Little Monsters Review- A poor quality cheerful film.

A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies. Little Monsters isn’t a good film, but it is certainly a fun one. The films funny. That’s it. It’s really funny. There are some movies I like to describe as ‘dumb fun’….

The Aeronauts Review- A visually appealing and well written film.

Pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a hot air balloon. The Aeronauts was much better than I was expecting. It flies (if you’ll excuse the pun) when it comes to the hot air ballon sequences. It’s visually stunning in Dolby….

The Report Review- Falls flat on script, but a fun movie.

The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden. The Report works well, but ultimately falls…

Marriage Story Review- Actors deliver a fantastic performance in one of this year’s best movies.

A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes. Twenty movies in and Marriage Story has been the best movie of the festival so far. This is a heartbreaking, well told story and Baumbach has done an impeccable job at making it…

Jojo Rabbit Review- An enjoyable but disappointing comedy.

Jojo Rabbit is about a young boy living during World War II. His only escapism is through his imaginary friend, an ethnically inaccurate version of Adolf Hitler, who pushes the young boy’s naive patriotic beliefs. However, this all changes when a young girl challenges those views and causes Jojo to face his own issues. I…

Just Mercy Review- Deep and powerful, with flaws.

LFF: Film Eighteen (European Premiere). The powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly commended – including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights tirelessly for Walter with the system stacked against them. Director, Destin Daniel Cretton has…

Honey Boy Review- A terrific and heart wrenching story.

The story of a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade, loosely based on Shia LaBeouf’s life. It’s another great film from Shia LaBeouf at #LFF, but obviously, a very different type film. This feels personal as it was ‘loosely based’ on LeBeouf’s childhood….

The Lighthouse Review- Pattinson’s Best Movie Yet (For now)

The hypnotic and hallucinating tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. First off, any modern day film that’s captured on 35mm Black and White film stock automatically gets a star. I’m a celluloid lover, OK?! This movie had to be shot on that and it, I…

Hope Gap Review- A Disappointing Drama With No Hope.

A couple’s visit with their son takes a dramatic turn when the father tells him he plans on leaving his mother. OK, right off the bat – this film is disappointing! It was just so bland and boring. It felt like a poor BBC/ITV drama series, and it was shot and acted that way too….

Bacurau Review- A Thrilling Take on Brazilian Politics

Bacurau, a small town in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to 94. This film should be watched blind and you should know nothing about it. That’s why I’ve cut the plot short so you can have the same experience of thrill and enjoyment. Just when you think you…

The King Review- A Weak But Enjoyable Film

Hal, wayward prince and heir to the English throne, is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. Now the young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life. This film was so much better than people said. I had no issues with…

Joker Review- A Masterpiece In Its Own Light.

There’s only one thing we know about life. Some things happen by chance, and some things happen because we make them happen. Arthur Fleck is a man who the universe gave a dark background- a terrible childhood, and is bullied for having a mental illness. To quote Arthur, “the worst part of having a mental…