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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 Sky Cinema and NOW on Friday, September 30th [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 - on VoD on Sunday, August 22nd [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 also available on Netflix [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...]

Belly of the Mountain (Le Ventre de la Montaigne)
Stephen Loye delivers a fascinating and very personal documentary bringing back up to the surface the many echoes of the 2015 A320 Germanwings crash in the Alps - from Visions du Reel [Read More...]

Madame Claude
Following call-girls, thugs, secret services and the fortunes of an ambitious woman, Sylvie Verheyde’s film exposes the underside of the myth surrounding "the Lady Pimp of the Republic" - available now on Netflix [Read More...]

Black Bear
Puzzlebox drama about a filmmaker kicking the wounds from career issues leaves the viewer feeling disorientated and yet profoundly engaged - on VoD on Friday, April 23rd [Read More...]

Firebird
Queer love struggles to endure in Estonian director Peeter Rebane’s handsome yet generic fiction debut, set partially on a military base in Soviet-occupied Estonia [Read More...]

Communists!
Welsh film programmer and critic Christopher Small makes an alluring directorial debut with this film festival-set quasi-thriller [Read More...]

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
James Luxford sheds a new light on the dirty comedy classic from the late 1990s, just in time for the release of its special edition on April 19th [Read More...]

I Blame Society
Feminist horror comedy made on a shoestring budget is is a savage stake into the heart of faux-woke Hollywood - on Digital on Monday, April 19th [Read More...]

Promising Young Woman
Ian Schultz explains why the promising British movie isn't as groundbreaking and subversive as it purports to be - on Sky Cinema on Friday, April 16th [Read More...]

Wilderness
A jazz musician and his lover find their love affair hitting the rocks on the Cornish coast, in a captivating British drama with withs in the French New Wave and Italian Neorealism - available to stream and download [Read More...]

Minari
Melancholy study of a Korean immigrant family in the Reagan-era US is leavened by winsome performances and cinema’s cheekiest child - available on VoD (and finally also on Sky Cinema and NOW) [Read More...]

The Runner
Mother and son face each other off, in this probing American crime drama starring Elisabeth Röhm - from the London Independent Film Festival [Read More...]

Songs my Brothers Taught Me
While not in the same league as Nomadland, Chloe Zhao's debut holds its own merit and reflects the director's distinctive sensibility - on Mubi on Friday, April 9th [Read More...]

The Mauritanian
True life account of a detainee in Guantánamo Bay exhibits a country struggling to find its soul - streaming now on Amazon Prime [Read More...]

Jakob’s Wife
Horror veteran Barbara Crampton plays a small-town minister's wife who reclaims her appetite for life upon becoming a vampire - on VoD on Thursday, August 19th [Read More...]

Swan Song
Udo Kier shines as a flamboyant queen in her twilight years in a small American town, in this endearing drama loosely based on a real story - from SXSW [Read More...]

Alien on Stage
A group of bus drivers from Dorset (yes, you read that right) ditch Christmas panto in favour of Ridley Scott's Alien, with chestburster et al - British documentary premiered at SXSW [Read More...]

Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché
The fascinating life of frontwoman for the British the punk rock band X-Ray Spex is the subject of this documentary, directed by the singer's own daughter - from SXSW (and available on BFI Player) [Read More...]