Bergman Island – Review

by Chris Connor The cinematic legacy of Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman is close to unparalleled in World Cinema, Bergman’s name is of course synonymous with the likes of The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Persona, and Fanny and Alexander. The latest film from Mia Hansen-Løve, Bergman Island, uses the legacy of Bergman as a central focus, depicting a filmmaking married couple as they journey to Bergman’s … Continue reading Bergman Island – Review

Spider-Man: No Way Home – Review

by Sarah Cook Marvel is pretty much a spider at the centre of a web, growing ever bigger and ever more complex. It is all about weaving a story that is both engaging and exciting for both hardcore fans and general cinemagoers. The audience – us – are just the flies, ready to be gobbled up by the studio and their superhero stories. And boy, … Continue reading Spider-Man: No Way Home – Review

Encounter – Review

The opening minutes of Encounter prepare you for a science-fiction adventure. A meteor hurtling through space enters the Earth’s atmosphere and casts a streak of light over a suburban American town. Like a latter-day Roy Neary, the protagonist of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, former marine Malik Khan (the ever-watchable Riz Ahmed) is on a singular mission: to take his two young … Continue reading Encounter – Review

The Man Who Sold His Skin – Review

There is a wonderful visual joke early in Tunisian writer-director Kaouther Ben Hania’s sophomore feature, The Man Who Sold His Skin. A truck filled with check-patterned laundry bags pulls up and out climbs man-on-the-run Sam Ali (Yahya Mahayni) wearing a shirt with the same pattern. For a brief moment I was transported back to the ZAZ (Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker) comedies of the 1980s, Airplane, Top Secret and … Continue reading The Man Who Sold His Skin – Review

The Surrogate – Review

by Robbie Jones Jeremy Hersh’s directorial debut centres on Jessica (Jasmine Batchelor), a graphic designer for a non-profit organisation who is unhappy with her position in life. Things are turned around suddenly when her best friends Josh (Chris Perfetti) and Aaron (Sullivan Jones) ask her to be the surrogate for their child. All is going well until the 13 week mark, where the trio learn … Continue reading The Surrogate – Review