Author Archives: Vicky Unwin

Gloria Bell

Two films starring middle-aged women in a row! And, I’m sad to report, this is another disappointment. It is an almost scene-for-scene re-make, so I’m told as I didn’t see the original, of Chilean director Sebastian Lelio’s 2013 film of the same name. This time Julianne Moore who stars was also executive producer.

For me it’s […]

Late Night

As my loyal readers will know I rarely see romcoms as they’re not my thing. In this case I make an exception as I am a sneaky admirer of Emma Thompson, with the proviso that she’s always playing herself. The clipped received pronunciation, the squiffy mouth (like mine, perhaps that the main reason I like […]


I suppose I should have known this was going to be a huge disappointment. Both Elton and his husband David Furnish were involved in the production, so it could never be truly objective. In truth I was never a real Eton John fan – something we discussed after seeing the film – as few of […]

Eighth Grade

This is a coming-of-age film – but one with a difference. It is not a rom-com, or even a com (I hated all those There’s Something About Maryand high school films in those genres); rather it is a drama with some funny lines. It is also as accurate a depiction of teenage anxiety and cruelty in existence […]

Wild Rose

I have loved Jessie Buckley since I first saw her as Princess Bolkonskaya in War and Peace,also directed by Tom Harper; and then again in the horror thriller Beastwhere she quite stole the show from Geraldine James.

Here she is Rose-Lynn, jailbird on release and with ambitions of singing country in Nashville, who wears her tattoo ‘three chords […]


This widely acclaimed follow-up to Get Out didn’t do it for me. Or for my companion, the Thriller Writer who knows a thing or two about the  horror genre. Prepped for allegory, satire and clever-clogs stuff, I have to admit by being completely underwhelmed by Us.

Jordan Peele sets his stall out with the portentous opening title sequence, […]

Green Book

This is a quick and dirty, as Green Bookhas been out so long, everyone has seen it and, of course, it won Best Movie, Best Original Screenplay and Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor in the 2019 Oscars.

So I’ll put my cards on the table. This film is all about the worst things in Hollywood. 

First, the […]

Everybody Knows

Penelope Cruz and Xavier Bardem are a magical real-life couple and this is their fifth cinematic pairing. And it’s an intriguing collaboration with Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi, best-known for his harrowing  A Separation, made in 2011 and just before I started reviewing. Everybody Knowsopened the Cannes film festival and is one of the select few not […]


*Spoiler alert* in order to review the film there are some spoilers I’m afraid….

Capernaumis Lebanese film-maker Nadine Labaki’s third big film – I strongly advise you to see her earlier ones, Where do we go now?and Caramel. It means chaos in Arabic and is also the place where Jesus performed miracles in biblical times, an intentional pun.

The […]

A Private War

Two films and a book on Marie Colvin is a vindication of the judgment that Assad was responsible for her death in Homs in 2012. She was targeted and killed by mortar fire in the devastated city alongside a French journalist and her faithful photographer, Paul Conroy, who survived and was trapped for a further […]