Children's films occasionally have a knack for delivering nightmare-inducing scenes that haunt you for a lifetime. The boat ride in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The "Pink Elephants on Parade" musical number in Dumbo. The flying monkeys of The Wizard of Oz. But the one that has always stuck with this film critic is the traumatising moment in 1990's The Witches when Anjelica Huston's Grand High Witch literally peels back her face to reveal the horrifying demon lurking underneath. It's an iconic sequence that likely had parents...

Just when you thought you'd seen the last of everyone's favourite mankini-clad Kazakhstani reporter with a penchant for causing all sorts of chaos, Sacha Baron Cohen resurrects his iconic Golden Globe-winning role from the hinterland of the pop culture zeitgeist to remind us all why we fell in love with Borat Sagdiyev. Filmed in total secrecy over the last few months, Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm* has genuinely dropped from nowhere at just the right time. Not only is the entire world in dire need of a good chuckle (which this...

When the press release for Cooper Raiff's impressive directorial debut Shithouse (or S#!%house, as it's being marketed for obvious reasons) arrived in my inbox, I must admit I made several incorrect assumptions about this film, particularly given the poster features a gang of adolescents downing a bunch of shots. While you may assume a film with a title like Shithouse is this generation's crude college comedy in the same vein as American Pie or Animal House, this couldn't be further from the truth. Ignore the misleading title and...

It's always a foolhardy task to offer a new adaptation of a story that already scored an Academy Award for Best Picture. The disastrous bomb that was 2016's Ben-Hur highlighted why it's a dangerous idea. Likewise with the disappointing All the King's Men in 2006 and the god-awful mess that was 2004's Around the World in 80 Days. We'll now have to wait another year to see if Steven Spielberg has somehow found a way to breath new life into ten-time Oscar winner West Side Story. 80 years after Alfred...

The coveted moniker of Disney Legend isn't a title the studio bestows lightly, but there are few animators more deserving of this honour than the icon that is Glen Keane. A veteran of Disney animation who played a key role in the studio's dazzling renaissance period of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Keane was the man responsible for designing numerous iconic characters including Ariel, Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas, to name just a few. For all his staggering achievements in animation, Keane hadn't followed many of his Disney contemporaries...

The word coronavirus has been dominating our lives since the early days of the hellscape that is 2020. Between rolling anxiety-inducing news coverage, daily press briefings that consistently struck fear and dread in our hearts, and the restrictions on once innocuous activities we may never take for granted again, there's been no escaping the pandemic that has completely upended our lives. The idea of watching a documentary recounting how the hell we got here may not sound like the most appealing proposition right now. However, with the U.S. election...

A wise man once said, “A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to.” That may have been true in Middle Earth, but it doesn't quite work that way in the film industry. To see a screenwriter, director, producer, and star make her feature film debut at the ripe age of 40 is hardly a typical occurrence in the film industry, especially for a woman of colour. What an absolute delight it is to see this occur in such a dumpster...

Protestors in the streets. Riot police launching tear gas and executing brutal beatdowns. A legal system where justice rarely seems to appear. For a film that takes place in 1968, it's impossible not to draw a direct line of comparison with the current state of America. By virtue of auspiciously appropriate timing, Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7 arrives in a social climate echoing the events of the past, blessing the film with a staggering aura of potency even a master writer like Sorkin couldn't have...

A family legacy is always difficult to live up to. A family legacy in the film industry is practically a curse, especially on a director attempting to follow in the footsteps of an auteur filmmaker like David Cronenberg. That's the daunting task facing writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, who, with only his second feature film, proves he's inherited his father's talent for crafting cinema dripping in bloody gore and loaded with shocking imagery. Cronenberg deftly delivers one of the year's most twisted delights with Possessor, a chaotic, surrealist fusion of sci-fi...

For better or worse, Julie Taymor is a stage director willing to take tremendous risks that either pay off handsomely (her Tony Award-winning work on The Lion King) or fall flat on their face (the unmitigated nightmare that was Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark). With her background in spectacle-infused theatre, Taymor has a knack for crafting visuals that don't always translate to the screen in her divisive dalliances with filmmaking. Thankfully, Taymor only occasionally digs into her bag of stylistic tricks with her celebration of one of the most...