Review: Bombshell

Bombshell takes a look at the weeks surrounding the revelation of decades of sexual harassment by Fox News CEO Roger Ailes against multitudes of female employees. It’s a surprising change of pace for Meet the Fockers and The Campaign director Jay Roach but with the current appetite for true life stories of pain, politics and misery, he certainly isn’t the first to make that transition. If the director’s comedic past did make you nervous about this project, your worries are sincerely eased by its cast that includes: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Rob Delaney, Kate McKinnon, Mark Duplass and Allison Janney. Continue reading “Review: Bombshell”

Review: Moffie

For anyone not familiar, Moffie is a derogatory term for a gay man, hitting the nail on the head for a film that follows two gay men who attempt to hide their sexuality in 1980’s South Africa where it’s illegal, at the same time as being conscripted into the military to defend apartheid. Written and directed by Oliver Hermanus, co-written with Jack Sidey, starring: Kai Luke Brummer, Ryan de Villiers, Matthew Vey and Stefan Vermaak. Continue reading “Review: Moffie”

Review: Knives Out

Before Rian Johnson became Mr. Last Jedi, he made the wonderful indie movies that are The Brothers Bloom and Brick and while he might not be returning to that arena any time soon, Knives Out feels like a good compromise between fanboy blockbuster and indie. A good old fashioned murder mystery is the name of this game, renowned detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is drafted in to help find out what really happened to famous author Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) and with a family like his, there’s plenty of suspects. Potentially one of the best ensemble casts of 2019, the film also features: Ana de Armas, Toni Collette, Chris Evans, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stansfield, Jaeden Martell and Katherine Langford. Continue reading “Review: Knives Out”

Review: Babyteeth

Most people will know Eliza Scanlen from her scene stealing turn on Sharp Objects or maybe even from the early reactions praising her performance in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women and most will know Ben Mendelsohn from his Star Wars and Marvel roles but they’re back on team indie this time around in Shannon Murphy’s directorial debut. Babyteeth follows two parents and their seriously ill teenage daughter, who get their lives shaken up when she falls for a small time drug dealer.   Continue reading “Review: Babyteeth”

Review: Rare Beasts

The directorial debut of Billie Piper follows Mandy, a modern woman in a crisis. Raising a son in the midst of a female revolution, mining the pain of her parents separation and professionally writing about a love that no longer exists, she falls upon a troubled man, Pete, who’s searching for a sense of worth, belonging and ‘restored’ male identity. Starring: Leo Bill, Kerry Fox, Toby Woolf and David Thewlis. Continue reading “Review: Rare Beasts”

Review: Jojo Rabbit

This film hasn’t had an official release yet but it’s festival run has divided viewers, it was a heady topic for Taika Waititi to take on but he isn’t afraid of a challenge. Jojo Rabbit follows a young boy, dedicated to the Nazi cause, whose imaginary best friend is Hitler but finds out that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home. Starring: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Alfie Allen, Rebel Wilson, Archie Yates, Stephen Merchant and of course, Taika Waititi himself as Hitler. Continue reading “Review: Jojo Rabbit”

Review: Seberg

In the late 1960s Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart) was targeted by Hoover’s FBI, because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie), dramatically changing her life. Directed by Benedict Andrews (Una) and written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, with Jack O’Connell, Zazie Beetz, Vince Vaughan and Margaret Qualley. Continue reading “Review: Seberg”