Beautiful Boy

Director: Felix Van Groeningen Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Steve Carell, Amy Ryan, Maura Tierney, Jack Dylan Grazer, Zachary Rifkin, Kue Lawrence Words – Rhiannon Topham When I came out of the screening for Beautiful Boy, I overheard a woman behind me say “when he [Steve Carell] is fretting about where his son is at the beginning,…

The Little Stranger

2018 Director: Lenny Abrahamson Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, Charlotte Rampling Words – Carly Stevenson Faithfully adapted from the 2009 gothic novel by Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger is an elegant haunted house drama set against the backdrop of postwar Britain. Beginning in the summer of 1948, the story is narrated by Dr…

Mary Shelley

2018 Director: Haifaa al-Mansour Starring: Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Douglas Booth, Joanne Froggatt, Tom Sturridge, Bel Powley Words – Carly Stevenson Not unlike the sorry creature of Mary Shelley’s visionary novel, director Haifaa al-Mansour’s biopic is a flawed creation that was conceived with good intentions: Elle Fanning gives a sincere performance as the eponymous author,…

No Country For Old Men

2007 Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Starring: Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald Words – Nathan Scatcherd In a filmography which – it could comfortably be argued – boasts several absolutely essential films, The Coen Brothers’ 2007 adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel No Country for Old Men stands as one…

IT

2017 Director: Andres Muschietti Starring: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton Words: Carly Stevenson 27 years after the 1990 miniseries aired, Warner Bros have finally reanimated Pennywise the Dancing Clown to terrify horror fans and coulrophobics again – this time on…