thu 26/11/2020

Film Reviews

Saint Maud review - creepy and strangely topical psychological horror

Demetrios Matheou

It only takes a few seconds of Saint Maud – dripping blood, a dead body contorted on a gurney, a young woman’s deranged face staring at an insect on the ceiling, an industrial clamour more likely to score the gates of hell than the pearly ones – to make us realise that the film’s title is a tad ironic. 

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David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet review - is the end nigh?

Joseph Walsh

At 93-years-old and with a career that spans nearly 60 years, David Attenborough has spent a lifetime transporting audiences from the comfort of their sofas to the dazzling, often bewildering, majesty of the natural world.

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On the Rocks review - an unlikely detective duo

Graham Fuller

On the Rocks has an unusual premise. Laura (Rashida Jones), a New York City novelist and mother of two young daughters, suspects her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans) is having an affair with a co-worker, Fiona (Jessica Henwick). Laura confides her fears to Felix (Bill Murray) and they’re soon zipping around Manhattan at night pursuing Dean and Fiona in Felix’s dyspeptic Alfa Romeo.

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Rialto review - beautifully acted but relentless

Matt Wolf

What news on the rialto? Not much of particular buoyancy or light in the Peter Mackie Burns film Rialto, which takes a grimly focused view of a married Irishman's struggle with his same-sex leanings.

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Eternal Beauty review - imagination in every frame

Owen Richards

Barring a few outliers, British indies tend to follow the same formula: serious subjects told seriously. Whether it’s a council estate, a rural farm, or a seaside town, you can always rely on that trademark tension and realism we Brits do so well.

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The Trial Of The Chicago 7 review – blistering docudrama that speaks to our times

Joseph Walsh

Aaron Sorkin’s latest powerhouse drama couldn’t come at a more opportune moment.

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Miss Juneteenth review - a ray of Texan sunshine

Owen Richards

Beauty queen pageants have long been ripe for parody, from their plastic glamour to the Machiavellian competitiveness. Miss Juneteenth opts for a much more nuanced approach, using the pageant as a focal point for a mother and daughter navigating their difficult present and possible future.

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Monsoon review - like something almost being said

Tom Birchenough

Building very promisingly on the achievement of his debut feature Lilting from six years ago, in Monsoon Hong Khaou has crafted a delicate study of displacement and loss, one that’s all the more memorable for being understated.

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Enola Holmes review – a new Sherlock-related franchise is afoot

Joseph Walsh

Its no secret that Arthur Conan Doyles most famous creation lays claim to more appearances on screen than any other fictional character. Over the past several decades, weve seen Sherlock as a pugilist action-hero, a modern-day sleuth, and in a painfully unfunny slapstick guise.

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Bill & Ted Face the Music review - modestly delightful

Nick Hasted

Beavis and Butthead’s vicious grunge-era gormlessness remains interred, Wayne and Garth (and their stars’ careers) are too superannuated to revive.

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Hendrix and the Spook review - a search for clarity in murky waters

Sarah Kent

September 18th is the 50th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s death, an appropriate moment to release Hendrix and the Spook, a documentary exploring the vexed question: was it murder, suicide or a tragic accident?

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Nocturnal review - an impossible love

Graham Fuller

The most painterly and ominous sequence in Nocturnal naturally occurs at night. Until recently strangers, 33-year-old Pete (Cosmo Jarvis) and 17-year-old Laurie (Lauren Coe) gaze across a body of seawater to a miniature chemistry set – a tract of illuminated industrial buildings and smoke-belching cooling towers.

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Rocks review - impressively well-crafted neo-realist drama

Saskia Baron

Rocks is a beautifully made slice of neo-realist filmmaking which deserves to get a wide audience but may well slip off the radar in the current climate. It really should be experienced in a cinema as the camerawork by Hélène Louvart is stunning and the sound design is excellent.

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The Devil All The Time review – a test of faith in a Southern Gothic tradition

Joseph Walsh

Theres no denying the Faulknerian ambition to the construction of Anthony Camposlatest feature Devil All the Time. Its a brooding, blood-soaked Semi-Southern Gothic drama spanning two generations through a plot that wrestles with the nature of good and evil like Jacob at Penuel.

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Max Richter's Sleep review - refreshing as a good night's rest

Joseph Walsh

If there was ever a balm for these confusing times, then it’s Max Richter’s Sleep, a lullaby of a documentary that explores the composer’s eight-hour-plus experimental 2015 composition based on sleep cycles.

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Broken Hearts Gallery review - effortfully entertaining

Matt Wolf

Remember when romcoms didn't try so hard?

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