“Joy”: Misery Is An Inescapable Cycle

Writer-director Sudabeh Mortezai’s exploration of Nigerian sex workers in Vienna is an inevitably tough watch, bereft almost entirely of what the title suggests. Although her handling of such sensitive issues is too cautious, Mortezai’s work impressively closes the gap between…

Who Run The World? Girls. Six Girls.

Six is a spectacle in every way – perfect cast, sublime score, and the atmosphere is electric. New, successful and revolutionary British musicals have become much more of a rarity on the West End in recent years, but the Arts…

“Shadow” Should Have Stayed In The Dark

Epic only in its headache-inducing abilities, Zhang Yimou’s ambitious 3rd Century centred Shadow says little of the historical source material upon which it is based. But a morsel of enjoyment comes from laughing at the sheer absurdity of what the creators thought…

Sundance Stunners Get UK Releases

After eight months since first premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, some of the most talked about films have finally landed in the UK. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Grand Jury Prize Winner) The Miseducation of Cameron Post is the…

“Crazy Rich Asians”: rich in revenue, not in narrative

Opulence and exotic flavours make Crazy Rich Asians a fresh take on the frequently explored fish-out-of-water tale. Despite a rewarding conclusion and the film’s overall significance in Hollywood, problems with the storytelling inhibits the milestone movie reaching its full potential. Jarring and…

Skate Odyssey: “Mid90s” is a Journey through the Glories and Traumas of Boyhood

Much like Judd Apatow’s “Superbad” (2009) left an indelible imprint on the socially inept, sexually frustrated teenagers that served as its subject, the directorial debut of its essential star, Jonah Hill, could well be as important to the people it…

“Killing Eve”: Slay or be Slain

BBC America’s Killing Eve grabs hold of you by the windpipe and forces you to watch with bated breath and a nervous smile on your face. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) is an MI5 officer hunting down the gifted and elusive…

The Children Act review – Thompson triumphs despite sorry act

Matthew Harris  Some fine performances and solid cinematography prove ultimately not enough to save this shaky story… Based on Ian McEwan’s 2014 novel, The Children Act centers around Crown Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) who is given the onerous…

“Bet you thought you’d seen the last of me.”

Avengers: Infinity War better step aside because the true most ambitious crossover event has arrived. It’s Murder House meets Coven meets the end of the world and American Horror Story’s loyal fanbase is here for it. Seasons of AHS boast…

“Militias tried to stop us filming, but with Libyans there’s always a way” – Freedom Fields

Naziha Arebi isn’t any ordinary filmmaker, though it takes one of a certain kind to spend five years documenting the progress – and sometimes lack thereof – of the Libyan women’s football team, in the midst of the revolution to…