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The Tragedy of Macbeth
In a rare solo outing as director and writer, Joel Coen draws upon on the lineage of Macbeth on screen, particularly the Orson Welles version, while putting his own unique stamp on it - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Last Night in Soho
The Swinging '60s become a dark and menacing place, in Edgar Wright's delicious blend of psychological horror and comedy - in cinemas Friday, October 29th [Read More...]

The Velvet Underground
One of the greatest music acts of all times gets the Todd Haynes treatment; the outcome is a fitting tribute as revolutionary as the band - in cinemas Friday, October 15th [Read More...]

Dashcam
A real-life Covid denialist embarks on a vehicular hell trip in order to escape "madness", in this strange blend of found footage and screenlife horror - from the BFI London Film festival [Read More...]

Second Thoughts (Ich Ich Ich)
A failed marriage proposal stunt unleashes a number of unexpected events on a young German couple, in this exquisite debut feature - from the Raindance Film Festival [Read More...]

Benedetta
Talk about a dirty movie; sex and violence abound in Paul Verhoeven’s lesbian nun odyssey, loosely based on a real-life story - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Father of Flies
British horror wilfully disorients viewers with a tightly structured script, and a little dash of Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist - from Grimmfest [Read More...]

Ali & Ava
Clio Barnard's new drama illustrates the contrasts, the conflicts and also the joys of a multiracial couple in Bradford - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

The French Dispatch
Wes Anderson's star-studded anthology film is a complex and delightful ode to journalism, and it may require a few viewings in order to unpack all the references - in cinemas on Friday, October 22nd [Read More...]

Inexorable
Belgian voyeuristic thriller excels in cinematography, while also slipping into worn-out cliches of women and mental illness - from the BFI London Film Fstival [Read More...]

Babi Yar. Context
The enfant terrible of Ukrainian cinema crafts a historical documentary raising questions about Jews erased from history and complacence - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Shepherd
The disturbed mind of man driven mad by guilt on a ravaged island unspools like reams of wool, in this atmospheric British horror - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Cow
Andrea Arnold seeks pastures green in this genuinely mooo-ving documentary about the cruel routine of milk cow Luna - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

La Veronica
Chilean director takes a very dark look behind the facade of a manipulative social media celebrity - from the Taipei Film Festival [Read More...]

Bull
Seemingly missing for 10 years, the titular animal is back in town-and this time he wants revenge on his ex-girlfriend's dad - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

No Time to Die
Retired from Her Majesty's Secret Service, James Bond is called back into duty when he uncovers a plot that could wipe out mankind - in cinemas on Thursday, September 30th [Read More...]

Terrorizers
Taiwanese drama morphs from deceptively simple teen melodrama into something far more complex - from the Toronto International Film Festival [Read More...]

The Souvenir: Part II
Joanna Hogg continues her highly autobiographical meditation on filmmaking and grief to outstanding results - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Las Leyes de la Frontera
Unimaginative Spanish gangster thriller boasts a very large budget and very little edge - from the San Sebastian International Film Festival [Read More...]

Delicious (Delicieux)
Food becomes a proxy for the French Revolution, in this tasty and easily-digestible drama closing the San Sebastian International Film Festival [Read More...]

The Storage (Sa Wa Liu Tang De Fang Xiang)
Yugonostalgia through in eyes of the East: Chinese filmmaker investigates how to safely store collective memory - from the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

Everything Went Fine (Tout S’Est Passe Bien)
Francois Ozon's new film about medically assisted suicide is quietly tragic and moving - at the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

Between Two Worlds (Ouistreham)
A famous writer seeking inspiration starts a new life as a cleaner in Normandy - auspicious little drama starring Juliette Binoche shows at the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Who’s Stopping Us (Quien Lo Impide)
Exquisite blend of fiction and documentary peeks into the lives of inspiring Spanish teens, and it has a refreshing message of hope -from the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Biopic of gay-friendly and subversive televangelistic fallen from grace reveals a woman defined by faith, wealth and controversies - from the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

Undercover (Enquete Sur Un Scandale d’Etat)
An informant turns against his narcotics officer, in French dialogue-intensive political thriller questioning the ethics of the "war on drugs" - live from the San Sebastian International Film Festival [Read More...]

