LFF 2015 – The Witch

LFF 2015 – The Witch

As a first-rate horror full of dread, and as a directorial debut, The Witch excels. Prepare to be disturbed

LFF 2015 – Carol

LFF 2015 – Carol

Style is tempered and emotions heightened in Carol, with two magnificent leads bringing us through a heartfelt and moving tale of forbidden passion

LFF 2015 – The Assassin

LFF 2015 – The Assassin

Though immaculately designed, The Assassin is too measured and self-assured to deliver on the thrilling promise of its genre brethren

Biennale 2015 – Afternoon (Na Ri Xiawu)

Biennale 2015 – Afternoon (Na Ri Xiawu)

Though brandishing plenty of wit and insight, Tsai Ming-Liang’s confessional Afternoon will be more accessible and be of more interest to his fans above anyone else

Biennale 2015 – A Bigger Splash

Biennale 2015 – A Bigger Splash

Luca Guadagnino’s melodrama benefits from genuine intelligence in the direction and script, a pleasantly relaxed pace and a Ralph Fiennes performance like you’ve never seen before

Biennale 2015 – El Clan

Biennale 2015 – El Clan

It wears its influences on its sleeve, but El Clan is still an effective mob thriller, historically inflected and full of familial strife

Interview: Writer/director Xavier Dolan & producer Nancy Grant on MOMMY

Interview: Writer/director Xavier Dolan & producer Nancy Grant on MOMMY

A gray but dry London evening greets Xavier Dolan as he arrives for the London Film Festival gala screening of Mommy. The evening is a sharp contrast to most of Dolan’s films to date, defined as they are by a signature style, marrying contentious and emotional material to exuberant and sometimes-subversive filmmaking. Dolan arrives at ..

Festival Report: LFF, Part 3

Festival Report: LFF, Part 3

  As the 58th London Film Festival draws to a close, Philip reports back on another selection of choice titles. Some you may want to choose to avoid, mind. As with any festival, the goodies on offer are a mixed bag. Dive in and see what you get!   Pasolini (dir. Abel Ferrara) (Irish release ..

Festival Report: LFF, Part 2

Festival Report: LFF, Part 2

Philip Bagnall reports on an eclectic mix in our second report from this year’s London Film Festival. Warning: may contain 3D, life lessons and Reese Witherspoon.     Goodbye To Language (Adieu Au Langage) (dir. Jean-Luc Godard) (Irish release date: TBC) He may no longer be an enfant, but 83-year-old Jean-Luc Godard is still capable ..