Category Film


Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in Marriage Story (2019)

Balancing humour with intensely emotional scenes, MARRIAGE STORY is an incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together

3.5 out of 5 stars

If anyone knows how to craft a human story about love, life and family, it’s Noah Baumbach. Back in 2005, the American Director made a film essentially about the divorce of his parents – THE SQUID AND THE WHALE – told from the perspective of a child...

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BFI #LFF 2019: JOJO RABBIT Film Review

Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis in Jojo Rabbit

Combining the absurd and the hilarious, JOJO RABBIT delivers a poignant message about acceptance, love and learning from our past mistakes

4 out of 5 stars

A coming-of-age comedy about a young boy who befriends Hitler as his imaginary friend hardly sounds like a Hollywood hit but anyone can pull it off, its Taika Waititi...

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BFI #LFF 2019: SID & JUDY Film Review

Judy Garland in SID & JUDY

Fusing film clips and rare concert footage with revealing excerpts from personal recordings, SID & JUDY is a poignant portrait of the late, great Judy Garland

4 out of 5 stars

Hot on the heels of the recent release of new biopic JUDY starring Renee Zewelleger, London Film Festival regular Stephen Kijak pays tribute to the late, great showbiz legend Judy Garland in his latest documentary SID & JUDY.

Inspired by the autobiography of her third husband Sid Luft, SID & JUDY takes a revealing new look at the latter...

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Göran Björkdahl and Mads Brügger in Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019)

Playing like a first-rate thriller, COLD CASE HAMMARSKJOLD is an ambitious piece of work which makes for gripping viewing

3 out of 5 stars

They say that the truth is stranger than fiction yet Mads Brügger’s latest true-crime documentary COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD couldn’t get much stranger if it tried.

Best described as a documentary thriller, COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD follows Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl as they try to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarsk...

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Eryk Rocha’s latest feature BURNING NIGHT is a poignant and persuasive piece about loneliness, survival and the quest for reinvention

3 out of 5 stars

The vibrant, volatile and rapidly changing city of Rio de Janeiro is vividly captured in Eryk Rocha’s latest feature film BURNING NIGHT, a poignant and persuasive portrait about the nocturnal encounters of a down-on-his-luck cab driver.

In order to pay for the child support he needs to send to his ex-wife Livia, recently divorced Paulo (Fabricio Boliveira) s...

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BFI #LFF 2019: AXONE Film Review

Sayani Gupta as Upasna in AXONE

When given time to breathe, Nicholas Kharkongor’s AXONE packs an emotional punch, turning this light-hearted and bittersweet comedy into something much more poignant and resonant

3.5 out of 5 stars

Following the success of his debut film MANTRA, filmmaker Nicholas Kharkongor returns to the big screen with his latest film AXONE, a bittersweet comedy about love, friendship and overcoming prejudice.

Set on a hot summer’s day, AXONE follows Upasna and Chanbi, two friends who want to prepare a special North Easter...

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MRS LOWRY & SON Film Review

Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall in Mrs Lowry & Son (2019)

Despite towering performances from Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave, MRS LOWRY & SON feels more like an extended chamber piece than a portrait of an actual artist

3 out of 5 stars

The city of Salford is famous for many things – its part in the industrial revolution, Ordsall Hall and Eccles cakes to name but a few. But its most famous export is undoubtedly LS Lowry, the artist famous for his distinctive urban life paintings and “matchstick men”...

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Himesh Patel in YESTERDAY

Himesh Patel as Jack Malk in YESTERDAY. Photo Credit: Jonathan Prime, Universal Pictures

Charming, warm, and pleasantly surprising, YESTERDAY is a joyous ride through the back catalogue of The Beatles even if the leads fail to leave a lasting impression

3.5 out of 5 stars

Imagine a world without The Beatles. No John, Paul, George and Ringo. No Beatlemania. No Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band...

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Taron Egerton as Elton John in ROCKETMAN (2019)

Taron Egerton as Elton John in ROCKETMAN (2019). Photo Credit: David Appleby © 2018 Paramount Pictures

Dexter Fletcher’s ROCKETMAN takes a brutal look back at Elton John’s hedonistic lifestyle in a film as flamboyant as its subject

4 out of 5 stars

Fresh from the success of BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, Director Dexter Fletcher returns to the big screen with his latest biopic, ROCKETMAN, an exciting, explosive and exuberant tribute to music legend Elton John.

Described as a “musical fantasy”, ROCKETMAN follows the si...

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WILD ROSE Film Review


WILD ROSE is a richly stirring human story about a young woman balancing her dreams of being a country music star with the responsibilities of motherhood

4 out of 5 stars

Actress Jessie Buckley delivers the star performance of the year in Tom Harper’s electrifying crowd pleaser WILD ROSE.

Fresh out of prison with a track record of bad behaviour, charisma and an electrifying set of vocal chords, WILD ROSE follows 23-year-old Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley), a single mum who dreams of becoming a country sing...

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