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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 […]

If Beale Street Could Talk

This is one of those films where the trailer contains the film’s highlights. When I saw it I thought, ‘Yes please, this looks great – and it’s based on a James Baldwin novel’. And it’s directed by Barry Jenkins who won Best Picture with Moonlight. A lot to live up to.

Stephan James as Fonny and […]

Can You Forgive Me?

I am not a fan of film comedy, but when I saw the slew of Oscar nominations for Can you ever forgive me?, and recalled of Melissa McCarthy’s hilarious performance in Spy, I hastily booked a ticket.

Based on yet another ‘true story’, this time the book Memoirs of a Literary Forgerby Lee Israel, penned after her conviction for […]


It’s amazing what actors will do to win an Oscar. Christian Bale, renowned for his method acting (and good looks), put on 45 lbs to play Dick Cheney; the efforts have resulted in a spot-on resemblance to the real thing, due to the all-over prosthetics and an uncannily creepy performance, but also nominations for both […]

Like Father Like Son

Kore-eda Hirokazu can do no wrong! Enthralled by his two recent films, I Wish(2011) and Shoplifters (2018), I sought out Like Father, Like Son(2013) via my Curzon Home Cinema membership (what a joy that is btw). These three form a triptych of movies with the meaning of family as the central theme.

Finding out your beloved child is not biologically […]

Stan & Ollie

Everyone of a certain age remembers Laurel & Hardy’s famous piano removal scene. It comes in the 1932 hit The Music Boxwhen the comic pair were the toast of Hollywood, and of their producer Hal Roach. This film starts a few years later in 1937 when their star is beginning to wane.

Stan Laurel (an astonishing portrayal […]