All articles by: Rita Di Santo

Film: Virtual piece of the action

Published: April 12, 2018
Written by Rita Di Santo

Ready Player One, Director:  Steven Spielberg. The year is 2045. Columbus, Ohio has been reduced to a grim dystopia. The United States has gone through drought, the impact of which …

Film: Canine feature of flamboyance

Published: March 28, 2018
Written by Rita Di Santo

Isle Of Dogs, Director: Wes Anderson. Wes Anderson’s heart-breaking, stop-motion feature Isle of Dogs is set 20 years in the future, where the corrupt mayor of Japanese metropolis, Megasaki, has …

Film: A tasty pudding movie

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Rita Di Santo

Daddy’s Home 2 Director: Sean Anders Christmas comes once a year and with it come the “Christmas pudding’ movies. Hollywood bakes them with the same essential ingredients: Christmas decorations, trees …

Film: New bear necessities

Published: December 8, 2017
Written by Rita Di Santo

Paddington 2 Director: Paul King Rarely can a sequel beat the original, especially when the original was a five-star box-office-hit, but Paddington 2 may be one of those precious examples …

Film: Talking about love

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Rita Di Santo

Call Me By Your Name Director: Luca Guadagnino Acclaimed Italian director Luca Guadagnino is back to talk about love in Call Me By Your Name. Love cannot be bought or …

Film: Rumble in the jungle

Published: November 14, 2017
Written by Rita Di Santo

Jungle Director: Greg McLean Dark, exotic, and harrowing, Jungle is an enthralling adventure based on the experiences of young Israeli, Yossi Ghinsberg, who in 1981 spent weeks lost in the …

Film: Yasmine’s sweet success

Published: October 20, 2017
Written by Rita Di Santo

Rita Di Santo spoke to acclaimed actress Yasmine Al Massri (pictured) at the recent El Goun Film Festival. Released in 2008, Caramel, writer/director Nadine Labaki’s debut feature, was a sensation …

Film: Hermit on the Heath

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Rita Di Santo

Hampstead Director: Joel Hopkins Welcome to a modern fairytale. Inspired by a true story, Hampstead shows that love can explode in the most ­unexpected places and age is no barrier …

Film: Strong sequel

Published: February 28, 2017
Written by Rita Di Santo

T2 Trainspotting Director:?Danny Boyle Twenty years have passed since Danny Boyle’s sensational original Trainspotting – so what has changed? A lot and nothing. The sequel, adapted from Irvine Welsh’s 2002 …

Film: Penetrating and dogmatic

Published: December 20, 2016
Written by Rita Di Santo

Sully Dir: Clint Eastwood The sensational tale of how Captain Chesley Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles safely landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after losing both …

Film: Strange superhero

Published: November 4, 2016
Written by Rita Di Santo

Doctor Strange Director: Scott Derrickson If you’re not a devotee of superheroes, you may not have heard of Doctor Strange. But this is actually one of Marvel’s coolest characters: a …

Cinema: Scary movie is an education

Published: October 11, 2016
Written by Rita Di Santo

The Girl With All The Gifts Director: Colm McCarthy Deepwater Horizon Director: Peter Berg Most zombie stories follow more or less the same formula: awkward guys use guns and improvised …

Tragedy of a jazz legend

Published: July 22, 2016
Written by Rita Di Santo

Born To Be Blue Director Robert Budreau T he Chet Baker-inspired Born To Be Blue is not so much a film about the life of jazz musician, rather a film …

Fishers of men, women and children

Published: March 6, 2016
Written by Rita Di Santo

Germany is a country that has taken, so far, around one million desperate people from the war-torn Middle East, so this year’s Berlin Film Festival could hardly ignore the refugee …