• the levelling review
    May 29, 2017
    A sombre, tender film about a family trying to keep their heads above water
  • jennifer_connelly_phenomena_review
    May 23, 2017
    Dario Argento heaps on the gore in one of the oddest films of his career
  • silence review - andrew garfield
    May 18, 2017
    Martin Scorsese explores how true faith and religious freedoms were threatened in 17th Century Japan
New and Recent Films
  • British CinemaNew & RecentReview

    The Levelling

    May 29, 2017
    In the opening to The Levelling, writer and director Hope Dickson Leach introduces us to what looks like a rural post-apocalypse. Under skies drained of their colour lie fields still soaked from a past deluge. The...
  • New & RecentReviewUSA


    May 18, 2017
    Martin Scorsese is no stranger to period films, but not since The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) has he reached so far into the past to tell a story that resonates so powerfully today. Appropriately, his...
  • JapanNew & RecentReview


    May 13, 2017
    At the start of Kôji Fukada’s Harmonium, a young daughter named Hotaru (Momone Shinokawa) sits at the titular instrument (a piano-like reed organ) to tentatively strike the notes of a tune she is trying to perfect....
  • FranceNew & RecentReview


    May 8, 2017
    ‘Time is a knot,’ remarks Alexandr Sokurov during his voiceover for his period docu-fiction, Francofonia. Anyone who has seen the director’s previous masterpiece, Russian Ark (2002), will remember that film’s complicated web of Russian history and...
  • British CinemaNew & RecentReview

    Lady Macbeth

    April 28, 2017
    Artistically speaking, Lady Macbeth is a lesson in economy. It tells the story of Katherine (Florence Pugh), a young woman sold into marriage to Alexander (Paul Hilton), a puritanical older man who seems to have been...
  • British CinemaNew & RecentReview

    Sleep Has Her House

    April 12, 2017
    With Sleep Has Her House, film-maker Scott Barley takes us on a nocturnal journey through susurrant woodland and rumbling rivers. He summons images from the darkness that could be from a fantasy world and which render...
Classic Films
  • ClassicsItalyReview


    May 23, 2017
    You know you’re in for a wild time when a scalpel-wielding chimp isn’t the maddest part of a film. With Phenomena, Dario Argento also plunges us into a grotesque giallo pool of decomposing, maggot-ridden bodies, telepathic...
  • ClassicsJapanReview


    May 3, 2017
    In Tampopo, food is life. It is death, and sex, and everything between. To Western audiences, a film about noodles may seem flippant, and the seriousness with which the gastronomes treat their craft nothing more than...
  • ClassicsReviewSenegal

    Touki Bouki

    April 23, 2017
    Like his compatriot Ousmane Sembène, Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambéty found inspiration in the traditions of the French New Wave. Taking his cue from politicos like Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut, the young director was encouraged...
  • ClassicsFranceReview


    March 8, 2017
    Through Napoleon, Abel Gance wanted to revive the spirit of the French Revolution, to not just describe the life of a great general but to celebrate the rebirth of an entire nation. It is a grand...
  • ClassicsFranceReviewSenegal

    Black Girl

    February 23, 2017
    In 1966, Senegalese writer and director Ousmane Sembène released his debut feature, Black Girl, and with it changed the face – and the perception – of African cinema forever. It is a tragic, polemical warning about...

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