1917 – Review

Tales of the First World War relayed to Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) by his grandfather, Alfred Mendes, form the spine of this gripping action film. Taking us from the British trenches to behind enemy lines, all in two seemingly continuous shots, Mendes puts his characters - and us - through the wringer, as they desperately try to forestall a massacre. 

Little Women – Review

Fresh off the critical and commercial success of Lady Bird, and a clutch of major film awards, writer-director-actress Greta Gerwig had the pick of the bunch when selecting a new project. As it happened, a new adaptation of LM Alcott’s 1868 novel Little Women which she had authored for Sony Pictures was in need of... Continue Reading →

And Then We Danced – Lost in music (LFF Review)

Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani) is one of the star performers at an elite dance academy in Tbilisi. He’s struggling to provide for his family, but is going steady with his girlfriend Mary (Ana Javakishvili), and seems primed for a spot in Georgia’s touring company, taking their traditional national dance around the world. Then Irakli (Bachi Valishvili) walks in, flashes a smile, and Merab’s professional and personal future suddenly seems far less certain.

The Lion King (2019) Review

"It's true that real animals don't appear happy, angry, sad or fearful the same way in which humans do. Their eyes don't dart from side to side, and they certainly don't smile or laugh. So why build a dramatic, $260m movie around them?"

Varda by Agnès – Review

Cumulatively, it's a masterclass in film form and philosophy: students hoping to understand Varda's theory of cinecriture, or cine-writing, could do worse than to begin here. 

Rocketman – Review

A young boy finds his mundane life transformed by music, in the process transforming himself, but fills the void left by his absence of love with drugs, sex, and bad decisions. It's a standard rock movie setup.

Eighth Grade – Review

Kayla's struggling. She's a quiet eighth-grader on the edge of fifteen with few friends IRL and even fewer online, where she uploads YouTube entries which go mostly unviewed. She's about to leave middle school under a cloud of ignominy, having been voted 'most quiet' by her peers.

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