This week’s big film
“Wicked Little Letters looks as though it is going to be a very English period comedy with a top-class cast. In addition to the three female leads, Olivia Colman, Jesse Buckley and Anjana Vasan, it also features Timothy Spall, Gemma Jones, Joanna Scanlon, Eileen Atkins and Lolly Defoe. So what went wrong? Because the film is just not funny and is actually a bit tedious. To be fair, the period detail, the locations, sets, props, costumes are all spot on. But even well-trodden, farcical moments such as someone being caught sitting on the communal outside lavatory, fail to raise a titter, while repeated use of the F-word and people being shocked by it has very limited mileage.”
Oppenheimer scoops the BAFTAs
Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer was the standout victor at the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards, clinching an impressive total of seven awards including Best Film, Director, and Actor (Cillian Murphy), as well as Supporting Actor (Robert Downey Jr.), Editing, Cinematography and Original Score (Ludwig Goransson).
Poor Things enjoyed gained five wins: Leading Actress for Emma Stone, as well as Costume Design, Make-up and Hair, Production Design, and Special Effects.
The Zone of Interest had three wins – Outstanding British Film, Film Not in the English Language and Sound.
The Holdovers claimed victory in two categories: Supporting Actress for Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Casting.
But despite receiving nine nominations, Killers of the Flower Moon went home empty-handed, as did Bradley Cooper’s Netflix film Maestro, which garnered seven nominations, and Greta Gerwig’s blockbuster Barbie, the highest-grossing film of 2023.
You can see the full list of winners by clicking here.
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Former Fleet Street journalist, lifelong film buff and co-founder of Movies1. When he’s not watching films he helps people at Citizens Advice and is an intrepid traveller and has visited every continent in the world – including Antarctica.
Former president of the British Critics’ Circle and teaches young filmmakers how to criticise a film for the BFI. She is also a director of Peckhamplex in London and has written biographies of Gerard Depardieu and Jeanne Moreau.
Carol has been a film critic since 1980 and has contributed to the BBC, LBC, The Times, Cosmopolitan, New Woman, 9-5, Close-Up Film and others. She also teaches drama to older people though her charity Cat’s Whiskers Community Arts.
A freelance writer, editor and broadcaster, Rich is chair of the London Film Critics’ Circle. Born in Los Angeles, he has lived in London for more than three decades and covers film, theatre and dance for BBC Radio, Shadows on the Wall and other outlets.
A film journalist since 1990, reviewing and interviewing for press and radio. Alexa is especially interested in independent and non-English-language films and is co-editor of a specialist website. She is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic.
Royal commentator, film critic, lecturer and public relations consultant. He has has done over 1,000 TV interviews, written numerous articles and is the weekly film critic for Talk Radio Europe (Spain) and Siren FM (Lincoln University).
Jonathan has worked as a film journalist for Scotland on Sunday, CNN Entertainment in New York and many radio shows. He is the Associate Director of the French Film Festival and has interviewed hundreds of stars.
Matthew Morlai Kamara
Matthew has had a love affair with movies since the 80s. His literary career began writing film reviews weekly for the independent Peckhamplex cinema in London, evolving into a film critic and digital artist.
Known for her research work on feature films, Karen’s writing has appeared in Wired, The Times, The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, among others. She is a member of BAFTA, BIFA, BFDG, FIPRESCI and LFCC.
Retired engineer and a movie junkie ever since he saw North by Northwest four times in 1960, just in time for the flowering of the French New Wave, and Ingmar Bergman, Satyajit Ray and all those great names of that time.
Former political journalist on the Glasgow Herald and for 24 years the paper’s film critic as well as one of its theatre critics, As well as reviewing films for Movies1 he also reviews theatre for the long-running website Reviewsgate.
Camila E Sotomayor
Trained as an architect and completed her PhD on the subject of material decay, drawing greatly from film-making for references. She is currently writing an illustrated children’s book on climate change and our own ageing.
Most of the Movies1 team celebrating at the 2024 London Critics Circle awards on 4 February. Left to right: Carol Allen, Jonathan Hart, Richard Fitzwilliams, William Russell, Marianne Gray, Matthew Morlai Kamara, Rich Cline and Karen Krizanovich
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