Film & TV reviews

Review: Small Axe hews heavy beams

Review of Mangrove, first film in Steve McQueens Small Axe series.

Jeremy Dewar  ·  25 November 2020

Review: Spitting Image and the death of British satire

Punch up, not down.

Rob Schofield  ·  14 November 2020

Blue Story: a tale of love and death

Review of Blue Story, directed by Rapman (Andrew Onwubolu) A low-budget debut film made by British hip-hop artist Rapman has hit the news for all the wrong reasons.

Jeremy Dewar  ·  01 December 2019

Film Review: In The Intense Now (No Intenso Agora)

João Moreira Salles’ thoughtful cinematic essay No Intenso Agora begins with Charles de Gaulle’s address to France on New Year’s Day 1968. A warm, almost grandfatherly figure, de Gaulle comments with palpable irony that although “the future is difficult to predict” he is pleased by the “happy, peaceful outlook that 1968 offers upon the nation”. […]

Rob Schofield  ·  01 June 2018

The Wrong Reflections – Black Mirror Series 4 Review

Does Charlie Brooker's latest effort hold a mirror up to the real threat?

Rob Schofield  ·  22 January 2018

Detroit ’67: a study in terror and tension

Review of Kathryn Bigelow's recreation of one night at the Algiers Motel in 1967

Red Flag  ·  19 October 2017

Film Review: High-Rise

By Jeremy Dewar A 1975 apartment block plays host to Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of the eponymous JG Ballard novel, which portrays what antihero psychologist Robert Laing terms “a future that has already happened”. The film descends into an orgy of sex and violence, the context for an allegorical critique of class society. As you might […]

Red Flag  ·  17 April 2016

Review of “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”

The images of the Black Panthers – black berets and leather jackets, afros, guns, the pouncing panther – and their enduring inspiration are so great that it’s hard to believe that this is only the second full length film documenting their rise and fall. However, it is well worth the wait. The footage and interviews […]

Jeremy Dewar  ·  08 November 2015

Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

“There is a mole at the top of the circus…” THESE WORDS open up a well made and tense thriller, directed by  Tomas Alfredson. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, now remade as a historical drama piece, speaks of a different time but captures well the tensions of the spy world in the mid-1970s. Through a series of […]

Red Flag  ·  27 September 2011

Review: Attack the Block – when aliens invade south London

Directed by Joe Cornish

Jeremy Dewar  ·  30 May 2011

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