Striding Into the Wind Review (BFI London Film Festival 2020)

Freewheeling slacker Kun (Zhou You) is the proud new owner of a smoking, broken-down mess of a Jeep, his spirit animal in vehicular form. Whilst the car is a direct representation of Kun as a person at this moment in his life, the journey that he takes in it also works well as a metaphor…

Supernova Review (BFI London Film Festival 2020)

Harry Macqueen directs Supernova with a gentle hand, putting performance first in this story of love and loss in the face of illness. And right he is to put faith in his actors, Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci bringing affectionate warmth to this quietly heartbreaking film.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…a Superman Musical?

It was 1966, smack bang in the midst of the Silver Age of Comic Books, that the idea struck. With the popularity of superheroes old and new once more skyrocketing, the opportunity to capitalise on the public’s renewed interest in comics had grown too great to turn down. And what better way to do so…

Relic Review (BFI London Film Festival 2020)

Quietly effective Aussie horror Relic’s messaging might not be the most subtle, but it at least operates with a lighter hand when it comes to its scares – rejecting cheap thrills to focus on performance and design to set out its eerie tone.

Mangrove Review (BFI London Film Festival 2020)

Hunger to Shame, 12 Years a Slave to Widows. It’s the type of run most directors would dream of; Steve McQueen’s done it in his first four films. Clearly not one to rest on his laurels, he follows up his outstanding 2018 heist movie Widows with the Small Axe anthology, a group of five films…

Mogul Mowgli Review (BFI London Film Festival 2020)

Mogul Mowgli’s hard-hitting, deeply personal exploration of identity, Pakistani culture and family leaves a lasting impression long after the credits roll, thanks in no small part to its leading man, Riz Ahmed, who hits career-best form.

Honeymood Review (BFI London Film Festival 2020)

There’s said to be a form of psychosis brought on by spending time in Jerusalem – the aptly named Jerusalem Syndrome – with past visitors to the city supposedly having fallen to flights of fancy during and after their time there. Whether or not this phenomenon can account for newlywed couple Eleanor and Noam’s bizarre…

The New Mutants Review

A whopping two years on from its original release date, The New Mutants has finally been belatedly let loose into the wild. With a stop-start production hit by Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox (the release coming under the latter’s new banner, 20th Century Studios), you might have been forgiven for thinking that the film…

Tenet Review

Tenet is every bit as expansive, bombastic, polished and bewildering as you might expect of a new Christopher Nolan film. A blockbuster filmmaker who’s never shy of putting faith in his audience, here he’s made a film that whilst is as ambitious as anything he’s done before, might just be the most perplexing entry in…

Love Sarah Review

A seemingly never-ending 142 days on from last being able to catch* a new release at the cinema** (my last being Pixar’s delightful Onward), the theatre-going experience is finally back!***

Lady and the Tramp (2019) Review

Of the smattering of “Originals” to launch with Disney Plus, the Mouse House’s shiny new streaming service, it’s Lady and the Tramp which stands as its headliner in the movie department. Because as we know, if there’s one thing that guarantees bums on seats for Disney, it’s lifeless live-action remakes of their classic animations.