Reviews

Review: ‘Miss Sloane’ Survives On Jessica Chastain

Review: ‘Miss Sloane’ Survives On Jessica Chastain

A picture that may be a cautionary tale for directors but is a playbook for actors. In an attempt to propel the audience through a story containing both equal parts speedy dialogue and slower emotional moments, director John Madden fell into the trap of modern cinema’s short memory, timing. Fast abrasive cuts always work well […]

Review: ‘Live by Night’ Slowly Thrills Using Foley Over Score

A foley track overruling the score is something rarely seen anymore. Most audiences are completely desensitized to the constant lack of a notable retreat to a casual silence. That’s a decision that has filtered down from blockbusters to become seemingly part of Hollywood’s cohesive structure for a crowd pleaser. However, while that may guarantee an […]

Toronto Review: Nocturnal Animals

A beautiful lullaby of a nightmare embedded within a statement of the absurd artistic world from which it was birthed. The sublime craft of Nocturnal Animals from the sound and color to the pace and structure are all cheerfully undeniable. The film follows two intertwined storylines one flowing from a fictitious creation existing in the […]

Cannes Review: Blood Father

A superb little quaint thriller with acting that astounds. While the action captures the screen it never itself devolves into spectacle and instead only exists to serve the story. Reminding us that despite the surroundings this story at its heart is a father trying to save his once missing daughter. From the opening, director Jean-François […]

Cannes Review: Personal Shopper

Something lost and something gained. As cinema has rolled on through the decades since the 60s, suspense has been less and less well approached in new forms. Nevertheless here it appears that Olivier Assayas has found a new modern approach to the genre. It’s gripping, intriguing and yet maintains a slow allure that gently ferries […]

Cannes Review: Money Monster

A surface film with an artistically rough open that sustains itself on a blockbuster tried and tested riskless formula. In tune with the television show which it depicts the picture is based on drawing in the audience, with some dialogue including the first and last lines almost breaking the fourth wall. Most of these lines […]

Cannes Review: Cafe Society

Containing all the characteristics of a lovable Woody Allen film, Cafe Society gives us his perspective of his less touched city Los Angeles. While his previous works have included scenes in Los Angeles, this depiction seems less stereotypical of Hollywood. As the picture progresses the location becomes simply a backdrop for the story. Opposed to […]

Ant-Man Review

Ant-Man may be small in stature, but he is definitely big on action and laughs. Summer movies can’t come much bigger than Marvel’s comic-book blockbusters so it’s refreshing to see the studio downsize for their latest. Along with a roster that shows no signs of stopping the expansion their superhero cinematic universe Marvel have a […]

The Overnight Review

Indulge in a Los Angeles night of erratic sex comedy with Taylor Schilling and Adam Scott. The Overnight with a motto of unpredictability and opportunity begins as Kurt portrayed by Jason Schwartzman, stumbles upon the recently relocated couple Alex and Emily played by Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling, at a playground with their son. Kurt […]

Cannes Review: The Measure of a Man

Last year in Cannes, it was Marion Cotillard and the Dardennes brothers examining contemporary workplace relations in Two Days, One Night. That razor sharp, but repetitive critique of the ills of modern corporate practices is bested this year by The Measure of a Man which finds its unemployed protagonist facing a moral dilemma when he […]

Cannes Review: Marguerite and Julien

A little incest goes a long way in Marguerite and Julien, the new film from French director Valerie Donzelli. Spanning the young lives of the titular siblings as their love for each other deepens, it is like watching a PR campaign from someone who thinks Game of Thrones has given incest a bad name. What […]

Cannes Review: The Chosen Ones

A film about a 14 year old girl forced into prostitution demands to be handled with sensitivity. With The Chosen Ones, Mexican director David Pablos succeeds by not sensationalising his story, showing restraint in his depictions of the sex and violence in the screenplay. At the same time, viewers may feel that they have been […]

Cannes Review: Inside Out

If you’ve ever wondered what’s going on inside someone’s head, Pixar have created a wonderfully inventive answer in Inside Out. Back at the absolute top of their game, Pixar’s latest is fresh, funny and positively bursting with emotions from joy to sadness. Aptly enough, these two emotions are also the lead characters in Inside Out, […]

Cannes Review: Amy

Asif Kapadia’s latest documentary details Amy Winehouse’s woefully short life, in a way very similar to watching his previous film on the life and death of Formula One driver Aryton Senna. At all times, the experience is tainted by the knowledge of the impending fatality that hangs over the rest of the film like a […]

Cannes Review: The High Sun

The High Sun transports the viewer to coastal Balkan villages where the sea is refreshing, but the relations between the Serbians and Croats are frosty to say the least. Director Dalibor Matanic’s films requires little knowledge of the history of Yugoslavia, offering instead universal themes of love, lust, passion and hatred. The High Sun presents […]