The world of cinema loves to tackle the devastating effects of substance addiction. The life and times of a drug addict provide weighty fodder for any potential screenplay, particularly those which also seek to portray an addict's loved ones, as they watch helplessly from the sidelines. In writer/director Felix van Groeningen's compelling but frustrating Beautiful Boy, the tale is mostly told from the perspective of a beleaguered father, rather than the titular addict himself. It's a curious twist on this all-too-familiar tale, and one likely being lived by thousands of...

It's always hard to say goodbye to a legend. When Robert Redford announced The Old Man & the Gun would be his final acting performance (although he's since slightly backed away from this comment), there were plenty who didn't want to see him go. Redford has been a stalwart of cinema for almost six decades now, and he's still giving us stellar work at the age of 82. But, if he is to stick to his word and this is to be his farewell, he's going out on a charming...

In 2014, The Babadook marked the impressive arrival of actress turned writer/director Jennifer Kent. With her dazzling debut, Kent terrified audiences with one of the most original horror films in years. To call her follow-up "highly anticipated" would be an understatement. On paper, The Nightingale is a clear departure from the horror genre found in Kent's debut. But, make no mistake, this is a film that will still horrify an audience, albeit in an entirely different way. With its unflinching depiction of savage violence against women and Australia's indigenous people, The Nightingale is...

A filmmaker at the top of his craft. An autobiographical narrative featuring the people, language, and locales of his homeland, all captured in mesmerising black-and-white cinematography. A simple yet powerful familial story where ordinary moments somehow become entirely extraordinary. An ineffaceable homage to Mexico City in the 1970s. This is Alfonso Cuarón's Roma, one of the year's most stunning achievements in cinema. When crafted by an expert, the simplest tales often become the most powerful and affecting. This rings especially true of Cuarón's latest masterwork.  There's little grandeur here. In its...

One by one, a group of seemingly innocent strangers arrive at a deserted location. Each harbours their own scandalous secrets and personal motivations for being in this particular spot at this particular time. None are what they seem. Some are good. Most are bad. One is very bad. And over the next two-and-a-half hours, all will slowly be revealed. No, we're not talking about The Hateful Eight. It's the deliciously entertaining but exhaustively long Bad Times at the El Royale, the second feature film from writer/director Drew Goddard, which (for better or worse)...

Two years ago, director Damien Chazelle took us to the stars with La La Land, waltzing off with an Academy Award for Best Director (and Best Picture for 2 and a half minutes). With First Man, he's quite literally taking us to the moon and back, and a whole host of Oscars could very easily be trailing behind. With Chazelle at the helm and Ryan Gosling behind the wheel, the tale of NASA's 1969 Apollo 11 mission to place a man on the moon is one we all know the outcome of....

Name a beloved horror movie icon and it's highly likely their reputation has been slaughtered by a neverending wave of disappointing sequels. Freddy. Jason. Leatherface. Chucky. They've all exhausted their welcome and become more laughable than terrifying. Then there's Michael Myers, the babysitter murdering, William Shatner mask-wearing, knife-wielding psychopath. Since his debut in 1978's seminal classic Halloween, the serial slasher has been seen in seven awful sequels, a disappointing 2007 reboot and its even more disappointing sequel. When you've already attempted a reboot once before, that's the end of...

With a screenplay filled with glaring plot holes and woeful dialogue and a calamity of disappointing performances from its terribly underused lead actors, 'Venom' feels like a horrendously missed opportunity. The source material is a goldmine of potentially brilliant delights. The cast is filled with amazing performers including two Oscar nominees and an Emmy winner. This could have been a sensational movie. Instead what we're handed is a frustrating and sloppy mess of a film which can't seem to decide on its tone, intention, or direction. This is the kind...

It may not seem like it, but it’s been ten years since director Gus Van Sant gave us the powerful and Oscar-winning biopic Milk. Since then, the filmmaker has been in somewhat of a slump, with three films (Restless, Promised Land, and The Sea of Trees) falling flat on their faces. You probably didn’t see any of them and you probably don’t need to. But with Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Van Sant appears to have got his groove back with a film that’s a heart-warming and charming crowd-pleaser with a dash...

At this very moment, there are 6.5 million Americans living with an intellectual disability. Only 15% of adults are gainfully employed with nearly 1 in 3 living below the poverty line. Their access to a proper education during their youth may provide a clue to these damning statistics. 17% of students with an intellectual disability are given access to an education through regular classrooms. Overall, only 40% of disabled students eventually graduate high school, immediately putting them at a greater disadvantage than those they already face. As tackled in the...