Review // Skate Kitchen

Initially intended to be a documentary, Skate Kitchen from director Crystal Moselle morphed into a feature film after the success of her short, That One Day. Her acclaimed project used female skaters as subjects for the commissioned ‘Miu Miu Women’s Tales’, a series which critically celebrates femininity in the 21st century. The vibrancy of real characters of the New York…

Feature // 25 Years at the Top: Pixar’s Animated Dynasty

Illustration by Thomas Durham As the curtain falls on Incredibles 2's summer dominance, we examine how Pixar has spent a quarter of a century at the top. Everyone has their favourite childhood films, not all of which are necessarily good. While nostalgia may reign supreme for the likes of Pokemon: The Movie and a future…

Review // The Miseducation of Cameron Post

In 1993, two teenage girls sneak out of their high school prom to the parking lot where, under the dim glow of Friday night lights, they fumblingly caress each other in the backseat of a car. This precious expression of adolescent romance however is juxtaposed against a preceding shot pattern of closeups of nervous hair…

Review // Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Ethan Hunt returns in the most thrilling outing of the Mission: Impossible series to date.  Hunt (Cruise) and IMF colleagues Benji Dunn and Luther Stickell (Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) are on the hunt to recover three plutonium cores set to be used by anarcho-terrorist group "The Apostles", remnants of The Syndicate from Rogue Nation. After…

Review // Leave No Trace

In Matt Ross’ 2016 comedy-drama Captain Fantastic¸ Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) raises his six children in a familial commune, isolated deep inside the forests of Washington, wherein he is guided by the philosophical principles of Noam Chomsky to teach his brood to adhere to values of self-reliance, critical thinking and co-existence with nature. The film’s…

Review // Sicario 2: Soldado

The follow-up to Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed US-Mexico border thriller couldn’t have arrived at a more sensitive moment in real world politics. Soldado heralds the return of Josh Brolin’s CIA agent Matt Garver, again teaming up with ex-cartel assassin Alejandro Gillick (Benicio Del Toro) to deliver kidnapping, murder and grisly gun battles to America's unfortunate southern…

Review // Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

A renewed fanbase and all the money in the word can't hold together this Jurassic mess. Fallen Kingdom sees us return once more to the now volcanically active Isla Nublar, threatening to wipe out it's dinosaur inhabitants who've lived an isolated existence since the park was abandoned several years previously. Experts Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and…

Review // Solo: A Star Wars Story

The clumsily titled Solo: A Star Wars Story takes us all the way back to the origin of one Han Solo, the dashing and sardonic space smuggler made famous by Harrison Ford in 1977's iconic Star Wars, since become one the biggest film franchises of all time. After escaping the hellish industrial planet of his upbringing, Han falls…

Review // Lean on Pete

After his tenderly passionate debut Weekend and the strained marriage-in-crisis drama 45 Years - led by British New Wave icons Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling – Andrew Haigh continues his ascendancy into the upper tier of British screen talents with his third film and first transatlantic foray: an exploration of horse-rearing culture in the Pacific Northwest…