Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: El Planeta (2021)

Comedian Joan Rivers famously declared “My daughter and I are very close, we speak every single day and I call her every day and say the same thing, “pick up, I know you’re there.”  El Planeta (2021) observes a mother-daughter relationship dynamic that might have…

Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: The Man Who Sold His Skin (2021)

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania stumbled across the inspiration for her Oscar-nominated film on a trip to Le Louvre in Paris. There, she saw a retrospective dedicated to the Belgian artist, Wim Delvoye. As part of this exhibition, Tim Steiner became a living piece of…

Columns, Reel Women

REEL WOMEN: September 2021 UK Releases

Welcome back to Reel Women, the monthly column that highlights new releases that are written and/or directed by women. This month we’ve got dramas, comedies, documentaries, and even a couple of musicals! Cinemas are open, so we have a mixture of films getting the big…

Film Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021)

A cosy romance may be the last thing you would expect as a follow up to the hedonistic Never Goin Back (2018) from director Augustine Frizzell, but it’s good that a new director is already showing range, especially when you consider that she’s also directed…

Film Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: Love Type D (2021)

Romantic comedies – or “comedies of manners” as they were originally referred to – have been delighting cinema goers since the 1920s. Big on-screen partnerships such as Grant and Hepburn; Gable and Colbert; Hudson and Day dominated the box office with their light-hearted approach to…

Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Kid Candidate (2021)

Up until, ahem, recently, “joke” candidates seemed to be the reserve of British politics. We’ve had everything from Count Binface to H’Angus the Monkey; The No Fruit Out of Context Party to the Monster Raving Looney Party. All of whom stood, in some way, to…

Columns, Reel Women

REEL WOMEN: July 2021 UK Releases

Welcome back to Reel Women, the monthly column that highlights new releases that are written and/or directed by women. This month we’ve got something for everyone with documentaries, horror, and films for the whole family! Cinemas are open, so we have a mixture of films…

Comedy, Film Reviews, Horror

REVIEW: Too Late (2021)

From Miranda Priestly to Darth Vader to Michael Scott, bosses are a well-documented presence in the world of cinema and television. Across all workplaces, the power imbalance between employee and employer is a delicate and interesting dynamic, eliciting a sense of familiarity no matter how…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Sweet Thing (2021)

Putting nails underneath car wheels, Christmas presents wrapped in tinfoil and a stolen gun – none of these things are particularly sweet, but the opposite can be said for the wonderful Billie and Nico, a brother and sister who deserve the world but have only…