FILM REVIEW: Mistress America

Mistress America (Noah Baumbach, 2015)

Following his 2012 indie hit Frances Ha, Noah Baumbach reteams with his co-writer and star, Greta Gerwig for Mistress America. Having tackled differences between his own baby boomer generation and Gen Y in his most recent film, While We’re Young, Baumbach turns his sights back to the younger set, in all their self-indulgent glory. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Mistress America

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FILM REVIEW: Burnt

Burnt (John Wells, 2015)

Bradley Cooper + food. Who could ask for anything more? While our television screens remain saturated with cooking competitions, cinema is slowly getting in on the act, with last year’s Chef and The Hundred-Foot Journey appealing to audiences’ taste buds, with Burnt the latest addition. With a screenplay by The Hundred-Foot Journey’s Steven McKnight, Burnt sees its characters similarly aim for the most coveted prize in fine dining: three Michelin stars. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Burnt

FILM REVIEW: The Walk

The Walk (Robert Zemeckis, 2015)

Some people are cray. Philippe Petit being one of them. In 1974 he rigged a wire between the two Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and walked across it. He then stayed on the wire for 45 minutes. With no safety harness. David Blaine eat your heart out. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Walk

FILM REVIEW: Miss You Already

Miss You Already (Catherine Hardwicke, 2015)

Any woman who has ever experienced a troubled relationship with her best friend is likely to identify with Catherine Hardwicke’s Miss You Already. Hardwicke is best known for her adolescent-driven films; she has previously portrayed the horrors of becoming a teenager in Thirteen, and the horrors of falling in love with a stalkey, sparkly vampire in Twilight. In her latest film, her focus shifts to adult relationships. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Miss You Already

FILM REVIEW: The Visit

The Visit (M. Night Shyamalan, 2015)

Most people know M. Night Shyamalan as the guy who peaked early with The Sixth Sense, trotted out some semi-respectable storylines in Unbreakable, Signs, and The Village, and then made a series of bad films (The Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender, After Earth) that were unintentionally hilarious. With The Visit he has supposedly strived to create a hybrid of horror and comedy, but you can’t help but think that’s just a disclaimer so he won’t get burnt again. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Visit