His Girl Friday/ Bringing Up Baby

Hilarious! I watched these after seeing Howard Hawks’s Rio Bravo on BBC4’s current excellent Thursday night series of classic films. Both films have wonderfully-written roles for the leading women, played with great wit and style by Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday – btw she is not actually His Girl Friday, but rather His Lead Reporter – and by Katharine Hepburn in Bringing up Baby ... Please click on image to read more ...

Rocks

This closely-observed and warmly empathetic take on a fifteen-year-old girl and her school-friends in south London has been described as ‘uplifting’ and ‘feel-good’; it turned out to be a much more tragic story than I was expecting. Please click on image for full review.

When They See Us

This is a harrowing four-part docu-drama about the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of five black and Hispanic teenagers in 1989, for the gang-rape and assault of a woman jogger in New York’s Central Park; it is enraging as well as harrowing and, as a powerful documentation of white America’s deeply-embedded racism, hugely important. Please click on image for full review ...

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Céline Sciamma’s glorious, subversive fourth film – winner of Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at Cannes – is a wonderfully intelligent story about art, love and the female gaze.  Please click on image for more ...

1917

Ho hum: beautiful cinematography, weighty subject matter, excellent acting; so why does this much-praised film seem more like a video game than an accurate representation of the First World War? Please click on image for full review ...

Little Women

What a terrific film with which to kick off the new decade: the tender, funny, passionate story of four glorious, loving, high-spirited sisters, the March girls, growing up in genteel poverty in Concord during the American Civil War; over seven years we follow their journeys towards the finding of their authentic grown-up selves. For full review please click on image ...