23rd February 2018
There is something here about the realisation of one’s own agency and a simultaneous discovery of empathy with and responsibility towards others that carries a loud echo of Catholic Social Teaching.
19th February 2018
The Shape of Water
This film is is interestingly weird. The plot is probably secondary to the visual opportunities and relational twists thrown up by the whole engagingly absurd premise, and the genre-play it allows.
24th January 2018
It is not always easy to hold the balance between detail and drama, but Darkest Hour achieves this almost imperceptibly by the strength of its script, design and characterisation.
17th January 2018
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
The incongruous intrusion of the grotesque into the everyday that was the hallmark of Flannery O’Connor’s fiction also characterises this film.
10th November 2017
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
The script and direction both serve this captivating story well. But it’s the chemistry between the two leads that lifts this film to another level. Annette Bening and Jamie Bell are extraordinary.
11th October 2017
Blade Runner 2049
When the original Blade Runner came out, thinking machines were science fiction but now they are science fact. We still need to ponder our relationships with machines, because the future is now.
27th July 2017
Director Christopher Nolan grasps the importance of the drama that was a fateful turning point in the conduct of the Second World War and captures it impressively. In high definition form, the film is a visceral assault on the senses.
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