Summer 1993

It is not surprising to discover that this autobiographical effort from writer/director Carla Simón has garnered myriad awards at international festivals and industry ceremonies because Summer 1993 is an understated gem that is remarkably powerful in its simplicity. Tracking the events in the life of six-year-old Frida in the immediate aftermath of her mother’s death, […]

Darling

Dance, and ballet in particular, has always provided great fodder for engaging screen stories, with the likes of Powell and Pressburger (The Red Shoes) Robert Altman (The Company) and Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) amongst those who have drawn, with great success, upon the intensity that permeates the world of professional ballet (the obsessive commitment, the […]

What Will People Say

This second feature from Norwegian writer/director Iram Haq is a searing exploration of the implications for young people in trying to balance familial and cultural expectations with the desire to experience, and engage with, the wider world in which they live. It is a film that should leave you seething in anger at the way […]

Beirut

From Fargo to Nashville to Chicago to Munich and many more besides, this new big screen offering from director Brad Anderson (The Machinist) is another film that (somewhat unimaginatively perhaps) takes its title from the city or town in which it is set. It also serves as the first movie lead for Mad Men star […]

Thelma

Those familiar with Julia Ducourneau’s 2016 cannibal caper Raw will see some parallels between that and this award-winning Norwegian drama from Joachim Trier (Louder Than Bombs). Like Justine in Raw, the eponymous Thelma is a young woman who has moved away from home for the first time to attend university and, whilst she doesn’t gorge […]

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Of all the big budget sequels being churned out at a rate of knots by the Hollywood machine, this might just be one of the dumbest to make its way onto cinema screens. The reason for its existence is obvious; the four previous Jurassic Park/World films have proven a box office bonanza and this one, […]

Ant-Man and The Wasp

Yes, Ant-Man and The Wasp is ridiculous on many levels, but there is something about this follow-up to the original Ant-Man outing from 2015 that prevents it from reaching the scale of over-the-top mayhem, destruction, absurdity and earnestness that are the staples of most Marvel movies. The whole premise is utter nonsense, of course, but […]