Corn Exchange Reviews

Back to Black review – woozy Amy Winehouse biopic buoyed by extraordinary lead performance

Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

Peter Bradshaw Guardian, 4 stars. Sam Taylor-Johnson’s best film to date is more interested in romance and creativity than demons or blame.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2024/apr/09/back-to-black-review-gentle-amy-winehouse-biopic-buoyed-by-extraordinary-lead-performance


Baltimore review – Imogen Poots excels as British aristocrat turned IRA volunteer Rose Dugdale

Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

Wendy Ide Guardian, 4 stars. Irish directors Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy’s biopic of the late rebel heiress is anchored by an expressive lead turn.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2024/mar/24/baltimore-review-imogen-poots-rose-dugdale-joe-lawlor-christine-molloy


Io Capitano review – Matteo Garrone’s wrenching migrant drama is unexpectedly beautiful

Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

Wendy Ide Guardian, 4 stars. Seydou Sarr is wonderful as a 16-year-old Senegalese migrant who maintains his empathy and selflessness through a hellish journey to Europe.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2024/apr/06/io-capitano-review-matteo-garrones-wrenching-migrant-drama-is-unexpectedly-beautiful


The Zone of Interest review – Jonathan Glazer’s unforgettable Auschwitz drama is a brutal masterpiece

Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

Wendy Ide Guardian 5 stars. Only the constant pall of smoke, and a dread-inducing soundscape, tell of the horrors beyond the wall as the idyllic life of the commandant of the death camp and his family rolls by in Glazer’s Oscar-nominated film.

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2024/feb/04/the-zone-of-interest-jonathan-glazer-brutal-auschwitz-drama-sandra-huller-christian-friedel-martin-amis


Monster review – Hirokazu Kore-eda’s hydra of modern morals and manners

Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

Peter Bradshaw Guardian 4 stars. apanese director Kore-eda offers a deliberately dense but ultimately hopeful examination of how to negotiate family dysfunction with intelligence and humanity.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2023/may/17/monster-review-hydra-of-modern-morals-and-manners


Drive Away Dolls Review– Ethan Coen sets off in a wild new direction

Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

Charles Bramesco Guardian, 5 stars. The writer-director splits from his brother and joins wife Tricia Cooke for a bawdy and brilliant road trip caper about two lesbian friends caught up in crime.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2024/feb/21/drive-away-dolls-movie-review-ethan-coen


On the Waterfront Review – Marlon Brando’s wounded masculinity rains punches down

Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

Peter Bradshaw Guardian 5 stars. Rereleased for its 70th anniversary, Elia Kazan’s classic exploration of corruption and whether or not to squeal is made all the more viscerally powerful by his own Huac testimony

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2024/apr/03/on-the-waterfront-review-marlon-brandos-wounded-masculinity-rains-punches-down


Origin review – a heartfelt look at a journalist challenging the concept of race

Tuesday, March 12th, 2024

Peter Bradshaw Guardian *** There are solid performances in this dramatisation of Isabel Wilkerson’s attempt to explain racism as an aspect of the caste system.

Origin review – a heartfelt look at a journalist challenging the concept of race | Film | The Guardian


All of Us Strangers review – Andrew Haigh’s drama grabs you by the heart and doesn’t let go

Monday, March 4th, 2024

Wendy Ide Guardian *****

This deeply personal portrait of newfound love and a traumatic past, starring Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal, is an emotionally wrenching masterpiece


The Taste of Things review –Juliette Binoche stars in deliciously subversive tale of later life love

Monday, March 4th, 2024

Wendy Ide Guardian review **** Binoche and Benoît Magimel play a 19th-century French cook and her gourmand employer in Tran Anh Hung’s gorgeous, simmering drama

The Taste of Things review –Juliette Binoche stars in deliciously subversive tale of later life love | Drama films | The Guardian