Film Reviews


‘Lucy In The Sky’: Toronto Review

Natalie Portman stars in a story inspired by the real-life romantic travails of astronaut Lisa Nowak

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


‘Abominable’: Toronto Review

A girl’s best friend is her Yeti in this flat DreamWorks animation set in China


‘Atlantis’: Venice Review

Valentyn Vasyanovych’s film, set in Eastern Ukraine of the near future, is the winner of the grand prize at Venice’s Orrizonti

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


‘Joker’: Venice Review

Super-villain origins story starring Joaquin Phoenix is a very dark gag indeed


‘My Days Of Glory’: Venice Review

A 20-something former child actor attempts to find meaning in his adult life


‘Seberg’: Venice Review

The sad unravelling of the ‘Breathless’ star

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‘Bombay Rose’: Venice Review

Exquisite animation from India opens Critics Week at Venice

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

Dora And The Lost City Of Gold

‘Dora And The Lost City Of Gold’: Review

Live-action remake of the animated TV show is aimed at a neglected Latino audience

'Danger Close: The Battle Of Long Tan'

‘Danger Close: The Battle Of Long Tan’: Review

Dramatisation of the 1966 clash between 108 Australian and New Zealand troops and North Vietnamese soldiers


'My Zoe': Toronto Review

Julie Delpy’s impassioned story of a mother’s love for her only child.

Motherless Brooklyn

‘Motherless Brooklyn’: Toronto Review

Edward Norton’s long-gestating hard-boiled detective story fails to fully connect


‘Sound Of Metal’: Toronto Review

Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke star in this striking debut from Darius Marder

The Mafia Is Not What It Used To Be

‘The Mafia Is Not What It Used To Be’: Venice Review

Francesco Maresco explores the impact of the 1992 assassinations of Italian anti-Mafia magistrated Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino


‘Harriet’: Toronto Review

The life of former slave and liberator Harriet Trubman


‘Uncut Gems’: Toronto Review

Adam Sandler and the Safdie brothers unite to jittery, almost unbearably tense effect


‘Ford v Ferrari’ (‘Le Mans 66’): Toronto Review

Matt Damon and Christian Bale scorch up the track


‘Endings, Beginnings’: Toronto Review

Drake Doremus returns to form with a powerful performance from Shailene Woodley


‘The Platform’: Toronto Review

An inventive sci-fi satire set in a futuristic prison delivers some nasty thrills


‘Dirt Music’: Toronto Review

Kelly Macdonald puts in a magnetic performance as an unhappy woman searching for a spark


‘Bad Education’: Toronto Review

Hugh Jackman stars in this real-life tale of embezzlement by American school administrators


‘Saint Maud’: Toronto Review

A live-in nurse believes she is on a divine mission from God in this powerfully individual debut from Rose Glass

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‘The Aeronauts’: Toronto Review

No hot air here, just craft and chemistry

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‘Jojo Rabbit’: Toronto Review

Taika Waititi directs this gentle satire about a boy in 1940s Germany whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler

You Will Die At Twenty

‘You Will Die At Twenty’: Toronto Review

A young Sudanese boy struggles with a prophecy that proclaims he will die when he reaches the age of twenty


‘Weathering With You’: Toronto Review

Makata Shinkai follows up the global anime sensation ‘Your Name’

The Goldfinch

‘The Goldfinch’: Toronto Review

Faithful, handsome adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel