The Lighthouse

2019 Director: Robert Eggers Starring: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe Words – Joe H. Arriving to begin their month-long term as lighthouse keeper and secondary, Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) quickly finds his time ahead will be tending to the more demeaning and punishing tasks of the building under seasoned keeper Tom Wake (Willem Dafoe). The jagged…

Dead Dicks

2019 Directors: Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer Starring: Jillian Harris, Heston Horwin, Matt Keyes Words – Nathan Scatcherd A sci-fi gallows comedy dealing with family trauma and co-dependence – with a Cronenbergian twist – Dead Dicks is a sharp and moving feature. When down-on-her-luck Becca receives some distressing messages from Richie, her mentally ill brother,…

Come To Daddy

2019 Director: Ant Timpson Starring: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Michael Smiley, Madeleine Sami, Martin Donovan Words – Nathan Scatcherd Come to Daddy is a nasty little film. A grimy, bloody, off-kilter thriller with moments of pitch black comedy, anchored by a central performance from Elijah Wood as a man who goes to a mysterious secluded…

Leeds International Film Festival 2019

The Leeds International Film Festival is one of the UK’s premiere platforms for new and world cinema. Taking place every November at venues around the city, see our look at some of the films featured at the 2019 festival – click on the film title to see our review.   The Lighthouse A visceral, hypnotic…

Nosferatu (1922)

1922 Director: F. W. Murnau Starring: Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schroeder, Alexander Granach Words – Eleanor Smith Nosferatu (1922), by German director F.W. Murnau, is a textbook example of the haunting beauty and mystery seen in classic, silent horror films. This exceptional film has stood the test of time and as a result…

Extra Ordinary

2019 Directors: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman Starring: Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte, Claudia O’Doherty Words – Carly Stevenson Rose (Maeve Higgins) is a driving instructor with an extraordinary talent: she can communicate with the dead. A kind widower named Martin (Barry Ward) tries to enlist her help when unexplained supernatural forces possess his teenage…

Little Monsters

2019 Director: Abe Forsythe Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Alexander England, Josh Gad Words – Carly Stevenson Lupita Nyong’o, Alexander England and Josh Gad star in this uplifting, indie zom-com about the terrifying responsibilities of child rearing. After a recent breakup leaves him without a place to stay, washed-up musician Dave (Alexander England) crashes with his sister…

The Nightingale

Director: Jennifer Kent Starring: Aisling Franciosi, Baykali Ganambarr, Sam Claflin Words – Carly Stevenson In her second film, director Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) explores the horrors of colonialism with unflinching honesty. The Nightingale is a Gothic drama set mostly in the Tasmanian wilderness during ‘The Black War’: a period of violent conflict between British colonists…

Color Out of Space

2019 Director: Richard Stanley Starring: Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Q’orianka Kilcher, Tommy Chong, Madeleine Arthur, Julian Hilliard, Brendan Meyer Words – Carly Stevenson Adapted from the H.P. Lovecraft short story by cult director Richard Stanley, Color Out of Space is a stunning spectacle of cosmic body horror that perfectly captures the fear of the unknown…

Tone-Deaf

2019 Director: Richard Bates Jr. Starring: Amanda Crew, Robert Patrick Words – Carly Stevenson Cross-generational conflict takes a grisly turn in Richard Bates Jr’s latest offering Tone-Deaf: a chaotic horror-comedy that interrogates the mounting tensions between ‘millennials’ and ‘baby boomers’ in contemporary America. The plot focuses on newly single and unemployed Olive (Amanda Crew), who…