The Matchmaker

The Matchmaker (Review) – Portrait of a British jihadist

The Matchmaker is showing at From Venice to London Film Festival on Saturday, 4th February, 6pm at Curzon Soho. The Matchmaker of Benedetta Argentieri’s competition entry at Venice is Tooba Gondal. Born in Paris to Pakistani parents before moving to London, as a young woman, she became a prolific online propagandist for Islamic State. She subsequently left the UK in 2015 to join IS in occupied Syria. The film consists largely of interviews conducted with Gondal in 2019 at a detention camp in north-east Syria, where she was being held along with other female ISIS members and their young children.


January (Review) – an enticing, enthralling, yet confused winter parable

January arrives in cinemas and on digital January 27th. Andrey Paounov is mainly known for his documentaries about political and social transitions in post-1989 Bulgaria – Georgi and the Butterflies (2004), The Mosquito Problems and Other Stories (2007) and The Boy Who Was a King (2011). With his first fictional feature, January, Paounov offers us an existential chamber piece

Lockwood and co

Lockwood & Co (First Look) – who ya gonna call?

Lockwood & Co is available to stream on Netflix on 27th January 2023. If there’s something weird, and it don’t look good, who ya gonna call? Back in 1984, the answer was simple, Egon Spengler, Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore. But in a dystopian version of our current world,


Babylon (Review) – captivating and quintessentially Chazelle

Babylon arrives in cinemas nationwide on January 20th. The word Babylon has appeared throughout literature, but a common dictionary definition describes a place of great luxury but also of vice. That definition seems crystal clear when applied to Damien Chazelle’s film of the same name. Here we have a film

Boys Feels: Stand By Me

Boys Feels: Stand By Me (NQV Media)

Boys Feels: Stand By Me is now available to rent, stream or buy on Prime Video, Vimeo or Peccadillo Pod. NQV Media’s Boys Feels series has brought us some of the most interesting, diverse and extraordinary short films exploring the male teenage experience. Now it’s back with Boys Feels: Stand


Godland (review) – a tale as cold and harsh as the rock underfoot

Godland is currently awaiting release. Monumental, barren landscapes, the quest to find a silent, seemingly unfeeling God only to find that hell is other people: all are powerful yet almost cliche concepts in European cinema. These concepts were all fundamental to the careers of Bergman and Béla Tarr, the two

THE BLAZE (En plein feu)

The Blaze (review) – the evaporating security of a burning world

The Blaze (En Plein Feu) is currently awaiting a release date. Over the long deadly summer of 2022, France would record the largest number of wildfires in its history, with over 62,000 hectares burnt to the ground as around 10,000 residents fleed their homes. With The Blaze (En Plein Feu),

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Lady Chatterley’s Lover (review) – anything can happen in the woods

Lady Chatterley’s Lover arrives in selected cinemas and on Netflix this December. Lady Chatterley’s Lover. (L to R) Emma Corrin as Lady Chatterley, Jack O’Connell as Oliver Mellors in Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 I’m not one for keeping up on English literature discourse, but I


Brother (review): a hauntingly beautiful cinematic triumph

Brother is awaiting a UK release date. “Once he showed me his place in the sky. That hydro pole in a parking lot all weed-broke and abandoned. Looking up you’d see the dangers of the climb. The feeder lines on insulators, the wired bucket called a pole-pig, the foot-holds rusted


Moshari (Short Film)

Moshari (2022), Director Nuhash Humayun. Bangladesh. Death is omnipresent in Moshari, but rather than being a wispy spectre transcending the planes of existence, it’s right there in your face. We open on a bovine carcass writhing with flies. Teenager Apu (Sunerah Binte Kamal) waits impatiently while her younger sister Ayra (Nairah


Beast – Elba goes toe-to-toe with the King of the Jungle

Beast is now available to rent. Since the beginning of cinema, the spectacle of man vs nature has always been fascinating. From 1920s travelogues to creature features of the 1950s and Jurassic Park, Jaws and Crawl, there will always be an appetite for simple ideas drenched in Hollywood spectacle. In the last 20

Don't Worry Darling

Don’t Worry Darling – bold, brash and at times enthralling

Don’t Worry Darling is now showing in cinemas nationwide. Whether you’re a film fan, barely go to the movies, or don’t even like cinema, you have probably heard of Don’t Worry Darling. The months leading up to its release and the alleged behind-the-scenes drama have snowballed into an unintentional (but perhaps radically


Dig – never finds its voice among all the soil, spit and shovelling

Dig is available on digital platforms from September 26th. Director K. Asher Levin’s Dig opens as a headstrong dad, Scott Brennan (Thomas Jane), storms into a high school party to take home his 16-year-old daughter Jane (Harlow Jane) before getting into an argument at a gas station that leads to the death

Amor Bandino

Amor Bandido – just enough spice, shocks and steam to keep its head above water

Amor Bandido (also known as Bandit Love and Wicked Love) is awaiting a UK release date. Daniel Andres Werner’s feature-length directorial debut, Amor Bandido, starts as a steamy forbidden romance centred on manipulation and control before transitioning to a shocking and, at times, uncomfortable thriller. While interesting, the transition in



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