Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) review

Matthew Turner 12 November 2018 A suicidal man hires an assassin to finish him off in this funny and surprisingly moving British debut Writer-director Tom Edmunds makes an impressive feature debut with this hilarious British black comedy about a suicidal young man who hires a hitman to do the job for him. With a perfectly…

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald review

James Mottram 12 November 2018 The second Harry Potter prequel expands the wizarding universe to exhilarating effect Two years on from Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the Harry Potter prequel-of-sorts returns with its second chapter. Again scripted by Potter creator JK Rowling and directed by David Yates, now on his sixth movie set…

Conception and human fertility are the focus of a new documentary fiction piece

Jessica Ramm 8 November 2018 Lucy Beech’s newest film continues her exploration of women’s relationships with their bodies Lucy Beech takes real-life scenarios and subtly twists them to wring out anxiety in many aesthetically appealing forms. Her films often centre around groups of women and present relationships that feel disconcertingly slippery; women’s relationships to their…

The Grinch review – Animated Dr Seuss adaptation retains the magic of the original material

Matthew Turner 7 November 2018 Animated Dr Seuss adaptation retains the magic of the original material The third adaptation of Dr. Suess’ beloved Christmas classic, following the traditionally animated TV special (1966) and the live-action Jim Carrey version (2000), The Grinch is produced by Illumination, the studio behind the Despicable Me franchise. (Suitably, it’s preceded…

Jason Barker on A Deal with the Universe: ‘I was documenting with a film in mind’

Katie Goh 7 November 2018 A Deal with the Universe On the eve of the Scottish Queer International Film Festival, we talk to director Jason Barker about trans parenthood and filmmaking The Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF) is back with a bang. Kicking off in December, Scotland’s only LGBTQ+ film festival aims to get…