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…

Now on Netflix: Jezebel (2019)

With her intimate and confident debut feature film Jezebel, writer-director and actress Numa Perrier takes the audience into the early days of the internet, and the story of a young woman starting out in the newly burgeoning cam-girl industry. Perrier’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film is set in the bare apartments and anonymous office buildings of Las Vegas…

A Life in August | Film Inquiry

My latest article for Film Inquiry is now live on their site, and it’s a review of a independent Scottish film called A Life in August, written and directed by Haston McLaren. You can find the review here – and be sure to let me know what you think!

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…

Knives Out (2019)

Rian Johnson’s star-spangled, whodunnit mystery is packed with wit, humour and more twists than you can shake a fist at, in an intriguing homage to the detective novel that deserves to become a genre classic. When the Thrombey family gather to celebrate Harlan’s (Christopher Plummer) 85th birthday, little do any of them know that their…

Maserati: A Hundred Years Against All Odds (2019)

Philip Selkirk’s documentary on the history of legendary Italian car company Maserati opens with the words of Winston Churchill from a speech delivered in Harrow School in the early 1940s. “Never give in. Never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small.” So begins a comprehensive re-telling of the company’s past – from close-knit…

Now on Netflix: Support the Girls (2018)

A quietly uplifting film about friendships, found families and the not-entirely-great jobs that many of us put up with in order to get by, Support the Girls is a big-hearted comedy with a understating and loving performance by Regina Hall. General manager of the “breastaurant” Double Whammies Lisa (Regina Hall) has enough to deal with  before…

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…