Christopher Marchant

Christopher Marchant

Christopher Marchant is an entertainment journalist with a degree in Film from Sussex University, and an MA in Newspaper Journalism from City University London. In his spare time he likes obsessing over American politics and long walks along Ruislip Lido. A collection of Christopher's works can be found at christophermarchant.wordpress.com, and he tweets at @BrianInvincible.

Diego Maradona: The first hand account

Diego Maradona: The first hand account

★★★★☆ This third documentary feature from Asif Kapadia in some ways combines themes from his first two; the sporting adulation of Ayrton Senna, and the drug fuelled descents of Amy Winehouse. Diego Maradona opens with a car chase, combining with a electro beat to ground the audience in the high...

Dirty God: Scars never heal

Dirty God: Scars never heal

★★★☆☆ Jade (Vicky Knight) is released from hospital, bearing the disfigurement caused by an acid attack perpetrated by her former partner and father to her child. As might be expected by the logline, this film is a tough watch that forces the viewer every moment to face up to the...

Cannes 2019 Review: Deerskin

Cannes 2019 Review: Deerskin

★★★★☆ With the festival over for another year, and the winner of the Palme D'or Bong Joon-ho's Parasite, I'm bringing some focus to a film I feel was one of the many hidden gems to be found at this year's festival (with quick shoutouts to My Brother's Love and the...

Cannes 2019 review: The Dead Don’t Die

★★☆☆☆ What makes Shaun of the Dead such an accomplished film is its combination of parody, comedy, and some genuinely well drawn characters. The Dead Don’t Die falls flat on all three fronts. This zombie comedy by Jim Jarmusch opened the Cannes Film Festival, but likely for its all star...

Cannes preview

Cannes preview

A quarter of century after Pulp Fiction won the Canne's top prize, the Palme d’Or, Quentin Taratino is again showcasing the film with the most media attention. In this case it is the already controversial Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, a historical film centred around the Manson murders and...

Beats: Pulsating rave drama

Beats: Pulsating rave drama

★★★★☆ The 1994 Criminal Justice Act gave police officers the power to shut down events at which music “wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats” was being played, a clearly personal attack at rave culture. This fact opens Beats, and is referred to throughout...

Film Review: Green Book

Film Review: Green Book

The Copacabana nightclub, 1962. The rugged chief bouncer Tony 'The Lip' Vallelonga finds himself out of work while the club is refurbished, and agrees to drive concert pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) across country for his upcoming tour. Snags to this arrangement are that not only is Don a...

Film Review: A Star Is Born

1937. 1954. 1976. 2018. A Star Is Born has had a version for almost every generation of cinema, and the pull of its story can travel across eras with ease. In Bradley Cooper's latest version, he takes the '76 approach of transferring the story to purely music: self-destructive star Jackson Maine (Cooper)...

Film Review: The Rider

After a horrific accident at a rodeo competition, Brady Blackburn (Brady Jandreau) must deal with his brain injuries and a life of mediocrity in rural South Dakota. I had the pleasure of speaking with Brady Jandreau prior to seeing The Rider, and it was a relief that director and writer Chloé Zhao...

Film Review: King of Thieves

There are three things that King of Thieves has to figure out before it’s getting a tan in Margate: First, you’ve got a story that most people watching already know the basic facts to, the 2015 Hatton Gardens robbery. An audience knowing the resolutions can sap the drama if you’re not being alert (also...

Film Review: Whitney

Film Review: Whitney

I was too young for Whitney-mania ('I Will Always Love You' finished its streak at No.1 the week I was born), but to my generation also she is always known as a massively talented individual. She is engrained as a purveyor of 'legacy' music, a voice and a performer that...

Film Review: The Bookshop

Film Review: Adrift

Part-time sailor and full time wandering bum Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) runs across rugged older man Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin) while moving through Tahiti. The pair hit it off, and after some happy years together find themselves alone on a boat crossing the Pacific from Tahiti to San Diego. Hurricane...

