for Best Picture". Sam Sewell-Peterson's review.
BlackKklansman (2018) Review - Nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, Spike Lee's 'BlackKklansman' is "the film America needs right now". Sam Sewell-Peterson's review.
Black Panther (2018) Review - Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Ryan Coogler's 'Black Panther' as reviewed by Sam Sewell-Peterson.