REVIEW: Halloween Kills

The only thing shocking in Halloween Kills is that it came from same creative team behind Halloween (2018).

It’s Halloween night, 2018, and Laurie Strode’s home is ablaze. She (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer), and granddaughter Alison (Andi Matichak) are blooded and traumatised, but alive.…

REVIEW: The Lost Daughter (London Film Festival 2021)

The Lost Daughter is an honest and assured psychological study of what it means to be, or not to be, a parent.

Leda (Olivia Colman) is a middle-aged literary professor on a solitary summer holiday in Italy. Her contentment, lying on the beach, marking her papers, is disrupted by the arrival of a large, brash American family, who lay their claim to the beach.…

REVIEW: The Phantom of the Open (London Film Festival 2021)

The Phantom of the Open is the ultimate underdog story – insofar as dogs don’t come much more under than Maurice Flitcroft. Eddie the Eagle looks positively overqualified by comparison.

Maurice (winningly playedby Mark Rylance) is a middle-aged crane driver in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, who has deferred his dreams for the sake of his family.…

REVIEW: The Power of the Dog (London Film Festival 2021)

Jane Campion return to filmmaking after a twelve-year hiatus with a composed yet striking rumination on masculinity and repression.

The second Netflix western of the festival, The Power of the Dog starts as a tale of two brothers – the plump, well-scrubbed George (Jesse Plemons, an undemonstrative Newfoundland dog) and the lean, raw-boned Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch, a sharp-eyed Border Collie) – who run a large ranch in Montana circa 1925.…

REVIEW: Last Night in Soho (London Film Festival 2021)

Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho is both a love letter to the allure of the Swinging Sixties and a cautionary tale about the corruption beneath.

When Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie) moves to London to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer, she’s unprepared for life in student accommodation.…

REVIEW: Spencer (London Film Festival 2021)

In his latest film, Pablo Larraín continues to play out our fascination with private lives and public personas.

Spencer gives us a woman on the verge of a breakdown during one final, terrible Christmas with her forbidding in-laws. It just so happens that the woman is Diana, Princess of Wales, and the in-laws are the British Royal Family.…

REVIEW: The Harder They Fall (London Film Festival 2021)

The opening gala of this year’s London Film Festival, The Harder They Fall is a classic Spaghetti Western with a few incendiary extra ingredients: all-star cast, stylised violence, pounding bass.

The feature debut of writer-director Jeymes Samuel, the film recasts historical figures from the Old West as combatants in a bloody, stylised tale of revenge.…

PODCAST: No Time to Die [Movie RobCast]

Episode 127 of The Movie Robcast is a license to thrill affair.

With No Time to Die finally released in cinemas, Robs Daniel & Wallis can let loose their opinions of Daniel Craig’s final 007 outing.

Unsurprisingly, they have plenty to talk about.…

PODCAST: London Film Festival 2021 Preview [Movie RobCast]

Episode 126 of The Movie Robcast previews this year’s BFI London Film Festival.

Back in cinemas after a largely digital outing in 2020 for obvious reasons, the festival this year offers its typically vast range of movies (and TV series) from around the globe.…