Film Review: Zama

Film Review: Zama

In a colonial-era South America, bureaucrat Don Diego de Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho) is trapped in Asunción, continuously rejected transfer by his bosses. In an attempt to break out of his Kafkaesque existence Zama takes part in a dangerous mission to capture bandit Vicuña Porto (Matheus Nachtergaele), on the promise...

Film Review: That Good Night

Film Review: That Good Night

An audience will have a more involving experience watching That Good Night going in knowing that this was the last film of legendary actor John Hurt. Death is on the horizon throughout the film, as Hurt plays terminally ill screenwriter Ralph looking to reconcile with his estranged son (Max Brown)...

Film Review: Mary And The Witch’s Flower

Film Review: Tully

Ever since Juno blew me away at the cinema I've been fascinated by Diablo Cody's work as a screenwriter. She's always worked best delving into the dramas playing out in suburban homes across America, transforming what may be mundane into the witty and heartfelt. While Juno dealt with the impact...

Film Review: Beast

Described as a 'fairy tale for adults', Michael Pearce's debut feature film is able to capture his home island of Jersey with a brilliant yet terrifying blend of natural beauty and chilling sub-urbanity. The story at the core of Beast is deliberately simple: in a suffocating family atmosphere, a young...

Film Review: A Gentle Creature

Film Review: Custody

French drama Custody (original title Jusqu'à la garde) opens with mother Miriam (Léa Drucker) and father Antoine (Denis Ménochet) arguing over Antoine's rights to see his two children. Initially there is a level of sympathy for Antoine, and an audience can question whether he is being unfairly maligned by a...

Film Review: Ready Player One

Film Review: Ready Player One

2045 AD. The deceased James Halliday (Mark Rylance) has left his massive fortune inside his defining creation: OASIS, the massive virtual universe people use to escape from the crumbling real world. Halliday left clues on how to inherit his worth that are related to his own insular upbringing, so only...

Film Review: Tomb Raider

Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) has forsaken her family fortune to become a London bicycle courier and amateur MMA fighter. After receiving an item from her missing (presumed dead) father, Lara goes in search of a cursed island in Japan carrying ancient treasure and an awful secret. After many of years...

Film Review: Red Sparrow

Film Review: Red Sparrow

Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is a famous and respected dancer for the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. Nate Nash (Joel Edgerton) is a CIA agent in Russia who botches a meeting with a mole. After a horrific leg break, Dominika must retire, and is persuaded by her nefarious uncle in the SVR,...

Film Review: Game Night

Film Review: Game Night

Coming off a string of Daddy's Home 2, Bad Moms' Christmas and The House, a Febraury release "WASPs in a pickle" comedy was a sign of oncoming dread to me. As it happens, Game Night is unashamedly huge fun that drags the American middle-class comedy from the gutter. It's love...

Film Review: Pad Man

Film Review: Pad Man

Based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, Pad Man is the biopic of Lakshmikant Chauhan (Akshay Kumar), the man who dreamt of manufacturing and distributing subsidized sanitary pads to the women of India after seeing the dirty rags his wife was using during menstruation. Due to the taboos surrounding menstruation...

Film Review: Loveless

Film Review: Loveless

In this Russian drama, a couple in the process of a bitter divorce has selfishly ignored their twelve-year-old son Alexey (Matvey Novikov) in pursuit of new relationships. When the boy goes missing, the pair are finally forced to acknowledge his existence before they can continue with their lives. Father Boris...

Film Review: Lies We Tell

Film Review: Lies We Tell

Amber (Sibylla Deen) is torn between her older lover Demi (Harvey Keitel) and her devout Muslim family in Bradford. When Demi dies, his driver Donald (Gabriel Bryne) is instructed to kick Amber out the flat she was living in for the adulterous getaways. Against his better judgement, a sympathy for...