Uncut Gems (2019)

The Safdie Brothers’ latest film is like being punched repeatedly in the face while being spun round on a fairground ride at maximum speed – which is to say that from start to finish it is complete adrenaline rush, if not entirely a comfortable experience. A love letter to the Diamond District of New York…

Little Women (2019)

Greta Gerwig’s second film, and the seventh adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 classic book Little Women, is stunning showcase of Gerwig’s talent as a director, and the incredible careers to come for the young cast. Set during the American Civil War in Massachusetts, the exuberant March daughters are living a somewhat diminished existence since…

Parasite (2019)

  Bong Joon-ho’s latest dark, socio-thriller Parasite combines class rage, deception and a scathing view of contemporary Korean society to create a masterpiece in unnerving storytelling, and a strong contender for one of the best films of the year. The Kim family eek out an existence in a cramped semi-basement flat in a poor neighbourhood, finding menial…

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…

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…

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…

Late Night (2019)

  When Katherine (Emma Thompson), the host of a failing light night comedy show, hires the unapologetically positive Molly (Mindy Kaling) to liven up her overwhelming white and male writing staff, both women’s lives begin to change in ways neither of them expected. Scripted by star Mindy Kaling, Late Night is a joyous and enjoyable summer comedy that…

Booksmart (2019)

In the canon of excellent teen films, Booksmart‘s addition to the likes of Easy A, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Edge of Seventeen is well earned. With sparkling and sincere performances from the leads, a soundtrack that never hits a dull note and a central tale about friendship and growing up that will grab you by the…

Cannes Review: Rocketman (2019)

After the many – and justified – criticisms surrounding 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody, a film about one of the most famous LGBT performers in the 20th century that contains exactly one kiss between Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) and his partner Jim Hutton (Aaron McCusker), there was some trepidation about Rocketman before its release. Luckily, director Dexter…

Cannes Review: The Lighthouse (2019) | Screen Queens

Here is the first of my Cannes reviews, which has been published on Screen Queens! Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse is a twisted, eerie tale of maritime horror that will stick with you longer after you’ve left the cinema. It’s distributed by A24 and is due to be released in the UK on July 8th. You…