Mother!

Darren Aronofsky loves seeing his characters beaten down by a good theme. Take Requiem for a Dream (2000), in which Jared Leto and co are ripped apart by addiction, or Black Swan (2010), in which...

Detroit

An animated prologue sketching the history of the ‘great migration’ of African Americans from the countryside to the industrialised ghettos of the city; a raid on a Detroit speakeasy; a concert...

Mindhorn

In the 1980s Richard Thorncroft (Julien Barratt) was a small-screen sensation as the titular star of Mindhorn, a television show set on the Isle of Man about a superhero detective whose bionic eye...

The Beguiled

After the bizarre misfire that was 2013’s The Bling Ring – a film that was ironically as vacuous as the celebrity-obsessed protagonists it attempted to satirise – director Sofia Coppola’s The...

Lola (1981)

What are we to make of Rainer Werner Fassbinder? If, in the year of a major BFI retrospective, the director’s reputation has been consolidated, our idea of the man himself is anything but fixed. To...

EIFF: Tokyo Idols

Screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017  Tokyo Idols provides a fascinating insight into the Japanese phenomenon of ‘idols’ – the thousands of anime-styled teenage girls...

La Strada

This month sees a nationwide reissue of Federico Fellini’s La Strada, in a visually delightful 2K restoration. Greeted with a mixed critical reception upon its initial release, the film’s...

The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle tells the tale of a nameless castaway and his relationship with the titular turtle, who repeatedly frustrates his plans to escape his desert island. And that’s all you need to know...