The Shape of Water
Del Toro’s follow-up to the disappointingly anonymous sci-fi action pic Pacific Rim marks a real return to form. It’s an intoxicating and swooning melange of Douglas Sirk-styl...
Zvyagintsev, director of Leviathan and The Return, delivers another masterpiece with this harrowing but riveting Russian parable. Boris (Rozin) and Zhenya (Spivak) are a Mosco...
Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson trades in the freewheeling West Coast 70s vibe of his last picture Inherent Vice for buttoned-up society London in the 50s, for this singu...
Lies We Tell
This charmless Bradford-set crime thriller aspires to Get Carter status but is almost comically inept in its execution. Following the disappearance of philanthropist multi-mil...
For her third feature UK director Clio Barnard trades the council estate environs of her wondrous features The Arbor and The Selfish Giant to the ruddy West Yorkshire countrys...
While this biopic of the scandalised skater Tonya Harding sports a pair of fine central performances, an unappealing whiff of condescension hangs over the proceedings. Robbie,...
Brawl in Cell Block 99
Unashamedly B-movie-ish but more than the sum of its bloody parts, writer-director S. Craig Zahler’s follow-up to his brutal western ‘Bone Tomahawk’, is a gripping tale of a r...
Last Flag Flying
Following his unapologetic depiction of male friendship in Everybody Wants Some!!, Richard Linklater charts the misadventures of another, older, set of blokes, in this impecca...
Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
Irish writer-director McDonagh’s dark comedy drama is his most dramatically rich piece to date. Frustrated that the police have been unable to solve her daughter’s brutal murd...
Writer-director Payne’s follow-up to the funny, affecting Nebraska is an ambitious but flawed sci-fi satire. It starts off promisingly as Norwegian scientist Dr Jorgan Asbjorn...
Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, based on Molly Bloom’s memoir, sees the writer returning to his favoured subject: high-performing but flawed visionaries. Chastain is Bloom,...
While the latest squeamish comedy from writer-director Mike White explores a well-worn trope, it’s nevertheless a tart, funny take on white privilege. Stiller is Brad Sloane, ...
Attention film fans!
The wonderful Sunderland Shorts Film Festival are looking for more volunteers to help with the build-up and running of their next event, which is taking place from 3-5 May.