Tag: Film Review

Don’t Knock Twice: Film Review

Don’t Knock Twice: Film Review

Never mind knocking, you’d be better off giving this uninspired urban chiller from director Caradog James the widest of berths. His 2013 debut feature, The Machine, may have garnered enough critical praise to suggest he was a filmmaker who could talk the talk, but Don’t Knock Twice, his stagnant second ...

The Eyes of my Mother: Film Review

The Eyes of my Mother: Film Review

There are many things one should say about The Eyes of My Mother, director Nicolas Pesce’s dark & disturbing debut feature, but it’s perhaps best to begin by declaring that this is not a film for the faint of heart. Indeed, even those with an unyielding tolerance for visual horror ...

All This Panic: Film Review

All This Panic: Film Review

By Linda Marric Shot over a three year period, All This Panic is perhaps one of the most comprehensive looks at female youth ever achieved by a documentary film-maker. Director Jenny Page and her cinematographer husband Tom Betterton took on the mammoth task of following a group of girls from ...

We Are X: Film Review

We Are X: Film Review

By Stephen Mayne @finalreel A montage near the end jumps through a diverse collection of fans explaining what heavy metal band X Japan means to them. Aside from adoration in their homeland, others from around the world express admiration, ranging from people who used their music to deal with dark ...

Tomato Red: Film Review

Tomato Red: Film Review

By Stephen Mayne @finalreel Tomato red is almost the colour of Jamalee Merridew’s hair, and it’s the name of the Daniel Woodrell novel from which this film is adapted. Woodrell has written nine novels to date, a number of them set in the bleak forgotten lands of the Ozarks; mountainous ...

20th Century Women: Film Review

20th Century Women: Film Review

20th Century Women sees the return of Beginners (2010) director Mike Mills in one of the most ambitiously stylish and quirky pieces of filmmaking of recent years. Being no stranger to technical wizardry from his years in the music video industry, Mills offers his audience an exhilarating mishmash of authentic ...

Manchester By The Sea: Review

Manchester By The Sea: Review

By Linda Marric @linda_marric Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea is a beautifully crafted powerful story which centres around themes of loss, frayed human relations, and more importantly the persistence of grief and how people deal with loss in different ways. Lonergan is well versed on ...

Star Wars – Rogue One: Film Review

Star Wars – Rogue One: Film Review

By Linda Marric @Linda_Marric Taking place some time in between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), the new movie in Disney’s Star Wars franchise revival is every bit as exhilarating and as thrilling as The Force ...

Office Christmas Party: Film Review

By Linda Marric @linda_marric Directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck, Office Christmas Party sees the return of a pairing responsible for some of the highest-grossing comedies of the last few years. Fresh from starring in the rather disappointing sequel of Horrible Bosses, Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman are back ...

Moana: Film Review

Moana: Film Review

By Linda Marric @Linda_Marric Moana is the latest big-budget holiday season animation from the team responsible for Disney’s continued renaissance. Directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, who gave us the timeless Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, this charming and engaging adventure has an empowering, life-affirming message with a subject ...

Chi-Raq: Film Review

Chi-Raq: Film Review

By Linda Marric @linda_marric Spike Lee's adaptation of of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes manages to avoid the usual pitfalls of play to screen adaptations. Chi-Raq is a play on words coined by Chicagoans, based on a statistic showing that more Americans have died from gun violence in ...

Nocturnal Animals: LFF Film Review

Nocturnal Animals: LFF Film Review

By Anna Power Tom Ford’s long awaited follow up to A Single Man is a tale of heartbreak and revenge on an epic scale. Opulent, toxic and devastatingly dark, Nocturnal Animals’ double narrative unfurls with the slow-drip bitterness of the broken enmeshed with Ford’s mesmerising style, underpinned with a caustic ...