Ruben Östlund's Palme d'Or winner is a satire about the art world. Extremely funny and at times quite uncomfortable, it has several bravura scenes, despite an overall lack of structure.
Of all the movies in which the female lead has a sexual relationship with an amphibian monster, The Shape of Water is the sweetest. Destined to be a crowd-pleaser, it's a little predictable but an interesting reflection of today's illiberal times.
The Big Heat is a surprisingly gripping, violent and morally ambiguous movie.
Much has been made about how much darker The Last Jedi is compared to the satisfying nostalgia-fest that was the previous The Force Awakens. Much has also been made about gaping plot holes, cringeworthy comedy moments and some ridiculous moments. Nevertheless, episode eight of the Star Wars saga is a hugely enjoyable popcorn movie.
Ingmar Bergman's The Magic Flute is a charming and enjoyable film, now restored by the BFI.
Wim Wenders's second film was virtually out of circulation for over three decades. It's now been restored and will soon get a UK blu-ray release. I was lucky to catch the restoration's UK premiere screening at London's historic Regent Street cinema. For Wenders fans it's a fascinating taste of the riches to come.
Wim Wender’s 1974 feature Alice in the Cities has been restored and its aspect ratio finally corrected. The director discussed it at the restoration's UK premiere.
The shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 shocker Psycho is famous for its technical audacity, but does this two-minute sequence merit an entire 91 minute documentary? This fascinating and insightful film left the audience wanting even more.
Part coming-of-age tale, part supernatural horror, Joachim Trier's Thelma is a sensitive thriller.
Michael Haneke makes uncomfortable films. Happy End - his latest - is surprisingly light in tone and even funny in places. A departure of sorts, it's certainly less extreme than we've come to expect, although its dark themes linger.