The Perfect Candidate review: a political fable fuelled by optimism
Haifaa Al-Mansour’s winning story of a small-town doctor who finds herself standing for election relishes progressiveness and pizzazz in contemporary Saudi Arabia, writes John Bleasdale.
Sunday 1 September 2019
System Crasher: a traumatised nine-year-old girl falls through the cracks
Nora Fingscheidt’s powerful debut exposes a system unable to cope with a young girl removed from her mother’s care and prone to fits of uncontrollable rage, by Nikki Baughan.
Friday 27 March 2020
And Then We Danced review: finding a new rhythm as a gay man in Georgia
Radical choreography, queer resistance and national identity combine in Levan Akin’s sophisticated and rich drama about a young performer fighting to express himself on and off the dancefloor, writes Ben Walters.
Thursday 12 March 2020
Cunningham review: revisiting the work of a giant of modern dance
Director Alla Kovgan stages sequences from 14 of the choreographer’s most challenging works, creating a documentary that focuses, refreshingly, on the art rather than the commentary, writes Graham Fuller.
Thursday 12 March 2020
Portrait of a Lady on Fire review: Céline Sciamma’s thrilling, erotic story of women in love
Noémie Merlant plays an artist hired to paint a woman, Adele Haenel, who refuses to be painted, in this chamberpiece of shapes, textures and female solidarity, writes Catherine Wheatley.
Wednesday 26 February 2020
Long Day’s Journey Into Night review: Bi Gan’s extravagant art noir wows in three dimensions
Divided into unequal halves, this self-conscious movie shadows a tough guy led astray by two mysterious women and culminates in an audacious extended 3D sequence filmed in one shot, writes Tony Rayns.
Thursday 2 January 2020
Midnight Family: patrolling Mexico City in a private ambulance
Life-or-death healthcare comes at a high price in a city where life can be stranger than fiction, as Luke Lorentzen’s gripping fly-on-the-wall documentary reveals, writes Demetrios Matheou.
Wednesday 19 February 2020
Sorry We Missed You review: Ken Loach counts the cost of striving in austerity Britain
When a father of two takes a job as a courier, the iniquities of the gig economy push him and his family to breaking point in the latest, considerably accomplished, drama from Loach and Paul Laverty, writes Trevor Johnston.
Thursday 31 October 2019
Official Secrets review: Keira Knightley shoulders a true-life Iraq War whistleblowing thriller
Knightley’s ascetic account of GCHQ whistleblower Katharine Gun is the true north of Gavin Hood’s solid, spiralling spy procedural, says Matthew Taylor.
Thursday 17 October 2019
Mr. Jones review: the horrors of the Holodomor, witnessed by a Welsh reporter
A fearless journalist investigates the famine in Ukraine during WWII in this overstretched but nobly intentioned drama directed by Agnieszka Holland, writes Philip Kemp.
Thursday 6 February 2020
Shooting the Mafia review: Italy’s first female photojournalist looks back in anguish
Kim Longinotto weaves together the life story of a remarkable woman with an acute social portrait of Italy’s struggle with the Mafia, by Hannah McGill.
Friday 29 November 2019
Monos review: a fever dream of children at war
Alejandro Landes’s surrealist portrait of child soldiers living in chaos is an anarchic and unpredictable experience right until the end, writes Maria Delgado.
Thursday 24 October 2019
End of the Century review: a bittersweet series of Barcelona romantic encounters
Lucio Castro’s impressively daring debut details a love story between two men in three chance encounters across different decades, writes Maria Delgado.
Thursday 20 February 2020