Posts by Hannah Woodhead

A Simple Favour

By Hannah Woodhead

Hollywood funny guy Paul Feig tries his hand at something a little different with this fizzy comedy thriller.

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The Little Stranger

By Hannah Woodhead

Despite an impressive cast, Lenny Abrahamson’s gothic ghost story never quite manages to deliver the desired chills.

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High Life – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Robert Pattinson gets flung into deep space in Claire Denis’ beguiling, exceptional English-language debut.

Hold the Dark – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Jeremy Saulnier continues his excellent run with this haunting Alaskan mystery thriller starring Jeffrey Wright and Riley Keough.

The Death and Life of John F Donovan – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Xavier Dolan’s overly earnest, star-packed drama concerns the untimely demise of an American TV idol.

If Beale Street Could Talk – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Barry Jenkins’ faithful adaptation of James Baldwin’s heartbreaking love story is pure cinematic poetry.

The Old Man & the Gun – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Hollywood icon Robert Redford plays a charming career criminal in his final ever screen performance.

Her Smell – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Elisabeth Moss is on showstopping form as a self-destructive punk singer in Alex Ross Perry’s manic mediation on fame.

Mid90s – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Jonah Hill’s directorial debut is a moving portrayal of adolescent isolation set within Los Angeles’ ’90s skating scene.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Melissa McCarthy proves her dramatic chops as a literary forger in Marielle Heller’s follow-up to The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

Widows – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Steve McQueen turns his formidable filmmaking talent to the heist genre with impressive and passionate results.

Halloween – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Jamie Lee Curtis faces her old adversary once again in David Gordon Green’s thrilling John Carpenter-approved sequel.

The Front Runner – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Hugh Jackman makes headlines for all the wrong reasons in Jason Reitman’s biopic of would-be president Gary Hart.

In Fabric – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Peter Strickland spins a yarn about a very literal phantom thread in his most audacious and bizarre film to date.

Beautiful Boy – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Timothée Chalamet delivers a heartbreaking turn as a meth addict struggling with relapse and rehabilitation.

The Sisters Brothers – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Joaquin Phoenix and John C Reilly play gunslinging siblings in Jacques Audiard’s warm-hearted western adventure.

Barry Keoghan: ‘Acting is therapeutic, but it also messes with your head’

By Hannah Woodhead

The Irish rising star talks American Animals, shoplifting and how playing a certain type of character can lead to having weird dreams on set.

John Gallagher Jr: ‘There’s an obligation to tell these stories’

By Hannah Woodhead

The US film and television actor discusses playing a conversion therapy pastor in Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

Puzzle

By Hannah Woodhead

Kelly Macdonald shines in this character study of a woman with a knack for problem-solving.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post

By Hannah Woodhead

Desiree Akhavan presents a confident, heartbreaking portrait of life inside a Christian conversion therapy camp.

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Action Point

By Hannah Woodhead

Johnny Knoxville plays a theme park entrepreneur with no regard for customer safety in this well-meaning but ultimately uninspired comedy.

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The Happytime Murders

By Hannah Woodhead

A puppet detective investigates a series of brutal murders in this underwhelming comedy from Brian Henson.

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Unfriended: Dark Web

By Hannah Woodhead

A group of friends become embroiled in a sadistic internet game in the latest found footage phenomenon.

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The Meg

By Hannah Woodhead

Jason Statham squares off against a prehistoric behemoth in Jon Turteltaub’s silly and overcomplicated thriller.

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The Heiresses

By Hannah Woodhead

Ana Brun’s award-winning performance powers this empathetic portrait of Paraguayan elites.

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Brett Haley: ‘I do like The Backstreet Boys, I wanna put that on record’

By Hannah Woodhead

The director of Sundance hit Hearts Beat Loud talks about his favourite bands, Stephen Sondheim, and provides an impassioned defence of compilation soundtracks.

Hearts Beat Loud

By Hannah Woodhead

A single father and his teenage daughter form a band in Brett Haley's sweet comedy.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

By Hannah Woodhead

Marvel checks in with their most diminutive hero in this entertaining Infinity War Part Two pit-stop.

