Steel Country

A sanitation worker becomes obsessed with uncovering the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a young boy in Simon Fellows’ Steel Country. There are parts of America that have all but been forgotten about by those in power. These areas were once the centre of industry but have fallen into a state of dilapidation as…

Three Summers

People from different walks of life have their world view challenged when attending an Australian folk music festival over the course of 3 consecutive years in Ben Elton’s Three Summers. Normally I don’t bring in context when reviewing a film but in some cases it’s unavoidable and really important in terms of understanding why the film…

Obey

A young man has to deal wiith family issues and widespread social unrest against the backdrop of the 2011 London riots in Jamie Jones’ Obey. The 2011 London riots is a significant event that will be relatively fresh in the minds of a lot of people given the widespread consequences of those events that resonate to…

Incredibles 2

The Parr’s return for another super powered family adventure in Brad Bird’s long awaited Incredibles 2. The Incredibles came out before the current superhero renaissance that currently fills screens. There were superhero films at the time but not to the same extent or standard that we have now so it stood out as something new,…

Jellyfish

A young girl feels compelled to take responsibility for taking care of her family when her mother fails to be up to the challenge in James Gardner’s Jellyfish. Sarah Taylor (Liv Hill) doesn’t have a great life. The entire film focuses on Sarah as our eyes into the world that she lives in and it makes…

Anna and the Apocalypse

A Zombie Apocalypse breaks out at Christmas forcing a group of friends to run, fight and sing their way through the undead hordes in an effort to reach their families in John McPhail’s musical Anna and the Apocalypse. I personally quite like a musical. The Greatest Showman almost made it onto my best of the…

Blood Fest

A group of friends get more than they bargained for when attending a celebration of all things horror in Owen Egerton’s Blood Fest. Self aware horror has become a genre unto itself with many examples of projects that seek to play around with the associated tropes and explore them through affectionate mocking. Standouts in this…

Lucid

A shy young man’s life changes when he is offered the opportunity to learn how to control his dreams to improve his waking life in Adam Morse’ Lucid. Dreams are a common playground in fiction and for good reason. They offer a fertile playground that gives creative minds a world of infinite possibilities that don’t…

Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back)

After several unsuccessful suicide attempts a young man enlists an ageing assassin to end his life for a nominal fee in Tom Edmunds’ Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back). Suicide is such a serious and sensitive subject matter that applying comedy to it is almost unthinkable. The tone has to be spot on…