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“Mandy”: Nicolas Cage goodness
I can’t say I’d given much thought to what Nicolas Cage might do next. His films come thick and fast as he tirelessly works to pay off his never-ending tax bill. His role in Mandy suggests he’s almost finished -…
Netflix’s “The Night Comes for Us” makes “John Wick” look like “Mamma Mia”

In recent years Indonesian productions have flipped the action genre on its head by giving us some of the best and most brutal films of the 21st Century. Look no further than the two instalments of The Raid and Headshot.…

“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…

“Halloween”: Who Hunts Whom?

Forty years have passed since masked murderer Michael Myers first wreaked havoc on the town of Haddonfield. The Halloween franchise, kicked off in grand fashion by John Carpenter in 1978, has produced nine offspring, all disavowed by critics and Carpenter…

“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…

From “La La Land” to the stars – “First Man” shows Chazelle’s stellar quality

“We need to fail. We need to fail down here, so we don’t fail up there”, says Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong, ahead of the launch of Apollo 11. One wonders, then, at which point in the career trajectory of 33-year…

“Moonlight is a Beautiful Ode to Beauty and Suffering”

This article originally appeared in the Beaver issue of Tuesday January 10, 2017.   Barry Jenkins’ Oscars contender, adapted from Tarell Alvin McCraney’s drama school play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”, will be remembered as one of 2016’s cinematic…

“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…