• Facing Nolan

    Facing Nolan

    ★★½

    Running at an hour and forty-two minutes, Bradley Jackson's documentary on Nolan Ryan, one of the greatest pitchers in Major League Baseball history, is an good ole all-American story of an individual overcoming the odds. It’s an ultra-clean biography of a seemingly ultra-clean hero, and in truth, it's one that frequently lays it on a little thick, much to its disadvantage. However, while the film laus out its nostalgic journey through one of the great baseball careers of the last 50…

  • Fire Island

    Fire Island

    ★★★

    Director Andrew Ahn and writer/actor/producer Joel Kim Booster embark on a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice through the prism of gay people and culture with Fire Island. Starring Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, James Scully and Conrad Ricamora, it moves forward with a virtually non-stop cache of one-liners to be a generally entertaining romp. While some of the cast fare less well than others, the film operates as a love letter to numerous aspects of gay life.…

  • Bull

    Bull

    ★★★

    Written and directed by Bafta-winner Paul Andrew Williams and starring Neil Maskell as the eponymous protagonist, Bull centres on a man out for pure undiluted revenge against those who attempted to kill him. There’s little wasted footage as he wages on his brutal warpath with the screenplay entrenching clumps of backstory about how everything went amiss. Paul Andrew Williams indulges in no highfalutin aspects, no sense of a filmmaker cramming frames with gorgeous imagery while they strain to discover the…

  • Catch the Fair One

    Catch the Fair One

    ★★★½

    Best known for his work on the Netflix series Narcos, Josef Kubota Wladyke's written and directed Catch the Fair One lands with some immediate and relentless brutality. Following the plight of a one-time boxer called Kaylee (Kali Reis ), the movie shines a spotlight on the sex trafficking of Native American women after she freely enters a sex ring to locate her missing younger sister. 

    While there are some similar revenge-thriller plot beats with Liam Neeson's Taken, Wladyka wisely concentrates…

  • Anything's Possible

    Anything's Possible

    ★★★

    Directed by Billy Porter, Anything's Possible beautifully depicts a slice of life and grasps the spirit of Gen Z with both hands. At its centre is a black trans girl named Kelsa, who's on the brink of forging her own space in the world. It unfurls into the young woman's tale and examines the numerous impediments she faces in just being herself. In addition, the movie captures and projects an appetite for displaying some of the genuine worries about the LGBTQ+ community, and positioning Kelsa at the centre of a teenage romance, Porter's film graces the age-old romance genre with some much-needed heart and soul.

  • Anne at 13,000 Ft.

    Anne at 13,000 Ft.

    ★★★

    Starring Deragh Campbell as the titular Anne, a youthful daycare worker whose mental stability is gradually slipping from her grasp, Kazik Radwanski's written and directed movie tackles mental health topics with compassion and insight. Campbell stays on the screen throughout, with Radwanski shooting most of the movie in close-ups as Anne spirals through a couple of highly destructive weeks, self-medicating with alcohol and declining assistance from friends, parents and lovers. While she certainly has had difficulties in the past, these troubles are implied indirectly rather than described in detail. Anne at 13,000 Ft is, in summation, an undertaking of both tenderness and consideration.

  • Thirteen Lives

    Thirteen Lives

    ★★★½

    Director Ron Howard and screenwriter William Nicholson do a great job of not just building suspense in this film which chronicles the events of the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue, but also maintaining it. Nicholson's written screenplay follows the events leading up to the soccer team and their coach getting trapped in the cave before focusing on the rescue mission itself. Nicholson maintains the perspectives primarily remain with the people attempting to rescue them, choosing not to spend much time…

  • Ahed's Knee

    Ahed's Knee

    ★★★★

    Written and directed by Nadav Lapid, Ahed's Knee observes a successful middle-aged film director named Y, played by Avshalom Pollak, who’s a blatant stand-in for the real-life Israeli filmmaker. It follows Y as he enters the pre-production stages for a film about Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old Palestinian activist who obtained attention when a news video of her slapping an Israeli soldier together with her subsequent arrest went viral. Throughout, Lapid contorts his lens on the small portions of Israeli life…

  • Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe

    Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe

    ★½

    Directed by John Rice and Albert Calleros, Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe carries forward the straightforward notion of grabbing Mike Judge's ludicrous teen boys from the 1990s and ferrying them to the present day. Although the moronic title characters are not the only aspects to be virtually unaffected by time, so do the series' signature humour and the animation, consistent with the prevailing tone; both remain somewhat crude. Unfortunately, the Mike Judge and Lew Morton script is less a…

  • Writing with Fire

    Writing with Fire

    ★★★★

    Following the courageous journalists behind Khabar Lahariya, India’s only all-female-run newspaper, Writing with Fire illustrates the lengths some reporters are willing to go to expose brutal truths in the face of incredible obstacles. 

    As their chief editor, Meera, puts it, “journalism is the essence of democracy and a vehicle for fighting for justice”, and the journalists are seen reporting from some of the most challenging regions of the country. The filmmaking team of Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh have crafted…

  • American Underdog

    American Underdog

    ★★★

    Based on the real story of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, who was undrafted out of college and worked at a grocery store before he led the St. Louis Rams to Super Bowl victory against the Tennessee Titans at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in 2000. 

    Despite its often cringe-worthy dialogue and the principal actors being too old to play people in their twenties, it generally works well. While its structure gives out distinctive Rocky vibes, the film…

  • 18½

    18½

    ★★★½

    With its centrepiece being the infamously missing 18-minute and 30-second recorded dialogue between US President Richard Nixon and Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman, which applies to the watergate scandal, 18½ is a peculiar and amusing film. It follows a transcriptionist named Connie, played by Willa Fitzgerald, and a journalist named Paul, played by John Magaro, and comes with a brisk runtime guaranteeing that it doesn't wear out its welcome.

    As Connie struggles with controlling the tape's discovery and who should…