Little White Lies was established in 2005 as a bi-monthly print magazine committed to championing great movies and the talented people who make them. Combining cutting-edge design, illustration and journalism, LWLies has been described as being “at the vanguard of the independent publishing movement.” Our reviews feature unique tripartite ranking system that captures the different aspects of the movie-going experience. We believe in Truth & Movies.
The iconic American singer-songwriter gets a fitting tribute from doc heavyweights Amy Berg and Alex Gibney.
Director Grant Gee’s cinematic love letter to Istanbul doubles as a profoundly moving study of memory.
A legend of British cinema teams with Italy’s master of screen sensuality to tell a sparkling tale of nostalgia and sorrow.
Tom McCarthy delivers an old-school journalistic thriller with the help of a sensational all-star cast.
By Violet Lucca
Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s elegant martial arts tale is one the most beautiful films you’ll see all year.
Brie Larson shines in this deceptively life-affirming drama about a young mother forced to raise her son in isolation.
Is this Brigitte Bardot-starring satirical drama Jean-Luc Godard’s best movie? We think so.
Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander prove a perfect match in this tender transgender drama.
By Adam Cook
An effervescent Jennifer Lawrence elevates the sly comedic tone of David O Russell’s eccentric film.
JJ Abrams delivers big time with his supremely classy and stirring addition to this cherished franchise.
As a director, writer and performer, Angelina Jolie-Pitt has finally come into her own.
Nora Ephron and Rob Reiner’s seminal rom-com remains as fresh and feisty as ever.
Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland offers a fascinating and outrageously funny look at the New York bohemian.
By Anton Bitel
Lose yourself in the mind-bending majesty of Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s cine odyssey.
Leonardo DiCaprio feels the wrath of man in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s awesomely violent revenge western.
Directors William Fairman and Max Gogarty deliver a vital exposé on a dangerous new trend within the gay community.
This Terence Davies passion project showcases an incandescent performance from Agyness Deyn.
By Ashley Clark
A franchise is reborn in sensational fashion courtesy of director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B Jordan.
Anorexia as seen from all vantages within the nuclear family is the subject of this impressive drama.
Todd Haynes’ period romance starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara is a beaming masterpiece.
A Cold War spy thriller from Steven Spielberg that’s as sleek, robust and alluring as a vintage Rolls Royce.
Ukrainian artist Feder Alexandrovich serves as a key witness to the untold story of the Chernobyl disaster.
Director Alonso Ruizpalacios takes us on a tour of his native Mexico City in this first-time feature to savour.
Two German men confront the sins of their fathers in this exceptional documentary.
Troops in Afghanistan have trouble knowing the enemy in this impressive doc.
This euphoric night-before-Christmas revenge caper is one of the year’s most purely enjoyable films.
This bittersweet summer road trip planned and orchestrated by Michel Gondry is one of the director’s finest.
Rural train platforms were transformed forever by this high peak of screen romance from David Lean.
Karen Guthrie turns her camera on her family and uncovers a host of strange and beautiful secrets.
Guillermo del Toro’s luxuriant Gothic romance is the full cinematic package.
This lyrical, on-the-fly road movie about the cinematic and poetic value of daily existence is a must see.
Eric Baudelaire travels to the disputed territory of Abkhazia in this haunting documentary.
By Anton Bitel
A vital reimagining of ʻThe Scottish Play’ with stellar turns from Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
Don’t miss Jeanie Finlay’s portrait of an enigmatic Elvis impersonator.
By Jordan Cronk
Pedro Costa returns with his first feature since 2006. The result is nothing short of spectacular.
Don’t miss this chance to witness Buster Keaton work his extraordinary magic on the big screen.
Social justice underpins a gripping detective story in this highly impressive first work from South Korea’s July Jung.
Estonia’s first Oscar-nominated feature gleefully exposes the inherent absurdity of war.
Richard Brooks’ adaptation of Truman Capote's seminal work is well worth revisiting.
The inequalities of Brazilian are writ large in this delightful upstairs/downstairs drama.
This ultraviolent tale of smalltown puppy love stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg at their best.
Actor Steve Oram has decided to make a movie, and the results are spectacularly disturbing.
Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay are on top form in Andrew Haigh’s devastating relationship drama.
Don’t miss this chance to catch Michelangelo Antonioni’s modernist masterpiece.
The NWA story is told in the style of a luxe, classic-era studio biopic. And it's scintillating.
A subtle and nuanced range western set in the Middle East during the late Ottoman period.
By Matt Thrift
Alexsey German’s 15-years-in-the-making political allegory is a visceral, sensory, jaw-dropping masterpiece.
Bel Powley shines in Marielle Heller’s refreshingly non-judgmental chronicle of teenage sexuality in ’70s San Francisco.
By Matt Thrift
Albert Maysles’ penultimate film suggests that rabid consumerism can be refined and charming.
The winner of a recent poll to discover the greatest ever documentary is re-released.
Pixar are firing on all pistons with this wonderful, colour-coded exploration of a child’s inner psyche.
Mia Hansen-Løve’s extraordinary fourth feature is about the impossibility of beat-matching life and fashion.
Two chapters in the tumultuous life of volatile Beach Boys front-man, Brian Wilson.
By Anton Bitel
The high priest of gloom, Bruno Dumont, returns with a comedy which is part Jacques Tati, part Twin Peaks.
Orson Welles is some kind of a man in this grisly, ultra-melancholic border-town noir from 1958.
Do Ghibli and Pixar have a new rival in Irish director Tomm Moore? This stunning film would suggest they do.