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High Life, If Beale Street Could Talk confirmed for 2018 Toronto Film Festival

By Hannah Woodhead

Claire Denis and Barry Jenkins will present their latest work when the festival kicks off on 6 September.

Hotel Artemis

By Hannah Woodhead

Jodie Foster runs a hospital for criminals in director Drew Pearce’s zany futuristic neo-noir.

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Generation Wealth

By Hannah Woodhead

Lauren Green field surveys the influence of affluence in this captivating documentary.

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The power of painful stories in Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette

By Hannah Woodhead

In her new Netflix special, the Australian comic refuses to play by the rules of stand-up comedy.

Eighth Grade

By Hannah Woodhead

Comedian Bo Burnham presents an intimate and engaging portrait of modern teenage life.

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Skyscraper

By Hannah Woodhead

Dwayne Johnson takes on terrorists in a towering inferno in this run-of-the-mill blockbuster.

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Steve McQueen’s Widows to open the 2018 BFI London Film Festival

By Hannah Woodhead

The festival’s 62nd edition kicks off with the international premiere of the British director’s fourth feature.

Racer and the Jailbird

By Hannah Woodhead

Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos couple up in this naff Belgian crime-drama.

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First Reformed

By Hannah Woodhead

A preacher struggles with a crisis of faith in Paul Schrader's mind-bending spiritual drama.

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Ideal Home

By Hannah Woodhead

Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan play a gay couple in a cringeworthy comedy built on very weak foundations.

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Incredibles 2

By Hannah Woodhead

Family remains very much at the heart of Brad Bird and Pixar’s animated superhero sequel.

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Papillon – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek star in this serviceable but unnecessary remake of the classic prison camp drama.

Puzzle – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Kelly Macdonald plays a technophobe with a penchant for solving puzzles in a drama whose pieces don’t quite fit together.

The Piano (1993)

By Hannah Woodhead

Jane Campion’s achingly beautiful Palme d’Or-winning masterpiece receives a rerelease to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

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Hereditary

By Hannah Woodhead

A painful sense of impending dread fills every frame of Ari Aster’s searing cinematic debut.

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Toni Collette: ‘This film tackles the idea that it’s taboo to talk about grief’

By Hannah Woodhead

The star of Ari Aster’s Hereditary talks grief, audiobooks and why we should all go to the cinema more often.

A new study confirms that film critics are mostly white men

By Hannah Woodhead

Encouraging new voices from diverse backgrounds into a stagnant industry can only be a positive thing.

David Gordon Green’s Halloween gets a spooky first trailer

By Hannah Woodhead

Michael Myers is back to terrorise Jamie Lee Curtis in the sequel to John Carpenter’s horror classic.

Crises of faith and incredible women: What’s on at Sundance London 2018

By Hannah Woodhead

There’s lots to look forward to at Sundance’s annual London showcase.

The Tale provides a vital insight into historic sexual abuse

By Hannah Woodhead

Jennifer Fox’s autobiographical debut makes for harrowing but essential viewing.

‘It changed the whole look of American film’ – Remembering Midnight Cowboy

By Hannah Woodhead

Adam Holender and Michael Childers reflect on the making of this iconic New York movie.

10 things to see at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018

By Hannah Woodhead

Brie Larson’s directorial debut and a special focus on American female filmmakers are among the highlights of the 72nd EIFF.

Deadpool 2

By Hannah Woodhead

Ryan Reynolds’ merc with a mouth returns to the big screen for another instalment of X-rated antics.

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How to Talk to Girls at Parties

By Hannah Woodhead

John Cameron Mitchell returns to the director’s chair with a tale of teenage intergalactic romance.

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Revenge

By Hannah Woodhead

Coralie Fargeat’s debut feature strives to reframe the rape-revenge subgenre but misses the mark by a considerable margin.

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Why I love Mark Ruffalo’s performance in Zodiac

By Hannah Woodhead

As beleaguered detective Dave Toschi, Ruffalo turns in arguably the finest turn of his career to date.

Tully

By Hannah Woodhead

Jason Reitman reunites with Diablo Cody and Charlize Theron for a frank exploration of motherhood.

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Avengers: Infinity War

By Hannah Woodhead

Marvel lays it all on the line in their pan-property pièce de résistance – a full-tilt triumph of blockbuster filmmaking.

