White Building: An Introspective Look at Dreams and Demolition

Director: Kavich Neang Starring: Piseth Chhun, Hout Sithourn, Jany Min Runtime: 130 mins For filmmaker Kavich Neang, White Building is deeply personal. Already in his youthful but promising career, he has cut his directorial teeth by chronicling the painful destruction of the apartment block where he and his peers were raised. In 2019, he documented…

Boiling Point is Slow Cooked to High Heat

Director: Philip Barantini Starring: Stephen Graham, Vinette Robinson, Alice Feetham, Jason Flemyng, Lourdes Faberes Running Time: 92 minutes Absolutely nothing is new about our hunger for chef-related screen drama. From the seemingly endless incarnations of shows like Hell’s Kitchen to testosterone fueled performances in feature films like Burnt and Chef, there will never truly be…

The Winter Lake is a Chilly Family Drama that Lacks Depth

Director: Phil Sheerin Starring: Emma Mackey, Anson Boon, Charlie Murphy, Michael McElhatton Running Time: 92 minutes An Irish-Canadian co-production, director Phil Sheerin’s The Winter Lake intertwines two family stories in the chilly backdrop of rural Ireland. Tom is a troubled and broody adolescent, who arrives in what appears to be an inherited old farm with…

Another Round is a Dark but Welcome Tonic

Director: Thomas Vinterberg Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Lars Ranthe, Magnus Millang Running Time: 115 minutes Thomas Vinterberg has a curious habit of going to the very darkest corners of humanity and somehow using these dark corners to showcase the most enduring aspects of humanity. A decade ago, Submarino explored the lives of drug…

Memories of Murder: A Timely Recollection of Bong Joon Ho’s Early Mastery

One of the best things about the raging success of Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite is the potential knock on effect it might have. People who would never ordinarily pay their money to see a subtitled film were doing so, as the critical acclaim drove Parasite into mainstream chain cinemas. This was significant, as such pictures…