Review by James Mahon Embodying the chilling effects of Dario Argento’s horror subgenre ‘giallo’ thrillers and the voyeuristic sensibility of Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom (Michael Powell, 1960), Censor (Prano Bailey-Bond, 2021) is the feature length directorial debut of Prano Bailey-Bond. The film is a welcome addition to the cannon of inventive horror movies that not only depict gory violence but examineContinue reading “Censor”

The Boys from County Hell

By James Mahon Mixing horror with comedy has never been particularly well executed in the modern film industry. Although an appealing combination, most directors and writers don’t seem quite able to create the correct blend of fear and laughter, often resulting in a total absence of both. The trio of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost andContinue reading “The Boys from County Hell”

The Suicide Squad

By Cat Early Seemingly striving to distance itself as much as possible from its commercially and critically failed predecessor, The Suicide Squad  (James Gunn, 2021) is a sequel that offers a more engaging storyline, greater attention to its characters, and tons of CGI gore. The film begins by reintroducing Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), a ruthlessContinue reading “The Suicide Squad”

Jungle Cruise

By James Mahon Action and adventure movies set in far-flung jungles and with Dwyane ‘The Rock’ Johnson as a cornerstone character seem to be increasingly popular with multi-generations of film audiences. Disney has certainly taken notice and is trying to replicate the success of Sony’s Jumanji franchise with Jungle Cruise (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2021), with allContinue reading “Jungle Cruise”

Space Jam 2: A New Legacy

Review by Cathal Eustace Space Jam: A New Legacy (Malcom D. Lee, 2021) is astonishing. Going into the film it’s important for the audience to know how to temper their expectations: Will Space Jam 2 change the way you see cinema? No. Will it appeal to the cymbal crashing monkey we have between our ears?Continue reading “Space Jam 2: A New Legacy”

Summer of Soul

Review by James Mahon The footage of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival has been locked up for fifty years in a basement. An event which epitomised the ‘wholesale revaluation’ of black culture and history has remained unseen and unknown. That is until the release of Questlove’s (Ahmir Khalib Thompson) Summer Of Soul (… Or WhenContinue reading “Summer of Soul”

‘In The Heights’

Review by Katie McKenna Lin Manuel Miranda’s fall from grace was sudden and public. Legitimate  criticisms about his hit musical ‘Hamilton’ glorifying slave owners soon  descended to lip biting memes on TikTok. However, a common theme  throughout Miranda’s career seems to be a lack of self-awareness, an  aggressively earnest belief in himself and an adamantContinue reading “‘In The Heights’”