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 […]

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 […]

Cannes Review: A Tale Of Love And Darkness

Natalie Portman, makes her feature directorial and screenwriting debut with her screen adaptation of Amos Oz’s best-selling autobiographical novel ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’. In 1945, in Jerusalem at the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel, the film details the life of young Amos […]

Cannes Review: My Mother

Deftly balancing comedy and drama, My Mother is a film that leaves audiences laughing hysterically in places, but drying their eyes by the conclusion. Primed for a miserable realist drama about a woman watching her elderly mother’s slow decline from pneumonia, My Mother frequently surprises the viewer with its perceptive prodding of the relationship between […]

Cannes Review: The Lobster

The challenges of being single may be a nightmare for some, but spare a thought for poor, short-sighted David (Colin Farrell), a man running out of time to find a mate, or else he will be turned into the titular sea creature. The Lobster takes the viewer to an alienating alternate reality where the social […]

Cannes Review: Son Of Saul

The gas chambers, the incinerators and the sickening machinery of genocide are all vividly dissected in Son of Saul as viewers are plunged into the midst of Hitler’s Final Solution at work. Audiences are dragged along on the gut wrenching journey of one man, a tiny cog in this machine of mass slaughter. For those […]