George MacKay: ‘I find the development of morality fascinating’

“Therefore, you can unpick ideas in a way that you can’t with something that is happening right now. At what point do you step in, if something hasn’t happened yet and if you can’t efficiently legitimise your actions purely on just a feeling?” These pressing political themes give Munich: The Edge of War its modern sensibility, something that is expressed in MacKay’s performance of idealistic, if misguided, youthful energy. Is it personal day-to-day change? It’s a strange confession to hear from an early-career actor in an industry that awards showy…

Belfast

In an effort to create a crowd-pleasing story of youthful exuberance in the face of adversity, the director seems afraid to think big, and Belfast suffers for it. Share this Share this Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical drama about The Troubles is undermined by its depthless and apolitical tone.After spending a few years punching out lacklustre studio blockbusters, Kenneth Branagh has opted for a more personal project in Belfast, a drama based on his own experiences growing up in the Northern Irish capital amid flaring tensions between Catholics and Protestants. Uninspired, too,…

Memory Box

Falling short, too, is any substantial interrogation of the effects of the Lebanese Civil War: for Maia, personally, or her generation as a collective. Set in present day Montreal, Maia (Rim Turki) is single mother to teenage daughter Alex (Paloma Vauthier). When a box containing Maia’s old diaries, albums and cassettes is mailed to her by an old friend – to whom she had entrusted these treasures when she fled Lebanon in the late ’80s – Alex decides to pore over her mother’s keepsakes in private. Still, there are so…

Josephine Decker pivots to YA lite in the trailer for The Sky Is Everywhere

While it’s easy to see this teamup with A24 and Apple TV as the latter half of the “one for me, one for them” paradigm for Decker, there’s no reason to assume she won’t bring the sum total of her talents to bear on this job, kid stuff as it might appear. All the while, her journey takes metaphorical form in music, as the clarinetist tries to regain the joy required to make her art. Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share this Though she’s primarily known for…

Claire Denis, Peter Strickland and Andrew Dominik will present new films at the 2022 Berlin Film Festival

After a virtual festival in 2021, it’s no surprise the team are keen to get back to the cinema – and they’ve secured an intriguing line-up full of familiar names as well as some new faces. As if that wasn’t enough, a new Lucretia Martel short, entitled North Terminal, will also premiere. Special presentations will include Quentin Dupieux’s Incredible But True, Imitation Game director Graham Moore’s The Outfit, and Dario Argento’s first directorial effort in 10 years, Dark Glasses. Perhaps the most high profile title in the competition is Claire…

A Journal for Jordan

We then see the couple fall in love, cope with the strain of distance, along with how Dana learns to cope with the emptiness caused by her beloved’s untimely death. Denzel set the bar high after successfully bringing a Pulitzer Prize-winning play to screen. A Journal for Jordan Review by Marina Ashioti Share this Directed by Denzel Washington Starring Chanté Adams Michael B Jordan Anticipation. Solely relying on Dana’s subjective and romanticised memories, it makes sense that the narrative would paint Charles with such idealistic brushstrokes, but by denying him…

Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road

While having lunch at a diner, he mentions offhand that he feels like he hasn’t talked to a real friend in three years, a shattering divulgence he nonetheless makes in an unaffected voice obscuring his emotion. And so the new documentary from Brent “No Relation” Wilson arrives with the promise of a more candid, intimate look at a man reluctant to bare the innermost parts of himself. It’s revealing, if only of how opaque Wilson is. After years of reclusion and instability, he’s gotten back on an even keel in…

Bong Joon-ho has lined up Robert Pattinson for his next sci-fi epic

When he dies, his body is regenerated with most of its memory intact, Mickey having already undergone this procedure six times before. Bong Joon-ho has lined up Robert Pattinson for his next sci-fi epic The new film loosely adapts Mickey7, a to-be-released novel about a clone colonizing an ice-world. Now one of the world’s foremost directorial talents, he’s returning to the Hollywood that Snowpiercer and Okja never really conquered for another English-language project on a greater scale than ever. An exclusive from Deadline broke the news that Bong will go…

See Sidney Poitier in rare behind-the-scenes photos from In the Heat of the Night

See Sidney Poitier in rare behind-the-scenes photos from In the Heat of the Night They’re part of Park Circus and MGM’s upcoming Poitier tribute, which includes screenings of the film. But they’ll have to work together if they want to bring the killer to justice, a job that gradually builds a begrudging mutual respect between the two at-odds men. Film distributor Park Circus has teamed with MGM to pay homage to Poitier’s memory in the most fitting way of all: by bringing his masterly work back to the masses. Poitier…

Nightmare Alley

A ripping, brutal yard, but maybe some of that gorgeous text needed to be subtext. The first half is filled with dusty-jewel tones, vaudevillian ghoulishness and Terrence Malick-esque landscapes. It’s a feast of a film, with architectural precision and lush texture in every shot. But some of his visual metaphors can be a little heavy-handed, as the dualities spelled out in mirror and shadow often hold for a beat too long, which becomes increasingly frustrating in a film which takes its own sweet time. His new film, Nightmare Alley, appeals…

Cicada

Enjoyment. Themes of sexual abuse and the intersections of race and sexuality are slightly embroiled in a melodramatic conflict about authenticity, but never dealt with in an overly heavy-handed manner. For an indie, Cicada has its fair share of distracting cameos. The two leads draw on autobiography and are said to bring raw, lived-in qualities to Ben and Sam. The sound design doesn’t distract from the film’s awkwardness either, with dialogue much lower in the mix compared to the sudden and loud needledrop cues. Cicada Review by Marina Ashioti Share…

Discover the trippy, transgressive pleasures of Mario Bava’s swansong

Later, when the next sequence shows Marco and Dora playing together in the garden and Dora falling supine to the ground, Marco hurls himself on top of her in a taboo imitation of Bruno’s previous sexual position (even if mother and son are fully clothed). In its uncanny ambiguities, this is more modern gothic than ripoff of The Exorcist. Shock is released on Blu-ray, in a brand new 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative, on 17 January via Arrow Home Video. The film’s status as swansong brings with…

Post a cinematic ode to your mother and win a signed Pedro Almodóvar poster

Post a cinematic ode to your mother and win a signed Pedro Almodóvar poster Celebrate Pedro Almodóvar’s astonishing new film Parallel Mothers with our latest creative competition. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. Post it on your main feed or in stories tagging @LWLies, @almodovarUK and #ParallelMothers, and the LWLies team will be judging the entries as they roll in. Published 17 Jan 2022 Share this Of the entries received before the deadline, one overall winner will be selected. Well, head over and read our rave first-look review.…

The exquisite sound of nature in the films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Its city-based scenes are expectedly human, bustling with everyday life; then Apichatpong transports the characters and the audience into the countryside with a long tracking shot filmed from the back of a car. The tale is as far fetched as they come, challenging to understand and hugely memorable. The exquisite sound of nature in the films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul The Thai master creates transportive cinema, fully utilising the auditory experience that natural spaces provide. The rurality of his films is an important, symbolic aspect, representing these themes and giving these…

Cow

Subscribe to the LWLies newsletter Published 14 Jan 2022 Share this It’s a silent portrait of life in captivity that’s radical in its simplicity as it soberly invites viewers to reckon with the feelings of a sentient, non-human other. Enjoyment. Its observational mode keeps it from being didactic or manipulative in any way, and it adopts an intimacy that evokes the deepest empathy. Her pain is as ineffable as it is expressive, gauged through a series of looks and cries that appear to convey anguish. Time, space and mobility are…