★★★★☆ The year is 1960. Bournemouth born typist Jane Goodall is 26 years old, has no academic training, and is about to start her journey to Tanzania where she will make one of the greatest leaps in scientific research. Little did she know that from that moment on, she would dedicate the rest of her […]Read more "‘Jane’: An epic tale of a woman determined to live her childhood dream"
Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s previous collaboration with Brie Larson, Short Term 12 – a powerful, personal indie film full of heart and earnest about the lives of children and their care workers at a foster facility – is one of my all-time favourite films. Naturally, when I heard the two were working on another film […]Read more "The Glass Castle"
Pixar did it again. The animation company delivers an emotional, heartfelt story about chasing dreams and family that will leave you on the verge of tears. Packed with beautifully written songs and Pixar’s trademark animation style, Coco is one of the best Pixar films in the last ten years and did wonderfully at the Academy Awards. […]Read more "Coco"
★★★☆☆ Ridley Scott’s new film tells the story of the kidnapping of young John Paul Getty III (known simply as Paul) in Rome in 1973. To today’s generation, the name Getty Oil doesn’t say much, but back in the day it came with mandatory dollar-sign-eyes. John Paul Getty Sr. was not only the richest man […]Read more "‘All the Money in the World,’ but no clear direction"
I went to see The Disaster Artist at the Gulbenkian having not seen the cult film The Room (2003). For those who don’t know, The Disaster Artist chronicles the events that took two friends on a crazy journey to create ‘a big Hollywood movie’. I had seen many clips from the original film and it […]Read more "The Disaster Artist"
★★★☆☆ In recent years there surely hasn’t been a lack of depictions of Winston Churchill. We saw him in Churchill (2017, portrayed by Brian Cox) only a couple of months ago; he appears in the ongoing TV show The Crown (2016-, played by John Lithgow); in The King’s Speech (2010) Timothy Spall took the role, […]Read more "‘Darkest Hour’: Churchill Again and the Same"
A good friend of mine had urged me to watch the Safdie Brothers’ latest, Good Time, for a while and I was keen to, for sure. It had been on my radar for a while, and I remember excitedly reading the glowing reviews from Cannes earlier in the year. But what really sold me on […]Read more "Good Time"