Category Archives: Review in Brief

Review in Brief: Petite Maman (2021)

Céline Sciama’s latest film PETITE MAMAN is an absolute delight, a gentle little exploration of family, friendship and grief. Ever wondered if you’d get along with your parents if you could meet them when they were children? Young Nelly gets … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Matrix Resurrections (2021)

Well this is about as good as a really meta belated follow-up to THE MATRIX was ever going to be, which given Lana Wachowski’s return to direct the project means, pretty damn good. Decades after the events of the Matrix … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Souvenir: Part II (2021)

Not many indie films get sequels, but Joanna Hogg’s semi-autobiographical drama following grieving film student Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) was a story that demanded continuation. It’s a compelling tale that will make a profound emotional connection with many, and many … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

Despite a few laboured franchise references and a script that’s not always firing on all cylinders, SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME serves as a crowd-pleasing and fittingly ambitious third part of the Jon Watts/Tom Holland trilogy. Peter’s (Holland) secret identity has … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Limbo (2020/21)

Black comic immigration drama LIMBO couldn’t have a better backdrop than the Outer Hebrides in Scotland, literally removing displaced people from the rest of the world and placing them in a state of purgatory. Syrian musician Omar (Amir El-Masry) and … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Passing (2021)

PASSING, following former childhood friends Irene (Tessa Thompson) and Claire (Ruth Nega), two African-American women living very different lives in 1920s New York, highlights a number of interesting debates about being black in this period of American history. If you … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Titane (2021)

TITANE, isn’t that the car-f***ing movie? Yes, and so much more. Writer-director Julia Ducornau (RAW) has, within five years, unleashed on the world two of the most transcendent, bold and both warm and messed up films of the 21st century … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Jungle Cruise (2021)

There’s a ridiculous moment in Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE where the Rock is using a wrestling move to pin a jaguar between a scrapping scorpion and a tarantula – that’s probably the highlight. Muddy action, inane comic exchanges and bad slapstick … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Last Night in Soho (2021)

Edgar Wright’s latest is another dazzling, musically-lead genre cocktail that might not feel quite as singular as BABY DRIVER but still demonstrates that he is the best there is at this sort of thing. Thomasin McKenzie is Eloise, a fashion … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Old (2021)

OLD is the kind of movie that makes you wonder, was M Night Shyamalan ever that good? The film follows several families trapped on an inescapable beech where time passes at such a rapid rate that children become adults in … Continue reading

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