Isle of Dogs

Amazing Mr Anderson! His stop-motion futuristic story about dogs exiled and left to die on a huge rubbish dump off the coast of Japan celebrates loyalty, friendship, courage and general dogginess – all the qualities that since time immemorial have made dogs our very best friends. Please click on image to read more ...

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Lady Bird

Although billed as the portrait of a mother-daughter relationship, I’d say this smart, funny, slightly weird (in a good way) film is more about a young woman coming of age than specifically about her relationship with her mother, although naturally that forms a part of the story. Please click on the image to read more ...

The Shape of Water

Oh I loved this wonderful absorbing love story about a mute cleaning woman and a creature - a river god, no less! - whom she rescues from captivity, torture and death. Please click on image for full review ...

Abu Adnan (Adnan’s Father)

Please look out for this award-winning short film about a Syrian father and son who have found refuge in Denmark . It is written and directed by my niece, Ismay's cousin, Sylvia Le Fanu! (I feel that merits an exclamation mark.) Please click on the image to read more ...

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Glory (Slava)

Oddly, the only two films that Ismay and I have been to see recently are both deeply tragic (or rather one is, and the other pretends to be), and yet are also comic (or rather one is genuinely if painfully comic, while the other has a few comic moments).  In one, the gripping but unsettling Bulgarian film Glory, the tragedy and comedy are integrally entwined. The other film is Three Billboards. Here is what we think of them (click on image for full reviews):

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Annette Bening is always a joy to watch (see my post on 20th Century Women) and in the scene here when she and Jamie Bell disco-dance together one afternoon, in her cluttered lodgings, she is really flying; Jamie Bell is pretty watchable too. Click on image for full review.

The Florida Project

It's not often you see a film that affirms and celebrates a tender, loving relationship between a mother and small daughter; Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite are brilliant as, respectively, six-year-old Moonee and her pink-and-green haired young mum Halley, living together in a cheap motel, purple-painted The Magic Castle, outside the walls of Disneyworld in Florida.  Click on image for full review ...

Loving Vincent

Oil paintings shimmer with Van Goghian light and movement in a visually entrancing  re-telling of the Van Gogh story. Click on image for full review ...

I Am Not a Witch

In this beautiful, strange and compelling debut feature film by Rungano Nyoni (born in Zambia and raised in Wales), a small girl in rural Zambia, played with a luminous, enchanting grace by Maggie Mulubwa, stands accused of being a witch.  Click on image for full review ...

The Party

Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer and Cillian Murphy make up the talented ensemble cast in this short, sharp, up-to-the-minute, hilarious satire on the chattering classes written and directed by the wonderful Sally Potter. Click on image for full review ...