Ben Is Back (2018)

Have you noticed the close run battle that is currently going on in the younger generation of up and coming leading men in Hollywood? I’m talking, of course, about the similar career trajectories of Timothée Chalamet and Lucas Hedges. The two actors have both tried their hand at coming of age same sex themed stories…

The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

More than any other period in the cinematic calendar, the few months following the Oscars is absolutely the strangest time when it comes to movie releases. Not only are the theatres more full of foreign language films and unheralded indies than in the summer, autumn or winter, in the UK especially, we are treated to…

Fighting With My Family (2019)

It can sometimes feel like a dirty secret as a near thirty year old, but the truth is that, for a time during my younger years, I was a huge fan of the then WWF. Names like The Rock, Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Chyna, they all hold a place in my heart, but…

On The Basis Of Sex (2018)

If you ever needed something to remind you that the Internet can on occasion be a great and wonderful place, just take a look at the way that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been risen to superhero, cult status in the last few years. A long time figure in American politics and law, Ginsburg has officially…

A Private War (2018)

I don’t know about you, but I have always found the process of watching the news to be a very dissociative one. Coming of age in the aftermath of things like 9/11, the majority of foreign reporting and correspondence has long been a deluge of tragic, horrifying scenes that feel a million miles away from…

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

If there is one thing I know about Barry Jenkins, it is that he is a filmmaker with an incredible talent for bringing nuanced, delicate and different portrayals of the black experience to the big and small screen. From the Best Picture Academy Award winning Moonlight to an episode of Netflix’s excellent Dear White People,…

Boy Erased (2018)

You know how the world of cinema tends to offer up conveniently timed little series of films that, although not directly related, seem to share a sensibility and companionship in terms of theme and subject matter? Well, the tail end of 2018 going in to 2019 offered once such series up in the shape of…