Lean on Pete

Those who lament the lack of original movie ideas are probably the same people who shy away from the small, often independently released, films that are so often responsible for delivering the types of stories and characters that do deliver unique perspectives and ideas. One such film definitely worth catching, Lean on Pete is a […]

Widows

For many, it seems, the fact that Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen (Shame, 12 Years a Slave) was at the helm of this heist flick would somehow guarantee a cinematic offering that would transcend genre and deliver something completely unique. Whilst it is true that McQueen has incorporated elements that ensure Widows does challenge convention […]

Boy Erased

Given there is no scientific, therapeutic or spiritual legitimacy (or any logic for that matter) to gay conversion therapy as a practice, the fact that it even exists should be reason enough to make you mad. With Boy Erased, Australian director Joel Edgerton explores gay conversion therapy through the experiences of a teenager forced to […]

Shoplifters

For such a soft-spoken, subtle piece of work, this latest offering from acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda is certainly making plenty of noise on the festival circuit, picking up the Palme d’Or at Cannes and earning accolades whenever it has screened. It certainly isn’t hard to understand why Shoplifters has struck a chord with audiences […]

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 […]