Category: drama

REVIEW: First Man (2018)

In 1962 engineer and test flight pilot Neil Armstrong joins NASA as part of its second generation of astronauts, assigned to the Gemini and Apollo missions in the hopes of sending humans to the moon. As his work begins to consume his life, it places a growing strain on his relationship with his wife and ...

“We’re out of sake for the saint” | Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937)

Within Japan Humanity and Paper Balloons has long been celebrated as one of the greatest films ever made, as well as one of the most significant films in the jidai-geki, or period drama, genre. Internationally, however, it has remained obscure until very recently. Part of its problem is that its director, Sadao Yamanaka, died a year after ...

REVIEW: The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

1993. Teenager Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) is caught in the back of a car with her high school prom queen, leading her strictly religious aunt to send her to a gay conversion therapy centre to be 'cured'. Once there she teams up with two new friends to subvert and challenge the system. Gay conversion ...

REVIEW: Submergence (2017)

Danielle Flinders (Alicia Vikander) is a biologist preparing to descend to the bottom of the ocean in an experimental submersible. Despite it being the most important moment of her career - not to mention the most dangerous - she remains haunted by a truncated romance she had the previous year with a man named James ...

REVIEW: The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is an overworked and unhappy kindergarten teacher who discovers that one of her five-year-old students is an apparent literary prodigy. Growing obsessed with nurturing the boy's talents, she wildly crosses boundaries of professional - even legal - behaviour to save his poetic instincts from being smothered by a disinterested father and ...

REVIEW: Leave No Trace (2018)

Debra Granik is one of the USA's most essential filmmakers. She works slowly, directing just four films in the last 14 years, but every one has been both exceptional and unmissable. She is a superb social realist, grounding her films with a impeccably researched sense of place. She also tells deep human stories with the ...

REVIEW: The Last Painting (2017)

On the day of the 2016 Taiwan election, police find a mutilated body of a young woman in an apartment. Her naked body has been painted white, and her eyes have been cut out and removed from the scene. Four months earlier, the victim Yang Chieh (Chang Ning) moves into the same apartment - sharing ...