Reviews

Us

A great film lives outside the cinema, embedded in the viewer’s mind having just witnessed art transcend mere entertainment. Jordan Peele’s Us is this kind of film — one that lives inside the viewer as soon as the credits roll. Peele first...

Minding The Gap

Alongside this year’s Mid90s and Skate Kitchen, Minding the Gap is another film that focuses on skateboarding, and how its street-life subculture can provide release from claustrophobic, and abusive, homes. As one subject notes, given their...

Everybody Knows

What do you get from Everybody Knows? You get Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, a wedding in a dusty, sun-baked Spanish village, a kidnapping, and the unravelling of decades of family secrets. Directed by Asghar Farhadi (two-time...

Fighting With My Family

Fighting With My Family is the heartwarming story of Saraya-Jade Bevis, aka Paige (Florence Pugh), who earns the chance to achieve her dream — shared by her whole family — of wrestling in the WWE. While choreographed fighting may not be for...

Captain Marvel

It’s fitting that this 21st entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe starts with a reimagining of the Marvel title introduction that honours the late legend Stan Lee. Captain Marvel is all about memory and uncovering the past to learn more about...

Happy as Lazzaro

Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro is a film about extreme poverty, exploitative labour, systems of cyclical and hierarchical abuse — and magic. At first, it’s impossible to discern the time the film is set in: a group of workers...

Loro

Paolo Sorrentino’s Il Divo (2008) is a biopic of Giulio Andreotti, the infamous former Italian Prime Minister and all-round corruption magnet. The sordid, immoral work of this character’s existence is animated by Toni Servillo, a veteran Italian...

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