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The Suicide Squad
This poor rehash of the eponymous 2016 movie is one of the most misguided superhero films of the past 10 years, dogged by cliches and resentment - in cinemas Friday, July 30th [Read More...]

The Most Beautiful Boy in the World
The life of the young star of the Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice was not as enviable and beautiful as his character, reveals this heartbreaking documentary - in cinemas Friday, July 30th [Read More...]

Bye Bye Morons (Adieu les Cons)
Delightful and quirky French movie about mother on a quest to find her son topped the Césars earlier this year and has abundant references to Terry Gilliam - in cinemas on Friday, July 23rd; also available on Curzon Home Cinema [Read More...]

Deerskin (Le Daim)
One man's obsession with his designer jacket turns him into a serial killer, in this dirtylicious black comedy starring a smiling Jean Dujardin - in cinemas Friday, July 16th [Read More...]

Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Exquisite Chinese tale of desperation starts off as an impossible urban romance before morphing into a thriller - Shipei Wen's debut premieres at Cannes [Read More...]

Martin Eden
Lose your soul with Luca Marinelli, in this impressive Italian drama about one man's futile quest for happiness - in cinemas across the nation on Friday, July 9th [Read More...]

The Employer and the Employee (El Empleado y el Patrón)
Slow-burn social drama exhibits the lack of social mobility and subtle oppression mechanisms operating in rural Uruguay - from Cannes [Read More...]

Ultraviolence
Get out of your comfort zone! Very powerful documentary about deaths under police custody in the UK challenges viewers with very real and raw violence - now on BFI Player [Read More...]

Jumbo
A young woman becomes infatuated with a park ride, in this very strange yet plausible tale of forbidden love - Belgian film is in cinemas on Friday, July 9th [Read More...]

Freaky
Fans of Christopher Landon’s Happy Death Day movies might enjoy his new horror/comedy Freaky; everyone else will find it more than a little creaky - in cinemas now [Read More...]

Lapsis
The gig economy looks twisted and threatening, in this charming and effective American sci-fi - on VoD on Monday, July 5th [Read More...]

Harry Birrell Presents Films of Love & War
One man’s archive of 400 films is a remarkable experience of the 20th Century, and also a vision of love, friendship and loss - out on Monday, June 28th [Read More...]

WITCH: We Intend to Cause Havoc
Fancy a taste of African rock? This documentary looks at one of the very best bands from Zambia - in selected cinemas and VoD on Friday, July 2nd [Read More...]

Triumph
A high-school student with cerebral palsy is determined to join the wrestling team, but can his body withstand the fight? American drama is on various VoD platforms on Monday, June 28th [Read More...]

Sing, Freetown
A journalist and a theatre director join forces in order to rebuild a Sierra Leone's fractured identity and neglected culture - in cinemas on Friday, June 25th [Read More...]

My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell it To
Impressive debut horror feature uses the vampire as a metaphor for "cannibalistic" capitalism -  from the Tribeca Film Festival.  [Read More...]

Awake
Perfunctory disaster movie about desperate people slipping into sleep-deprived insanity is a little soporific - now available on Netflix [Read More...]

Fargo
The sombre and twisted comedy-crime classic has now just received a 25-anniversary commemorative reissue, and it feels as pristine as fresh blood on white snow - in selected cinemas and also on VoD [Read More...]

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (Koirat Eivät Käytä Housuja)
Widowed cardiac surgeon Juha finds new found pleasure in a dominatrix . But how will this newfound hobby affect his relationship with his daughter?  Dirty Finnish drama is now on VoD and Blu-ray [Read More...]

The Reason I Jump
British documentarist investigates the lives of young people with autism, and their mysterious and complex communication systems - out on Friday, June 18th [Read More...]

Nashville
Robert Altman’s 1975 masterpiece is given a 4K re-release in all its subversive, satirical glory, as sharp and defiant now as when it first opened during the USA’s Bicentennial. But Nashville is no celebration; it charts the hypocrisy and tragedy not only of the music business, but America at large - in cinemas from Friday, June 25th [Read More...]

Bo Burnham: Inside
The American comedian films himself during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the outcome is strangely profound, more David Lynch than Ricky Gervais - available now on Netflix [Read More...]

Gunda
In this beautiful documentary, Victor Kossakovsky offers us an insight into the workings of the everyday animal: a pig and her piglets - film exec produced by Joaquin Phoenix is on VoD on Monday, July 5th [Read More...]

Don’t Go Gentle: A Film About Idles
This new documentary shows one of the most exciting indie bands the UK has produced in recent years; both the movie and the artist are raw and exciting - in cinemas on Friday, July 2nd (previous screenings from June 23rd) [Read More...]

Flashback
A young man has horrific visions of a girl who disappeared in high school, forcing him to take a macabre trip down memory lane - hyper-energetic psychological thriller from Canada is on VoD on Friday, June 4th. [Read More...]

