UK & Ireland reviews


Samurai Marathon

'Samurai Marathon': Edinburgh Review

The team behind ‘13 Assassins’ teams up with Bernard Rose for an epic sword-slasher

Balance Not Symmetry

'Balance, Not Symmetry': Edinburgh Review

An unsuccessful collaboration between director Jamie Adams and the band Biffy Clyro

Strange But True

‘Strange But True’: Edinburgh Review

A fine cast including Amy Ryan and Margaret Qualley attacks Rowan Athale’s domestic thriller

Boyz in the Wood

'Boyz In The Wood': Edinburgh Review

Scotland’s premier festival opens with a lively teen comedy set in the highlands

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'Diego Maradona': Cannes Review

Asif Kapadia’s documentary should extend the footballer’s ‘hand of God’ to the box office


'Vivarium': Cannes Review

An unconventional, often sinister portrait of marriage from Ireland’s Lorcan Finnegan

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'Little Joe': Cannes Review

Ben Whishaw, Emily Beecham star in Jessica Hausner’s film about a genetically-modified plant

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'Rocketman': Cannes Review

Dexter Fletcher directs a razzle-dazzle biopic of Elton John

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'Sorry We Missed You': Cannes Review

Working again with writer Paul Laverty, Ken Loach delivers one of his best films


'Yesterday': Tribeca Review

Richard Curtis’s troubles seem so far away


'Tolkien': Review

Dome Karukoski makes muddy going of this JRR Tolkien origins story starring Nicolas Hoult.


'Mystify: Michael Hutchence': Tribeca Review

Stand-out documentary about the life of the late INXS frontman seems destined for wider release

Scheme Birds

'Scheme Birds': Tribeca Review

Intimate and wrenchingly affecting documentary from two first-time directors is set in a hopeless Scottish estate


'Run': Tribeca Review

Scott Graham’s third film is set in a Scottish fishing port and takes inspiration from Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’

Kubrick Exhibition

'Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition': Review

At London’s Design Museum until September 15, this re-curated show is a must-see

Fisherman's Friend

'Fisherman's Friends': Review

A big city agent discovers a local singing group while on holiday in Cornwall


'Bait': Berlin Review

For his debut feature, the UK’s Mark Jenkin relates the bourgeois invasion of a coastal Cornish town left defenceless by recession.


'Wounds': Sundance Review

Babak Anvari follows up ‘Under The Shadow’ with some shockingly uninspired jump-scares

The Hole In The Ground

'The Hole In The Ground': Sundance Review

A shocker from Ireland, with a standout performance from Seana Kerslake

Fighting With My Family

'Fighting With My Family': Sundance Review

Stephen Merchant’s directorial debut lands a punch