Author Archives: Sam Sewell-Peterson

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.

Six Decades of Spielberg

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Review in Brief: Barbarian (2022)

No other 2022 horror was as pleasantly (or unpleasantly) surprising as BARBARIAN. You think you’ve got an idea of how far Zach Cregger’s film is going to go and which formulaic horror beats it’ll hit as soon as Tess (Georgina … Continue reading

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Looking Back and Looking Forward: 2022

Cinema is back, but sadly not with a vengeance. The world is changed irrevocably and big screen film exhibition continues to struggle. While I try not to be too downbeat in my yearly roundup, I am worried about the future … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Something in the Dirt (2022)

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s follow-up to the weird THE ENDLESS and the (slightly) more mainstream SYNCHRONIC is another low-key, cerebral sci-fi, this time filmed mostly in Moorhead’s own LA apartment out of Lockdown necessity. Two new neighbours discover a … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Pearl (2022)

X was a huge surprise horror hit earlier in 2022, so when the news dropped that director Ti West and star Mia Goth had simultaneously shot a prequel movie in secret, fans were eager to see what came next (or … Continue reading

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10 Best Films 2022

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Review in Brief: Living (2022)

How can you improve on a classic from a master? You lean into the period detail, come at it from a new cultural perspective and make the meditation on mortality even sadder. Based on Akira Kurosawa’s IKIRU, Oliver Hermanus’ (director … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)

In Martin McDonagh’s latest dark fable, friends become separable on an island off Ireland small enough to not be able to avoid each other. Day after day Pádraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson) meet at the pub and chatter … Continue reading

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‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ at 85 – Review

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Review in Brief: Aftersun (2022)

Charlotte Wells is a filmmaker unafraid to let a scene play out, to hold exactly as long as is required. AFTERSUN follows 31 year-old divorced dad Calum (Paul Mescal, sensational) and his daughter Sophie (Frankie Corio, an instant star), both … Continue reading

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