3.5Food for thought

Cannes Review – Youth

YOUTH (Italy | Switzerland | UK | France/15A/118mins) Directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Paul Dano, Paloma Faith, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda. THE PLOT: Returning to the Swiss...
Macbeth movies


MACBETH (UK | USA | France/TBC/113mins) Directed by Justin Kurzel. Starring Muichael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jack Reynor, David Thewlis, Paddy Considine. THE PLOT: As Scotland tears itself apart with ...
4.0Personal and honest

Cannes Review – My Mother (Mia Madre)

MY MOTHER (MIA MADRE) (Italy | France/TBC/106mins) Directed by Nanni Moretti. Starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Nanni Moretti, Giulia Lazzarini, Beatrice Mancini. THE PLOT: Margherita (Margherita Buy), a movie director, is trying to juggle work and h...

Cannes 2015 – All the winners

The 68th Cannes Film Festival rolled to a close tonight, with the presentation of the coveted Palme D’Or for best film at the festival before a screening of ICE AND THE SKY. were on site (but in the p...

Cannes 2015 – Days 9, 10 and 11

Thursday in Cannes saw the first real rain of the entire festival. We sadly left the flip flops at home and squelched down to the Palais to see Jacques Audiard’s film In Competition; DHEEPAN. The film tells the...
Prince Movies
4.0Lovely and warm

Cannes Review – The Little Prince

THE LITTLE PRINCE (France/TBC/108mins) Directed by Mark Osborne. Starring Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridges, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Bud Cort. THE PLOT: Desperate to get into a good school and g...
Assassin Movies
2.5Benefits from hindsight

Cannes Review – The Assassin

THE ASSASSIN (Taiwan/TBC/120mins) Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Starring Shen Qi, Sheu Fang-yi, Chang Chen. THE PLOT: In 7th century China, Yinnang (Shu Qi) a trained assassin is sent to execute a governor. ...
Mountains Movies
0.5Simply doesn't work

Cannes Review – Mountains May Depart

MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (China/TBC/131mins) Directed by Jia Zhang-Ke. Starring Zhao Tao, Liang Jingdong, Zhang Yi. THE PLOT: Jia Zhang-ke tackles the issue of China’s Westernisation in this drama. Told through t...

Cannes 2015 – Days 5 & 6

After the manic excitement of Saturday on the Croisette, Sunday was a much more relaxed affair as we mostly spent the day in cinemas or in various pavilions in the International Village. The first screening of the day was Maiwenn’s MON ROI, the tale of a sw...
Movies Mon
3.0Honest but slow

Cannes Review – Mon Roi

MON ROI (France/TBC/130mins) Directed by Maïwenn. Starring Emmanuelle Berco, Vincent Cassel, Louis Garrel, Ludovic Berthillot, Camille Cottin, Félix Bossuet. THE PLOT: As Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) recovers fro...

Cannes 2015 – Day 3 and Day 4

Another early start on Friday, as we queued outside the Palais for THE LOBSTER. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos – his first film in the English language – and a co-production between Greece, UK, Netherlands, Franc...

Cannes Review – Carol

CAROL (UK | USA/TBC/118mins) Diecred by Todd Haynes. Starring Cate Blanchett. Rooney Mara, Carrie Brownstein, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler. THE PLOT: Therese (Rooney Mara) first meets the aloof but curiously magnetic Carol (Cate Blanchett) when she serves ...
Movies Woody
3.5Not Woody at his best

Cannes Review – Irrational Man

IRRATIONAL MAN (USA/TBC/96mins) Directed by Woody Allen. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey. THE PLOT: Abe (Joaquin Phoenix) is the typical clichéd tortured professor; he struggles to find a...
Movies Lobster
3.0Nicely weird, if slow

Cannes Review – The Lobster

THE LOBSTER (Greece | UK | Ireland | Netherlands | France/TBC/119mins) Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Starring Colin Farrell, John C. Reilly, Ben Wishaw, Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz THE PLOT: Recently single D...
Tale Movies
4.0Dark, twisted & fascinating

Cannes Review – Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti)

TALE OF TALES (Italy | France | UK/TBC/125mins) Directed by Matteo Garrone. Starring John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Toby Jones, Vincent Cassel, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave, Jonah Lees, Christian Lees. THE PLOT: Matteo Garrone returns to Can...
Saul Movies
3.0Immersive and tragic

Cannes Review – Son of Saul

SON OF SAUL (Hungary/TBC/97mins) Directed by László Nemes. Starring Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn, Sándor Zsótér, Todd Charmont, Christian Harting and Kamil Dobrowolski. THE PLOT: In the final days...
Movies Tall
3.0Solid, but slow

Cannes Review: Standing Tall (La Tete Haute)

STANDING TALL (France/TBC/120mins) Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier, Rod Paradot, Ludovic Berthillot, Diane Rouxel. THE PLOT: Beginning at the age of...
Bombs Movies
2.0Never comes together

Louder Than Bombs

LOUDER THAN BOMBS (Norway | France | Denmark/15A/105mins) Directed by Joaquim Trier.Starring Isabelle Huppert, Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, Devin Druid. THE PLOT: Four years after the death of a famed war photographer (Isabelle Huppert), her family are ...
Dheepan movies
3.0Powerful but flawed

Cannes Review – Dheepan

DHEEPAN (France/15A/109mins) Directed by Jacques Audiard. Starring Vincent Rottiers, Marc Zinga, Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Franck Falise, Claudine Vinasithamby THE PLOT: Dheepan (Jesu...