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Remake of the Roald Dahl story switches the action to sixties Alabama but it’s little more than a boring pantomime that talks down to children

There’s slow-burn tension and creeping unease in this domestic chiller about three generations of women in a ramshackle house, but is it style over substance?

Elisabeth Moss plays the agoraphobic depressive author of The House On Haunted Hill who develops a twisted relationship with a young couple come to stay

In this sophisticated thriller, Mick Jagger is a reptilian art collector hosting an artist an art critic and an American tourist - but which one is the fake?

Film critic Paul Steward reviews The Trial of the Chicago 7, which is in cinemas now and arrives on streaming service Netflix on Friday.

Unflinchingly faithful version of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel is a magical and gothic meditation on grief but central performances fail to compel

Film review: The Climb

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

This American buddy comedy with European arthouse sensibilities starts at the peak and goes gently downhill but is the start of a promising double act from Covino and Marvin

For more than 50 years Pat Church has been the face of cinema in Bury St Edmunds. As the town’s Abbeygate Cinema does its best to fight the effects of Covid, Pat Church talks about his continued passion for the moving image

Behind the scenes portrait of Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson working on his final film is for fans only - even the making of great films is a dull process

Film review: I Am Greta

Thursday, October 8, 2020

The story of how a Swedish schoolgirl became a global climate crisis campaigner focuses too much on the personality and too little on the issues she cares about

Film critic Paul Steward reviews The New Mutants starring Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams.

Debra Winger and Evan Rachel Wood star as mother and daughter grifters in a heist movie with no heists, random motivations, and familial bonds that don’t ring true

Helen Reddy biopic tries to pitch the singer as a feminist icon, but the cheesy daytime TV style makers her seem as middle of the road as her music

Paul Steward reviews new Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter movie Bill & Ted Face the Music.

With the low key intimacy of a home movie, Malou Reymann’s autobiographical film about two daughters’ reaction to their trans father is quietly devastating

Craig Roberts’ film presents the world from inside the head of a woman with a mental illness leaving audiences confused and emotionally disconnected

Reality is collapsing and civilisation is ending, yet somehow Bill and Ted’s world still seems more benign than ours in a reboot that is charming but uninventive

Film review: 23 Walks

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Real life north Londoner Alison Steadman plays a lonely pensioner who strikes up a romance with fellow dog walker Dave Johns, but some dark painful secrets lurk

Film review Monsoon (12A)

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Gentle film about dislocation explores Vietnam’s national identity but its quiet strength becomes aimless by the end

The Dartmouth Park director of Suffragette shines a feminist lens on female friendship and teen life as a 15-year-old tries to raise her younger brother in East London

Paul Steward reviews new Netflix release I’m Thinking of Ending Things.

Film review Mulan (12A)

Friday, September 4, 2020

Disney’s live action remake jettisons the songs and humour in favour of a spectacular if message-heavy earnest martial arts film about a girl who dresses as a boy to join the army

Václav Marhoul’s harrowing film about a young boy’s struggle to survive in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe is not so much bleak as blunt bringing little resonance to the suffering and violence

In a depressingly nihilistic film Javier Bardem’s character explores three versions of the life he might have led and all of them are miserable

Film review La Haine (15)

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Mathieu Kassovitz’s trailblazing movie about racial division and police brutality in the Paris suburbs is a tremendous movie which worryingly hasn’t dated a bit

Christopher Nolan’s eagerly awaited espionage thriller Tenet has finally opened at UK cinemas. But is it any good?

Despite a stellar cast and crew, this heavyweight adaptation of JM Coetzee’s novel is a ponderous allegory that says nothing new about the weakness of empire

Paul Steward reviews new Netflix movie Project Power starring Jamie Foxx, which is available to stream now.

Not the Victor Hugo musical but a darkly comic noir about a rural cop’s first day on his new beat patrolling a Parisian slum estate

Swedish tale of a nightmarish family camping trip replayed over and over again isn’t as compelling as it should be but has a satisfying resolution

Film review: Tenet (12A)

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Highgate raised director Christopher Nolan’s long awaited movie is a confusing time travel spy epic with clunky dialogue and less impressive action sequences

Film review: Hope Gap

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Bill Nighy’s dull schoolteacher dumps his shrew of a wife while their son looks on mystified in this underwhelming drama set on the Sussex coast

Off-beat indie black comedy is low on nail-biting tension and high on mumbling but has an affecting charm

Film reviewer Paul Steward assesses new Russell Crowe thriller Unhinged.

Paul Steward reviews new Netflix movie release The Old Guard starring Charlize Theron.

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