The Battle of Algiers

★★★★★ 1954, the height of the Algerian War. While the occupying French forces struggle to maintain control of the capital city, Algiers, Arab insurgents use guerrilla tactics to try to overthrow the French. Employing many of the techniques of Italian neo-realism,... Continue Reading →


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

★★★★★ It's been seven months since Mildred's (Frances McDormand) daughter was raped and murdered, but in the intervening time since, no arrests have been made. At her wit's end by the apparent lack of progress, Mildred erects three huge billboards... Continue Reading →

The Last Jedi shows us how to fight the alt-right

Spoilers follow for Star Wars: The Last Jedi Star Wars: The Last Jedi is on track to become the most successful blockbuster of the year, but that hasn't stopped an almost immediate backlash from fans angry at the direction of the new... Continue Reading →

“Let the Past Die: The Politics of Legacy in The Last Jedi”

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ahead Star Wars has always been about cycles – fathers and sons, apprentices and masters, redemption and renewal. When Obi-Wan Kenobi confronts Darth Vader in A New Hope, Vader tells him that “the circle is now complete.... Continue Reading →


★★★★☆ During the French summer holidays, 13-year-old Ava (Noée Abita) has just been diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition that is slowly blinding her. While her supportive mother, Maud (Laure Calamy) juggles attempting a sense of normalcy with her own... Continue Reading →

The Last Jedi

★★★★★ “This is not going to go the way you think”. Crabbily spat at his new apprentice, Mark Hamill’s line is a pithy summation of The Last Jedi, arguably the most original and surprising entry in the series to date. Rian... Continue Reading →

Top 25 Films of the Year

Recently, I took part in a couple of end of year polls for The Skinny. First up, was the best films of the year. Seven of my picks made the cut - Mother!, Raw, Logan, Dunkirk, Get Out, Moonlight, and Certain Women. Click on the... Continue Reading →

Adaptations: Eisenheim the Illusionist: Symbolic threats and literal perils

Neil Burger’s 2006 adaptation of ‘Eisenheim The Illusionist’, a short story by Steven Millhauser, is exemplary of the pitfalls of literalising the symbolic. Burger’s The Illusionist is by no means a bad film, but its rote plot and diluted imagery is interesting... Continue Reading →

What Justice League Tells us About Toxic Fan Culture

It's no secret that Warner Bros' answer to Marvel's Cinematic Universe – the DC Extended Universe – has gotten off to a few false starts. The first entry, Man of Steel, received mixed reviews, and its follow-ups, Batman v Superman: Dawn of... Continue Reading →

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