Review

“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…

“I practiced smoking for four months to play this part” – TIFF day two

Chris Pine’s Scottish adventure, a subdued political documentary, a surprise Western and a Slovenian study of suppressed youth on day two. 10am – “Outlaw King” (dir. David Mackenzie), Braveheart 2 For how much longer will Netflix be a binge-watching service, rather than…

Why is “Peterloo” so bad? Day one at TIFF

A masterpiece, two festival favourites and a turkey on opening day at Tiff 2018. My day one schedule: 9am – “Wildlife” (dir. Paul Dano), Festival Favourite This is a hugely impressive directorial debut from Paul Dano, best known for his…

Summer Cinema Round-up

Multiplexes had to contend with remarkably good weather and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Despite these pressures, audience attendance was strong in the ‘Summer of Brolin’ (or as I prefer, the ‘Summer of Seyfried’). And this is because of the…

“Cold War” returns Poland to the forefront of cinema

The runtime of Paweł Pawlikowski’s “Cold War”, a slick ninety minutes, mirrors the austerity of the communist-era Poland in which it resides, predominantly. The derelict church, the crumbling stately home, the greyscale outfits in a greyscale world all bring to…

Weeks 2 and 3 are cancelled for the London Film Festival 2018

If the Toronto International Film Festival is the New Hampshire Primary of the festival circuit, the London Film Festival (LFF) is, well, I don’t know enough about US politics to finish this joke. Nonetheless, the LFF, running from 10th to…

“Sharp Objects” Will Shake You

Sharp Objects is a murder-mystery that burrows deeper into the mind of its protagonist than it does into the toxic story it tells, and that’s a damn good thing. For many reasons that later become clear, Camille Preaker (Amy Adams)…

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before—Netflix’s Best Rom-Com

Behold, all lovers of romance; Netflix has come out with the best teenage rom-com of all time. I was immersed in a film that I could finally identify with—a typical teenage story that so happens to also have an Asian-American…

Winnie the Gloom

Evoking nostalgia is not enough to save Christopher Robin from being a gloomy affair. It’s too much about the titular character and not enough about the cute bear people want to see. At least audiences weren’t mis-sold. Boarding school and…

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