Ford v Ferrari review – Christian Bale Commands Mangold’s Winner | London Film Festival 2019

Last year’s Oscar nominee Christian Bale returns with a perfectly charming and captivating performance that makes James Mangold’s latest film work so well. With little interest in motor racing, Ford v Ferrari (or Le Mans ‘66 in the UK) works remarkably well and is a terrific time for fans or non-fans of racing. Mangold isn’t…

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The Irishman review – Al Pacino is Career-defining in Scorsese’s Beautifully Remorseful Mob Picture | London Film Festival 2019

Martin Scorsese is back and has returned with one of his best films ever. It's a sweet mix of Goodfellas and Silence, The Irishman balances violence, melancholy and dishonesty in a perfectly harmonious way that's so beautifully done - you may find yourself choking up a little. It stars the greatest cast you've ever heard…

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood review – Flawed but Touching | London Film Festival 2019

Marielle Heller hot off the success of Can You Ever Forgive Me? returns with a new feature, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. It’s a sentimental and touching look at Mr Rodgers and his impact on American childhoods. Being English, naturally I had no idea who Mr Rodgers was, until last year’s documentary, Won’t You Be…

Uncut Gems review – A Horrific Incoherent Mess | London Film Festival 2019

The closest example of such a film that is as big of a complete mess as this is that of last year’s Sorry to Bother You, that’s my closest comparison to the utterly incoherent mess that is this soulless and artificial Scorsese rip. Cashing in on a the New York setting, Uncut Gems takes the…

Knives Out review – Rian Johnson’s Pristine Murder Mystery | London Film Festival 2019

Like the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out keeps you guessing, thinking and in suspense. It’s a fantastically entertaining web of a film, utilising the tricksiness of a murder plot to create spectator engagement in our pursuit of the truth. Johnson’s previous film was Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a terrifically great…

Portrait of a Lady on Fire review – A Tale of Indescribable Romance and Intimacy | London Film Festival 2019

The beauty and elegance of Portrait of a Lady on Fire is indescribable, the sensation and contagiousness of the love story will no doubt go down in cinematic history. Like Call Me by Your Name, Portrait succeeds in capturing a delicate intimacy unlike nothing cinema has ever given, its chillingly perfect in its slow dance into…

Gemini Man review – Will Smith’s Duality Action Film is an Innovative Gem

Gemini Man surprised me. I really liked it. Ang Lee takes an odd turn to the more conventional style of filmmaking, however with innovations that impress. It stars Will Smith, Will Smith, Will Smith and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, there is a focus on the idea of duality and moral issues to do with the idea…

The Lighthouse review – Robert Egger’s Unnerving Masterpiece of Mythic Power | London Film Festival 2019

In his follow-up to The Witch, Robert Eggers returns with a twist on the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a tale of two shackled-up Lighthouse keepers and their descent into madness. Almost Hitchcockian, Eggers' presentation in his creation of characters, framing and composition all scream of a director in complete and utter control of his…

The King review – Timothee Chalamet Holds The Kingdom and Film Together | London Film Festival 2019

David Michôd's The King begins in a sloppy mess full of actors giving pantomime-like performances, especially two actors. That being Dean-Charles Chapman and Ben Mendelsohn - absolutely horrific and laughable. Chapman screams and shouts in the most child-like-obviously-acting (terribly) way, whilst Mendelsohn phones in any ounce of past talent to nothing more than a few…

Between Two Ferns: The Movie review – Zach Galifianakis Sits Down with Celebrities Galore

What on Earth can you expect from a feature-length version of Between Two Ferns, the Funny or Die shorts where Zach Galifianakis has (horribly) interviewed various celebrities for over a decade now? The answer is...pretty much the same thing we’ve been getting, held together by a thin narrative that dips in and out of cohesiveness.…