Review: The Goldfinch

Adapting something as sprawling, highly detailed, strange, and twisty as Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winning 2014 novel The Goldfinch for the big screen might’ve been an impossible task for anyone to attempt, but director John Crowley and screenwriter Peter Straughan certainly give their all with this uneven, sometimes bizarre, but never boring literary epic.

Review: How to Talk to Girls at Parties

How to Talk to Girls at Parties, the latest film from director John Cameron Mitchell that’s based on a story by popular author Neil Gaman, feels every bit like a film that wasn’t ready to go into production, but they went ahead with it anyway. There’s a lot to like, and many reasons why this has bypassed cinemas and been sent straight-to-VOD.

Review: ‘The Beguiled,’ starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell

The Beguiled, the latest film from writer-director Sofia Coppola, might take place in Civil War era Virginia, but it’s a story (one twice told before) that could take place in present day with only minor cultural tweaks. Pivoting between a genteel drama and a potent two-way standoff thriller, The Beguiled effortlessly lives in two worlds at once: past and present and light and dark. It’s further proof that Coppola’s best (and often most underrated) works are the ones where she’s able to tap into primal feelings of rage, fear and privilege colliding with one another.

Nicole Kidman on The Railway Man red carpet

TIFF 13: First two days with Benedict Cumberbatch, Carice van Houten and Nicole Kidman

Two days of the Toronto International Film Festival are already in the bag, and it feels like it has just flown by in a strange caffeine-fueled haze. I’ve been preparing for TIFF for the last month, but between becoming a dad at the end of July, and just generally having too much to do, I never did end up feeling all that prepared for the film festival this year, but it has been exciting all the same as it whizzed by my head.