Like a half-remembered video game that you played as a kid that now you come to describe to someone as an adult, JESUS SHOWS YOU THE WAY TO THE HIGHWAY sounds utterly improbable but is never boring. Simon Bowie reviews.
An absurdist take on a day-in-the-life, Mira Fornay’s drama COOK F**K KILL produces some complex narrative strands and attempts to deliver a deep take-home message. COOK F**K KILL explores the relationship dynamics within a dysfunctional family, with particular emphasis on masculinity, domestic violence and questions of identity. While captivating and innovative in the most part, … Continue reading Cook F**K Kill
TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG has some striking imagery and engaging performances but seems to lack coherent storytelling to drive home their impact. Jim Ross reviews.
Riding on the cheers from its success at Sundance, FIRST COW floats its way into the competition at the 70th Berlinale with a charming story about the entrepreneurial adventures of two friends and a cow. Elle Haywood reviews.
A visually stunning first feature from director Fernanda Valadez, SIN SEÑAS PARTICULARES is a beautifully shot story of a maternal odyssey of loss. Jim Ross reviews the 2020 Sundance selection.
WILDLAND is a slow but compelling film that dissects the complexities between family loyalty and the faux-tender inevitabilities the still familial criminal world. Elle Haywood reviews.
Quaint and charming, MY SALINGER YEAR (directed by Philippe Falardeau) is a fitting and enjoyable opening to the 70th Berlinale. Set in New York in 1995, the story takes us through Joanna’s (Margaret Qualley) time at a literary agency after fleeing her academic pursuits at Berkeley. With an air of innocence and ambition, Joanna winds … Continue reading My Salinger Year
A sprawling and ambitious project involving nine female filmmakers from the South Pacific region, VAI is a superb achievement. The film manages to communicate the essence of common experiences whilst retaining cultural specificity. That the collection achieves this with a visual vibrancy and tonal coherence makes it all the more remarkable. The film’s team describe … Continue reading Vai
Among its moments of raw vulnerability, and focus on Swift’s personal growth narrative, the biggest takeaway of MISS AMERICANA is its passionate encouragement of young people: to use their voices. Courtney Ibbotson on the Sundance selection.
MURMUR illuminates a profound human connection to the realities of alcoholism, but more so to the obstacles that obstruct our desire to change. Steph Brown reviews.