David Jenkins, Little White Lies

David Jenkins

Little White Lies

United Kingdom

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Past articles by David:

I’m Fine (Thanks for Asking) – A slight tale of motherly responsibility

A mother attempts to scrape together a deposit for a house over a single day in Kelley Kali and Angelique Molina’s dramatically-underpowered response to post-pandemic life. → Read More

Jus’ Funnin: In praise of the Channing Tatum smirk

The man who is Magic Mike possesses one of the most brilliant acting power moves on the block. → Read More

Saint Omer review – Astonishing feat of ambiguity and emotion

A literature professor observes a court case in which a mother stands accused of murdering her child in Alice Diop's sublime drama. → Read More

Enys Men review – Strange, beautiful and scary

Mark Jenkin's experimental 16mm horror depicts a lone botanist on a deserted island, whose relationship with her surroundings may be an indication of something sinister at play. There’s a cliché about being able to comprehend a person’s experience by looking at the topography of their hands. The crevices, folds and scars serve to indicate the toils and struggles of life. The same might be said… → Read More

Empire of Light review – half-hearted ode to The Power of Cinema™

Sam Mendes recruits Olivia Colman and Michael Ward for this mawkish tale of seafront woes and the healing power of movies. → Read More

Avatar: The Way of Water review – Simplistic and over-stretched

A gaudy blue folly which encapsulates James Cameron’s strength as an image-maker, but weakness as a storyteller. → Read More

Mr Bachmann and his Class

Maria Speth’s intimate non-fiction epic profiles a spiky but saintly German schoolteacher and his students. → Read More

On ‘Cinema Speculation’ – Quentin Tarantino’s loopy book of film criticism

The beloved writer-director offers up an eccentric volume that stands as testament to his rabid cinephilia. → Read More

Return to Dust review – An elegiac love story

Li Ruijun's tender, thought-provoking drama is a story about love expressed through action rather than reaction. → Read More

Good Night Oppy review – A syrupy Mars rover doc

Underwhelming and detail-light account of the plucky Mars rover that outlived NASA’s wildest predictions. → Read More

Sensitive Scumbags: The male characters in the films of Ruben Östlund

Ahead of the release of Triangle of Sadness, we look back at the Swedish provocateur’s intriguing depiction of men. → Read More

My Policeman review – unlocks sun-dappled memories of impossible love

Emma Corrin and Harry Styles star in this period romance about a love triangle, set against the backdrop of 1950s Britain. → Read More

Halloween Ends review – A fine swan-song for Laurie and Michael

The biggest surprise of this low-key horror trilogy capper is how much better it is that its crummy, cash-in predecessors. → Read More

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile review – A charming and earnest romp

An animated crocodile with the voice of an angel spreads New York cheer in this breezy and highly likeable family diversion. → Read More

Films to last a lifetime – RIP Jean-Luc Godard

In memory of one of cinema’s most formidable and pathfinding talents, who has died at the age of 91. → Read More

Both Sides of the Blade review – An exhilarating clarity of vision

Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lindon deliver the dramatic goods in French master Claire Denis' nuanced exploration of married life. → Read More

Black Mail ― Wobbly, fast-paced screed against porn addiction

An online porn addict becomes the target for pantomime Russian cyber crims in this twisty, London-set thriller. → Read More

Official Competition review ― Hilarious demolition of the artist’s ego

Penélope Cruz excels as a preening arthouse filmmaker in this delicious satire of making art without compromise. → Read More

I Came By review ― great script, distracting visuals

George MacKay plays a graffiti artist who uncovers a dark secret in Babak Anvari's effective – but distractingly ugly – new thriller. → Read More

Cate Blanchett is smoking in our first look at Todd Field's new film

His first film since 2006's Little Children centers on composer/conductor Lydia Tár as she prepares to record her magnum opus. → Read More