The Irishman – Scorcese triumphantly revives the epic crime genre ★★★★★

Sadly, The Irishman marks the end of the 2019 London Film Festival. However, this five-star review for the latest Scorcese film attests to this year’s successful cinematic harvest as well as the excitement for the awards season to come. It…

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – Tom Hanks dazzles as Fred Rogers ★★★★

Director Marrianne Heller has brought beloved television presenter Fred Rogers to the screen, following up on her success with Can You Ever Forgive Me? In A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, award-winning journalist Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) reluctantly agrees to…

Le Mans ‘66 – forget Ford vs. Ferrari, more like Damon vs. Bale ★★★★

To win a race, all you need is “the right man behind the wheel”. James Mangold’s Le Mans ‘66 reminds us of this throughout as it recounts the story of car manufacturer Caroll Shelbey (Matt Damon) and race driver Ken…

Greed – Are you not entertained? ★★★

Michael Winterbottom’s Greed is a hilarious satire starring Steve Coogan as Sir Richard “Greedy” McCreadie, a multinational fashion tycoon. It’s Winterbottom’s most comical and impactful film, and it deals with the intoxication of consumerism.  The film is oriented around McCreadie’s…

The Aeronauts – up, up, and away in an immersive expedition ★★★

Tom Harper tells the story, based on true events, of two aeronauts: one is strong-willed scientist James Galisher (Eddie Redmayne) and the other a young widow Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones). What seemed like a relatively safe effort to break the…

Marriage Story – Tender, raw and authentic ★★★★★

I have been itching to write a 5-star review and this heartbreaking yet hilarious Kramer-vs-Kramer-style divorce drama has come along just in time.  Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story explores the emotional disintegration of the relationship between actress Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) and…

Hope Gap – William Nicholson’s Most Soul-bearing Albeit Far From Perfect Production ★★★

This month at the London Film Festival, William Nicholson released his autobiographical film “Hope Gap”. I had the wonderful fortune of being involved in discussion with the director himself to examine his reasoning and personal inspiration behind its production.  This…

The King – Fails to Surpass a Mere Retelling ★★

Over the past three years we have seen the unprecedented rise of Timothée Chalamet in Lady Bird, Beautiful Boy, and Call Me By Your Name – all critically acclaimed films. This year, the Oscar-nominated actor blesses us with his interpretation…

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…