Reviews

A Star Is Born

Originally starring Janet Gaynor in 1937, then Judy Garland in 1954, and perhaps most famously, Barbara Streisand in 1976, a new version of A Star is Born has again arrived in cinemas with Lady Gaga in the leading role. Although updated to modern...

Blindspotting

“Can I not better myself?”, asks ex-con Collin (Daveed Diggs, best known for  being in the original cast of Hamilton) to his friend since childhood Miles (Rafael Casal), as he buys a recently stocked Kale-juice smoothie from their local...

Faces Places

“Chance has always been my best assistant”, the inimitable Agnès Varda intones towards the beginning of her newest film essay, Faces Places. Varda’s career is a gorgeous synthesis of innovative fiction films (Cléo From 5 to 7 , Le...

The Little Stranger

With the sound of a razor cutting across a cheek, director Lenny Abrahamson sets the tone for his gothic drama The Little Stranger. Based on the 2009 novel by Sarah Waters, the film tells the story of Doctor Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson), a country...

The Predator

The Predator is a film that doesn’t know what it wants to be; it shifts tone, genre, and direction so unpredictably and inconsistently that the audience is left completely speechless, in a movie that seems like it was designed to be met with...

Mile 22

Anybody who is familiar with Mark Wahlberg’s work (or indeed his personal image) will be expecting a fair amount of posturing in any film in which he runs around injuring a lot of people. His latest collaboration with director Peter Berg is no...

A Simple Favor

A Simple Favor is a fun, melodramatic little thriller that combines Hitchcockian cinematic tension with the drama of a Shonda Rhimes series. Slightly contrived with a dark humour, Paul Feig’s interpretation of Darcey Bell’s 2017 novel of the...

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