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Jessie Buckley: ‘The intimacy that you create on set is crucial’

By Hannah Woodhead

A star-making turn in Beast is set to launch Irish actor Jessie Buckley into the stratosphere.

Beast

By Hannah Woodhead

Leads Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn are magnificent in this moody Jersey-set drama from Michael Pearce.

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Rampage

By Hannah Woodhead

Dwayne Johnson goes toe-to-toe with some genetically-altered giants in this silly and entertaining blockbuster.

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The Hurricane Heist

By Hannah Woodhead

A group of criminals attempt to carry off the sting of the century in Rob Cohen’s audacious action-thriller.

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Asghar Farhadi’s Everybody Knows to open the 71st Cannes Film Festival

By Hannah Woodhead

Everybody Knows is set for the coveted opening slot of the festival on 8 May.

Isle of Dogs

By Hannah Woodhead

A humongous creative undertaking and a simple love of dogs combine for the most staggering achievement of Wes Anderson’s career.

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Crowhurst

By Hannah Woodhead

Ill-fated sailor Donald Crowhurst gets a second biopic in as many years, this time from director Simon Rumley.

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Pacific Rim Uprising

By Hannah Woodhead

John Boyega gamely fills Idris Elba’s shoes in this madcap sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s shiny robot romp.

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A Wrinkle in Time

By Hannah Woodhead

For all its ambition and artistic vision, Ava DuVernay’s glossy YA fairy tale fails to deliver.

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An Isle of Dogs ramen bar is coming to London

By Hannah Woodhead

Wes Anderson’s new film is getting its very own food-themed pop-up exhibition.

The Square

By Hannah Woodhead

Ruben Östlund’s agreeably bizarre fifth feature is an art world satire of ambitious vision.

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You Were Never Really Here

By Hannah Woodhead

Joaquin Phoenix and director Lynne Ramsay combine forces to deliver a sensational cinematic sucker punch.

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Frances McDormand and Guillermo Del Toro were the 2018 Oscars MVPs

By Hannah Woodhead

The world was watching a little more closely last night as the first post-Weinstein Academy Awards took place.

Game Night

By Hannah Woodhead

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams’ weekly board game night takes a turn for the worse in this playful action comedy.

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A Fantastic Woman

By Hannah Woodhead

A star is born in Sebastián Lelio’s drama about a trans woman coming to terms with the death of her partner.

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Generation Wealth – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Documentarian Lauren Greenfield speaks to the wealthy and the weary in this bold, personal meditation on money and obsession.

The Ice King

By Hannah Woodhead

James Erskine’s documentary delves into the life of revolutionary British skater John Curry.

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Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Gus Van Sant reunites with Joaquin Phoenix for an oddball comedy-drama about disability and addiction.

I, Tonya

By Hannah Woodhead

Margot Robbie shines in an engaging Tonya Harding biopic that doesn’t quite stick the landing.

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L’Animale – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

A teenage girl on the cusp of adulthood begins to question what she wants out of life in this surprisingly nuanced Austrian drama.

U-July 22 – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Esteemed Norwegian director Erik Poppe dramatises the real-life mass shooting on the island of Utoya in this problematic thriller.

The Heiresses – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

A sensitive portrait of a hesitant woman attempting to rediscover her lust for life makes for an assured feature debut from Marcelo Martinessi.

Eva – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

A love affair between Isabelle Huppert and Gaspard Ulliel fails to ignite a spark in this predictable psychodrama.

Black 47 – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

An Irish soldier exacts his revenge on those that have harmed his family in Lance Daly's bleak period thriller.

Gordon & Paddy – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

This charming little Swedish film about a jaded old toad detective and his plucky young mouse assistant makes for cosy viewing.

The Happy Prince – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Rupert Everett dons three caps to write, direct and star in a dramatic imagining of Oscar Wilde’s untimely demise.

Damsel – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

In their first feature-length directorial team-up, David and Nathan Zellner go west, with Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska in tow.

Isle of Dogs – first look review

By Hannah Woodhead

Wes Anderson takes audiences on a journey to Japan in his new stop-motion feature about a 12-year-old boy and his missing dog.

