The Gentlemen sees Guy Ritchie return to home turf: posturing gangsters doing gangster shit.
But Widows exhibits cosmetic similarities with the heist genre, it resolutely resists generic conventions.
Here, Lanthimos imagines a world where ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ are false signifiers concealing human selfishness.
The Beguiled succeeds as an arch comedy that savagely satirises its self-obsessed ladies of leisure.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a fun-spirited, nimble adventure when it’s not committing some of the sins of universe-expanding.
Successful speculative fiction is essentially sociology. It’s grounded not in the details of the alternate reality it concocts, but in investigating how societies and individuals would react to different structures and opportunities. The best speculative fiction isn’t inspired by spaceships or wizardry; rather, it’s impelled by an overriding interest in human nature – a considered,…
I assume that the melodramatic machinations of Miss Julie played like gangbusters in 1890s Sweden, but a century later it all rings pretty false. Bergman acolyte Liv Ullmann sneaks in a reference to Cries and Whispers in the opening flashback and executes an excellent final shot, but otherwise can’t overcome the inherent staginess of the…