LFF 2017 – Person To Person Review
A charming indie comedy that defies expectations has some particularly fascinating things to say about friendship and everyday life....
LFF 2017 – Call Me By Your Name Review
A tender, touching, and painfully beautiful love story, Call Me By Your Name will steal your heart and wreck...
LFF 2017 – Thoroughbreds Review
Dark, twisted, super stylish, and effortlessly cool. On paper, Thoroughbreds is a singularly odd film, and in actuality it...
LFF 2017 – The Boy Downstairs Review
A charismatic lead performance and some witty observational comedy can’t quite elevate this solid romantic comedy. What is it about the city of New York when it comes to romantic comedies? Many of the most beloved films of the genre, from Annie Hall, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and When Harry... Read more
LFF 2017 – Lady Bird Review
An exploration and celebration of female relationships, Lady Bird is a perfect snapshot of a teenage girl’s life. ​ ​”Coming of age” movies as they are so-called, appear with consistent regularity​, particularly in the run up to awards season. The quality of these – particularly in recent years –... Read more
LFF 2017 – Downsizing Review
Matt Damon discovers that “it’s a small world after all”, in this sci-fi comedy which is full of big ideas, but sadly not all of which land. The trailer for Downsizing certainly tried to emphasise how quirky and unique this film was promising to be, and off the bat... Read more
LFF 2017 – The Florida Project Review
In the shadow of “the happiest place on earth”, life is both a struggle and a wonderland. After the creatively audacious, yet wonderfully freewheeling Tangerine, director Sean Baker now turns his attention to the unexplored underbelly of America; geographically perhaps only a stone’s throw from Orlando’s most famous attraction,... Read more
LFF 2017 – Person To Person Review
A charming indie comedy that defies expectations has some particularly fascinating things to say about friendship and everyday life. There’s something particularly pleasant about watching Person to Person. It’s not just that it was filmed in 16mm (and presented in 35mm at the London Film Festival), which gives the... Read more
LFF 2017 – Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Review
Lust, love, and lie-detectors in this surprising true story celebrating female superheroes both on and off the pages of comic books. Wonder Woman is hot property once again at the moment, with the recent entry into the DC Extended Universe, starring Gal Gadot as the eponymous heroine, being hailed... Read more
LFF 2017 – Loving Vincent Review
A staggering creative spectacle celebrating the life, work, and death of Vincent van Gogh. A film which is this ambitious in its scope will often have a reputation that precedes it, and indeed it is near impossible to talk to anyone about Loving Vincent without mentioning something along the... Read more
LFF 2017 – Call Me By Your Name Review
A tender, touching, and painfully beautiful love story, Call Me By Your Name will steal your heart and wreck your emotions. One of the most anticipated films of the festival, Luca Guadagnino’s follow-up to 2015’s A Bigger Splash is an endlessly charming, heart-stoppingly tender, and beautifully executed love story.... Read more
LFF 2017 – Thoroughbreds Review
Dark, twisted, super stylish, and effortlessly cool. On paper, Thoroughbreds is a singularly odd film, and in actuality it is perhaps even more sublimely surreal than anticipated. Oddball Amanda (Olivia Cooke) rekindles her friendship with wealthy socialite, Lily (Anya Taylor Joy), and together they hatch a plan to murder... Read more
LFF 2017 – Abracadabra Review
One of the highlights of this year’s festival, Abracadabra is a constant delight, a joyous rollercoaster ride that demands to be seen. Pablo Berger is no stranger to surprising his audience: his second film, Blancanieves, turned the story of Snow White into a silent epic with a matador backdrop.... Read more
LFF 2017 – Big Fish & Begonia Review
Shades of Spirited Away in this sumptuous Chinese animated film. Whilst Japan, and in particular Studio Ghibli is the big hitter in Asian animation, the Chinese animated films should never be counted out, and Big Fish & Begonia (original title: Da Yu Hai Tang) proves to be every bit... Read more
LFF 2017 – Island Review
Haunting, uncompromising, and strangely life-affirming, this documentary about those at the end of their lives is not to be missed. On a foggy day, a ferry comes slowly into focus. It is headed to the Isle of Wight, a short journey from mainland Britain. Here, Steven Eastwood’s documentary Island... Read more