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Hive: Poignant and quietly inspirational

Looking at patriarchy and social norms in Kosovo in the wake of war, the meditative pacing and sensitive direction of Blerta Basholli’s Hive allow it to be inspirational without moralising.

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

This trio of short stories approaches the heights of Happy Hour. It's also far more affecting and closely felt than Drive My Car, while clocking in at a comparatively slim two hours.

Jackass Forever

After a decade’s absence, this circus of spectacle exceeds expectations with an incredible amount of heart and genuine showmanship.

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Joel Coen’s debut cinematic venture without his brother Ethan is far from a midsummer night’s dream: it’s a harrowing liminal nightmare.

Boiling Point

Stephen Graham walks the knife's edge in Philip Barantini's turbulent drama set in a London bistro kitchen, shot in a single take.

Licorice Pizza

The latest film from obvious-genius auteur Paul Thomas Anderson is sweet, charming, fun but also undeniably strange, even queasy.

The Card Counter

A good-looking, well-wrought, surprisingly snappy noir thriller not marred by the delusional exceptionalism that usually accompanies American movies about American atrocities.

Dune

Religion, colonialism, space-oil – this is big and serious stuff. And while Denis Villeneuve could never be accused of being too ironic, in Dune his earnestness finally works.

Pig

The synopsis makes it sound like an arthouse parody of John Wick – but Pig is also a serious and meditative film about our relation to food, grief and each other.

Another Round

Mads Mikkelsen's latest film serves up an alcohol-fuelled experiment, but should he be popping the corks about the resulting storyline?

Bo Burnham: Inside

Hilarious, intimate and intense, Burnham has produced what will surely become a seminal piece of ‘Covid years’ art.

Reviews in Retrospect: Battle Royale

Still serving as inspiration for films and video games, in some ways the afterlife of Kinji Fukasaku’s 2000 cinematic masterpiece is no surprise.

Sound of Metal

Heavy metal, pin-drop silence and everything in between scores Darius Marder’s story of a broken man learning to adapt to a new and uncomfortable way of life.

Palm Springs

A fresh take on a tried and true genre convention, Palm Springs shows that necessity is the mother of re-invention.

Reviews in Retrospect: A Kind of Murder

In Andy Goddard’s 2016 adaptation, the precarious line between fantasy and reality is explored within a murky landscape of moral ambiguity in small-town Texas.

Misha

Director Brian Song explores love and grief through the story of a largely-unknown 1979 plane crash, which decimated Uzbekistan’s FC Pakhtakor Tashkent.

The New Corporation

The “unfortunately necessary sequel” doc to 2003’s The Corporation skewers modern forms of colonialism, looking at how the face of big business has changed – but behaviours haven’t.