Caveat
Claustrophobic Irish horror about hapless man tempted by the lure of easy money gets under the skin of viewers, while also echoing the rabbit hole trope - on VoD on Thursday, June 3rd [Read More...]

Framed
A photographer gets more than he bargained for in this effective riff on Hitchcock's REAR WINDOW - watch it now on Amazon Prime [Read More...]

After Love
A widow poses a cleaner in order to penetrate the intimacy of her late husband's secret family, in a British drama about heritage, religion and fractured identity - in cinemas Friday, June 4th [Read More...]

Surge
A man in London embarks on a reckless journey of self-discovery with manic, inexplicable fervour - low-budget, low-stakes thriller/drama is now on VoD [Read More...]

Vanquish
Familiar actors fight their way through a dreadful John Wick imitation - on various Digital platforms on Friday, May 28th [Read More...]

Lima Screams (Lima Grita)
Chaotic music intoxicates the tumultuous urban landscape of the Peruvian capital, in this highly sensory and hypnotic doc - showing at the Barbican [Read More...]

The Human Factor
Oscar-nominated doc largely told from an American perspective depicts US presidents (particularly Bill Clinton) as cautious negotiators of the Israel-Palestinian conflict - out on Friday, May 21st. [Read More...]

Psycho Goreman
Humour hooks us in a subversive and non-sanitised slice of nostalgia, as the fate of the universe is decided in small-town America - out on Thursday, May 20th [Read More...]

The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet (El Perro que no Calla)
Argentinean drama about an unruly dog, a meteor and a fishbowl helmet blends surrealism with deadpan to impressive results - on all major VoD platforms on Monday, July 26th [Read More...]

The Killing of Two Lovers
Quietly enrapturing American drama portrays simmering male rage and powerlessness in a sympathetic light - on VoD on Monday, August 2nd [Read More...]

The 8th
Ireland has a difficult relationship with the subject of abortion; documentary reveals the arguments from both sides of a 35-year debate - on VoD on Tuesday, May 25th [Read More...]

Some Kind of Heaven
Insider exploration of a gigantic Floridian retirement-complex-cum-city-state reinforces the adage that age is just a number - filthy genius doc is on VoD on Friday, May 14th [Read More...]

Servants (Služobníci)
Two theology students grapple with the authoritarian Czechoslovakian regime and the collaborationist Catholic Church, in this somber and poetic period drama - on Curzon Home Cinema on Friday, May 14th, and also in selected cinemas [Read More...]

Once Upon a River
Indigenous teen in search of her mother embarks on a literal and metaphorical journey with more twists and turns than the local river - in virtual cinemas and VoD on Friday, May 7th [Read More...]

Here are the Young Men
In the hedonistic last breath before the tragedy of adulthood strikes, Irish teens challenge the moral authority of religion - out now on VoD [Read More...]

DANNY. LEGEND. GOD.
Inspired by the Belgian classic MAN BITES DOG, Bulgarian mockumentary ridicules the nouveau riche of Eastern Europe - on Amazon Prime on Monday, May 3rd. [Read More...]

Cowboys
Transgender boy finds kindness and acceptance in his clumsy cowboy father, and the two literally run away together - on Curzon Home Cinema and Digital download on Friday, May 7th. [Read More...]

Apples (Mila)
As a mysterious disease leaves people amnesiac, a hapless man is left without memories and the ability to have pleasure - superb Greek movie is on Curzon Home Cinema on Friday, May 7th [Read More...]

My Octopus Teacher
A South African man who suffers a mid-life crisis rediscovering himself through his relationship with an octopus in a bay near Cape Town in South Africa - now on Netflix [Read More...]

Aviva
Bobbi Jene Smith and other dancers star in romance blending choreography and narrative wizardry; the outcome is boisterous, energetic and somewhat messy - on VoD on Friday, April 30th [Read More...]

The Virtuoso
The life of an assassin has never been duller, as this limp thriller clings to an Oscar winner’s involvement for some credibility - on Digital on Friday, April 30th and on DVD on Monday, May 10th [Read More...]

Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation
Two literary geniuses shared a tender and profound friendship, while also subverting the entertainment industry in ways hitherto unthinkable - on VoD on Friday, April 30th [Read More...]

The Trial of the Chicago 7
A group of anti-Vietnam War protesters is charged with conspiracy, in this effective yet watered-down historical drama - now on Netflix [Read More...]

Sound of Metal
Deep dive into the headspace of a metal drummer gone deaf, in this finely crafted American drama with an impressive sound design - in cinemas and VoD [Read More...]

The Power
The night shift in a near empty and crumbling hospital in 1970s' Britain is not cheapened by juvenile jump scares in this atmospherically captivating indie horror – streaming exclusively on Shudder. [Read More...]