Month: July 2018

A rarely-seen but super-chilling war film returns: It Happened Here

Director: Kevin Brownlow PG | 1h 33min | Drama, Fantasy, War | 12 May 1966 (UK) Screening at the BFI 23 July and out now on remastered bluray This week the Smoke Screen caught a special BFI re-release of the chilling and provocative counterfactual WWII Brit thriller It Happened Here, the work of director Kevin […]

Film Review: Incredibles 2

Director: Brad Bird PG | 1h 58min | Animation, Action, Adventure | 13 July 2018 (UK) RATING: ★★★★☆ Picking up right where the last movie left off and acting like the 14 years in between films hadn’t seen superheroes morph into shared universe juggernaut franchise machines, Incredibles 2 just gets on with doing much of […]

Grey Gardens and a film school education at the Lexi Cinema

The Smoke Screen is often out and about soaking up film knowledge through Q&As and pre-film lectures, so the Lexi’s Cinema’s ‘Film School’ series of screenings preceded by prominent film speakers is right up the proverbial alley. Last week The Lexi’s LSF screening was a milestone in the documentary genre: Grey Gardens. Directed by the quartet […]

Film Review: Whitney

Director: Kevin MacDonald 15 | 2h | Documentary, Biography, Music | 5 July 2018 (UK) RATING: ★★★★☆ Who was Whitney Houston? Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal tackled this question in last year’s Whitney: Can I Be Me?, now director Kevin MacDonald has the Houston family-sanctioned Whitney to have another go. In truth, both films have […]

Film Review: Leave No Trace

Director: Debra Granik PG | 1h 49min | Drama | 29 June 2018 (UK) Rating: ★★★★☆ Winter’s Bone director Debra Granik returns to feature films with another look at American outsiders operating either on the fringes or outside the modern, interconnected world. Leave No Trace is, like Bone, a small-scale, atmospheric character-driven piece with a young woman at […]

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