Month: June 2018

Film Review: Arcadia

Director: Paul Wright 12A 19, 75m June (UK) RATING: ★★★★☆ I’m a sucker for film essays that repurpose old archive footage, and that is exactly what BAFTA-winner Paul Wright’s Arcadia is. Scouring 100 years of British film archives and deploying footage non-chronologically, Wright constructs a surreal study of the British people’s shifting — and contradictory […]

This summer belongs to Alfred Hitchcock as VERTIGO celebrates 60 years

Vertigo, voted the greatest movie of all time in the 2012 Sight and Sound magazine film poll, reaches its 60th anniversary this year. Appropriately, there’s a “Presenting Alfred Hitchcock” season in the works for the summer season. Vertigo, and highlights from the rest of the “master of suspense’s” career, will return to selected cinemas in London and worldwide. […]

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jane Campion’s Oscar-winning The Piano at the BFI’s Woman With a Movie Camera summit

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have sparked an industry wide conversation and actions in response to widespread harassment and abuse of power. Not a bad time for the BFI to be hosting a summit titled “Woman with a Movie Camera” then. The Smoke Screen dipped into one of the panel discussions – “Before and After […]

Poles apart: an advance review of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cannes winner COLD WAR

Courtesy of a preview screening at Curzon Mayfair, attended by the Ida and My Summer of Love director himself, the Smoke Screen can bring you an advance look at Pawel Pawlikowski’s new drama Cold War, hot from a Best Director prize win at Cannes. The film hits UK cinemas and digital VOD 31 August. Director: Pawel […]

Rediscover one of the greatest silent films this June with the re-release of Pandora’s Box

Director: G.W.Pabst Germany 1929| 129m| U RATING: ★★★★★ Find out more about the reissue at the BFI website. Here we have a sumptuously shot and deliriously melodramatic Weimar-era silent film from G.W. Pabst, that is a superb showcase for the luminous 22-year old star Louise Brooks, who plays a call girl and chanteuse called Lulu […]

Film Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Director: J.A. Bayona 12A | 2h 8min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 6 June 2018 (UK) Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Like the very genetically engineered dinosaurs that populate the plots, the Jurassic Park series refuses to bow to extinction, returning with a follow-up to 2015’s smash-hit, franchise-restarter Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow has bowed out of direction duties […]

Sundance London Film Festival 2018 Review: First Reformed

Director: Paul Schrader R | 1h 53min | Drama, Thriller | 13 July 2018 (UK) Rating: ★★★★☆ Playing Sundance London 2018 Ethan Hawke cuts a looming, flinty-eyed and tormented figure as a disillusioned and possibly unstable upstate New York Reverend, in Paul Schrader’s austere but ultimately mesmerising character study. First Reformed, which refers to the […]

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