Eighth Grade

It is impossible to understand how a 28-year-old male filmmaker has been able to craft such a heartbreakingly perceptive exploration of the trials and tribulations of a socially isolated 13-year-old girl trying to navigate her way through the final days of middle school. However, with Eighth Grade, actor and stand-up comedian Bo Burnham has done […]

On the Basis of Sex

Such is the respect and reverence that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has accumulated in her illustrious career, any attempt at a biopic is faced with the inevitable dilemma of trying to do justice to a life and legacy that is responsible for some of the most significant moments in the fight for gender equality. Whilst there […]

Green Book

It’s a situation we’ve seen a hundred times before, both in dramatic and comedic forms;  two people whose backgrounds are polar opposites come together in unusual circumstances, learning much about themselves and each other during their time together and discover that they are not so different after all. Inspired by a true story, Green Book is a […]

Instant Family

Following their collaboration on Daddy’s Home, director Sean Anders again teams with Mark Wahlberg for another comedy set within a unconventional family unit. In this instance, the blended family of their previous collaboration makes way for a group of foster kids placed into the care of a clueless couple whose good intentions are overwhelmed by the sheer […]

Ralph Breaks the Internet

I’m not convinced that anybody involved with the creation and subsequent release of Wreck-it Ralph in 2012 ever really expected it to be the monster hit it would become. After all, this is a movie entrenched in video game arcade culture from the 80’s and 90’s that features references and character types that are largely […]

The Best of 2018 on Screen

Sure, it is a bit later than usual, but a list of the best movies of any given year is much more credible when delivered in January of the following year than it would be if presented in November (or even earlier in many cases), long before the year in question is even finished. So, […]

The Favourite

Let’s be clear.  Queen Anne is the central character in this latest offering from Yorgos Lanthimos and Olivia Colman is the lead actress. In the midst of awards season, there has been much debate about which of the performers who feature as the three women at the centre of the narrative should be considered (or […]