Trigger warning: this review discusses topics including suicide, depression, and self-harm. Book adaptations are a tricky beast to conquer. Stick too closely to the source material and you run the risk of presenting something that feels like little more than a narration of the text. Stray too far from what came before and you're likely to frustrate those expecting a faithful interpretation. Writer-director Michael McGowan's adaptation of Miriam Toews' semi-autobiographical 2014 novel All My Puny Sorrows falls into the former in a film that feels more literary than cinematic. For...

We've all likely been in a situation where one little white lie becomes a series of untruths that soon spiral completely out of control. But those lies have likely never involved pretending to be the best friend of a relative stranger who died by suicide. Yes, that's the basic ghastly plot of the movie musical Dear Evan Hansen. Yes, this is also the plot of the Broadway musical sensation that won six Tony Awards at the 2017 ceremony hosted by Kevin Spacey. And, just like hearing Spacey's name,...

A harrowing portrait of exploitation and systemic corruption and a gripping tale of morality, co-writer-director Alexandre Moratto's 7 Prisoners is tense and disturbing but so urgent and necessary. Moratto crafts an unflinching insight into the world of human trafficking and fuses it with a coming-of-age narrative where moral dilemmas abound at every turn. It's still early days, but we may have found Brazil's deserving submission for Best International Feature Film at this year's Academy Awards. Set in present-day São Paulo, 7 Prisoners centres on 18-year-old Mateus (a terrific Christian...

When American filmmakers get their hands on the rights to remake an international feature film, we're generally served something that's little more than a carbon copy of its predecessor. If you've never seen the original, that's perfectly fine. But if you're familiar with what came before, it's the worst example of cinematic déjà vu. Such is the case with Antoine Fuqua's The Guilty, an almost beat for beat remake of Gustav Möller’s 2018 Danish film of the same name. For those terrified of subtitles and without any previous knowledge...

As an ardent fan of Riz Ahmed of more than 15 years, the rave response to his revelatory performance in 2020's Sound of Metal was something I felt was long overdue. For more than a decade, Ahmed has been a consistently underrated performer in films like Four Lions, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and Nightcrawler. After his first Oscar nomination last year, the film industry finally appears to be paying attention. As such, it should come as no surprise to learn Ahmed delivers another mesmerising turn in co-writer-director Michael Pearce's...

Inspired by Danish author Maria Bregendahl's breakthrough macabre 1914 novel A Night of Death (En dødsnat), writer-director Tea Lindeburg delivers a quietly intoxicating debut feature with As in Heaven (Du som er i himlen). A tragic portrait of female oppression and the potential perils of religious beliefs, it's compelling, haunting, and hard to shake from your mind. The film centres on Lise (a terrific Flora Ofelia Hofmann Lindahl), the eldest daughter of a farming family in rural Denmark who is preparing to leave the farm to attend school. While her...

Almost three decades ago, one little Aussie film sought to put drag culture on the map. And it succeeded. The unassuming camp classic that is The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert became a cultural phenomenon and the art of drag was celebrated on screen like never before. With the recent success of shows like RuPaul's Drag Race and Pose, drag culture has edged into the mainstream while still retaining its nonconformist sensibilities. Entering this new celebratory world of everything drag comes Everybody's Talking About Jamie, the glittery,...

Swimming is intrinsically linked to everyday life in Australia. Most Aussie kids learn to swim from the moment they can walk, so it's surprising swimming is a rare setting for Australian cinema. But writer/director Tyson Wade Johnston's Streamline isn't a celebration of swim culture. It's an unflinching portrait of the brutal nature of professional sport and the toxic masculinity that saturates it. A supremely impressive directorial debut from Johnston, Streamline is a powerful, pertinent work that refuses to pull any punches. Led by a breakthrough performance from Levi Miller...

Way back in 1992, a horror film delivered a slasher killer whose motivations were far more interesting than just plain psychotic. After years of villains who maimed and murdered hapless victims for no reason, Bernard Rose's Candyman presented a racially charged film whose killer represented everything America would rather forget. This boogeyman's revenge was entirely justified and the film drew parallels between the past and present in ways the horror genre had rarely dared touch. Almost 30 years later, America may proudly declare its progress, yet it prefers to...

There's always trepidation when an Emmy-nominated television writer/director makes the leap into feature films. While a television series has multiple episodes and potentially several seasons to weave the creator's vision, a piece of cinema is naturally far more confined. It's these limitations that create unfortunate issues for Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy's directorial debut Reminiscence, a film with boundless potential but unfortunate execution. While Joy's scope is impressive and her ambition is hugely admirable, Reminiscence can't break free of the shackles of homage or limit its focus within the confines of...