‘Good enough’ should not be good enough
As ‘Malta’s First Epic Movie’ makes its way to cinemas, the peculiar way we tend to let Maltese cultural products off the (critical) hook is examined.
Film Review | Adormidera
A memorable strangeness seems to power the diction and the actors’ performances: the twanging panoply of Maltese-inflected sounds take you away from the story.
Film Review | Star Trek Into Darkness

Making Star Trek sexy is a tall order, but the lens-flare happy director J.J. Abrams continues to do so with this sequel to his 2009 reboot of the classic TV...

Making Star Trek sexy is a tall order, but the lens-flare...

Trailer Park | Captain Philips

Filmed in Malta, the real-life pirate hijacking story starring Tom Hanks is already being touted as an Oscar contender.

Filmed in Malta, the real-life pirate hijacking story...

Film Review | The Place Beyond the Pines

If you feel like sitting through two hours of every single cliché about family and masculinity, you’ve come to the right place.

If you feel like sitting through two hours of every single...

Film Review | Iron Man 3

The blockbuster summer officially opens with the third chapter in the massively popular Marvel Studios franchise.

The blockbuster summer officially opens with the third...

Searching for Atlantis on our shores | Ben Russell

Malta played host to American ethnographic filmmaker Ben Russell who used the...

Malta played host to American ethnographic filmmaker Ben...

Home Affairs Minister visits film set of BBC production The Whale

Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia today visited the film set of BBC...

Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia today visited the film...

Are we still in love with the cinema?

The decision to close down Gozo’s only cinema due to foreign studios imposing digital-only releases – and thus forcing local cinemas to undergo a costly...

The decision to close down Gozo’s only cinema due to...

Film Review | GI Joe: Retaliation

It’s brash, ridiculous and only sort-of entertaining. But what do you expect from a sequel to a film about toys?

It’s brash, ridiculous and only sort-of entertaining. But...

Film Review | To the Wonder

Reclusive and suddenly prolific visionary director Terrence Malick is back with yet another beautiful but thin-on-plot emotional epic, this time charting the...

Reclusive and suddenly prolific visionary director Terrence...

Trailer Park | Man of Steel

The makers of 300 and The Dark Knight team up for a star-studded revamp of the Superman story – and it’s looking moody, broody and spectacular.

The makers of 300 and The Dark Knight team up for a...

Film Review | Side Effects

Steven Sodenbergh’s swansong is a Hitchcockian thriller that will bend your mind and potentially leave you down in the dumps, but that’s all the more...

Steven Sodenbergh’s swansong is a Hitchcockian thriller...

Simshar: finally, on firm ground

On his visit to the set of Simshar last Friday, Teodor Reljic discovered a dedicated team that hasn’t given up on the dream to give Malta its very first bona...

On his visit to the set of Simshar last Friday, Teodor...

[WATCH] Simshar to hit film festivals in January

Now in its final week of shooting, Malta’s first bona fide feature film will...

Now in its final week of shooting, Malta’s first bona...

Film Review | Pina

Wim Wenders’s tribute to fellow German dance choreographer Pina Bausch succeeds because it doesn’t tell us why the titular cultural heroine was great: it...

Wim Wenders’s tribute to fellow German dance...

Film Review | Oz the Great and the Powerful

It may not be world class cinema, but Sam Raimi’s colourful prequel to the...

It may not be world class cinema, but Sam Raimi’s...

Veteran British actor Richard Griffiths dies

Seasoned stage and screen performer Richard Griffiths has died of complications...

Seasoned stage and screen performer Richard Griffiths has...

Film Review | The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson’s powerful, enigmatic post-war drama about a cult leader and a disturbed soldier is back at St James Cavalier over the next couple days....

Paul Thomas Anderson’s powerful, enigmatic post-war drama...

Short film dives headlong into the Maltese sea

A guerrilla production team has put together a short film that fuses fantasy...

A guerrilla production team has put together a short film...