Category Film Reviews

The Shallows – New Release Review

Taut, scary and featuring a great lead performance, The Shallows escapes from Jaws‘s collosal shadow… Blake Lively stars as Nancy, a medical student who has all but given up on her profession of choice after losing her mother to cancer. Instead of studying she is running away from her life; partying, exploring and surfing her way around the […]

Bleed For This – New Release Review

We take a look at the Miles Teller led boxing drama Bleed For This… The boxing world, the late-80s: Vincenzo “Vinny Paz” Pazienza is fighting as a junior welterweight. He’s naturally more suited to the welterweight class, but it’s standard for boxers to engage in weight cutting; why fight as the smallest in your natural division […]

A United Kingdom – New Release Review

London, 1947: Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) lives an unremarkable life, working in a typing pool. One night, she agrees to escort her sister to a meeting of her missionary group. While there, she meets Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo), a handsome and well-educated young man, and after several more dates, the two quickly fall in love. […]

Napoleon – Re-Release Review

Making one of its intermittent returns to the big screen, Abel Gance’s five-and-a-half hour (6+ with intermissions!) 1927 masterpiece Napoleon is back and better than ever. This time around, the cause for renewed celebration is the picture’s long-awaited arrival on home media formats; the BFI is also currently streaming Napoleon online. Home media is well-suited […]

The Innocents – New Release Review

A nurse, working with the French Red Cross, travels to Poland in the year 1945, her mission being to provide assistance to the many wounded survivors of the war. Once there, however, she finds herself whisked away to a convent by a particularly pushy sister; at the convent she discovers, much to her surprise, that […]

Cemetery of Splendor – New Release Review

Cemetery of Splendor plumbs the depths of the soul in a meditative and meandering narrative that simply defies categorization.

A Street Cat Named Bob – New Release Review

We take a look at this adapted true story of heroin addiction, homelessness and a loving feline… A homeless recovering heroin addict is able to turn his life around thanks to the positive influence of a particularly faithful streetcat. That probably sounds like a cheesy – not to mention implausible – inspirational film, but it’s […]

Let’s Be Evil – New Release Review

In what appears to be the near future, but could just as well be the cutting-edge present, twenty something Jenny (Elizabeth Morris) finds that her job application has been successful. It’s a funny old rôle, the one for which she’s applied. It’s all in a bunker beneath Los Angeles, for one thing. And for another, […]

Starfish – New Release Review

We take a look at true story Starfish as it opens in cinemas today… Starfish is the true story of Tom Ray, as portrayed by his near-namesake Tom Riley. Tom Ray has a beautiful house out in Rutland, a wife who loves him enough to go back to work in order to allow him to work on […]

Stretch and Bobbito: Radio that Changed Lives

Hip-hop began, as everyone knows, with block parties in the Bronx in the late 1970s, but it hit its creative and commercial peak in New York in the 1990s. White DJ Stretch Armstrong and Latino announcer Bobbito Garcia were lucky enough, at that time, to host an underground radio show through which practically every single […]