Another Inconvenient reminder

Another Inconvenient reminder

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   Ten years on from An Inconvenient Truth, mostly a film of Al Gore’s lecture on global warming, Gore revisits the issue in An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power (cert. PG). The Paris Agreement is a highlight, and even Trump’s official withdrawal of the USA from its goals […]

Besson helms another sci-fi epic

Besson helms another sci-fi epic

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (cert. 12A) is a futuristic epic written and directed by Luc Besson, adapted from a French comic book series. Besson’s The Fifth Element (1997) has become a favourite sci-fi film for many, and this is likely to repeat that, albeit it’s […]

A romcom with a different angle

A romcom with a different angle

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   The Big Sick (dir. Michael Showalter, cert. 15) is hardly a title designed to entice, but it’s a fine and emotionally charged romcom, based on the writers’ own story. In Chicago, stand-up comic Kumail Nanjiani, son of Pakistani Muslim immigrants, falls for student Emily Gordon – that’s the […]

Music Choice: Quercus – Nightfall

Music Choice: Quercus – Nightfall

(ECM) Several years on, this jazz-folk trio has done it again, creating another serene and sombre set of songs from traditional tunes to contemporary classics. Circling around the eminent, smoky vocal of June Tabor – who has long outgrown her folky roots to become an icon of downbeat interpretation – are her long-time pianist/ musical […]

Retelling the dramatic story of Dunkirk

Retelling the dramatic story of Dunkirk

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   Dunkirk (cert. 12A) is a mix of points of view about the evacuation of the British Army from France in 1940. There are stirring tales of heroism, and some sneaky attempts to jump the queue for a boat, but frankly Atonement captured better the sometimes surreal events on […]

Music Choice: Nell Bryden – Bloom

Music Choice: Nell Bryden – Bloom

(157 Records) Listening to this album, you might think that Bryden had just gone through a painful split (“I’m taking it back, everything you stole from me”) but, recently married and pregnant, she is actually drawing on past emotions and other people’s stories. So when she sings, “In the morning, I’m going to wake up […]

Intimations of mortality in Versailles

Intimations of mortality in Versailles

Review by the Rev Steve Parish   In The Death of Louis XIV (French, with English subtitles, dir. Albert Serra, cert. 12A), Jean-Pierre Léaud plays the dying king. Now 73, Léaud is one of the iconic faces of 20th century cinema, the 14-year-old gamin Antoine Doinel in Truffaut’s Les Quartre Centres Coups. It’s 1715, the king […]

Music Choice: Steve Hackett – The Night Siren

Music Choice: Steve Hackett – The Night Siren

(Inside Out) There seem to be three types of Steve Hackett release: the fluid almost-Genesis music, majoring on emotional guitar work; the classical and acoustic material, often played with his brother John on flute; and the eclectic albums that seem to collect whatever is going on at the time. The Night Siren is one of […]

Choice moments in touching drama

Choice moments in touching drama

Review by the Rev Steve Parish In The Midwife (Sage Femme, French with English subtitles, cert. 12A) writer-director Martin Provost introduces Claire (Catherine Frot). She’s the said midwife, facing closure of the maternity clinic where she’s worked for nearly 30 years, and having to transfer to what she calls a “baby factory” where she will […]

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