Using an unexplained death to examine small town politics is a well-established trope. Why doesn’t it seem to work in Jasper Jones?
Despite adopting a naturalistic aesthetic, Finnish coming-of-age film Little Wing never feels anything but inauthentic.
Where Adventure Time: Stakes! succeeded by focusing on the supporting cast, Islands suffers through its inability to offer anything outside the ordinary.
The Beguiled succeeds as an arch comedy that savagely satirises its self-obsessed ladies of leisure.
This lesbian romance looks very ‘indie’ – gauzy light streaming into the camera, flashes of Instagram expressionism – but avoids cliché.
One Punch Man is a pitch perfect parody of a genre about which I am almost entirely unfamiliar.
Director Hayden J. Weal maximises the material with an impressive ability to manipulate and surprise his audience.