Review: Beach Rats (Eliza Hittman, 2017)

Writer-director Eliza Hittman made a splash on the festival circuit in 2013 with It Felt Like Love, an intimate portrait of a 14-year-old girl’s rush into sexual discovery. Her follow-up feature, Beach Rats, similarly deals with the sexual awakening of a teen, albeit with key differences. The first is that the protagonist, Frankie (Dickinson, a Brit newcomer… Read More Review: Beach Rats (Eliza Hittman, 2017)

Review: Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh, 2017)

The latest screen adaptation of Agatha Christie’s iconic mystery Murder on the Orient Express mixes old-fashioned storytelling with a couple of effects-heavy embellishments more in line with modern blockbusters. It’s an approach befitting of director Kenneth Branagh’s recent career trajectory, which has included a lavish fairytale redo (Cinderella) and a Shakespeare-infused superhero movie (Thor)… Full review… Read More Review: Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh, 2017)

Review: Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017)

With A Bigger Splash, director Luca Guadagnino used an Italian summer as the backdrop for a vibrant, erotically charged clash of personalities. His latest effort, Call Me by Your Name, based on André Aciman’s beloved 2007 novel, features this same setting but a different tonal register. Here, the modes are pure heady romance and coming-of-age tale, and… Read More Review: Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017)

Review: The Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour, 2016)

In 2014, writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour made a striking debut with A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. That black-and-white vampire drama was a blend of many disparate influences, from spaghetti westerns to a Jim Jarmusch-ian brand of cinematic cool. While Amirpour’s genre hybrid was a mixed bag in terms of lasting emotional resonance, A… Read More Review: The Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour, 2016)

Review: Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello, 2016)

French director Bertrand Bonello has had an erratic track record with his films getting UK distribution. His early features The Pornographer (2001) and Tiresia (2003) are available on DVD, but 2011’s House of Tolerance was his last feature to get a British theatrical run, and barely one at that. 2014’s Saint Laurent didn’t get picked… Read More Review: Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello, 2016)