Film Review

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 […]

Maurice, from the director of Call Me By Your Name, returns in a sumptuous 4K reissue

Director: James Ivory 15 | 2h 20min | Drama, Romance | 18 September 1987 (USA) RATING: ★★★★☆ Merchant Ivory’s award-winning adaptation of E.M. Forster’s autobiographical novel, will open at BFI Southbank and selected cinemas UK-wide from 27 July 2018. This handsome-looking Merchant Ivory British drama is getting a 4K digital re-release this August courtesy of […]

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 […]

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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