Channing Tatum leads a troupe of sensitive male strippers in this explosively sexy road trip movie.
Michael Fassbender shows his true grit in this gratifying and extremely violent saunter through Old America.
Adèle Haenel’s ingenue allure elevates Thomas Cailley's sweet-natured survivalist romance.
Sir Ian McKellen is riveting in this moving and humane look at Sherlock Holmes in his twilight years.
Joshua Oppenheimer’s bloodcurdling and brilliant follow-up to his doc smash, The Act of Killing.
Crash, bang, wallop! Don't miss this lid-lifting exposé on the trailblazing B-movie studio.
Do not miss this scintillating and poetic study of political extremism from director Abderrahmane Sissako.
This rousing documentary provides a personal, feminist entry point to Nigeria’s pro-Democracy movement.
The outer chassis may look battered and bruised, but there’s well-oiled action perfection under the bonnet.
Tsai Ming-liang’s (s)low-fi masterpiece Stray Dogs finally makes it to UK cinemas.
Prepare to be floored by Christian Petzold’s masterful postwar melo, particularly for its astonishing final shot.
Sweden’s Roy Andersson offers a singular take on the human condition in this triumphant trilogy-closer.
Viggo Mortensen teams up with Argentinian visionary Lisandro Alonso to deliver one of the most singularly compelling films of the year.
Keanu Reeves delivers his best performance in years in this slick redemption-based actioner.
Talking household pets are the source of a murderous rampage in Marjane Satrapi’s wicked, comic-tinged slasher movie.
A sex-worker turned feminist-force-of-nature is Kim Longinotto’s guide to Chicago in her characteristically great documentary.
“Selma Now!” Ava DuVernay’s vital civil rights drama is the film Martin Luther King deserved.
Paul Thomas Anderson charts the end of the hippy dream in this blissful gumshoe chimera.
Timothy Spall grunts his way to glory in Mike Leigh’s elegantly composed portrait of JMW Turner.
If you only do one thing this year, make sure you catch this shattering masterpiece by the Dardenne brothers.
By Vadim Rizov
Ellar Coltrane grows up in public as the central, glorious spectacle in Richard Linklater's masterpiece.
Jean-Luc Godard’s dazzling 3D dirty bomb.
Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla is one of the great blockbusters of modern times. Believe.
By Violet Lucca
Jonathan Glazer’s erotic and philosophically-inclined feminist sci-fi fable is an extraordinary one-off.
Francis Ford Coppola’s magnum opus gets a big screen outing, see it if only to be able to understand The Simpsons better.
By Violet Lucca
French master Claire Denis gets seedy and sinister with an extraordinary modern riff on the classic noir thriller.
Cold exteriors and warm interiors combine in the Coen brothers’ rhapsodic portrait of a ’60s folk singer.
One of the year’s most extraordinary films is an experimental documentary about North Sea fishing.
Andrew Bujalski switches gears with a lo-fi marvel that channels the spirit of Robert Altman.
A barnstorming performance from Brie Larson elevates this bittersweet foster care drama.
Shades of Fellini elevate Paolo Sorrentino’s spirited, deeply affecting drama.
Baffling, intoxicating, elegant, Shane Carruth's long-overdue follow-up to Primer is among the year's best.
By Anton Bitel
Ahoy sexy! In which the great Greta Grewig stakes a convincing claim to the thrown of most loveable living screen actress.
Joshua Oppenheimer mixes the romance of the movies with the horror of genocide in this incredible one-off.
Iranian maestro Abbas Kiarostami heads to Tokyo for this multi-faceted jewel.
Richard Linklater makes it a trilogy for his beloved walkie-talkie love saga. And this one’s possibly the best of the lot.
The first feature film from Austin-based animation powerhouse, Don Hertzfeldt, is a rapturous joy to behold.
Is this neon-hued apocalyptic party movie Harmony Korine’s masterpiece? We think it might be...
By Simon Crook
Kathryn Bigelow’s rapid response to the death of Osama Bin Laden is a taut and morally ambiguous procedural for the ages.
Hate, murder and revenge as Quentin Tarantino goes west. Well, south.
A pair of astounding performances are the pillars that prop up Michael Haneke's formidable answer to the Hollywood weepie.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s spiritual post-war love story will restore your faith in cinema.
French enfant terrible Leos Carax finally comes good with this sublime and surreal ode to acting, moviemaking, Paris and the whole damn thing.
This sublime Portuguese fantasia from director Miguel Gomes will likely feature heavily on best of year lists.
By Matt Thrift
Hungarian colossus Béla Tarr’s ‘last film’ is a magnificent, towering achievement.
Jafar Panahi’s extraordinary self-portrait/protest piece is the gift that keeps on giving.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s hypnotic metaphysical noir is towering, tough and very, very pretty.
If you haven’t read the book, you’ll want to. If you have read the book, you’ll want to read it again.
An astounding achievement, Joachim Trier’s haunting film will stay with you for weeks.
Lynne Ramsay’s first film for nine years is a dizzying visual trip anchored by Tilda Swinton’s superlative central performance.
By Matt Glasby
JJ Abrams delivers big in this enthralling nostalgia trip to small-town USA circa the 1970s.
By Alan Mack
A glorious ode to the improbability of existence which asks us to cherish the simple processes of living and loving.
By Jason Wood
Uncle Boonmee is by turns ironic, poignant, profound and languidly sensuous and erotic.
The Social Network may not have the impact on the world that Facebook has, but when the story is told this well, it doesn’t have to.