A film that won ten Academy Awards (the outright second-highest tally in history) including Best Picture is hardly something you would think requires a remake. Remember how well that 2016 update of Ben-Hur went? To be fair, Steven Spielberg's take on West Side Story is officially an adaptation of Jerome Robbins' 1957 stage musical and not a reimagining of Robert Wise and Robbins' 1961 Oscar-winning classic. Regardless, comparisons will inevitably be drawn. Lucky for us, Spielberg has crafted a gorgeous new interpretation that practically leaps off the screen....

The films of writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson typically feature a dark streak bubbling beneath the surface. From the seedy underbelly of the world of pornography in Boogie Nights to the twisted romance of Phantom Thread, Anderson is a filmmaker who isn't afraid of life's nastier elements. Perhaps given the miserable events of the last two years, Anderson has decided to take a refreshingly different route with Licorice Pizza; a film so effervescently joyous that it will likely leave you floating out of the cinema. A wistfully nostalgic portrait of Los...

It's not every day a press screening includes surrendering one's phone before entering a cinema featuring security guards in night vision goggles and a title card and preshow video from the cast begging viewers to avoid revealing spoilers to the general public. Then again, it's not every day a film like Spider-Man: No Way Home comes along where revealing the colour of a character's socks could be seen as a spoiler in some circles. With a level of hype unrivalled in 2021 and a hefty bag of secrets no...

The days of millions of Americans tuning in to watch the same episode of television at the same time are long gone. But, once upon a time in the 1950s, one woman had the ability to draw a television crowd like no one else in the business. After a languid movie career where she became known as "Queen of the Bs" for her affinity for B-movie roles, Lucille Ball finally found her footing in TV as the star of her own wildly successful sitcom, I Love Lucy. It's...

It's not often I find a film that leaves me truly speechless. Then again, it's not every day a film like Julia Ducournau's staggeringly audacious Titane comes along. It may be the most utterly insane film I've seen all year and I sincerely mean that as a compliment of the highest order. Provocative and unnerving but also strangely tender and beautiful, Titane is truly unlike anything else you will see in 2021. Ducournau's unwavering confidence radiates in every single frame of this boldly original body horror tale that's as...

In 1996, the late Jonathan Larson changed the landscape of Broadway with his rock musical Rent. The show would run for 12 years and win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Musical. In 2015, Lin-Manuel Miranda equally rattled Broadway with his rap musical Hamilton. The show has been running for six years and also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Musical. These two titans of musical theatre combine with Miranda's feature directorial debut Tick, Tick...

Jingle those bells and wake Mariah Carey from her hibernation slumber. The festive season is upon us once again. As with every year, there's a new Christmas film on its way for the whole family to enjoy. This year's entry just so happens to feature an impressive ensemble cast of big-name British actors that would make Harry Potter blush and a hefty dose of merry warmth that will wash away the bleak memories of another year tarnished by that pesky global pandemic. A curiously clever reimagining of the origin...

In the 28 years since Jane Campion became only the second female filmmaker in history to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, the writer-director has made just four films. Much like her careful filmmaking and storytelling style, Campion is a director who prefers to take her time. The results are always worth the wait. With her latest effort, Campion may have delivered her greatest work to date and one of the very best films of the year. A slow-burn character study that's as captivating as it is...