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Film reviews

Hive: Poignant and quietly inspirational

Looking at patriarchy and social norms in Kosovo in the wake of war, the meditative pacing and sensitive direction of Blerta Basholli’s Hive allow it to be inspirational without moralising.

La Mif:

Writer-director Fred Baillif draws on his experience of working in social care to tell the story of seven girls living in a residential…

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

2021 was Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s year. After making one of the best films of the last decade in Happy Hour (2015), a five-hour drama of…

Jackass Forever

After a decade’s absence, this circus of spectacle exceeds expectations with an incredible amount of heart and genuine showmanship.

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Joel Coen’s debut cinematic venture without his brother Ethan is far from a midsummer night’s dream: it’s a harrowing liminal nightmare.

Boiling Point

Stephen Graham walks the knife’s edge in this turbulent restaurant drama.

Licorice Pizza

For what might seem a self-centred genre, the best coming-of-age stories have always included a profound social element. After all,…

The Card Counter

Paul Schrader makes good movies. He also makes movies that are almost invariably about the bad feelings of damaged men, from Taxi Driver…

Dune

Frank Herbert’s psychedelic sci-fi novel Dune has a long history with adaptation. The first attempt to put it on film was in 1975, when the…

Pig

The synopsis makes it sound like an arthouse parody of John Wick – but Pig is also a serious and meditative film about our relation to food, grief and each other.

Another Round

Mads Mikkelsen's latest film serves up an alcohol-fuelled experiment, but should he be popping the corks about the resulting storyline?

Bo Burnham: Inside

Hilarious, intimate and intense, Bo Burnham has produced what will surely become a seminal piece of ‘Covid years’ art.