Film of the week
Director Raine Allen-Miller has found a new way to tell a London story on screen. With its all-black cast, almost unique in British filmmaking, and its terrific camerawork observing the cultural melting pot and colourful imagery, it’s all a lot of fun! And lead actors David Jonsson and Vivian Oparah really sizzle with character together.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods
“ It’s rather disappointing that this sequel is such a bombastic concoction, mixing an over-complicated plot with far too much digital effects work, all of which is rendered in drab grey. It’s still entertaining, but Shazam! is no longer anything special.”
“Overall it’s very enjoyable with some fun cameos from the older actors and three very strong performances at the centre. And if it overstates its political message a bit too stridently at times, it can be forgiven. The message does after all make a very valid point.“
“This is not your standard slasher movie, even though it’s not without its moments of gore. It’s more a study of developing madness in the person of a seriously disturbed young woman losing touch with reality and just brutally removing anyone who gets in her way.”
80 for Brady
“Half-hearted writing and directing isn’t enough to subvert the sheer star power of this venerable quartet. Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sally Field are the best in the world at making the very most of mediocre material, keeping us chuckling even when the comedy isn’t funny.”
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Former Fleet Street journalist, lifelong film buff and co-founder of Movies1. When he’s not watching films he helps people at Citizens Advice and is an intrepid traveller and has visited every continent in the world – including Antarctica.
Former president of the British Critics’ Circle and teaches young filmmakers how to criticise a film for the BFI. She is also a director of Peckhamplex in London and has written biographies of Gerard Depardieu and Jeanne Moreau.
Carol has been a film critic since 1980 and has contributed to the
BBC, LBC, The Times, Cosmopolitan, New Woman, 9-5, Close-Up Film and others. She also teaches drama to older people though her charity Cat’s Whiskers Community Arts.
A film journalist since 1990, reviewing and interviewing for press and radio. Alexa is especially interested in independent and non-English-language films and is co-editor of a specialist website. She is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic.
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Trained as an architect and completed her PhD on the subject of material decay, drawing greatly from film-making for references. She is currently writing an illustrated children’s book on climate change and our own ageing.
A freelance writer, editor and broadcaster, Rich is chair of the London Film Critics’ Circle. Born in Los Angeles, he has lived in London for more than three decades and covers film, theatre and dance for BBC Radio, Shadows on the Wall and other outlets.
Royal commentator, film critic, lecturer and public relations consultant. He has has done over 1,000 TV interviews, written numerous articles and is
the weekly film critic for Talk Radio Europe (Spain) and Siren FM (Lincoln University).
Jonathan has worked as a film journalist for Scotland on Sunday, CNN Entertainment in New York and many radio shows. He is the Associate Director of the French Film Festival and has interviewed hundreds of stars.
Retired engineer and a movie junkie ever since he saw North by Northwest four times in 1960, just in time for the flowering of the French New Wave, and Ingmar Bergman, Satyajit Ray and all those great names of that time.
Former political journalist on the Glasgow Herald and for 24 years the paper’s film critic as well as one of its theatre critics, As well as reviewing films for Movies1 he also reviews theatre for the long-running website Reviewsgate.
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