James Luxford (Critic and broadcaster)
London writer with an affinity for queer cinema and American indies
London-born James Luxford has been a film critic and broadcaster since 2007, writing about cinema all over the world. Beginning with regional magazines and entertainment websites, they soon built up a wealth of experience reviewing the latest releases and interviewing every major name in the industry.
James has reviewed films for Little White Lies, City AM, Radio Times, Metro UK, UAE newspaper The National, and BBC Radio. They have also written about film for The Guardian, Empire, The Hollywood Reporter, and the BFI. In addition to radio, they have appeared on BBC World News, BBC South Today, and BBC One show Rip-Off Britain about trends in cinema. James is an experienced Q&A host, having moderated panels for Picturehouse Cinemas, the BFI, and Peccadillo Pictures.
A film fan since they knew how to sit upright, James’s formative film years were during the independent explosion of the 1990s, worshipping at the altar of Quentin Tarantino, The Coen Brothers and Martin Scorsese. Over time their scope began to widen, finding beauty in all areas of cinema, particularly when their interest turned into a profession.
A passionate advocate of cinema, James is interested in unique storytelling, wherever it may come from. In the many years looking up at a big screen, they have been wowed by micro-budget masterpieces as well as expensive blockbusters. While they have an affinity for queer cinema and American indies, there’s something to be adored in every genre. James believes in the value of film criticism, and has always prioritised absolute honesty over performative hot takes.
You can find James talking about film on Twitter @JLFilm , and trying on colourful outfits on Instagram @JL_Film.
Other posts by James Luxford
Compartment No. 6
A nightmare train journey becomes a tale of human connection in this intriguing European co-production - on all major VoD platforms on Friday, May 6th [Read More...]
The biopic of tennis coach Richard Williams is a glossy but inspiring take on the American Dream, with a career-best performance from Will Smith - five-Oscar nominee is now in cinemas and also on various streaming platforms [Read More...]
West Side Story
Spielberg is a little too reverent to cinema history in a remake that searches for a purpose - Oscar winner is out on VoD on Wednesday, April 21st. [Read More...]
Drive My Car
This Oscar winner is a quietly wonderful exploration of grief and accepting the beauty of human complication - on all major VoD platforms on Friday, April 1st [Read More...]
Egyptian drama conducts a quiet and yet powerful examination of faith, societal pressure and family - in cinemas Friday, August 27th [Read More...]
Familiar actors fight their way through a dreadful John Wick imitation - on various Digital platforms on Friday, May 28th [Read More...]
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...]
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...]
Francis Lee’s follow up to God’s Own Country is a disappointingly chilly romance with striking similarities to his previous endeavour – out on digital platforms from 26th March [Read More...]
The Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
This Japanese trio of short stories explores the power of the past in inventive ways - Silver Bear winner is on Mubi on Monday, May 1st; also available on other platforms [Read More...]
Maximum Cage rage as the Oscar-winner takes on killer animatronics, in a film that is more fun than it has a right to be – out on Digital platforms from 12th February [Read More...]
You Cannot Kill David Arquette
The Hollywood actor seeks a blood-spattered redemption on the wrestling ring, as he grapples with his faltering career and tragic personal life - documentary is on VoD on Monday, November 23rd [Read More...]
Henry Golding is haunted by the past in this elegant British work of cinematic tourism - in cinemas Friday, September 25th [Read More...]
The New Mutants
This disjointed X-Men afterthought proves that some things aren't worth waiting for - the latest addition to the Marvel franchise is on Sky Cinema and NOW on Friday, June 11th [Read More...]
Parents disapprove of a seriously-ill teen's dalliance, in this palpably human Australian drama dotted with familiar faces - on VoD on Monday, December 7th; on Netflix on Thursday, December 31st [Read More...]
An American Pickle
In an industry where even dead actors are getting new gigs, Seth Rogen playing two concurrent roles is nothing new, but the way he plays them is the true attraction - on Sky Cinema and NOW on Friday, April 30th [Read More...]
This gritty, powerful take of a fractured family has echoes of Andrea Arnold's FISH TANK, and is guaranteed to enrapture audiences in Britain and beyond - out on Friday, August 7th [Read More...]
Gemma Arterton shines in a wartime drama whose cosiness belies a revolutionary streak – on Sky Cinema and NOW on Saturday, July 31st; also on other platforms [Read More...]
Texas church choir director inherits her late son's drag queen club, in this all-American comedy where all problems are solved with a jolly tune - on VoD on Monday, November 16th; on Netflix on Monday, December 7th [Read More...]
A single mother cares for her ailing mother, with whom she has a stormy yet profound relationship, in this quietly impressive Colombian drama - on various VoD platforms in January [Read More...]
Ambition, love, and hip-hop combine to bring Lin-Manuel Miranda's masterpiece to the small screen - out on Disney Plus on Friday, July 3rd [Read More...]