Hearts Beat Loud

Frank Fisher’s (Nick Offerman) record store in Brooklyn is failing after 17 years. His daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) is soon to be heading to California for college. But they still have the summer to do what they love the most, make music together. Hearts Beat Loud received a very small release in 2018 and has … Continue reading Hearts Beat Loud

High Life

High Life is an extraordinary science fiction film. It is disorienting, difficult to watch and lacking any clear narrative. But it’s also thought provoking and dazzling. Opening on a dilapidated spaceship we find Monte (Robert Pattinson) conducting repair works to the outside of the ship whilst talking to his infant daughter Willow (Scarlett Lindsey) over … Continue reading High Life

The Hustle

When rough around the edges con artist Penny (Rebel Wilson) intrudes on the suave and smooth con artist Josephine’s (Anne Hathaway) hunting grounds the two enter into a bet to see who is allowed to remain. Whoever can scam tech millionaire Thomas (Alex Sharp) first wins. Based on the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring … Continue reading The Hustle

Vox Lux

Vox Lux describes itself as “a 21st century portrait” in its credits, but I’m still unable to decide if that is a portrait of its pop diva protagonist, fame or of our entire society. It is a film that manages to feel entirely superficial and shallow at the same time as it seems to be … Continue reading Vox Lux

Tolkien

Starting in 1904 in idyllic countryside, John Tolkien, his brother and mother are moved to Birmingham by their priest following their fathers death. Shortly after they are orphaned and are found another home with a well off host. This biopic then follows Tolkien’s formative years intercut with his time in the Somme during World War … Continue reading Tolkien

Booksmart

On the eve of high school graduation Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) realise that they might have focused a little too hard on academics and not enough on partying. Especially as all those who took it easy are getting into college anyway. Determined to prove they can party as hard as they study … Continue reading Booksmart