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Belfast

21 Jan 20224 stars

Director Kenneth Branagh demonstrates his love for the titular city in this terrific trip down memory lane

A love letter to the city in which he was born, sure, but also an affection-infused portrait of an imperfect family, Belfast is Kenneth Branagh's finest hour as a director, after 17 previous stints calling the shots. Drawing on his own working-class…

Nightmare Alley

20 Jan 20224 stars

A starry cast lights up Guillermo del Toro's sensationally stylish noir about a carnival of lost souls

Master of the macabre Guillermo del Toro resurrects the film noir in inarguable style with this atmospheric and stone-cold stunning adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham's 1946 novel. First filmed in 1947 as a vehicle for Tyrone Power (the swashbuckler…

Scream

13 Jan 20223 stars

Scream queens Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox join forces with some new faces in the horror franchise's fifth instalment

'I've been stabbed nine times, I've got permanent nerve damage and a fun little limp,' grumbles battered Scream veteran David Arquette as he returns to the role of loveable dope Dewey. His character's weariness epitomises the increasingly tired efforts…

Licorice Pizza

31 Dec 20215 stars

Paul Thomas Anderson delivers a delightful, cameo-heavy coming-of-ager fronted by two impressive debut leads

A teenage crush evolves into an endearing co-dependency in this 1970s-set, LA-based adventure from Paul Thomas Anderson. Chock-full of eventful episodes and star cameos, it boasts winning central performances from newcomer Cooper Hoffman (son of the…

The best films of 2021: 1

17 Dec 2021

Quo Vadis, Aida? is our top film of the year

Unforgettable is the word that springs to mind when describing Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Žbanić's sensitive and cinematically shrewd take on the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Filtering this real-life, large-scale tragedy through a narrow, more intimate…