‘YOU’, Male Entitlement & Our Rom-Com Expectations

***This post contains spoilers for Netflix‘s new series ‘YOU’. You have been warned!*** Joe (Penn Badgley) is a seemingly straight-edged ‘nice guy’ who manages a bookstore in New York city. His interest is piqued when a girl called Guinevere, or ‘Beck’ in real life (Elizabeth Lail), enters his shop, and they have an almost entirely traditional meet-cute involving exchanging literary interests and making fun of another customer for his love of Dan Brown. But this…

For Fat Women, The Existence of ‘Dietland’ is Groundbreaking

Looking back at previous depictions of fat women on screen, you’d be hard pushed to find anything truly positive. Instead, we are the fat but non-threatening friend; the whale someone pulls when drunk that we’re supposed to laugh at later; the villain whose fatness only adds to your perception of them being disgusting in every way; or maybe the fool, someone chubby but jolly so they’re less painful to look at. Dietland is doing this…

‘Good Time’ Review: ‘prickling, pulsating crime action’

After a bank robbery goes wrong and his mentally handicapped brother Nick (Benny Safdie) is caught and imprisoned, Connie Nikas (Robert Pattinson) has a hellish night doing everything he can to get him free. Driven by an obsessive need to set Nick free, Connie uses everything from charm, to violence, to sheer luck, pushing on through the night to evade capture and find a way to make enough money for his brother’s bail. Directed by…

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‘Hotel Artemis’ Review: ‘A thoroughly entertaining ride’

It’s the year 2028 and there’s a riot going down in LA thanks to big business shutting off public water supply. We meet Sharman (Sterling K. Brown) in the middle of a bank heist with his brother. With time ticking away, they make off with what they can, but him and his brother end up injured in the process. And so, they head to Hotel Artemis; a members-only hotel with select rooms (named after cities),…

‘The Love Witch’ Feels More Frustrating Than Feminist

Written and directed by Anna Biller, The Love Witch is a technicolor trip back to the cinema of the 1960s. It stars Samantha Robinson as Elaine, a love witch with a troubled past who moves to a new town to work on her art and continue her pursuit for true love. She uses her powers and potions to put men under her spell, but continues to run into problems when their love for her consumes…

‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ Review: It’s About Damn Time

Let’s set the scene. It’s 2 years after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is still under house arrest for breaking the Sokovia Accords by helping Cap and Bucky in that mega airport fight, but is about to be released. Thanks to Scott using their technology to get involved in Civil War, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) are also in trouble with the authorities, but…

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‘The Big Sick’ Is Pretty Much Perfection

Based on his life, The Big Sick follows Kumail Nanjiani (playing himself) back when he was trying to break into the comedy industry. He meets a girl called Emily (Zoe Kazan) at a gig and falls in love, but his Pakistani family values cause a rift between them. When Emily falls mysteriously ill, Kumail waits by her bedside and grows closer to her parents as they hope for her recovery. This is a romantic comedy,…

One Take ‘Victoria’ Is An Immersive Triumph

Victoria caused quite the stir when it was released; following in the footsteps of Birdman, but taking the idea to a whole new level, this German masterpiece tells the story of one night in the life of one girl, in one city, and in just one take. Whereas Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s Birdman gave the illusion of one take by using long sweeping shots, Sebastian Schipper‘s Victoria achieves it fully and completely, with one camera following…

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is Everything You Wanted (And More)

The release of Avengers: Infinity War has raised a lot of questions. Can a film successfully balance this many characters and still function as one cohesive movie? Can Thanos really be a villain worth the attention of all the Avengers combined? Can the film tackle Marvel’s issues with the third act and the lack of stakes? And, most importantly – can it live up to the hype? Turns out that the answer to all of…

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‘A Quiet Place’ Review: High Concept, High Intensity

It’s Day 89 of we’re-not-sure-what, and the Abbott family are out shopping for supplies. Barefoot, they creep across a shop floor. We don’t know how it happened, we don’t know why it happened; all we know is that they can’t make a sound. As we soon learn, there’s something deadly out there waiting to hunt them down if they do. The family have adjusted to living without noise. They play Monopoly with pom poms, eat…

‘Unsane’ Review: ‘A distinctly unsettling atmosphere’

Making a good impression working at a bank after moving 400 miles across the US, Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy) is a smart but somewhat unapproachable woman trying to move on after suffering at the hands of a stalker. Struggling to fit in this new city, she reaches out to a support group for victims of stalking, talks to a therapist, and fills in some paperwork. After admitting she’s had suicidal thoughts to the therapist, she…