Hope Gap (2019)

If you checked in with me last week, you will have read all about my bamboozlement and downright frustration at Tenet. Delighted to be back at the cinema, but less than delighted at a film that, besides not being a genre that I particularly love, was borderline and inaudible and narratively impenetrable. It’s safe to…

Emma (2020)

In the world of classic authors, it’s fair to say that Jane Austen is a name that has become equally synonymous with cinema as it is with literature. From Pride And Prejudice to Sense And Sensibility to Mansfield Park, Austen’s work has proved to be a fertile ground for movie magic in the past. Published…

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

When it comes to Pokémon, let’s just say that I was the perfect age to be placed in the thick of the phenomenon. I played the Game Boy games, I collected the cards, I even owned a bunch of those blue pebbles that hardly anyone knew what to do actually do with, it was a…

The Bookshop (2017)

I’ll be honest, it was slim pickings this week. With absolutely no desire to see the Emily Blunt-less, Denis Villeneue-less, Roger Deakins-less Sicario 2: Soldado, pretty much all that was left was The Bookshop, an assuming little internationally co-produced adaptation of a 1978 novel by Penelope Fitzgerald. With the World Cup and Wimbledon taking up…

Their Finest (2016)

With films like Dunkirk, Churchill and The Zookeeper’s Wife all having been released or soon to be released, it seems like ’tis the season to be a Second World War picture. Getting in on the action too is Their Finest, a film that unlike Dunkirk or Churchill, attempts to give the audience an insight in…

Pride (2014)

As a Brit who was born in the late eighties, my early childhood was surrounded by the tail end and aftermath of the Margaret Thatcher administration, a period in modern British history that could be argued to have been the most divisive in the last fifty years. Perhaps the most defining aspect of the Thatcher years…