Reviews

We review the English-language debut of Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska, The Other Lamb. By Josh Slater-Williams 26-03-20 1,258 Director: Malgorzata Szumowska Writer: C.S. McMullen Cast: Raffey Cassidy, Michiel Huisman, Denise Gough, Kelly Campbell, Eve Connolly, Isabelle Connolly, Ailbhe Cowley Distributor: MUBI Running Time: 97 mins If you like this, try… The Invitation Michiel Huisman also
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Takashi Shimizu, the director and co-writer (with Daisuke Hosaka) of Howling Village (Inunaki-mura), will always, along with Hideo Nakata (Ring, 1998; Dark Water, 2002) and Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, 2001), belong to the pantheon of J-horror filmmakers. This comes down to Shimizu’s auteurist rôle at the centre of one of this subgenre’s most famous and influential
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“Welcome to the circle” is a recurring utterance in writer/director David Fowler’s debut feature of the same name. These words are addressed to anybody finding their way into an isolated woodland community whose few residents – Rebekah (Cindy Busby), Lotus Cloud (Heather Doerksen), Sky (Andrea Brooks) and Mathew (Michael Rogers) – are clearly the wide-eyed
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Every night, a group of ageing American ex-army men from the Vietnam – and in one case the Korean – War gather at dingy VFW Post 2494, run by their fellow soldier Fred Parras (Stephen Graham). Together, they knock back a few drinks, share some old combat stories, and engage in the kind of cameraderie
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As tech company manager Rick Sanders (Austin Lewis) leads his staff in a peppy motivational session at the beginning of Butt Boy, the camera circles to one man who stands out from his co-workers, a craggy island of disconsolate ennui floating in a sea of happy-clappy mirth. Played by the film’s director and (with Ryan
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“I don’t know why I do what I do.” The speaker, Jack (MacLeod Andrews, They Look Like People, The Siren) is going through what might be called an existential crisis. Displaced from his own home by a neighbour’s cockroach infestation, he is having to make his bed wherever he can – and right now, given
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‘Raven’s End – Where Your Story Begins’, reads the sign marking the entrance to the mist-shrouded coastal town, as a little boy cycles by with an old analogue camera over his shoulder. This boy is looking for a story alright. With aspirations to become an investigative reporter, he hopes to uncover the rumoured mystery of
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Sea Fever opens with a spectacular shot under the ocean’s surface, sunlight radiating through the wash above, before something plunges into the water: a fully dressed woman who opens her mouth to gasp for breath before there is a cutaway to the title, and then to a huge drifting jellyfish. The woman is Siobhán (Hermione
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Read our review on the Shirley Jackson biopic… By Katie Goh 02-03-20 1,445 Director: Josephine Decker Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, Odessa Young, Logan Lerman Less a by-the-numbers biopic and more an unconventional sketch of a woman’s creative process, Shirley is a hazy portrait of American cult horror writer, Shirley Jackson. Based on a Susan
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Puberty gets serious with Netflix’s new release… By Abigail Chandler 26-02-20 319 Released: Out now Cast: Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Sofia Bryant Distributor: Netflix Running Time: 7 episodes If you like this, try… Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina For a sillier take on teenagers with superpowers, CAOS is always worth a watch. There’s nothing particularly new
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Does Guns Akimbo come out with all guns blazing or is it just firing blanks? Find out with our review! By Anton Bitel 24-02-20 639 Released: 28 February 2020 (US) Certificate: R Director: Jason Lei Howden Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Samara Weaving, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Ned Dennehy, Rhys Darby Distributor: Saban Films Illegal online game Skism
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From her explosive presence in Suicide Squad (thank goodness there was at least one), Harley Quinn (played by the exceptional Margot Robbie) has been a gleam of hope on the rocky terrain of the DC Universe. So, has she lived up to the pressure with her first solo movie (deep breath): Birds Of Prey (And
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Black Christmas 2019 takes the bare bones of the sorority chiller to deliver something new…but does it work? By Sarah Dobbs 16-12-19 713 Released: Out now Certificate: 15 Director: Sophia Takal Writer: Sophia Takal and April Wolfe Cast: Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Cary Elwes, Caleb Eberhardt Distributor: Universal Forget everything you know about the two
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The opening of Promare establishes that the sudden combustion of various people across the globe caused severe damage to the world. This was the first appearance of the Burnish, a race of hitherto unknown mutant beings with the ability to wield flames. Thirty years later, a firefighting mecha service, Burning Rescue, has been created to
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Here’s our review of Jérémy Clapin’s animation I Lost My Body By Josh Slater-Williams 25-11-19 1,896 Released: 22 Nov (cinemas), 29 Nov (Netflix) Director: Jérémy Clapin Cast: Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d’Assumçao Distributor: Netflix If you like this, try… The City Of Lost Children Guillaume Laurant is best known for his Jean-Pierre Jeunet
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If ‘Let It Go’ encapsulated the 2013 film perfectly, then ‘Into the Unknown’ – the new anthem by returning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez – is the long-awaited sequel’s equivalent. Swapping themes of shame and self-acceptance for lines about risking one’s ‘happy ever after’ in search of something more, it never quite reaches the dizzying heights
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Is Terminator: Dark Fate the sequel to finally return James Cameron’s franchise to its glory days? By Amanda Keats 23-10-19 8,386 Released: 23 October 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Tim Miller Writer: David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes, Billy Ray Cast: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna Distributor: 20th Century Fox If you
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Aardman deliver a love-letter to classic SF with the funny and visually inventive A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon By Amy West 18-10-19 770 Released: 18 October 2019 Certificate: U Director: Will Becher, Richard Phelan Writer: Mark Burton, John Brown Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Amalia Vitale Distributor: StudioCanal If you like this, try… Chicken
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