Girlhood / Bande de Filles (2014)

  Celine Sciamma’s beautiful, yet haunting coming-of-age drama Bande de Filles (or Girlhood in English-speaking countries) is powerhouse of electric performances and enduring sense of mourning for young women stuck in a cycle of poverty and violence. Marieme (Karidja Toure in her first role) lives in the banlieues of Paris – perhaps made famous by 1995’s La Haine – an estate that…

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

  Marielle Heller’s not-quite modern day take on a classic film genre is packed with enchanting and complicated performances, with a stunning eye for the New York of the early 90s. After her latest biography fails to sell any significant amount of copies, Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), author, loner and barely-functioning alcoholic starts forging personal…

Now on Netflix: An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn (2018)

An Evening with Beverly Luff Lin takes place in a distorted fairground of a dead-end town in the middle of an unspecified country. A mysterious man marches into town with an intriguing performance in the local Scottish themed hotel, and Lulu Danger – trapped in an unhappy marriage – decides to run away to see the…

Now on Netflix: The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

    A car pulls up suddenly in a high school car park and a young woman all but runs against the crowd, moving swiftly through the corridors before turning in classroom, pulling up a chair and telling her history that she is thinking of killing herself and that she though someone ought to know….

Now on Netflix: Shirkers (2018)

  If films are your passion, there’s a high chance that, like me, you’ve often dreamed about making a film. Of directing, writing and creating a little bit of art that you’re convinced will change the world, or at the very least, your life. For three teenage girls growing up in Singapore in the early nineties,…

The Favourite (2018)

  Yorgos Lanthimos’ seventh film, and his third in the English language, is proving to possibly be his most critically successful endeavour yet. Set in the early 18th century and focusing on the reign of Queen Anne, you might be forgiven for assuming that this is just another stuffy period drama that you might end…

Now on Netflix: Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

We all suffer from a collective nostalgia when it comes to Richard Curtis films. Love Actually is a Christmas classic – despite some of the creepier story lines – and the portrayal of London’s upper middle classes being in and out of love in the Christmas season makes it a perfect lazy weekend film, or…

Roma (2018)

  It’s been hailed as one of the best films of the year by multiple critics and film organisations and is no doubt leading the way in terms of Oscar buzz. Alfonso Cuarón’s tale of a young maid in a middle class neighbourhood as Mexico’s “Dirty War” between the right-wing government and left-wing student and…

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

It’s the sequel to the family favourite everyone knows and loves, with a sparkling cast and a familiar message of love and optimism. Despite much hand wringing about an update of the original Mary Poppins (1964) ruining the legacy, many of the ingredients of the first film are present in Mary Poppins Returns. Emily Blunt…

Widows (2018)

If you’ve been following me for a while, or know me in real life, you’d know that my excitement for Steve McQueen’s new film Widows has been building for approximately a year now. I even featured it in my Films To Look Forward To: Volume 1 way back in April, and finally, I got to see it last night. Based…