Film Reviews

Film Review: ‘On the Map’

(Hey Jude Productions)
(Hey Jude Productions)

1972 was the worst year ever for international sports. During the notorious Munich Olympics, eleven members of the Israeli delegation were killed by Black September,...

  • One of the treasures at Mes Aynak. (German Camera Productions)

    Film Review: ‘Saving Mes Aynak’

    It is an ancient Silk Road settlement dating back centuries, but it is built upon the ruins of a 5,000-year-old Bronze Age community. Its archaeological... Read more

  • Stephen Lang in "Beyond Glory." (Young Gunner Films)

    Film Review: ‘Beyond Glory’

    Almost half of all U.S. Medal of Honor honorees served during the Civil War. It has been bestowed posthumously 621 times throughout history. Currently, only... Read more

  • (Kissaki Films)

    Film Review: ‘The Eagle Huntress’

    Aisholpan Nurgaiv is a 13-year-old ethnic Kazakh nomad in northwest Mongolia, who became the sort of internet sensation every hipster aspires to be; a picture... Read more

  • Marvel's “Doctor Strange”: Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) (Film Frame/Marvel)

    Movie Review: ‘Doctor Strange’: Newest Marvel Movie Unlocks True Origins of Avenger Superpowers

    PG-13  |  115 min  |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  4 November 2016 (USA) A man gets sick. Medicine can’t cure him. So he goes searching... Read more

  • (Just Show Production Beijing)

    Film Review: Mark Lee Ping-Bing’s ‘Crosscurrent’

    The Yangtze is the river of rivers. It probably facilitates more commercial traffic than the Mississippi and definitely carries more ancient baggage than the Nile... Read more

  • (Itami Productions)

    Film Review: Juzo Itami’s ‘Tampopo’

    We call any old instant noodles ramen here in the West, but in Japan there are very definite rules as to what constitutes ramen and... Read more

  • 'The Worthy' (BFI London Film Festival)

    2016 BFI London Film Festival Review: ‘The Worthy’

    A familiar apocalyptic tale is given a new locale in which to find a fresh approach to infections and survivalist horror in Emirati director Al... Read more

  • Dev Patel and Rooney Mara star in Lion (Mark Rogers)

    2016 BFI London Film Festival Review: ‘Lion’

    True stories don’t come more remarkable than that of Saroo, a young Indian scamp who one night took the train with his older brother and... Read more

  • Nate Parker in 'The Birth of a Nation' (20th Century Fox)

    2016 BFI London Film Festival Review: ‘The Birth of a Nation’

    2016’s festival buzz piece is Nate Parker’s much hyped slavery drama. Purchased for a record breaking distribution amount at the Sundance Film Festival and lauded... Read more

  • Amy Adams as Louise Banks in Denis Villeneuve's 'Arrival' (Jan Thijs/Paramount Pictures)

    2016 BFI London Film Festival Review: ‘Arrival’

    “Independence Day: Resurgence” aside, we’re experiencing something of a boom in science fiction cinema. There’s the matinee blockbuster fun of “Star Wars” and “Trek,” and... Read more

  • Sasha Lane in 'American Honey' (Universal)

    2016 BFI London Film Festival Review: ‘American Honey’

    We’re introduced to our dreamscape-wandering Star as she dumpster dives with her siblings for out-of-date food, which we learn is to sate her step father,... Read more

  • Jupiter and Europa, one of his moons, in Terrence Malick's documentary 'Voyage of Time: Life's Journey' (Wild Bunch)

    2016 BFI London Film Festival Review: ‘Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey’

    On the verge of becoming a parody of himself after the naval gazing indulgence of “Knight of Cups” and “To The Wonder,” it appears that... Read more

  • Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart in 'Bleed For This' (Icon)

    2016 BFI London Film Festival Review: ‘Bleed For This’

    Stylistically and narratively, a boxing movie needs to do something special during the early rounds in order to avoid a standing count and audience apathy... Read more

  • Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo in 'A United Kingdom' (Pathe)

    2016 BFI London Film Festival Review: ‘A United Kingdom’

    With diversity at the forefront of this year’s London Film Festival, Amma Belle Asante’s sweeping historical romance seems the perfect choice for opening night film... Read more

  • (Jose Haro/© [2015] Apaches Entertainment S.L., A Monster Calls A.I.E., Peliculas La Trini S.L.U., and Telecinco Cinema S.A.U.)

    2016 BFI London Film Festival Review: ‘A Monster Calls’

    The opening credits tell you everything you need to know about Juan Antonio Bayona’s fantastic family parable: calligraphic writing is etched onto parchment, water colours... Read more

  • (Production I.G.)

    Film Review: ‘Miss Hokusai’

    O-ei Hokusai is a proper young lady, but she can draw dragons and courtesans just as well as any man. She is her father’s daughter,... Read more

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