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With the low key intimacy of a home movie, Malou Reymann’s autobiographical film about two daughters’ reaction to their trans father is quietly devastating

Craig Roberts’ film presents the world from inside the head of a woman with a mental illness leaving audiences confused and emotionally disconnected

Reality is collapsing and civilisation is ending, yet somehow Bill and Ted’s world still seems more benign than ours in a reboot that is charming but uninventive

Film review: 23 Walks

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Real life north Londoner Alison Steadman plays a lonely pensioner who strikes up a romance with fellow dog walker Dave Johns, but some dark painful secrets lurk

Film review Monsoon (12A)

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Gentle film about dislocation explores Vietnam’s national identity but its quiet strength becomes aimless by the end

The Dartmouth Park director of Suffragette shines a feminist lens on female friendship and teen life as a 15-year-old tries to raise her younger brother in East London

The Oscar-winning Korean director’s early films have the same dark comic social commentary as Parasite and can be streamed at home or seen live in Camden Market

Film review Mulan (12A)

Friday, September 4, 2020

Disney’s live action remake jettisons the songs and humour in favour of a spectacular if message-heavy earnest martial arts film about a girl who dresses as a boy to join the army

Václav Marhoul’s harrowing film about a young boy’s struggle to survive in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe is not so much bleak as blunt bringing little resonance to the suffering and violence

In a depressingly nihilistic film Javier Bardem’s character explores three versions of the life he might have led and all of them are miserable

Film review La Haine (15)

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Mathieu Kassovitz’s trailblazing movie about racial division and police brutality in the Paris suburbs is a tremendous movie which worryingly hasn’t dated a bit

Despite a stellar cast and crew, this heavyweight adaptation of JM Coetzee’s novel is a ponderous allegory that says nothing new about the weakness of empire

Not the Victor Hugo musical but a darkly comic noir about a rural cop’s first day on his new beat patrolling a Parisian slum estate

Swedish tale of a nightmarish family camping trip replayed over and over again isn’t as compelling as it should be but has a satisfying resolution

Film review: Tenet (12A)

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Highgate raised director Christopher Nolan’s long awaited movie is a confusing time travel spy epic with clunky dialogue and less impressive action sequences

Performer ‘The Head of Music’ will see his one minute film Proper Sketchy shown online as part of the Filmed by Bike festival in Oregon

Film review: Hope Gap

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Bill Nighy’s dull schoolteacher dumps his shrew of a wife while their son looks on mystified in this underwhelming drama set on the Sussex coast

Off-beat indie black comedy is low on nail-biting tension and high on mumbling but has an affecting charm

Opinion Film review: Sputnik (15)

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Sputnik (15) is the latest addition to the ‘bringing back something unexpected from space’ genre.

Opinion Review: Babyteeth

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Babyteeth (15) lulls you into its emotional core, though its more conventional than you might expect.

Opinion Film review: Pinocchio

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Matteo Garrone’s adaptation of Pinocchio is a tale darker than Disney’s famous take.

Eva Riley’s tale of a lonely teen in a seaside town is sensual and sensitive with a touching central performance by Frankie Box

Clapton cinephile Umit Mesut and film-maker Liam Saint-Pierre explore the music and animation in 1933’s King Kong ahead of a virtual screening at The Castle Cinema

Film review: Make Up

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Flitting between reality and fantasy with some eerie images and a strong sense of atmosphere this tale of a young girl on an empty caravan site is not too complex

Film review: Proxima

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Eva Green is a trainee astronaut who spends all her time getting ready for a mission that we never see while resenting the fact that she will miss her daughter in space

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