Top Rated Films

The King (Review) – An insecure but stoic young King in a world of political manipulation

Henry IV part one and two and Henry V combine into a singular story that plays homage to Shakespeare’s characters. While creating a completely fresh take on his famous plays in David Michôd’s new Netflix film The King. The King is not a Shakespearian adaptation, and anyone watching the film expecting such, should watch the …

Matthias and Maxime (Review) – A beautiful portrait of male love and friendship

Friendships change over time, especially the ones born of childhood and adolescence. Sometimes those friendships hide the true feelings of the journey from boy to man (or girl to woman). And sometimes those that hide repressed desire can surface on the road to adult life. These are all themes that Xavier Dolan’s latest film explores …

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Review) – An Ode to friendship, place and loss

There are few films in modern cinema that exude their brilliance within the first 10 minutes. But in a similar vein to Barry Jenkins ‘If Beale Street Could Talk‘. The Last Black Man in San Francisco grabs your heart and soul from the start. The vibrant cinematography dovetailing with a sublime score, its characters rich …

Tremors (Review) ‘Temblores’ – The Interface between faith and community in personal choice

In 2015 Guatemalan Director Jayro Bustamante received an Oscar nomination for his debut feature Ixcanul. While also winning the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival for the same feature. With his latest film Tremors (Temblores) Bustamante delves into the world of gay conversation therapy, family and faith in a polarised Guatemalan …

The Lodge (Review) – An icy blast of psychological horror

Spoiler Free In 2014 writer/directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz brought us one the finest horror films of the past decade with Goodnight Mommy. Now teaming up with screenwriter Sergio Casci they are back with a psychological horror that once again proves their place in the horror fall of fame. The Lodge wraps you its …

Deerskin ‘Le daim’ (Review) – The jacket to end all jackets

Spoiler Free The power of filmmakers to laugh at that own craft is a precious and valuable thing. Especially when combined with stories that fly in the face of reality while played with deadpan sincerity. Quentin Dupieux‘ latest offering does just that with a killer black comedy about a Deerskin jacket, psychosis and a rural …

Rialto (Review) – A lifetime of emotional containment released

Premiering at this years Venice Film Festival, Peter Mackie Burns (Daphne) brings us a stunning and nuanced journey into emotional containment, belonging and identity. Rialto creating an unlikely safe space in the relationship between a teenage rent boy and a father whose life in spiralling out of control. Colm (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) has spent his life …

Ad Astra (Review) – An interstellar journey into the human condition

In 2016 James Grey brought us the underrated ‘The Lost City of Z‘. A film that focused on the human need for exploration and understanding. Exploring the desire of humans to risk everything in answering the questions inherent in the unknown and unexplored. Ad Astra continues the themes of Grey’s earlier film. Mixing stunning cinematography …

Little Monsters (Review) – A farmyard full of zombie fun

In a modern age of film and TV where zombie stories have sat front and centre in popular horror. Developing something new and inventive is not always easy. However, with Little Monsters Writer/Director Abe Forsythe manages to deliver something truly fresh and different. A relentlessly funny comic book tale of a slacker and a teacher …

For Sama (Review) – The horror of war and strength of humanity

Capturing the horror of a war where crimes against humanity have and are still taking place. Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts ‘For Sama’ is documentary the whole world needs to watch; a world that has largely stood by as millions of people have suffered and died in Syria. While increasing global populism and nationalism have …