‘Stronger’ Review

*This is a modified repost of my LFF review* The second film this year to depict the Boston Marathon Bombings of only four years ago, this is so much more than most of the other overcoming adversity biopics we have become accustomed to, and delivers a really poignant, authentic-feeling account of Jeff Bauman’s experiences as…

‘Good Time’ Review

Since Twilight ended, Robert Pattinson has seemingly had to prove himself as a serious actor as being in the billion-dollar franchise damaged his reputation, as opposed to promoted him as an actor. He has since poured his energy into interesting indies, and this is no exception. The Safdies’ Good Time is a unique and gritty…

‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ Review

An aging Hollywood film star and a young Liverpudlian theatre actor isn’t exactly a pairing you might expect, but this true tale proves it is one that happened. Showcasing a wonderful partnership between Annette Bening and Jamie Bell, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool delivers a tender love story about the unlikely pair. Plotting the…

‘Battle of the Sexes’ Review

*This is a modified repost of my LFF review* 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 sports movie it could have been, through its exploration of the…

‘The Florida Project’ Review

Sean Baker’s follow-up to his acclaimed Tangerine swaps the iPhone for 35mm, but keeps the focus on marginalized members of society. The way he chooses to tell this story makes it one that is at once joyous, and entirely heartbreaking. The film centres around six year-old Moonee (Brookylnn Prince), who lives in the budget motel…

‘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…