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Sorry We Missed You

We had to steel ourselves to see this. Ken Loach’s last film, I Daniel Blake, shares the same scriptwriter, Paul Laverty, and left me glum for days. Both deal with life at the rough end of Britain, where people don’t have mortgages, are either unemployed or work zero hours contracts in our gig economy and struggle to […]

Judy

Quick fess up: I know nothing much about Judy Garland apart from her childhood star status, that she was Liza Minnelli’s’ mum and she was addicted to drink and drugs. So this a written from a more ingenue point of view than most reviews you will read. 

This is a timely film in the era of […]

The Souvenir

This is Joanna Hogg’s fourth film and cements her reputation as a documenter of British class and its tangled relationships; her last-but-one outing was Archipelago  where a family holiday in the Isles of Scilly reveals deep rifts within it. See it if you can! It stars my neighbour Tom Hiddleston apart from anything else.

photograph by Agatha A. […]

The Farewell

Lulu Wang’s film is extraordinary on many levels. Too Asian to get US funding; not American enough with no American characters to get Chinese funding (Crazy Rich Asians bombed in China). Wang had difficulty getting funding until Christopher Weisz came along. But she stuck to her guns in this autobiographical cross-cultural story about a Chinese American […]

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Love him or hate him: Tarantino is marmite. On the whole I love him; the violence is so stylised I can’t take it seriously: I particularly admire Pulp Fiction (obviously!)  Django Unchained and  Inglorious Basterds.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
Brad Pitt (L) and Leonardo DiCaprio
credit: Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures

The trailer for this movie made my mouth water in anticipation […]

Photograph

If you loved Ritesh Batra’s  Lunch Box you should seek this film out, despite the lukewarm reviews. Both revolve around unlikely romances: in the utterly charming  Lunchbox it’s between the tiffin (lunchbox) man and an unhappy housewife, and here in  Photograph between a low-caste Muslim photographer and a middle-class Hindu student.

Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui, also in  Lunchbox) plies his trade at […]

Midsommar

I find it hard to take horror movies seriously and this is no exception. Highly-rated by several esteemed critics and slated by others, I am prepared for anything.

At one level it’s a story of a relationship break-up. Dani (Florence Pugh) and her anthropologist boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor) are struggling. She is addicted to anti-depressants, and […]

The Current War

To me AC/DC is a world-famous band. I can’t even tell you without checking Wikipedia that they also stand for alternating and direct current respectively. That’s how au fait I am in the subject matter of  The Current War.

This film is about the all-out competition between Thomas Edison, the renowned inventor, and George Westinghouse, the gas […]

Apollo 11

This is the 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and there will be no end of documentaries and dramas to celebrate it. I suspect this will be the film to beat.

Todd Douglas Miller has trawled through the NASA archives covering 11,000 hours of film that have been hidden away since 1969. The results of […]

Yesterday

The big question for me in a film where the music takes centre stage is whether the star really sings and plays? Let me reassure you that 28 year-old EastEnders actor Himesh Patel did indeed. His audition was to play a Coldplay song, and he chose the lesser-known We Never Change– and bingo! Nevertheless he had to learn […]