Reviews (17)

Censored Voices

By David Jenkins

Interviews with soldiers involved in 1967’s “Six Day War” reveal the damaging effects of armed conflict.

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The Voices

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Talking household pets are the source of a murderous rampage in Marjane Satrapi’s wicked, comic-tinged slasher movie.

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Faya Dayi

By Cheyenne Bunsie

Jessica Beshir's striking debut feature offers an immersive look into the ritual practices and commodification of Khat in Ethiopia.

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a-ha: The Movie

By Josh Slater-Williams

Norway’s favourite synth-pop sons receive the full music biography treatment in this intimate documentary.

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Cyrano

By Leila Latif

Joe Wright returns to his wheelhouse with a big-screen musical adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac.

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Flag Day

By Mark Asch

Sean Penn’s directorial follow-up to The Last Face is a blatantly self-indulgent vanity project full of tiring clichés.

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Memoria

By Mark Asch

Apichatpong Weerasethakul meticulously crafts a sensory journey soaked in introspection and metaphysical perplexity.

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Luz: The Flower of Evil

By Anton Bitel

A backwater preacher pushes his small congregation to its limits in this quasi-mystical Colombian parable.

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I Blame Society

By Josh Slater-Williams

A filmmaker turns serial killer in this lively meta mockumentary from writer/director Gillian Wallace Horvat.

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Slalom

By David Jenkins

This troubling and effective study of workplace abuse focuses on a disoriented slalom champ.

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County Lines

By Millicent Thomas

Henry Blake’s assured debut sees a young boy forced into trafficking drugs across the UK’s internal borders.

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The Forty-Year-Old Version

By Cheyenne Bunsie

A spiky, lovable tale about a confused playwright who finds a second creative wind in hip hop.

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Papicha

By Lillian Crawford

A group of young women come of age against the backdrop of civil war in Mounia Meddour’s vibrant, nuanced debut.

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The Booksellers

By Anna Bogutskaya

The curious world of rare book sellers is the subject of this documentary from director DW Young.

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Crip Camp

By Roxanne Sancto

A summer camp for disabled teens becomes a movement for equality in this soul-nourishing Netflix documentary.

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Talking About Trees

By Maria Nae

Four local filmmakers attempt to revive cinema-going in Sudan in this playful, inspiring documentary.

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Dolittle

By Charles Bramesco

Robert Downey Jr takes on the famous literary physician with predictably disastrous results.

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Articles (17)

South Korea’s female filmmakers are finally making their voices heard

By Darren Carver-Balsiger

At the 63rd BFI London Film Festival, five films directed by women signalled a new chapter for Korean cinema.

Adding the voices of rebellious women back into the British film archives

By Hannah Clugston

The producer of Born a Rebel speaks about the challenge of documenting more than a century of female protest.

How famous voices became a staple of Disney animation

By Jesc Bunyard

Moana directors Ron Clements and John Musker reflect on how Robin Williams broke the mould in Aladdin.

How wholesome songs become horrifying through cinema

By Henry Boon

The Purple People Eater is the latest in a host of seemingly innocuous tunes that have their association forever changed through horror films.

Movies, Now More than Ever: Robert Altman’s The Player at 30

By Joe Flockhart

As multiverses and IP dominate the box office, we look back to Altman’s biting satire on the unoriginality of Hollywood.

The first trailer for Richard Linklater’s animated kid flick Apollo 10 1/2 has achieved liftoff

By Charles Bramesco

Jack Black, Glen Powell, and Zachary Levi lend their voices to the new rotoscoping project.

How green filmmaking is driving sustainability in cinema

By Sam Judd

Laura Torenbeek, founder of Green Film Productions, explains how the industry can do its bit in tackling the climate crisis.

Discover the haunting ghost stories of Tracey Moffatt’s beDevil

By Ben Nicholson

The pioneering First Nations filmmaker’s debut feature screens as part of a new season at the Barbican this February.

How Nobuhiko Obayashi’s Anti-War Trilogy bridges generational trauma

By Alicia Haddick

The late Japanese director explores the twin national disasters of 3.11 and World War Two in an epic series of films.

Why The Portrait of a Lady remains Jane Campion’s most bittersweet film

By Kayleigh Donaldson

Twenty-five years on, this adaptation of the classic Henry James novel offers an unflinching study of female sorrow.

Paul Mescal and Josh O’Connor will find love in a WWI-era romance

By Charles Bramesco

Two of the UK’s preeminent heartthrobs will pool their dreaminess as the leads of Oliver Hermanus’ upcoming film.

A new film season explores the relationship between autism and cinema

By Matthew Mulcahy

The Barbican’s programme includes a diverse selection of work that puts neurodiverse voices front and centre.

Why shouldn’t Black British actors play Americans?

By Silva Chege

Criticism of Daniel Kaluuya’s role in Judas and the Black Messiah only serves to divide the diaspora.

LWLies 88: The Minari issue – On sale now!

By Hannah Strong

Brighten up your year with our illustrated celebration of Lee Isaac Chung’s charming immigrant fable.

A new short doc paints an unforgiving portrait of human stupidity

By Rebecca Speare-Cole

Otto Bell’s The Toxic Pigs of Fukushima shows the devastating aftermath of a nuclear disaster.

