The Witch Review

Sundance Best Director Winner Robert Eggers’ carefully modulated, highly original 1630s-set “New-England Folktale” is precisely that, and the Friday night gore-cravers and retro-slasher freaks should look elsewhere for their bloody thrills. If not, ten minutes of authentic (literally taken from journals of the period) 1630s Puritan parlance will quickly convince them they’ve picked the wrong…

Carol Review

Carol is the latest successful adaptation of the incredibly cinema-friendly fiction of Patricia Highsmith, although here her source novel, The Price of Salt, is semi-autobiography. The material has found a perfect executor in director Todd Haynes, who combines his exquisite sense of period with a very personal subversive streak, and actors Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, who both…

Brooklyn Review

Romantic, moving, embracing and thoroughly old-fashioned, Brooklyn is a gorgeous film centred by a major performance by Saoirse Ronan, who is making no mistakes in fulfilling the promise she showed when she received her first Oscar nomination, for Best Supporting Actress, for Atonement, in 2007, when she was thirteen years old. Now she’s nominated for Best Actress for Brooklyn, and, were…