Hustlers (2019)

Money, ambition and misguided righteousness collide in Lorene Scafaria’s sizzling Hustlers with incredible performances and a banging soundtrack, based on a New York magazine piece by journalist Jessica Pressler. Dorothy (Constance Wu) is the newest dancer at Scores Strip Club, trying to earn enough money to support her grandmother when she in taken under the…

Blinded by the Light (2019)

A coming-of-age drama with added Bruce Springsteen that never manages to make it past broad cliches, Blinded by the Light manages to stay consistently off-key. Luton in 1987 is not where Javed Khan (Viveik Kalra) wants to be. He dreams of becoming a writer, of moving away from the small town where Thatcher’s Britain seems…

A Fantastic Woman (2017)

Sebastián Lelio’s 2017 melodrama A Fantastic Woman allows Daniela Vega to shine in a story of loss, grief and self-identity, leaving little doubt that she is a true talent. When Marina’s boyfriend Orlando (Francisco Reyes) die suddenly on the night of her birthday, her life is turned upside down in a matter of minutes. One moment she…

State of the Industry: Ken Loach in Cannes | The World of Apu

Two new articles about the Cannes Film Festival are up for your viewing pleasure this week. My first article is taken from a Ken Loach Q+A talking about his new film, zero hours contracts and Netflix. As like with every other figure in the film industry he has an opinion on Netflix – read it…

Midsommar (2019)

Ari Aster’s latest is a pastel-coloured nightmare, a relationship drama wrapped in the cloak of a folk-horror film, with excellent performances from the talented young cast that match the beauty on screen Dani’s (Florence Pugh) life has just fallen apart after a family tragedy, when she is invited on a ‘bros only’ trip to Sweden…

Beanpole (2019) | Much Ado About Cinema

My final review from Cannes this year, and my debut piece for the excellent Much Ado About Cinema is now here! Beanpole is a haunting, desperate feel that now, even a month and a half later, it still feels haunting. Find the review here

Films to Look Forward To: Volume 3

It’s time for another of my (roughly biannual) round up of what films to look out for in the next few months. Pretty much everything I saw at Cannes has to be up there, so I’m not going to repeat the reviews here – but if you want to have a look at what I…

Late Night (2019)

  When Katherine (Emma Thompson), the host of a failing light night comedy show, hires the unapologetically positive Molly (Mindy Kaling) to liven up her overwhelming white and male writing staff, both women’s lives begin to change in ways neither of them expected. Scripted by star Mindy Kaling, Late Night is a joyous and enjoyable summer comedy that…

Cannes Review: Atlantique (2019)

  Mati Diop’s woozy Atlantique – joint winner of the Grand Prix at this years Festival de Cannes – is story of young love, corruption and inequality, set in a suburb on the Atlantic coast of Senegal. Ada (Mame Bineta Sane) and Souleiman (Ibrahima Traoré) are young and in love, but society and circumstance are destined to…

Cannes Review: A Brother’s Love (2019) | Screen Queens

If you want to read possibly the most annoyed review I’ve ever written – with possibly the exception of Mother! – click the link below for my review of A Brother’s Love. Possibly one of the most self indulgent and frankly boring films of the festival. Maybe it was funnier in the original French, I…