‘In the Mexican drug war there’s no such thing as an easy thrill or neat resolve in the bloodletting.’
We’re in the desert looking down on a city from a hilltop, and it’s not pretty. This is not the image of green-fringed America suburbia but some anaemic sun blistered middle-of the-middle-of-nowhere, scattered with boxy lookalike homes. It’s...
A first-look review from the 2015 Venice Film Festival.
There's a lot more than just sun and sex teeming beneath the glistening surface of Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash, which takes Jacques Deray's coolly seductive 1969 Swimming Pool as the platform from which it dives into far deeper - and more...
What if you had an unwanted friend who thought you owed them and what if they wouldn’t take the hint? This is old-fashioned suspense in the best sense.
In The Gift Joel Edgerton hides his good looks and cuddly charm inside a guy for whom such qualities are a mystery and a lost hope. He plays Gordo, a security guard who moonlights as a trivia host. He has the beaten down air of someone who has...
‘Downriver’ is excellent at asking questions and portraying the ripple effects of juvenile trauma.
An anguished mother confronts her son’s killer on the eve of his release from juvenile detention. “Where is he? Did you weigh him down? It’s killing me!” she pleads. Yet the guilt-ridden young man, James (Reef Ireland), has no answers. He can’t...
Ian McKellen gives one of his finest performances, as an ageing Holmes reflecting on the past and contending with his legacy.
Review by Bilge Ebiri