BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL


ANOTHER ROUND

Thomas Vinterberg crafts a fun if surprisingly anodyne movie that celebrates moderation.

NOMADLAND

Chloe Zhao’s third feature entwines a lyrical exploration of the American West with the drilling effects of capitalism and old age.

Knives Out (Rian Johnson, 2019), Lionsgate, USA, DCP, colour, sound, 130 Minutes, Lieutenant Elliott (Lakeith Stanfield), Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig)

KNIVES OUT

Rian Johnson takes aim at modern America in a playful, ingenious murder mystery

The Report (Scott Z. Burns, 2019), Amazon Studios, USA, DCP, colour, sound, 119 minutes, Daniel Jones (Adam Driver)

THE REPORT

The truth will out as Adam Driver takes on the CIA in real-life post-9/11 thriller

Zombi Child (Bertrand Bonello, 2019), MUBI, France, DCP, colour, sound, 103 Minutes, Fanny (Louise Labeque)

ZOMBI CHILD

Teen trifles clash with sacred traditions and powerful voodoo in Bertrand Bonello’s diasporic meditation

Colour Out of Space (Richard Stanley, 2019), USA, DCP, colour, sound, 111 Minutes, Theresa (Joely Richardson), Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage)

COLOUR OUT OF SPACE

A family goes berserk in a Lovecraftian horror which you’ll remember for Nicolas Cage milking an alpaca

Beanpole / Dylda (Kantemir Balagov, 2019), MUBI, Russia, DCP, colour, sound, 130 minutes, Masha (Vasilisa Perelygina), Iya (Viktoria Miroshnichenko)

BEANPOLE

Kantemir Balagov’s second feature tackles issues of motherhood, PTSD, and the strive to bring colour into post-WWII life

Monos (Alejandro Landes, 2019), Picturehouse, Colombia / Argentina / Netherlands / Germany / Sweden / Uruguay, DCP, colour, sound 102 minutes

MONOS

A stark portrayal of excessive violence and child militance that renders all the comforts of civilisation unimportant

Jinn (Nijla Mu’min, 2018), Orion Classics, USA, colour, sound, 93 minutes, Summer (Zoe Renee), Jade (Simone Missick)

JINN

Good intentions backfire in this shallow, sex-shaming film about cultural identity

Sauvage (Camille Vidal-Naquet, 2018), Peccadillo Pictures, France, DCP, colour, sound, 99 minutes, Léo (Félix Maritaud)

SAUVAGE

Sauvage reminds the spectator of the dazzling constellation of sex and sexuality

Roma (Alfonso Cuarón 2018), Cine Canibal, Mexico & USA, 70 mm / D-Cinema , 135 minutes, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio)

ROMA

Critic-bait cinema at its most specious, narcissistic and self-indulgent

Peterloo (Mike Leigh, 2018), Entertainment One, United Kingdom, DCP, 154 minutes, Henry Hunt (Rory Kinnear)

PETERLOO

Mike Leigh goes for political point-scoring over visuality. In other words: angry in theory, polite in execution

Arctic (Joe Penna, 2018), Signature Entertainment, Iceland, DCP, colour, sound, 97 minutes, Overgård (Mads Mikkelsen)

ARCTIC

Mads Mikkelsen is impeccable in anthem to the strength of Scandinavian men