Film Reviews

maleficent mistress of evil

'Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil': Review

Angelina Jolie returns as the wicked fairy godmother, Michelle Pfeiffer in hot pursuit

Black And Blue

‘Black And Blue’: Review

Naomie Harris excels in Sony’s cruiously retro chase thriller

addams family

‘The Addams Family’: Review

An all-star voice cast can’t lift this flat animation.

A Shaun The Sheep Movie Farmageddon

'A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon': Review

Rattle your dags, Shaun is back

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‘Gemini Man’: Review

Ang Lee raises the bar technically - if not dramatically - in a watershed film

Ride Like A Girl

‘Ride Like A Girl’: Review

Rachel Griffiths makes her directorial debut with this true story of the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup

downton abbey

‘Downton Abbey’: Review

In which Maggie Smith crisply doles out extravagantly spiteful one-liners while wearing a hat the size of the Home Counties

It Chapter Two

‘It: Chapter Two’: Review

The now-grown-up members of the Losers Gang reunite to take on evil clown Pennywise once again

rainy day in new york

‘A Rainy Day In New York’: Review

In which Woody Allen carries on with the business of being Woody Allen

Angel Has Fallen

‘Angel Has Fallen’: Review

The third instalment of this profitable franchise sees Gerard Butler return as the president’s weary bodyguard

Where'd You Go Bernadette

‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’: Review

Cate Blanchett and Richard Linklater unite to adapt a best-selling novel by Maria Semple

Ready Or Not

'Ready Or Not': Review

A committed performance from Samara Weaving helps elevate Fox Searchlight’s brutal hide-and-seek horror-thriller

The Kitchen

‘The Kitchen’: Review

Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss lead this #metoo mob drama

The Art Of Racing In The Rain

‘The Art Of Racing In The Rain’: Review

Kevin Costner voices Enzo, man’s best friend and the faithful narrator of Simon Curtis’s contrived tearjerker

Hobbs & Shaw

‘Hobbs & Shaw’: Review

Spin-off may be fast but it’s not impressively furious


Fanny Lye Deliver'd

‘Fanny Lye Deliver’d’: London Review

She has been a long time coming, but Fanny Lye certainly does deliver

county lines

‘County Lines’: London Review

The causes and effects of the most recent UK crime blight are laid bare in Henry Blake’s debut


‘Savage’: London Review

Toxic masculinity and its lethal consequences in a New Zealand street gang

Earthquake Bird

‘Earthquake Bird’: London Review

Alicia Vikander returns after ’Tomb Raider’ to play an expat in Tokyo for director Wash Westmoreland and Netflix

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‘Coup 53’: London Review

’A sharp-eyed history lesson that unfolds with the pace and fascination of thriller’

Pink Wall

‘Pink Wall’: London Review

Tom Cullen steps up to write and direct a love story told in annual chapters

Walking With Shadows

‘Walking With Shadows’: London Review

A wife discovers her husband is gay in this exploration of queer Nigeria


‘Perfect 10’: London Review

Scotland’s Eva Riley makes a notable debut

Our Ladies

‘Our Ladies’: London Review

Buckle up for Michael Caton-Jones’ raucous adaptation of ’The Sopranos’


‘Nocturnal’: London Review

Nathalie Biancheri makes her fiction debut with a striking tale of an uneasy friendship between a young girl and an older handyman

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‘The Cave’: London Review

Feras Fayyad’s award-winning documentary follows a female doctor in an underground hospital in Damascus


‘Make Up’: London Review

Claire Oakley’s arresting debut premieres in the LFF’s Sutherland competition.

Los Lobos

‘Los Lobos’: Busan Review

A Mexican mother brings her two young children to the USA in search of a better life


‘Fabulous’: Busan Review

A wannabe-writer befriends a popular Instagram star in this cautionary Canadian drama

White Riot

‘White Riot’: London Review

Rubika Shah’s docmentary tells how, in the 1970s, Rock Against Racism confronted British fascists head-on