Posts by Elena Lazic

Only the Brave

By Elena Lazic

Miles Teller is the standout performer in this overly macho tale of an elite mountain firefighter crew.

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Jigsaw

By Elena Lazic

The Saw franchise is rebooted with a pair of hot horror directors behind the tiller. Unfortunately, it’s not enough.

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Noah Baumbach: ‘People sometimes tell me, “Why don’t you just make something funny?”’

By Elena Lazic

The writer/director of The Meyerowitz Stories reveals how he mixes the comic with the tragic.

The Mountain Between Us

By Elena Lazic

Love blossoms in the wake of a plane crash in this fun romantic disaster movie with Idris Elba and Kate Winslet.

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American Assassin

By Elena Lazic

A strong performance by Dylan O’Brien can’t save this reactionary and very silly revenge flick.

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First Reformed – first look review

By Elena Lazic

Paul Schrader returns to the fray with a mediative masterwork powered by a stunning central turn from Ethan Hawke.

Wind River

By Elena Lazic

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan helms this icy crime drama set on a Native American reservation.

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Missing Twin Peaks? There’s never been a better time to watch Northern Exposure

By Elena Lazic

This cult ’90s TV show shares some undeniable similarities with David Lynch’s brainchild.

Death Note

By Elena Lazic

Adam Wingard strips a classic manga story of its cultural relevance in this regrettable adaptation.

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The Dark Tower

By Elena Lazic

Idris Elba plays a cosmic gunslinger in this tame adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy saga.

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Cars 3

By Elena Lazic

This latest Pixar sequel is a digitally-rendered blockbuster which celebrates the joys of the analogue world.

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It Comes at Night

By Elena Lazic

This coldly affecting contagion horror excels in generating a sense of acute dread, but falls short on the story front.

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Gifted

By Elena Lazic

Marc Webb follows up his Spider-Man movies with a sensitive and well-made tearjerker about a child genius.

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How Straw Dogs exposed the hypocrisy of the New Man

By Elena Lazic

Despite accusations of misogyny, Sam Peckinpah’s domestic thriller is a feminist film in disguise.

Is 4DX really the future of cinemagoing?

By Elena Lazic

This immersive motion picture technology promises to put viewers ‘in the movie’ – but is it any good?

The Rider – first look review

By Elena Lazic

Chloe Zhao’s hushed neo western offers a feminist perspective on a man in crisis.

Hope Dickson Leach on the positive impact having children has had on her career

By Elena Lazic

The Levelling director speaks openly about the challenges of making work as a young mother.

All-female horror anthology XX is a worthy project poorly executed

By Elena Lazic

Annie Clark makes her directorial debut in this convention-flipping collection of shorts.

Lady Macbeth

By Elena Lazic

A stunning lead turn from Florence Pugh anchors this complex and compelling period drama.

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The Love Witch

By Elena Lazic

With this retro-styled gem, director Anna Biller provides a sumptuous response to ’70s sexploitation horror.

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Patriots Day

By Elena Lazic

Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg combine forces for this rousing reenactment of the Boston Marathon bombing.

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The Founder

By Elena Lazic

Michael Keaton turns the humble hamburger into big business in this supersized American Dream satire.

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Woody Harrelson’s Lost in London was a crazy, compelling triumph

By Elena Lazic

The actor/director has delivered a unique ‘live cinema’ experience.

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

By Elena Lazic

Vin Diesel is back as the world’s toughest, buffest secret agent. The results are thrilling and baffling in equal measure.

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Collateral Beauty

By Elena Lazic

The man once self-described as Mr Box Office heads up yet another slushy, contrived dud.

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Assassin’s Creed

By Elena Lazic

Michael Fassbender attempts to rescue the humble video game movie in this fantasy epic. The results are baffling.

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Office Christmas Party

By Elena Lazic

This lurid abomination showcases the very worst of Hollywood’s current comedy set.

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Space Jam at 20 – A first-time look at a ’90s favourite

By Elena Lazic

“A very intense fever dream” is how our brave test subject describes this ultra-wacky Michael Jordan vehicle.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

By Elena Lazic

This lavish Potter spin-off set in 1920s New York severely lacks for honest-to-goodness magic and awe.

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How American Gigolo flipped Hollywood sexism on its head

By Elena Lazic

Paul Schrader’s 1980 film unashamedly objectifies Richard Gere’s narcissistic lead.

American Pastoral

By Elena Lazic

Ewan McGregor shoots for the moon with his director debut, an adaptation of one of Philip Roth's best novels.

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Deepwater Horizon

By Elena Lazic

Peter Berg puts a blue-collar spin on the 2010 BP oil spill in this immensely entertaining disaster epic.

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Salt and Fire – first look review

By Elena Lazic

Michael Shannon and Werner Herzog reunite for this intriguing and highly allegorical eco thriller.

Deepwater Horizon – first look review

By Elena Lazic

Peter Berg comes up trumps with this patriotic and pulsating dramatisation of the BOP oil spill.

Moonlight – first look review

By Elena Lazic

This remarkable return to filmmaking by director Barry Jenkins falls just a few steps short of genius.

Snowden – first look review

By Elena Lazic

Despite Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s best efforts, Oliver Stone’s whistleblower drama feels completely disconnected from reality.

Lady Macbeth – first look review

By Elena Lazic

Florence Pugh shines in this smart period drama from director William Oldroyd and screenwriter Alice Birch.

Amanda Knox – first look review

By Elena Lazic

This compelling true-crime doc provides an intelligent take down of media sensationalism.

Wiener-Dog

By Elena Lazic

Greta Gerwig provides the spark in American nihilist Todd Solondz’s unofficial sequel to Welcome to the Dollhouse.

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

By Elena Lazic

Zac Efron and Adam Devine play hapless dudebro brothers in this silly, surprisingly offensive comedy.

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Why Spider-Man 2 is the greatest blockbuster of the 21st century

By Elena Lazic

Sam Raimi’s franchise midpoint is a perfect superhero sequel – a film with a sincere belief in humanity.

Elvis & Nixon

By Elena Lazic

A lack of contextual depth and contrasting acting styles undermines this offbeat apolitical comedy.

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My Life as a Courgette – first look review

By Elena Lazic

This stunning stop-motion animation set in an orphanage is as witty and insightful as it is quietly shocking.

Bad Neighbours 2

By Elena Lazic

A surprising entrant to that very exclusive club of movie sequels that are better than the original.

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