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Review: Drama Society’s “And Then There Were None”

The Beaver reviews Drama Society’s first production of the year: an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famous And Then There Were None. Ten strangers are lured to Soldier Island. All are taken by surprise when an unseen host announces a dark…

“Suspiria” – Am I Scaring You Tonight?

Luca Guadagnino’s harrowing dance epic takes the Call Me By Your Name director far from his usual fair of sun-soaked stories of desire. Suspiria reunites Guadagnino with A Bigger Splash co-stars Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson in this unforgettable homage…

“Widows”: A Blockbuster Worthy Of Your Money

In a room you’ll find Ocean’s 8, American Animals and King of Thieves muttering amongst themselves. Late to the party is Widows, which saunters in and silences them all. Steve McQueen’s slick heist film takes him far from the arthouse…

“Been So Long” Since I Reviewed A Bad Film

Netflix is having a great year for original films. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Private Life have had larger impacts than their respective creators could have ever hoped for. Later this year we’ll have Outlaw King and…

At LFF, An Audition For The Oscars

After premiering at the Venice, Toronto and New York film festivals, London welcomed many of the films that will be competing at the Oscars in February. Whilst you were skipping your 9am lectures, I was queuing outside a cinema. Here’s…

“Tell the stories true to you and people will understand” – Sandra Seeling Lipski

As the curtain closes on the London Film Festival, it rises in Mallorca. I had the pleasure to discuss the Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival (EMIFF) with its founder and director, Sandra Seeling Lipski. Lipski was born in Berlin and…

“A Star Is Born”: A Tale of Two Artists

A Star is Born’s fourth incarnation brings revelations from both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in his directorial debut. A Star is a worthy successor to La La Land, both as an awards-favourite and as a crowd-puller. But unlike Damien…

Explore The London Film Festival, At Your Own Risk

My relationship with The London Film Festival so far has been complicated by the fact that  some films have impressed me, but many have others have bored, angered or frustrated. Whilst such a diverse range of films are in town…

The Bizarre Bill Murray Sightings

“And no-one will ever believe you,” Bill Murray might quip after unexpectedly dropping into your life to create an everlasting memory. Tommy Avallone’s uplifting documentary recounts some of the bizarre stories surrounding the celebrated Hollywood actor. Although flawed in its…

Don’t Tell Me “Black Doesn’t Sell”

Hollywood has often associated placing black talent at the forefront of major studio releases with an apparent risk of hampering the film’s box office performance, especially abroad. Recent commercial and critical successes of studio features have shown us that these…