Friday, January 20

Lost in London Live


Disclaimer: This review is based on the live broadcast of the film shoot. For more information click here.

Director: Woody Harrelson

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6338476

Review: A genuinely impressive feat that managed to charm through its unpolished nature with a compelling story and real fun.

Watch it if: You're interested in cinematic experiments, but also entertaining ones.

And if you liked: Night on Earth, Birdman, Festen

Saturday, January 14

Split

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4972582

Review: Earns its reveals as it goes with a manic tone and a good deal of fun.

Watch it if: You're ok with a film absolutely running with bonkers ideas.

And if you liked: Friday the 13th, The Visit, Unbreakable

Silence

Director: Martin Scorsese

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0490215

Review: Too long but still delivers strong tension and character with a clear sense of tone.

Watch it if: You're interested in films exploring the theme of faith.

And if you liked: Aguirre, The Wrath of God, Apocalypto, There Will Be Blood, Rescue Dawn

Check this out: Silence

Moonlight

Director: Barry Jenkins

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4975722

Review: Sensitive and sweet with a clear insight into its material and some seriously stunning performances.

Watch it if: You're interested in something that can be confrontational without being aggressive.

And if you liked: Short Term 12, Elephant

Wednesday, January 11

Mascots

Director: Christopher Guest

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4936176

Review: Irreverent and light with plenty of hard, heavy laughs throughout.

Watch it if: You enjoy Christopher Guest movies.

And if you liked: Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, Pitch Perfect

Monday, January 9

La La Land

Director: Damien Chazelle

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3783958

Review: Light and with a few issues but charms its way in through some genuine heart and charismatic performances.

Watch it if: You like optimistic movies about art.

And if you liked: The Artist, Singin' in the Rain

Sunday, December 25

A Christmas Carol (2009)

Director: Robert Zemeckis

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1067106

Review: When it uses restraint it has some nice ideas and poignant moments taken seriously but too often resorts to overcooked action sequences.

Watch it if: You're interested in motion capture technology.

And if you liked: Bolt, Happy Feet

Friday, December 16

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Director: Gareth Edwards

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3748528

Review: A few huge missteps that really jar the film as it goes but holds together reasonably well with some refreshingly new perspectives and compelling characters.

Watch it if: You like... Star Wars?

And if you liked: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Godzilla (2014)

Sunday, December 11

The Da Vinci Code

Director: Ron Howard

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0382625

Review: Baffling and goofy with a nonsensical plot and no real grounding in its stakes.

Watch it if: You're fine with complete silliness.

And if you liked: Sherlock Holmes (2009), Now You See Me 2

Check this out: The Da Vinci Code

Saturday, December 10

Nocturnal Animals

Director: Tom Ford

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4550098

Review: Not entirely clear in its point but brings some interesting aspects and some impressive performances.

Watch it if: You can handle some unsettling tension.

And if you liked: Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, Martha Marcy May Marlene

Check this out: Tony and Susan