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The Merciless

23 Oct 20174 stars

Taut and visceral crime thriller from South Korean director Byun Sung-hyun

South Korean cinema has built up quite the reputation for tight crime thrillers, from Oldboy and The Villainess to I Saw the Devil, Memories of Murder and The Age of Shadows, and writer-director Byun Sung-hyun provides yet another strong genre entry…

Call Me by Your Name

23 Oct 20175 stars

Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet excel in Luca Guadagnino's intoxicating romance

A coming-of-age love story, sensitively and sensuously hewn, Luca Guadagnino's latest film is a triumph. Following his hyper-stylised marital drama I Am Love and the more loose-limbed remake A Bigger Splash, this adaptation of André Aciman's novel is…

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

23 Oct 20174 stars

Illuminating fly-on-the-wall documentary trailing the titular icon, from Sophie Fiennes

In one of the many memorable moments in this cinéma-vérité style documentary from Sophie Fiennes, Grace Jones makes an appearance on French television to sing her disco version of 'La Vie en Rose'. Unimpressed by the dancers' tacky attire – in her…


20 Oct 20172 stars

Gerard Butler stars in this ridiculous disaster movie from the writer of Independence Day

A geostorm, according to Dean Devlin's daft sci-fi / disaster movie co-written with Paul Guyot, is a chain reaction of catastrophic weather events around the globe. This may be Devlin's debut as a director, but as a writer and producer on Independence…

Happy Death Day

20 Oct 20173 stars

Fun, cliche-defying comedy horror from Christopher Landon, starring the versatile Jessica Rothe

Groundhog Day meets Scream in this surprisingly funny horror from Christopher Landon that revives late 90s and 00s slang, reminding us that life's a 'bi-atch'. The set-up is simple: student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) is forced to relive the day of her…