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…

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…

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