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 ...

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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 ...

A Ghost Story

Rooney Mara stars as a young widow and Casey Affleck stars as her recently deceased husband who for most of the film is hidden beneath a large sheet in a ghost story that is at once ludicrous and weirdly haunting. Click on image for full review ...

The Big Sick

American/Pakistani stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani plays himself, and Zoe Kazan his girlfriend-soon-to-be-in-a-coma Emily Gordon, in this very funny but overlong romcom/ medical drama based on Nanjiani and Gordon's true story, as scripted by themselves.  Click on image for full review ...

The Beguiled

A starry cast appear to enjoy themselves hugely in this stagey Gothic tale of sex, mutilation and murder in the Deep South. Please click on image for full review ...

Kedi

You don’t have to be a cat-lover to enjoy this charming documentary on the street cats of Istanbul; you just have to be interested in people. Please click on image for full review ...

The Handmaiden

In The Handmaiden, South Korean director Park Chan-wook brilliantly transposes Sarah Waters' novel Fingersmith, a story of sex, money and triple-betrayal set in Victorian England, to Korea in the 1930s suffering under Japanese rule. Please click on image for full review ...

45 Years

Adapted from a short story by David Constantine, this slow and creepy drama, set in the bleak Norfolk countryside, stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as wife and husband Kate and Geoff, whose 45-year marriage is undermined by a secret from the distant past. Please click on image for full review ...

20th Century Women

Annette Benning plays Dorothea, the single mother of a 15-year-old boy, worried about how to bring him up to be a decent man, and looking to others for help, in this 1970s-set sweet and funny film about women, men and sexuality. Please click on image for full review ...

Moonlight

Moonlight and the sea play powerful parts in this tender story about growing up poor, black and gay in Miami in the 1990s; three actors – Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes – brilliantly portray the boy (known as Little), the teenager (Chiron) and the grown man (Black). Please click on image for full review ...