‘Call Me By Your Name’ Review

Following the gloriously electric A Bigger Splash from 2015, Luca Guadagnino’s intoxicating style return to the screen with this adaptation of André Aciman’s novel, but in a much more restrained and melancholic manner, to produce one of the most authentic and touching romances of recent years. Set ‘somewhere in Northern Italy’ in 1983, the film…

‘Breathe’ Review

After years behind some of the leading CGI innovations, and with a scattering of performances in front of the camera, Andy Serkis now steps behind it to direct this true, if traditionally told, story of love and triumph over adversity. Centering on the couple of Robin and Diana Cavendish, the film follows their extraordinary life…

‘Blade Runner 2049’ Review

The latest in the so far largely disappointing new genre of belated sequels hugely bucks the trend. It was a brave move to expand on an iconic classic (whose influence has stretched far and wide across many genres), and it is a risk that absolutely paid off in delivering one of the best sequels we’ve…

LFF: ‘Thoroughbreds’ Review

I went to the LFF International Premiere of the new film Thoroughbreds (previously known as Thoroughbred), the film debut of playwright Corey Finley, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke, all of whom were on hand to introduce the film and take part in a Q and A at the end. It is a deliciously dark…

LFF: ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Review

I managed to catch one of the showings of this year’s American Express Gala film at the London Film Festival. The latest from Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, tells the true story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, and elevates itself from the kind of…

LFF: Jake Gyllenhaal Screen Talk

I was fortunate enough to get a ticket to Jake Gyllenhaal’s Screen Talk at the London Film Festival. It was a really insightful talk that covered the span of Gyllenhaal’s career, with interviewer Edith Bowman picking out interesting moments to hone in on, and asking thoughtful questions. The stage set up– two chairs around a…