Reviews

FrightFest 2020 Review: RELIC

  On the surface, Natalie Erika James’ Relic is a horror film – and for all intents and purposes it is. But there’s much more to unpack in this richly layered piece of genre cinema. Horror films always work best when they’re using the [...]

November 6, 2020

FrightFest 2020 Review: BROIL

Director Edward Drake’s Broil is one of the most infuriating films which Movies In Focus has seen in a long time. Broil is hansdomly shot, well acted and it features a stunning musical score from Hugh Wielenga. However, its plotting and [...]

November 6, 2020

FrightFest 2020 Review: BLOOD HARVEST

Blood Harvest (aka The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw) is a curious horror film from writer-director Thomas Robert Lee. It’s a well acted genre piece which starts slow but it gains momentum as it goes along, offering-up enough intrigue to keep its [...]

November 6, 2020

FrightFest 2020 Review: HONEYDEW

Director Devereux Milburn’s Honeydew is a gloriously atmospheric horror. The film’s tension is taught and tense and it grips its viewer and drags them into is own special brand of drug-induced weirdness. It’s a slow burning, but [...]

November 6, 2020

Review: ACCION MUTANTE Is Like Mission: Impossible On Acid

Action Mutante is a rip- roaring action-adventure comedy-sci-fi film. It’s also bizarre, but I’ll get to that later. Directed by Alex De La Iglesia and produced by Pedro Almodovar, this Spanish language 1993 release is a totally unique [...]

October 22, 2020

2020 BFI London Film Festival Review: AMMONITE

Despite dedicated performances from Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, Francis Lee’s Ammonite is as bleak and dour as the film’s wintry Lyme Regis setting.  Named after a coiled shell fossil, Ammonite centres on the 19th Century romance [...]

October 19, 2020

2020 BFI London Film Festival Review: POSSESSOR

Written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg, Possessor is a tricksy and complex thriller which takes a potentially commercial concept and gives it an arthouse spin. At times it’s a little too convoluted for its own good, but this sci-fi [...]

October 18, 2020

2020 BFI London Film Festival Review: ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

A powerhouse performance piece, Regina King’s One Night In Miami is a near flawless adaptation of Kemp Powers’ (fictional) play which sees Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke gathered together in a Miami hotel room to celebrate [...]

October 14, 2020

Gimmfest 2020 Review: MONSTROUS

Monstrous is a film which straddles multiple genres. Ostensibly a horror movie, it’s a credit to director Bruce Wemple and writer (and star) Anna Shields that it also works as a thriller and a romantic drama. There have been dozens of [...]

October 13, 2020

2020 BFI London Film Festival Review: SUPERNOVA

Supenova is a rich character drama with a pair of wonderfully emotive performances from Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci. The pair really impress in this exceptionally well-honed drama from writer-director Harry Maqueen (Hinterland). The plot of [...]

October 13, 2020

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