The Grandmother (La Abuela)
Old woman left catatonic by a devastating stroke terrifies her doting granddaughter, in this brilliantly subtle and beautifully elegant horror from Spain - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

The Daughter (La Hija)
Pregnant teenager runs away from juvenile delinquent institution with the helping hand of two wannabe parents - slow burn tale of failed motherhood premieres at the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

Fire on the Plain
Father and daughter get entangled in a taxi driver serial killer investigation, in this bewildering crime thriller from China - from the San Sebastian International Film Festival [Read More...]

The Noise of Engines (Le bruit des moteurs)
Sexually explicit drawings land a fire arms inspector in trouble, in Canadian drama blending optimism and cynicism in equal measures - from the 69th San Sebastian International Film Festival [Read More...]

The Good Boss (El Buen Patron)
An opportunistic factory owner's alleged "love" and devotion to his employees is exposed as sheer cynicism - hilarious comedy starring Javier Bardem premieres in San Sebastian [Read More...]

Blue Moon (Crai Nou)
Little stabs at happiness? Young female allows males to debase and degrade her, raising questions about oppression and freedom - raw and bleak Romanian drama premieres at the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

Fever Dream (Distancia de Rescate)
A young mother gradually loses touch with reality, in this borderline psychedelic Netflix production set in South America - on Netflix on Wednesday, October 6th [Read More...]

Camila Comes Out Tonight (Camila Saldra Esta Noche)
High school student embodies the quiet liberation of a country still grappling with the ties of a reactionary past - honest and profound Argentinean drama premieres at the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

As In Heaven (Du Som Er I Himlen)
Female teen faces the prospect of a dramatic new life after her mother goes into a prolonged and complicated labour - Danish period drama premieres at the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Benediction
Terence Davies gives English poet and anti-war activist Siegfried Sassoon a detailed yet protracted and monotonous biopic, too concerned with the writer's sexual life - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Earwig
A girl with ice cubes for teeth is the topic of Lucile Hadzihalilovic's cryptic new fable, a movie creepy and lyrical in equal measures - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

One Second (Yi Miao Zhong)
Zhang Yimou's intended celebration of old-fashioned celluloid cinema constantly slips into cliches and banality - from the 69th San Sebastian International Film Festival [Read More...]

Jane by Charlotte (Jane par Charlotte)
Charlotte Gainsbourg gets behind the camera in order to capture her iconic mother in her most tender and yet lonely moments - from the San Sebastian International Film Festival [Read More...]

Getting Away With Murder(s)
Most of the perpetrators of the Holocaust were never prosecuted: this documentary attempts to understand why not – out in cinemas on Friday, October 1st, the 75th anniversary of the end of the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg [Read More...]

The Djinn
Mute boy is trapped in a flat with a shapeshifting Arab entity, in this surprisingly creative, low-budget American horror - in cinemas Friday, September 17th [Read More...]

Old Henry
Old-fashioned and nostalgic Western has robust characters, an impressive cinematography and an engaging music score - live from Venice [Read More...]

Reflection (Vidblysk)
Ukrainian drama about surgeon captured by the Russian military is a profound meditation on war, fate and belief - live from the 78th Biennale [Read More...]

Evie
British horror about a woman whose childhood demons come back to haunt her excels in photography, while making too many genre concessions - from FrightFest [Read More...]

The Box (La Caja)
Abandoning his native Venezuela for Mexico, Golden Lion winner Vigas has created a fascinating story of lost families and secret histories - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

The Changed
Horror legend Tony Todd stars in drama blending a pandemic with an alien invasion, inspired by American sci-fi classic Invasion of Body Snatchers - from FrightFest [Read More...]

Sundown
Tim Roth and Charlotte Gainsbourg star in Michel Franco's new drama, another harrowing drama portraying both white and indigenous Mexicans as inherently dysfunctional - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Happening (L’Évènement)
French film unflinchingly portrays the physical reality of unwanted pregnancy and the attempted abortions in the 1960s, with clear parallel with the current situation in Texas - from Venice [Read More...]

Dune
Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of the sci-fi classic criticises the exploitation of our planet and its indigenous peoples, thereby wowing our writer John Bleasdale - in cinemas Thursday, October 21st [Read More...]

The Exorcism of Carmen Farias
Despite strong production values, this Mexican haunted house horror is simply too predictable to be entertaining - from FrightFest [Read More...]