Film Reviews

Waiting for Anya (Review) – A compelling story that sings with sincerity, while often lacking bite

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, first published in 1990. Director Ben Cookson navigates the tightrope of bringing holocaust drama to children’s orientated filmmaking. While embracing the challenge of filming entirely on location. With the French mountain village at the centre of Morpurgo’s book, providing an important backdrop to the narrative. Creating a film that excels in both visual style and …

A Streetcar Named Desire (Retrospective Review) – A stunning and powerful piece of cinema that still crawls under the skin

Let me take you back to the 24th Academy Awards (OSCARS) of 1951. A year when the film version of Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire found itself bagging twelve nominations. Making Oscar history in winning three prominent categories; Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. However, despite this success two awards evaded the films reach. With the …

Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) Review

Back in 2016 Margot Robbie stormed onto our screens as the anarchic DC comics favourite Harley Quinn. The ex-PHD psychotherapist who became the Joker’s right hand woman following a rebirth at ACE chemicals. And while Suicide Squad was far from perfect as an introductory film. It is fair to say that Robbie’s Harley Quinn shone through an otherwise mediocre affair. …

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Review) – An exquisite journey into memory, desire, love and sisterhood

‘Portrait de la jeune fille en feu’ Writer and director Céline Sciamma is renowned for her beautiful and nuanced coming of age films. With a back catalogue filled with stunning reflections on the transition to adulthood, from Water Lilies to Tomboy. However, with her latest film ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’, Sciamma breaks with her own convention. While equally …

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood (Review) – An affectionate journey into forgiveness and healing

Anyone living outside of the United States would be forgiven for not knowing who the Children’s TV presenter Fred Rogers was. His status as a US national treasure born from his TV show, ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’. A show that ran from 1968 to 2001, embedding itself into the childhood story of countless Americans. It may therefore, come as no surprise …

The Turning (Review) – A confused take on the Henry James classic

Henry James 1898 novella ‘The Turn of Screw’ has found itself the subject of several cinematic adaptations and interpretations over the years. The most notable of these being Jack Clayton’s exquisite and unparalleled The Innocents in 1961. However, with The Turning director Floria Sigismondi attempts to take the gothic horror of Henry James into 1990’s America. While equally playing with …

Appiness (Review) – A buddy comedy with a clear message on tech

This review is brought to you in partnership with Gravitas and Justin Cook PR How often have you sat in your mundane day job wondering about the all creative dreams you once had. Dreams that seem to have slipped through your fingers at every turn. But equally haunt every waking moment as you realise life is often a disappointing mix …

The Personal History of David Copperfield (Review) – Dickens classic finds a new voice

Placing Charles Dickens classic novel David Copperfield into the hands of Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin), may sound rather audacious. But Iannucci’s love of all things Dickens found itself highlighted back in 2012. With the fabulous BBC documentary ‘Armando’s Tale of Charles Dickens‘. In which the writer/director explored Dickens work with contemporary social eye. While equally focussing on the …

Bombshell (Review) – An important but confused take on corporate discrimination

For many years Fox News has provided America with a twisted, often controversial and evangelical right wing voice. Therefore, it is somewhat surprising that one of best known cases of the early #MeToo movement, came from the heart of Murdoch’s right wing news operation. Focussing on the abuse of corporate power, and the misogyny of a CEO (Roger Ailes) who …

Waves (Review) – A wave of colour, sound and emotion that ripples through the mind

Undoubtedly his most bold and ambitious film to date. Director Trey Edward Shults (It Comes at Night) new film Waves, oozes creativity and emotion in equal measure. While embracing its audience in a kaleidoscope of colour, sound and movement. Ensuring each person watching feels a part of the action on screen. In a sweeping family drama that not only creates …