Animation, Disney+, Family, Film Reviews, LFF 2020

REVIEW: Soul (LFF 2020)

What is your life’s purpose? It’s a frighteningly loaded question, one that’s tiring to even think about, let alone answer. But in Soul, Pixar maestro Pete Docter tackles it head-on in what is undoubtedly his most existential, inspiring and life-affirming film to date. Joe Gardner…

Documentary, Film Reviews, Foreign, Latest, LFF 2020

REVIEW: I Am Samuel (LFF 2020)

There’s something quite beautiful about a documentary that doesn’t focus on a public figure or somebody deemed ‘extraordinary’, but instead follows a regular guy as filmed by one of his closest friends. In his moving documentary I Am Samuel, Kenyan writer/director Peter Murimi captures moments…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: Dolittle (2020)

Just as everybody is recovering from the bizarre CGI human-feline hybrids seen in Cats, another talking-animal film is unleashed on the world. Stephen Gaghan’s Dolittle doesn’t mix its species together, but unfortunately, it is far from a palate cleanser. Dolittle begins like a fairy-tale. Opening…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2020)

If you’re under the age of 30, then Terry Gilliam has been trying to make and release The Man Who Killed Don Quixote for longer than you’ve been alive. He began developing the story in 1989, and finally started shooting the film in 2000, but…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: Charlie’s Angels (2019)

Following the recent trend of rebooting or continuing classic franchises with women-led casts, such as in Ghostbusters (2016) and Ocean’s 8 (2018), Charlie’s Angels is the latest series to undergo a makeover. Unlike the others, it has always been led by women. But with a…

Film Reviews, LFF 2019

REVIEW: Vivarium (London Film Festival 2019)

From the moment that Vivarium’s opening bright red credits flash onto the screen à la Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, you know you’re in for a wild, unpredictable ride. When young couple Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) and Gemma (Imogen Poots) arrive at an estate agency looking to…

Film Reviews, LFF 2019

REVIEW: The Report (London Film Festival 2019)

In December 2014, 525 pages of a 6,725-page report on the CIA’s post-9/11 use of torture on terror suspects were released. The rest of the original, unredacted report remains classified, but Scott Z. Burns’ political docudrama The Report sheds light on the investigation, spearheaded by…