Posts in "Features"

Aquarius

Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho Starring Sonia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos, Humberto Carrão, Zoraide Coleto and Fernando Teixeira In UK Cinemas March 24th, 2017 by Joanna Orland The story of Aquarius is sadly a familiar one in today’s society. A fiercely independent widow who survived a debilitating breast cancer in her youth, Clara (Sonia […]

The Lost City of Z

Directed by James Gray Starring Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller and Tom Holland In UK Cinemas March 24th, 2017 by Joanna Orland The story of British explorer Percy Fawcett has captured the public’s imagination since his mysterious disappearance in the Amazonian jungle in 1925, as he searched for what he believed to be a […]

T2 Trainspotting

Directed by Danny Boyle Starring Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle In US Cinemas March 17th, 2017 by Joanna Orland “Nostalgia, that’s why you’re here. You’re a tourist in your own youth,”says Sick Boy to Renton, although he may as well have been speaking directly to the audience. After 21 years […]

The Salesman (Forushande)

Directed by Asghar Farhadi Starring Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi, Mina Sadati, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini and Shirin Aghakashi In UK Cinemas March 17th, 2017 by Richard Hamer The Salesman arrives in the UK newly flushed with Oscar success, the second Academy Award for writer-director Asghar Farhadi. It’s a drama of failing relationships – typical […]

Personal Shopper

Directed by Olivier Assayas Starring Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie, Ty Olwin and Hammou Graïa In UK Cinemas March 17th, 2017 by Joanna Orland Personal Shopper was notoriously booed at its 2016 Cannes Film Festival premiere, yet went on to garner accolades from many well-respected critics and even won a Palme […]

The Fits

Directed by Anna Rose Holmer Starring Royalty Hightower Available on Digital Download March 13th and on DVD March 20th, 2017 by Joanna Orland The Fits is much more of an allegory than a plot-driven movie. Slow and somewhat abstract in nature with very little dialogue in the foreground, the film follows 11-year-old Toni (Hightower) as […]

Certain Women

Directed by Kelly Reichardt Starring Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, Lily Gladstone, James Le Gros and Jared Harris In UK Cinemas March 3rd, 2017 by Joanna Orland Kelly Reichardt’s minimalist directorial style hasn’t noticeably evolved across such films including Wendy and Lucy and the less affective Night Moves (these being the only two other […]

Elle

Directed by Paul Verhoeven Starring Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte and Anne Consigny In UK Cinemas March 10th, 2017 by Richard Hamer You come to Elle with certain assurances of its quality: Dozens of awards for both the movie and its lead, Isabelle Huppert. It’s Palme d’Or nominated and, most recently, Golden Globe winning. And yet, […]

Berlinale 2017

Berlinale February 9th-19th, 2017 Berlin, Germany Introduction by Joanna Orland Film reviews by Laura Patricia Jones The 67th Berlin International Film Festival descended upon the German capital bringing with it a host of celebrities, industry members, films and its reputation as the world’s biggest public festival with a total of 334,471 tickets sold. This year’s […]

John Wick: Chapter 2

Directed by Chad Stahelski Starring Keanu Reeves, Common, Riccardo Scamarcio, Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Bridget Moynahan, Lance Reddick, Franco Nero, John Leguizamo, and Ian McShane In UK Cinemas February 17th, 2017 with previews on Valentine’s Day by Richard Hamer John Wick: Chapter 2 presents the perfect sequel: The well-choreographed action, the outlandish world-building, the silly […]