• tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    ★★★★

    7.5/10. With Tick, Tick ... Boom, Miranda celebrates the power and the pressure of the world he loves most, and he's picked a subject who encapsulates those warring dynamics perfectly. Tick, Tick... Boom! is a totem for the thrills and trials of making art, with all the sacrifices and empathy it requires.

  • Bruised

    Bruised

    Bruised desperately wants to be the 21st-century, female Rocky, but musters only caricature in its derivative construction.

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★★½

    6+/10. More women is its only decent idea. Otherwise, it's business as usual. Otherwise, it's all formulaic bish-bosh, smash-crash action scenes broken up by lame jokes and lame philosophising along the lines of: "Your pain only makes you stronger."

  • The Night

    The Night

    ★★★½

    A nerve-shredding, nail-biting, anxiety inducing nightmare, The Night is a masterclass in fear-building and easily one of the scariest films of the year so far.

  • Love and Monsters

    Love and Monsters

    ★★★½

    Appealing leads, a big heart and great monster design and splatter make terrific fun.

  • Hunter Hunter

    Hunter Hunter

    ★★★½

    Though more meat is needed on its narrative bones, Shawn Linden's backwoods horror creepfest is a mean-spirited parable about finding out who the ultimate monster is - beast or man?

  • Scenes from an Empty Church

    Scenes from an Empty Church

    ★★★½

    6+/10. Scenes from an Empty Church is immediately distinctive as a snapshot of COVID culture that's already unrecognizable, despite most of us having lived through it.

  • Censor

    Censor

    ★★★½

    7/10. This thrilling, dizzying debut from Welsh writer-director Prano Bailey-Bond is a nostalgic treat for anyone old enough to remember the infamous "video nasties" scare of the early 80s.

  • Passing

    Passing

    ★★★★

    7+/10. Passing is an intoxicating, absorbing and thought-provoking adaptation of Nella Larsen's 1929 novella of the same name. This film reaches beyond the fast-paced, plot-heavy films circling streaming services these days to deliver a tragedy that is effortless and light in execution, but heavy with emotional subcontext. Beautifully shot in 4:3 aspect ratio and monochrome, Rebecca Hall brings to life a bygone era that looked lovely but had a hideous underbelly. Negga is altogether extraordinary, a sort of human mirage of aspirational perfection and psychological delusion, shimmering with warmth and mischief and sex.

  • One Night in Miami...

    One Night in Miami...

    ★★★★

    With fine acting, clear direction and perceptive relevance, One Night in Miami transforms from a strong play into powerful cinema.

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★½

    7-/10. Less ambitious than most of the studio's films, "Luca" instead projects plenty of warmth, specifically in its study of identity, bigotry and the challenges young people face when navigating their anxiety-inducing entry into adulthood.

  • French Exit

    French Exit

    A glam and gloomy comedy that, for all the talent on board, only gets traction from the performance by Michelle Pfeiffer, who is sensational in a nuanced, multi-faceted role