The Shape of Water ★★★★★ review

by Nadia Bee Through a door, ajar, the camera slips into a dark, blueish, watery home. The sound of creaking wood, a low rumble, a swoosh, as if one were at sea in an ancient sailboat. A sunken sailboat: everything is underwater, floating dreamily in a tranquil space cluttered with old fashioned furniture – a … Continue reading The Shape of Water ★★★★★ review

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Here To Be Heard: The Story of The Slits ★★★★ review

by Jamie Brown There is a buzz about the BFI Southbank on the penultimate night of LFF 2017. The festival schedulers have a nice habit of reserving one of their Saturday night slots for a music documentary premiere, and this year it's the turn of a new screen biography of punk icons The Slits. Similar … Continue reading Here To Be Heard: The Story of The Slits ★★★★ review

The Snowman ★★ review

by Ben Nielsen Based on the bestselling mystery novel by Jo Nesbø, The Snowman is every modern detective cliché contained neatly in a two hour runtime. Michael Fassbender plays grizzled detective Harry Hole, a chain-smoking alcoholic who lives for his job, neglects his ex-wife and stepson, and has a nasty habit of passing out drunk on park … Continue reading The Snowman ★★ review

Thoroughbreds (2017) ★★★★ review

by Jamie Brown I can't imagine why sociopathic tendencies would be a relevant talking point in America right now, but they are a central theme of Cory Finley's thriller Thoroughbreds, originally written as a play, now adapted into a deliciously nasty movie debut. Thoroughbreds; Director: Cory Finley; Festival strand: Official Competition; USA 2017, 91 mins; … Continue reading Thoroughbreds (2017) ★★★★ review