The Irishman (2019)

Martin Scorsese’s mythical, mournful and powerful depiction of the mafia, America and the mid-twentieth century is culmination of the themes he has dealt with, and helped define, throughout his illustrious career. With complex and layered performances from Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, Scorsese uncovers the innate corruption and violence that the US…

Bait (2019)

  Mark Jenkin’s innovative and haunting tale of gentrification in a small Cornish fishing village signals a new and vital voice in British cinema. Martin (Edward Rowe) is a fisherman who has lost his boat – his brother Steven (Giles King) has transformed the working ship into a tourist attraction, taking groups of unbearable stag…

Now on Netflix: Blindspotting (2018)

  A lyrical ode to the city of Oakland, Blindspotting expertly dissects gentrification, race and police brutality and the issues surrounding two young men finding themselves in a neighbourhood that they no longer understand. Vibrant, colourful and Shakespearean, under the direction of Carlos López Estrada, the tale of two old friends navigating life in the rapidly gentrifying…

Hustlers (2019)

Money, ambition and misguided righteousness collide in Lorene Scafaria’s sizzling Hustlers with incredible performances and a banging soundtrack, based on a New York magazine piece by journalist Jessica Pressler. Dorothy (Constance Wu) is the newest dancer at Scores Strip Club, trying to earn enough money to support her grandmother when she in taken under the…

Blinded by the Light (2019)

A coming-of-age drama with added Bruce Springsteen that never manages to make it past broad cliches, Blinded by the Light manages to stay consistently off-key. Luton in 1987 is not where Javed Khan (Viveik Kalra) wants to be. He dreams of becoming a writer, of moving away from the small town where Thatcher’s Britain seems…

A Fantastic Woman (2017)

Sebastián Lelio’s 2017 melodrama A Fantastic Woman allows Daniela Vega to shine in a story of loss, grief and self-identity, leaving little doubt that she is a true talent. When Marina’s boyfriend Orlando (Francisco Reyes) die suddenly on the night of her birthday, her life is turned upside down in a matter of minutes. One moment she…

State of the Industry: Ken Loach in Cannes | The World of Apu

Two new articles about the Cannes Film Festival are up for your viewing pleasure this week. My first article is taken from a Ken Loach Q+A talking about his new film, zero hours contracts and Netflix. As like with every other figure in the film industry he has an opinion on Netflix – read it…

Midsommar (2019)

Ari Aster’s latest is a pastel-coloured nightmare, a relationship drama wrapped in the cloak of a folk-horror film, with excellent performances from the talented young cast that match the beauty on screen Dani’s (Florence Pugh) life has just fallen apart after a family tragedy, when she is invited on a ‘bros only’ trip to Sweden…

Beanpole (2019) | Much Ado About Cinema

My final review from Cannes this year, and my debut piece for the excellent Much Ado About Cinema is now here! Beanpole is a haunting, desperate feel that now, even a month and a half later, it still feels haunting. Find the review here