The Danish Girl review

Man! I feel like a woman…  The timing couldn’t be better, really. In the year of Caitlyn Jenner and TV’s Transparent, this handsome and sensitively played biopic about Lili Elbe, the first person to undergo gender-reassignment surgery, pushes all the right topical buttons. Recounting how 1920s Copenhagen artist Einar Wegener found his inner girl when […]

Seventh Son review

Dragon fart… Its release repeatedly pushed back, Seventh Son sadly warrants the bad buzz. It’s a YA fantasy based on Thomas Seigel’s The Spook’s Apprentice, part of a 14-book series. Somewhere in there they probably explain all this crazy bullshit, but we can only go by what we’re seeing on the screen. Julianne Moore is […]

Son Of A Gun review

Starred down… The feature debut from Aussie director Julius Avery, Son Of A Gun is sure to elicit comparisons to compatriot David Michod’s 2010 debut, Animal Kingdom – both are brutal crime thrillers interested in conveying hardscrabble realism while obeying genre mechanics. And while Avery’s effort is less sure of its tone, with too many […]

Testament Of Youth review

The battle of Brittain. It’s well crafted,” says Vera Brittain (Alicia Vikander) of a poem by suitor Roland Leighton (Kit Harington), “but I don’t see you in it.” On the surface, the same faint praise could be levelled at James Kent’s adaptation of Brittain’s WW1 memoir. It’s a handsomely mounted, resolutely old-school work: the epitome […]