Eden (2014)

Mia Hansen-Love’s Eden casts a trippy eye over the EDM and underground rave scenes in 90’s Paris. Ostensibly a movie about the booming French house music scene it’s less an account of musical history and more a yarn about misspent youth,…

Sherpa (2015)

The name Sherpa, according to Jennifer Peedom’s fascinating documentary, emerged as a form of currency in the climbing world following Tenzing Norgay’s ascent of Everest along with Sir Edmund Hilary in 1953. The success of Tenzing Norgay…

Bridge of Spies (2015)

Steven Spielberg, a man who has without doubt locked down his spot on the list of all-time great American storytellers, has tantalised with a few false dawns over recent years. Having arguably not made a great film since 2002’s Minority…

Tierra Caliente (2015)

Blending recorded interviews with re-enactment and location shooting with stark, minimalist interiors, Laura Plancarte’s look at life in the shadow of Mexico’s drug cartels plays out like a quasi-documentary. Stuffed with stripped-back…

RAINDANCE 2015 – Mile End (2015)

Accomplished actors, when handled with deftness and competence, can elevate sub-standard drama and turn leaden-footed dialogue into something palatable. Likewise, snappy writing can provide breathing room for less gifted actors and help…

RAINDANCE 2015 – Cash Only

Albanians seem to be an under-represented bunch within western cinema. Indeed, much of the Balkan Peninsula seems to be struggling to find its voice upon mainstream English-language cinema screens with capable actors being pushed to the…

Raindance 2015

The 23rd Raindance Film Festival opened last Wednesday with a gala screening of Kai Barry’s Newcomer. That means Raindance is happening right now, and you’re missing it! As ever, the festival celebrates independent movie-making at the…

Terminator Genisys (2015)

Once the standard-bearer for electrifying, ferocious science fiction, the Terminator films have stalled somewhat in recent years. A couple of increasingly flaky sequels have dulled much of the series’ sharp edge and turned what was a…