Film Festival

London Film Festival 2018 Review: Jinn

Director: Nijia Mumin 1h 32min | Drama | 11 March 2018 (USA) Playing London Film Festival 2018 RATING: ★★★★☆ Young actress Zoe Renee gives an impassioned and very believable performance as Summer, a 17-year old carefree black girl in LA keen on dance, parties and keeping her Instagram feed fresh, whose world is turned upside […]

London Film Festival 2018 Review: They Shall Not Grow Old

Director: Peter Jackson 15 | 1h 39min | Documentary , History , War | 16 October 2018 (UK) RATING: ★★★☆☆ On the centenary of the First World War, Academy Award-winner and Lord of the Rings maestro Peter Jackson finally presents his long-gestating project made in collaboration with both 14-18 Now and the Imperial War Museum: […]

London Film Festival 2018 Review: The Old Man and the Gun

Director: David Lowery PG-13 | 1h 33min | Comedy , Crime , Drama | 7 December 2018 (UK) Playing London Film Festival 2018 RATING: ★★★★☆ I don’t know if actor Robert Redford had told director David Lowery he was retiring from acting before signing on to The Old Man and Gun, but this charming, graceful […]

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 […]

Review: 2016’s Korean Film Festival foregrounds women in Korean cinema with strong gala opener The Truth Beneath

2015, Directed by Lee Kyoung-mi , starring Son Ye-jin, Kim Joo-hyuk . 103 mins RATING: ★★★★ The Korean Film Festival runs 3-17 November in London and also continues around the UK beyond that. See the KFF website for more details. This year’s 2016 Korean Film Festival in London promised a special focus on the lives […]

UK International Jewish Film Festival 2016 (5-20 November at The Phoenix)

Sat, Nov 5, 2016 18:30 Sun, Nov 20, 2016 19:30 From 5 – 20 November 2016, the 20th edition of the UK International Jewish Film Festival will proudly showcase over 15 World, European and UK premieres of new feature dramas, documentaries and shorts at the Phoenix Cinema. See full programme here. The Kind Words Saturday […]

London Film Festival 2016 review: Nocturnal Animals

Director: Tom Ford 15 | 1h 57min | Drama, Thriller | 4 November 2016 (UK) Playing London Film Festival2016 RATING: ★★★★☆ This revenge thriller hails from the director of A Single Man: fashion mogul and filmmaker Tom Ford. As you’d expect from an artist famed for his tasteful visual style, Nocturnal Animals – his adaptation […]

London Film Festival 2016 review: Creepy

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa 2h 10min | Thriller | 25 November 2016 (UK) Playing London Film Festival 2016 RATING: ★★★☆☆ Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who directed the hit film Pulse, eschews the supernatural thriller genre for something more grounded but which still hints at mysterious, dark forces at work. The danger in his new film, Creepy, […]

London Film Festival 2016 review: Certain Women

Director: Kelly Reichardt R | 1h 47min | Drama | 14 October 2016 (USA) Playing London Film Festival 2016 RATING: ★★★★☆ Kelly Reichardt films don’t come around too often, but when they do, the Smoke Screen regards them like precious stones, to be treasured. Her new three-part drama, Certain Women, adapted from Montana-native Maile Meloy’s short […]

London Film Festival 2016 review: Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

Director: Werner Herzog 12 | 1h 38min | Documentary | 28 October 2016 (UK) Playing London Film Festival 2016 RATING: ★★★★☆ It felt inevitable that the mercurial Teuton, legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog, would tackle the internet at some point, given his fascination with vanishing cultures, lost prophets, and scientific endeavours promising either great advancement for […]

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