Ninjababy

Despite its obvious similarities to Juno, however, this film offers a refreshing interpretation of a familiar premise, with a new kind of empathy for female bodily autonomy. One sketch sequence reads, ‘5 THINGS RAKEL WANTS TO BE. Published 9 Sep 2021 Share this Kristine Kujath Thorp delivers a playful performance in a film that doesn’t skimp on the big questions of life. BEER TASTER. ASTRONAUT. In Retrospect. The title character and the ubiquitousness of this extra layer of animation, in an otherwise live-action film, are tasteful additions that create a…

Herself

In Herself, largely unknown performers take centre stage, led by Lloyd’s fearless co-writer Clare Dunne as the central character, Sandra. Devastating but never manipulative with its hard-hitting plot. Dunne approaches Sandra’s story from a matter-of-fact point of view, showing how for many victims of abuse reflection is a luxury they simply can not afford, not to mention how the systems put in place to protect such people often fail them. Reform of women’s rights to ensure better protection from violence is essential; Lloyd’s unfailingly compassionate film highlights this while managing…

Christopher Nolan’s next film will recount the birth of the atomic bomb

Robert Oppenheimer inventing the A-bomb. In any case, Nolan’s one of the few filmmakers left capable of wide-opening a movie on his name alone, and any studio worth their salts will be all to happy to pay big money for the chance to do just that. Sounds perfectly plausible, seeing as Murphy has appeared in five of Nolan’s film prior to this point – the nefarious Scarecrow in all three Batman pictures, the businessman getting incepted in Inception, and a nameless soldier in Dunkirk. The Deadline item states that “the…

Dear Evan Hansen – first-look review

A choice whose wrongness should have been obvious on sight alone – or a screen test at the very least – but only gets worse given the style of performance. It’s not just Platt’s appearance in the film, rightly mocked when the trailer dropped for looking, generously, a bit too old to be a high-schooler. Costumed like a geeky middle-schooler from the ’80s in a manner only a Broadway audience could find convincing, Platt attempts to appear teenaged and awkward in outright theatrical style, hunching his back, clutching his limbs,…

The Last Duel – first-look review

The Last Duel – first-look review Appealing turns from Ben Affleck and Jodie Comer can’t save Ridley Scott’s bloated historical swashbuckler.It was only two years ago that David Michôd’s historical war film The King arrived at the Venice Film Festival to bless us all with the unhinged madness of Robert Pattinson’s performance as the Dauphin of France. And, as we leave Scott’s cleverly crafted yet empty extravaganza, the words feel as truthful then as they feel now. Set in the feudalistic society of the 14th century, the film is split…