Category Archives: Film Reviews

The Tangent Tree is back

The Tangent Tree is back! Coming very soon – on Wednesday 24th April to be precise – film podcast The Tangent Tree, which I co-host with the excellent Samantha Stephen, will return for a second series. For the uninitiated, The … Continue reading

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Film Review – Pet Sematary

Stephen King’s bleakest novel Pet Sematary gets a new coat of cinematic paint in this glossy remake from directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. An undoubted improvement on the disappointing 1989 version, this is reasonably solid stuff for genre fans, … Continue reading

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Film Review – Shazam!

By now we must be reaching saturation point with superhero movies, right? How many more variations on a theme are there left to be discovered? At least one more, it would appear, since Shazam! – the latest from the not … Continue reading

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Film Review – Us

Us completes an astonishing one-two punch of horror gems for writer/director Jordan Peele. If anything, I enjoyed Us even more than Get Out. Some claim it lacks the socio-political bite of the earlier film, but I disagree. On the contrary, … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Kindergarten Teacher

An absolutely superb central performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal forms the core of The Kindergarten Teacher, writer/director Sara Colangelo’s English language remake of an Israeli film by Nadav Lapid (which I must confess I haven’t seen). The Kindergarten Teacher is a … Continue reading

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Oxford International Short Film Festival: Part 3

Concluding this series on the Oxford International Short Film Festival, here are some of the highlights you can expect to see there tomorrow. Pianist in a Brothel – This melancholy mood piece from director Ciaran Cruden depicts a wonderful Jeremy … Continue reading

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Oxford International Short Film Festival Highlights: Part 2

Here are some more highlights from the upcoming Oxford International Short Film Festival on Saturday 23rd March. Once Bitten – A fun, tongue-in-cheek horror pastiche starring Lauren Ashley Carter, Garth Maunders and Sir Dickie Benson (as himself). Her imagination fueled … Continue reading

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Oxford International Short Film Festival Highlights: Part 1

Over the next three days, I’m reviewing some of the highlights from the upcoming Oxford International Short Film Festival on Saturday 23rd March. Sara – This Italian film directed by Mario Cordova features a strong central performance from Elizabetta Rosa, … Continue reading

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Film Review – Capernaum

Abandoned children struggling to survive in Dickensian poverty is a guaranteed heart-string tugger. Capernaum tugs them in extremely powerful and poignant fashion, albeit with a premise that I initially considered outlandish. Said premise involves a boy called Zain (an absolutely … Continue reading

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Film Review – Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel, the latest entry in the Marvel Universe, is a fast, fun sci-fi adventure. It doesn’t rank among their best, but it is far from their worst. I am unfamiliar with the comics, but the plot in the film … Continue reading

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