Black Panther

By Hannah Woodhead

Creed wunderkind Ryan Coogler takes the reigns to deliver Marvel’s best origin story since Iron Man.

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Richard Linklater wants your photos of 1960s Houston for his new film

By Hannah Woodhead

The Texan filmmaker is returning to his old stomping ground for a drama about the Apollo 11 mission.

Michael Haneke’s next project will be a dystopian television show

By Hannah Woodhead

The Austrian master is set to make his small screen debut with a 10-part English-language drama.

A B&B in Glasgow is showing Groundhog Day every day for a fortnight

By Hannah Woodhead

Harold Ramis’ 1993 comedy bears repeating as part of the 2018 Glasgow Film Festival.

The absurd brilliance of Chicken Run

By Hannah Woodhead

18 years since its release, Aardman Animations’ first feature-length film is still poultry in motion.

Beyond Infinity: Lee Unkrich on the past, present and future of Pixar

By Hannah Woodhead

The co-director of Toy Story 2 and 3, Finding Nemo and Coco reflects on his two decades at the animation studio.

VOD has changed the way we watch movies. So what now?

By Hannah Woodhead

As streaming platforms vie with major film studios for viewers’ attention, great work is at risk of being lost in the content ether.

All the Money in the World

By Hannah Woodhead

Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg battle the might of an unfeeling empire in Ridley Scott’s latest.

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30 TV shows to look forward to in 2018

By Hannah Woodhead

From Black America to The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, these are the small screen gems headed your way in 2018.

The 20 best new TV shows of 2017

By Hannah Woodhead

From American Gods to GLOW, we take a look at the brightest stars to grace the small screen this year.

Pitch Perfect 3

By Hannah Woodhead

The final film in Kay Cannon’s trilogy about a group of singing friends is more awk-apella than a cappella.

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

By Hannah Woodhead

Dwayne Johnson and co enter a virtual wilderness in the ’90s reboot nobody asked for.

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Shot Caller

By Hannah Woodhead

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau does hard time in Ric Roman Waugh’s woefully misjudged prison drama.

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Watch the first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris

By Hannah Woodhead

All aboard for the true story of a terrorist plot on a train – starring the men who actually lived it.

The 20 best film posters of 2017

By Hannah Woodhead

From Lady Bird to Logan, Baby Driver to The Beguiled, we look back on another year of movie marketing mastery.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

By Hannah Woodhead

Rian Johnson serves up the most spectacular, emotional and weirdest Star Wars film to date.

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The Disaster Artist

By Hannah Woodhead

It’s a Franco bros two-for-one in this madcap making-of yarn about Tommy Wiseau’s The Room.

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A 35mm Paul Thomas Anderson tour is coming to a cinema near you

By Hannah Woodhead

Experience some primo PTA on celluloid with screenings of Magnolia, There Will be Blood and more.

Isle of Dogs to open the 2018 Berlin Film Festival

By Hannah Woodhead

Wes Anderson and his canine crew are headed to the 68th Berlinale.

Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter is a pint-sized delight

By Hannah Woodhead

Studio Ghibli take their unique brand of anime magic to the small screen.

Christmas gift ideas for film lovers

By Hannah Woodhead

Put down the gift vouchers and step away from the socks, it’s time for our annual festive gift guide.

Tarantino’s ninth feature will be set in the summer of ’69

By Hannah Woodhead

It’s back to LA for QT as the writer/director’s next project begins to take shape.

Network at the National Theatre: taking the screen to the stage

By Hannah Woodhead

As Sidney Lumet’s seminal ’70s satire makes its way to the theatre, we ask is it just a load of sound and fury?

Justice League

By Hannah Woodhead

The latest film off the DC production line sees Batman and co team up to fight an ancient evil force, with underwhelming results.

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Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are eying a Lethal Weapon comeback

By Hannah Woodhead

Turns out they’re not too old for this sh*t after all...

What Sofia Coppola’s films taught me about being a teenage girl

By Hannah Woodhead

The Lisbon sisters helped me to understand my own awkward coming of age.

How Wes Anderson’s families helped me recover from the breakdown of my own

By Hannah Woodhead

The Whitmans, the Tenenbaums and others lifted my spirits at a time when it seemed nothing could.

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