Midnight Mass is a thrilling tribute to Stephen King’s literary legacy

Whether or not you engage with Midnight Mass may come down to whether you enjoy characters, for no particular reason, staring into the middle distance and giving long, uninterrupted reflections about the unjust treatment of 19th-century Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis or the fast-tracking of Muslim police officers post 9/11. There are dual focusses, addiction being at the fore for the first half of the season and religious zealotry taking over after that. Instead, he introduces a familiar mythology and makes it clear by the halfway point of the series where…

The Alpinist

Enjoyment. Enter Marc-André Leclerc, a low-profile, camera-shy twentysomething whose humility brings a more grounded perspective. It’s a refreshing alternative to the aforementioned trio of films, which are too eager to put their maverick protagonists on a pedestal. All are packed with incredible camerawork, documenting some truly exhilarating athletic feats – yet it seems that the main agenda of these films is to romanticise the allure of the solo climber and his rugged individualism. Ultimately, however, it’s the enigma of Marc-André that makes this such a compelling documentary. How many stressful…

Full of sound and fury, the first trailer for The Tragedy of Macbeth is here

Published 21 Sep 2021 Share this The film’s world premiere at the New York Film Festival this Friday fast approaches, and curious parties in the UK won’t have to wait too much longer either, with a closing-night slot at the BFI London Film Festival scheduled for 17 October. The Tragedy of Macbeth comes to US cinemas on 25 December, then streams via Apple TV on 14 January, 2022. Those of you who haven’t immediately clicked out of this window in a fit of justified, completely understandable rage can join us…

The Many Saints of Newark

Newark finds itself a city divided in the 1970s, with racial tensions flaring between Black and white residents – in particular the DiMeo crime family. The Many Saints of Newark Review by Hannah Strong @thethirdhan Share this Directed by Alan Taylor Starring Alessandro Nivola Jon Bernthal Leslie Odom Jr Michael Gandolfini Anticipation. It’s an obvious attempt to mirror Tony’s future relationship with Dickie’s son Christopher Moltisanti, whom he mentored throughout The Sopranos, but it’s heavy-handed and lacks the tragic grace of the television show. It’s undoubtedly a handsome cast, but…

40 years on, Southern Comfort remains a punishing study of male violence

He is intelligent, a professional chemical engineer, faithful to his wife, and scornful of the toxic posturing that surrounds him. Discipline is poor, with passive-aggressive teasing taking the place of camaraderie. Unlike Deliverance, however, the locals of Southern Comfort are not portrayed as inbred villains. Though handy with a knife, Hardin’s character subverts many of the cliches expected from the role. Although they are their fellow Americans, the soldiers consider the Cajuns to be alien and inferior, raising pertinent questions as to who really ‘owns’ a nationality, and the costs…