Liam Springate-Jones

Liam Springate-Jones

Liam is a freelance writer focusing on film, music and culture topics. He has mostly written reviews, features and opinion content for publications and websites.

Film Review: Uncorked

★★★☆☆ In Netflix drama Uncorked, a young man named Elijah (Mamoudou Athie) finds himself caught in a crossfire between his dream of becoming a master sommelier, and his father’s expectation that he will someday take over the family barbecue business. It’s a familiar tale about the clash of family traditions...

High Life: A chilling and divisive space odyssey

★★★★☆ High Life is a confronting, visceral and totally obscure deep space adventure, that’s likely to appeal to viewers who prefer their science fiction movies in a minimalist, slow-burn style. This film, directed by Claire Denis, has arthouse written all over it. There are no galaxy shoot outs or alien...

Mid90s: A stylish coming-of-age gem

★★★★☆ From Superbad to The Wolf of Wall Street, Jonah Hill has long proven to be a comedic maestro, but with his debut feature Mid90s, he’s reinvented himself as a serious voice in cinema. This film takes viewers on a nostalgic trip back to 90s L.A., where 13-year-old Stevie (Sunny...

Us – Another ingenious horror from Jordan Peele

★★★★★ Home invasion is among the scariest archetypes in horror, and Jordan Peele’s Us is the latest in a long tradition of twisted stories that tap into our deepest fears. What’s brilliant about Us is that it subverts what we know about the genre to create a delirious, doppelganger nightmare....

Film Review: Under The Silver Lake

★★☆☆☆ With its offbeat drama and David Lynch-style weirdness, Under the Silver Lake captures a hyperreal version of Los Angeles, taking viewers into baffling world of mystery. It pays homage to a history of iconic movies, but it dances with so many styles, themes and subplots that the film collapses...

Film Review: Serenity

★☆☆☆☆ Serenity is arguably one of the most bonkers films in modern cinema. Written and directed by Stephen Knight (Locke; the screenwriter for Eastern Promises), it has such an insane premise that there’s something curiously admirable about the film’s commitment to complete and utter madness. However, it’s not enough to compensate...

Film Review: High Flying Bird

Steven Soderbergh’s Netflix movie High Flying Bird is a sharp and layered drama set in Manhattan during a six-month lockout between the NBA and the players. The season’s come to a standstill and no one’s getting paid. Hotshot sports agent Ray Burke (Andre Holland) and his number one client, Erick...

Film Review: Bird Box

Bird Box, Netflix’s new apocalyptic thriller, jumps between two timelines in an uncompromisingly dark narrative. Based on the 2014 novel by Josh Malerman, this adaption is stacked with talent and the premise seemed like a sure winner: it’s set around a mysterious force that compels people to commit suicide once...