Discover a new streaming service with unseen films by women directors

By Elena Lazic

Klassiki is launching on the back of a popular lockdown movie club.

Christmas gift guide 2020 – 10 ideas for film lovers

By Little White Lies

From apparel to book and Blu-rays, here are some of our favourite movie-themed items for this festive season.


Festivals (17)

Female voices are at the centre of the 2020 Glasgow Film Festival

By Little White Lies

The upcoming edition of GFF features an entire day of features directed by women.

Saint Omer – first-look review

By Rafa Sales Ross

This deeply nuanced treatise on the tragedy of motherhood marks the extraordinary feature debut of Alice Diop.

Emerging filmmakers step into the spotlight at the 2022 Karlovy Vary Film Festival

By Caitlin Quinlan

The Czech Republic festival is fast becoming a showcase for exciting new talent.

Discover the learning disability film festival changing disabled representation

By Celestine Fraser

Oska Bright Film Festival is offering a bold, inspiring vision for how disability can be represented on and off the screen.

Discover the London East Asia Film Festival 2021

By Little White Lies

Immerse yourself in the cinematic delights of East Asia as this annual celebration goes from strength to strength.

Memoria – first-look review

By Mark Asch

Tilda Swinton is extraordinary in a film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul which comprises of “pure vibes”.

Flag Day – first-look review

By Mark Asch

Sean Penn returns to Cannes five years after the fiasco of The Last Face with a somehow even more calamitous family drama.

Cow – first-look review

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Andrea Arnold successfully adapts her social realist mode to minutely chronicle the life of an average dairy cow.

After Yang – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

Kogonada’s sci-fi-tinged family drama confirms its writer/director as one of cinema’s most vital new voices.

Ballad of a White Cow – first-look review

By Patrick Gamble

Behtash Sanaeeha and Maryam Moghaddam’s drama takes a dim view of Iran’s discriminatory justice system.

The mobile-first film festival bringing the Chinese box office to US homes

By Weiting Liu

Lou Ye’s The Shadow Play and a Midi Z retrospective are among the highlights of CineCina iFest.

BFI London Film Festival announces virtual 2020 edition

By Charles Bramesco

This year’s LFF will offer online screenings, free screen talks and more, widening access across the UK.

Welcome to Chechnya – first look review

By Jack King

David France’s vital documentary interrogates the ongoing queer genocide in the Russian republic.

What to see at the 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam

By Max Copeman

The Netherlands’ premier celebration of cinema returns in January with a new-look programme.

Here’s what we’re most excited to watch at Sundance 2020

By Hannah Strong

Dee Rees, Josephine Decker, Miranda July, and much, much more...

Can you mourn for a person of whom you have no memory?

By Beth Webb

Korean director Noh Young Sun reflects on her deeply personal debut feature, Yukiko.

Exploring indigenous Canadian films at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

By Justine Smith

This year’s edition of the Montreal-based festival showed the value of giving marginalised native filmmakers a platform.


Interviews (13)

Mahershala Ali: ‘There’s been a systematic diminishing of voices of colour’

By Rowan Woods

One half of the cross-country buddy comedy Green Book muses on changing political attitudes in Hollywood.

Robert Eggers: ‘The voices of the dead talk a lot louder to my imagination’

By Adam Woodward

The Witch puts in an early bid to be crowned 2016’s scariest film. Meets its director.

Sam Spruell: ‘We had to leave set when the polar bears arrived’

By Adam Woodward

The British character actor talks toxic masculinity and filming in sub-zero temperatures for Andrew Haigh’s The North Water.

Carey Mulligan: ‘Women have been having these conversations for millennia’

By Hannah Strong

Carey Mulligan is into taking risks, and her role as Cassie Thomas might just be her biggest one yet.

Louis Leterrier on realising a lifelong dream with The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

By Adam Woodward

The director of Netflix’s prequel series reveals how Jim Henson inspired him to become a filmmaker.

Bart Layton: ‘By the time I made contact with the real guys, they were in prison’

By Daniel Schindel

The American Animals director discusses his unconventional approach to putting true stories on screen.

Travis Wilkerson: ‘There’s a tremendous opportunity for social change right now’

By Justine Smith

The radical director of Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? talks race and legacy in America.

Dee Rees: ‘This was a chance to tell the story of black soldiers who came back’

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

The director of Mudbound on how she grappled with the legacy of slavery in the Deep South.

Steven Soderbergh: ‘There’s no new oxygen in this system’

By Matt Thrift

The American director discusses his long-awaited return to feature filmmaking with Logan Lucky.

Christopher Nolan: ‘I’ve not fought in a war, it’s my worst nightmare to do so’

By David Jenkins

The Dunkirk director reveals the challenges of transforming documented reality into an experience fit for the multiplex.

Barry Jenkins: ‘Where I come from, people just don’t have the means to make a film’

By Adam Woodward

The Moonlight director discusses the value of film school and finding a personal voice.

Guillermo del Toro: ‘I like the Kubrick films that nobody likes’

By David Jenkins

The great Guillermo del Toro talks about his magnificent Gothic ghost story.

Kim Longinotto: ‘I’m bewildered by the way we don’t talk about things’

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

The acclaimed British documentarian on Dreamcatcher and why we all need to start standing up to child abuse.


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