Anna and the Apocalypse

Make no mistake; Anna and the Apocalypse is the best zombie Christmas musical you will see this year. This under-the-radar production from director John McPhail is an utter delight that melds genres in unexpected and surprisingly delightful ways. Not since Rocky Horror Picture Show has a film combined elements of horror with comedy and catchy […]

The Old Man and the Gun

If this does, as the man himself has hinted, prove to be the last acting role for Robert Redford, it will see the screen legend bow out in a role that plays to his strengths, namely a confident charisma that has been the hallmark of a career spanning some 50 years. Such is the easy […]

A Star is Born

As far as vanity projects go, this latest rendition of A Star is Born is a reasonably accomplished contemporary telling of a story that has been seen on screen three times already. Written, produced and directed by Bradley Cooper, who also cast himself in one of the lead roles, this new version features Lady Gaga […]

Bad Times at the El Royale

If ever there was a movie that is excessively overt in its desire to be the next ‘cult classic’, then this is most certainly it. Given that the term Tarantinoesque has been legitimised through its inclusion in the Oxford Dictionary, anybody seeking a film (other than those from the man himself) that might loosely demonstrate […]

Madeline’s Madeline

Portrayals of mental illness in film has always been problematic given that fact that the lived experience of every sufferer is unique, making it all but impossible to understand the reality of what any given individual experiences in the day-to-day struggle to forge a place for themselves in a society where mental illness remains stigmatised […]

Rain Can’t Stop the Music

Sure, last Saturday proved wet and windy, but neither was significant enough to stop the inaugural Hidden Lanes Festival from going ahead as scheduled.  Yes, some changes were needed to relocate events such as the suitcase rummage and fashion parade, but the live music program continued without any such interference and, despite the conditions, there […]

Wildlife

Following the success of their on-screen partnership in Ruby Sparks, real-life couple Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano have teamed up again to construct something altogether different with Wildlife, a film that tracks the disintegration of a marriage through the eyes of the child caught in the middle. Written and produced by Kazan and Dano, with […]