For Sama.

For Sama.

Reviewing documentaries is a very different beast to reviewing fiction. There are different considerations to be taken when attempting to weigh up the positive and negative qualities of a documentary film. Attempting to review For Sama is a whole separate challenge. Where to start with this compelling, horrifying, masterful movie? Director Waad Al-Kateab filmed many … Continue reading

Shin Godzilla.

Shin Godzilla.

With nuclear war feeling more of a potential imminent reality than ever before, we can welcome a new Godzilla film with open arms. Since the creature’s iconic debut back in 1954, our monstrous protagonist has taken many different forms – partly because of the changing technological abilities of cinema but also as a result of … Continue reading

Chi-Raq

Adapting Greek comedy to the bloody streets of Chicago, Spike Lee has reignited a flame that burns as brightly as ever. Back on top of his game, Lee brings us Chi-Raq, a satirical tale of gang war, sex and the power of both. Frustrated and infuriated at the innocent lives being taken amidst the raging … Continue reading

I, Daniel Blake.

Following on from the release of Jimmy Hall, Ken Loach embraced his retirement in 2014. After a career spanning more than 50 years, he was blatantly entitled to a long rest. After the UK’s general election result in May 2015 Loach confirmed he was returning to make one more film, a response to his distaste … Continue reading

Where to Invade Next.

In his latest documentary, Michael Moore crosses the pond with the intention of invading European countries to steal their good ideas. As always, he approaches the subject with his tongue in his cheek and with an aim to bring some humour to the injustice and misery he uncovers. This is a film entirely about America … Continue reading

Zootropolis.

Zootropolis is full of lovely ideas, satisfying wit and charismatic characters. In the progressive city of Zootropolis, predator and prey live in harmony without judgement or threat. New on the job, young and ambitious Judy Hopps, the first Rabbit Police Officer in the city’s history, is determined to make a difference. When a variety of … Continue reading

Trumbo.

Since the film industry was heinously targeted in the 1950s by Joseph McCarthy and his communist witch hunts, it seems only natural that we would make films about it. The latest in this long line of Hollywood blacklist melodramas is Trumbo, directed by Jay Roach. Best known for bringing us the Austin Powers trilogy, Roach … Continue reading

A Young Patriot.

We first meet Zhao Chantong at the age of 19. Like many young men, he’s idealistic, passionate and naive. Like many young men, Zhao will change and grow greatly over the next three years of his life. Haibin Du’s documentary paints an intricate picture of youth and lost souls. A Young Patriot handled not only … Continue reading

Merchants of Doubt.

Oddly humorous despite all of its depressing revelations, Merchants of Doubt follows in the footsteps of other great social and political whistle-blowing documentaries; uncovering the corruption that plagues the tobacco, sugar and oil industries. Highlighting the regurgitation by said industries of the same accusations, tactics and power moves, Merchants of Doubt is a complicated, rigorous documentary … Continue reading