REVIEW: Bombshell (2019)

In July 2016 Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harrassment lawsuit against CEO Roger Ailes, setting off a chain of accusations and denials that rocked the television network. The lead-up and repercussions of Carlson's lawsuit are now the subject of a new feature drama directed by Jay Roach: Bombshell. A sexual harrassment suit hardly ...

Favourites of the 2010s: #175-151

With the decade coming to a close, it is worth taking a look back at the best and most enjoyable films to come out over the past 10 years. I put together a long list, sorted them very roughly into some kind of order, and have been counting them down over the past few weeks. ...

REVIEW: Ask Dr. Ruth (2019)

Dr Ruth Westheimer is a popular German-American sex therapist, whose radio and television programs caused a seismic shift in how 1980s America discussed sex, relationships, and sexual health. A talk show stalwart and lecturer, she is now 91 years old and the subject of a new feature documentary directed by Ryan White (The Case Against ...

REVIEW: Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Johannes "Jojo" Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) is an enthused 10 year-old member of the Hitler Youth; so dedicated to the Nazi cause that he has Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi) for an imaginary friend and dreams of showing enough bravery to defend Germany on the front lines. When he discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding ...

Favourites of the 2010s: #200-176

Over the past few weeks FictionMachine has been counting down my favourite feature films of the past decade. To be honest, the numbers are arbitrary - they would absolutely shift all over the place on a day-by-day basis. It is also going to exclude a lot of outstanding films that I have simply never seen. The best ...

REVIEW: 1922 (2017)

Wilfred "Wilf" James (Thomas Jane) is a Nebraska farmer, living with his estranged wife Arlette (Molly Parker) and teenage son Henry (Dylan Schmid). When Arlette inherits a patch of land, she announces a plan to sell it and to open a dress shop in Omaha with the proceeds - taking Henry with her and leaving ...

Favourites of the 2010s: #225-201

With the decade winding up in a few scant weeks, it's worth looking back on the best films of the decade - or at least the most enjoyable. To be honest the rankings are largely arbitrary, and there are a lot of acclaimed 2010s films that I simply have not seen. If it's on this ...

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