Posts by Rogan Graham

The Bikeriders review – a slow but enveloping saga

By Rogan Graham

Jeff Nichols' drama based on Danny Lyon’s photobook about a 1960s Chicago motorcycle gang finally cruises into cinemas.

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Back to Black review – a pointlessly cruel hash of Amy’s life

By Rogan Graham

This miserable biopic claims to celebrate the life and music of Amy Winehouse, but instead serves as a ghoulish encapsulation of everything wrong with the music industry and fame machine.

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Daniel Kaluuya and Kibwe Tavares: ‘Gentrification is hard to dramatise’

By Rogan Graham

Old pals and creative collaborators Daniel Kaluuya and Kibwe Tavares team up to present their vision of a near future where London's last social housing estate stands up against the oppressive regime.

The Kitchen review – vindicating and explosive

By Rogan Graham

Daniel Kaluuya and Kibwe Tavares' feature debut is a kinetic, prescient thriller about gentrification and isolation in a near-future version of London.

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The bleak, blistering end of Bill Hader’s Barry

By Rogan Graham

The black comedy series about a hitman pursuing an acting career ended with bloodshed and a damning appraisal of the true crime industrial complex.

Chinonye Chukwu: ‘I felt that the camera cannot be a voyeuristic lens’

By Rogan Graham

The director of Till speaks about the challenges of portraying a traumatic piece of American Black history on screen.

Till

By Rogan Graham

Chinonye Chukwu directs a magnificent Danielle Deadwyler and Jalyn Hall as they play Emmett Till and his grieving mother, Mamie.

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The Woman King

By Rogan Graham

Gina Prince-Bythewood delivers her masterpiece in this quietly radical action epic with a stunning lead turn from Viola Davis.

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Nope

By Rogan Graham

A brother and sister attempt to record proof of extra-terrestrial life in Jordan Peele’s ambitious, expertly-crafted blockbuster.

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Marry Me

By Rogan Graham

Easily digestible hunk of rom-com fluff with Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson doing the mismatched couple thing.

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Lingui, the Sacred Bonds

By Rogan Graham

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s powerful drama is a poignant ode to a subtly complex vision of feminine solidarity.

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Jeymes Samuel: ‘Movie westerns have lied to us our whole lives’

By Rogan Graham

The singer-songwriter known as The Bullitts slinks into the role of filmmaker with his super fun revisionist western, The Harder They Fall.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

By Rogan Graham

This bloated reboot of the hit ’90s cartoon crossover is little more than a cynical exercise in brand synergy.

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The Underground Railroad is a revelatory telling of a complex tale

By Rogan Graham

Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winner is a nuanced small-screen masterwork.

MLK/FBI

By Rogan Graham

Based on newly declassified transcripts, this documentary charts the US government’s harassment of the civil rights leader.

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Alex Wheatle

By Rogan Graham

The striking fourth episode in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology depicts the difficult blossoming of an artist.

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Mangrove

By Rogan Graham

Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology kicks off with this searing court room drama about the Mangrove Nine trial.

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Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

By Rogan Graham

One woman’s obsession with recording the TV news becomes a fascinating visual chronicle of modern history.

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Mangrove – first-look review

By Rogan Graham

Steve McQueen’s film about the Mangrove Nine trial is a masterful evocation of political determination.

Channing Godfrey Peoples: ‘I’ve always been fascinated with lineage’

By Rogan Graham

Don’t be fooled by the surface-level frivolity of Miss Juneteenth says its canny, thoughtful director.

Rocks

By Rogan Graham

Sarah Gavron gives the coming-of-age drama a vital shot in the arm with a film of rare empathy and joy.

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Clemency

By Rogan Graham

An astonishing, intense performance from Alfre Woodard carries this sombre, powerful death row drama.

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Phoenix

By Rogan Graham

A stirring and stark portrait of a family in crisis from Norwegian director Camilla Strøm Henriksen.

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