Film & TV reviews

Mr Bates vs the Post Office: A great British scandal

Review of the tv series that exposed the Horizon scandal.

Jeremy Dewar  ·  17 January 2024

Small Axe hews heavy beams

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

Jeremy Dewar  ·  25 November 2020

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

Workers Power  ·  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 […]

Workers Power  ·  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

Orgreave: Reliving a crucial battle of the working class

Joy Macready reviews The Battle of Orgreave (2002) IN 2001, Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller orchestrated a re-enactment of the Battle of Orgreave, one of the most violent confrontations of the Great Miners’ Strike. More than 800 people took part, many of them former miners, reliving events that they themselves took part in. The […]

Workers Power  ·  16 March 2012

Taking the red pill – Marx Reloaded review

Simon Hardy reviews Marx Reloaded by Jason Barker (2011) MARX IS back, but are his ideas still relevant? That is the basic theme of this documentary by Jason Barker. Having a documentary about Marx with such luminaries as Slavoj Žižek, Antonio Negri, and Nina Power is certainly worthwhile if it gets these ideas back into a wider audience. […]

Workers Power  ·  16 March 2012

Review: Ides of March

By Joana Ramiro THE IDES of March could not come at a more politically appropriate time, for this is a story about the credibility of politics and the struggle between principled idealists and the realities of bourgeois democratic. Sitting in his director’s chair, George Clooney delivers an albeit mild exposé of political campaigning, performing a […]

Workers Power  ·  07 November 2011

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 […]

Workers Power  ·  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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