9th November 2016
Arrival is an exploration of the concepts of time, memory and language. The plot is an ingenious mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar, and will manage to amaze even the most seasoned sci-fi viewer.
27th October 2016
Snowden’s insistence that ‘the people should decide’ is an expression of faith in the populace’s democratic good sense. The degeneration of political culture in 2016 suggests there is more to be said.
27th October 2016
Apparition Hill doesn’t pander to any pro- or anti-Medjugorje agendas. Its script is the unrepeatable story of seven pilgrims and its message never reaches beyond what they have to say for themselves.
20th October 2016
I, Daniel Blake
Ken Loach’s raw filmmaking incongruously earned I, Daniel Blake this year’s Palme d’Or: the glamour of Cannes is completely at odds with the film’s visceral presentation of poverty in modern Britain.
7th October 2016
The Girl on the Train
The film sacrifices the book’s perilous landscape, riddled with the faultlines of Rachel’s behaviour, in favour of more navigable terrain – all of the characters seem to be on a level playing field.
30th September 2016
The Magnificent Seven
Perhaps the relevance of this remake is that it comes to cinemas during the Year of Mercy, positing a violent, compassion-free alternative to Pope Francis’ insistence on mercy as the divine language.
29th September 2016
Free State of Jones
In the end, this film feels like a rather rushed history lesson about an interesting, little-known incident in a well-known and frequently dramatised period of American history.
19th September 2016
Ignacio de Loyola
On one level, the film tells the story of the early life of a real life knight-errant. On another it tries to dramatise the process of discernment, and it largely succeeds in this.
16th August 2016
It’s unlikely that there will be a trade in ‘What Would Dory Do?’ bracelets but there’s no harm in being encouraged to see the world through blue-tinted glasses, unfiltered by suspicion.
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