Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.

 

Articles by Nikki Baughan

 

AWFJ Movie of the Week, March 28 – April 3: MILES AHEAD

milesahead_poster copyOpening April 1, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Miles Ahead, an exploration of the life and music of legendary jazz musician Miles Davis, directed by and starring Don Cheadle. Cheadle takes the director’s chair for the first time, as well as the lead role of Miles Dewey Davis III who, as a jazz musician, expert trumpet player, band leader and composer, reshaped the landscape of American music and continues to be one of its greatest influencers. Cheadle also co-wrote the screenplay with Steven Baigelman, who previously penned James Brown biopic Get On Up (2014). Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, March 21 – March 27: I SAW THE LIGHT

isawthelight poster Opening March 18, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is I Saw the Light, the new music biopic which stars Tom Hiddleston as country-western legend Hank Williams who wowed Fifties America with songs including ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ and ‘Cold Cold Heart’. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, March 14 – March 20: MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

Midnight Special poster Opening March 18, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Midnight Special, the latest cerebral sci-fi thriller from young writer/director Jeff Nichols starring Kirsten Dunst and Michael Shannon. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, March 7 – March 13: EYE IN THE SKY

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Opening March 11, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Eye in the Sky, the tense new war thriller from director Gavin Hood starring Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman and Aaron Paul. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, February 29 – March 6: WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

whiskey tango foxtrot posterOpening Feb. 26, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, a comedy set in the midst of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan and Pakistan starring the incomparable Tina Fey. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, February 22-28: EDDIE THE EAGLE

Eddie_posterOpening Feb. 26, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Eddie the Eagle, the big screen biopic of unlikely British sporting hero Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, who took the world of ski jumping by storm in the 1980s. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, February 15-19: RACE

raceposterOpening Feb. 19, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Race, a remarkably well-crafted and long overdue biopic about Jesse Owens, the legendary Olympian who broke not only set track and field records but exposed and challenged the racism that permeated the sport. The film, directed by Stephen Hopkins and co-written by Anna Waterhouse and Schrapnel, follow’s Owens’ evolution as a racer, leading up to the 1936 Olympics, when he had to decide whether it was nobler to boycott Hitler’s spectacle or race to win it. The story is gripping, and Stephan James, starring as Owens, brilliantly fills the athlete’s huge shoes. The film is releasing at a time when Hollywood’s diversity issues are under scrutiny and this very watch-worthy film is clearly an Owens-worthy leap in the right direction. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, February 8-14: HOW TO BE SINGLE

how to single posterOpening Feb. 12, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is How To Be Single, the new female-centric comedy from director Christian Ditter (Love, Rosie) featuring a stellar ensemble cast of some of today’s greatest young actresses. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, February 1-7: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

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Opening Jan. 29, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s popular novel, which envisions Jane Austen’s classic playing out in a world populated by the living dead. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, January 25-31: JANE GOT A GUN

Jane Got a Gun poster Opening Jan. 29, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Jane Got a Gun, the long-gestating Western starring Natalie Portman as a high plains woman seeking to save her husband from the outlaw gang who are after his blood. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, January 18-24: THE 5TH WAVE

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Opening Jan. 22, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The 5th Wave, which stars Chloe Grace Moretz (Clouds of Sils Maria, Let Me In) as a teenager struggling to survive after alien attacks have destroyed most of Planet Earth. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, January 11-17: A PERFECT DAY

a-perfect-day-poster Opening Jan. 15, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is A Perfect Day, the new drama from Spanish writer/director Fernando Leon de Aranoa about a group of aid workers attempting to resolve a crisis in an armed Balkan conflict zone. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, January 4-10: ABOUT RAY

about ray posterOpening Dec. 31, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is About Ray, which stars Elle Fanning (Malificent, Trumbo) as a young woman who makes the decision to transition from female to male. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 21 – 30 : 45 YEARS

45years posterOpening Dec. 23, and highlighting the holiday season, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is 45 Years, British writer/director Andrew Haigh’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2011 film Weekend Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 15 – December 21 – STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

star wars posterOpening Dec. 18, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a film which surely needs no introduction other than to say it’s the latest instalment in the classic sci-fi franchise, helmed by JJ Abrams. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 8 – December 14: BLEEDING HEART

bleeding hert posterOpening Dec. 11, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Bleeding Heart, writer/director Diane Bell’s second film which tells the tale of two sisters caught up in the dangerous world of prostitution. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 1 – December 7: HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT

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Opening Dec. 2, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Hitchcock/Truffaut, filmmaker Kent Jones’ documentary about director Francois Truffaut’s 1966 book Cinema According to Hitchcock, and how it has influenced the work of myriad filmmakers. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, November 24-November 30: JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE

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Opening Nov. 27, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Janis: Little Girl Blue, the new documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Amy Berg which looks at the life and work of legendary blues singer Janis Joplin. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, November 17-November 23: CAROL

carol posterOpening Nov. 20, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Carol, director Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There) sumptuous new drama staring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women who are drawn to each other in the strict moral landscape of 1950s New York.

Adapted by debut feature screenwriter Phyllis Nagy from the novel by Patricia Highsmith, Carol is an exquisite example of an awards contender which more than lives up to the high expectations of the season. This is thanks to both the quality of the material and its telling; Nagy’s script is perfectly pitched, as is Haynes masterful direction, but the real strength – and joy – of this film is found in its two lead performances. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, November 10-November 16: INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS

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Opening Nov. 13, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, the intimate biopic of the legendary siren of the silver screen by Swedish writer, director and film critic Stig Bjorkman. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, November 3-November 9: MISS YOU ALREADY

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Opening October 23, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Miss You Already, director Catherine Hardwicke’s (Thirteen, Twilight) drama about a lifelong female friendship put to the test by serious illness starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, October 27-November 2: OUR BRAND IS CRISIS

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Opening October 23, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Our Brand Is Crisis, director David Gordon Green’s new comedy drama based on Rachel Boynton’s 2006 documentary of the same name which looked at the tactics and consequences of American political campaigns. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, October 20-26: SUFFRAGETTE

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Opening October 23, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Suffragette, British director Sarah Gavron’s phenomenal portrait of the brave women at the vanguard of the rights to vote campaign in the early 20th century in Britain. Specifically, Gavron and master screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady) have chosen to set their film in the seminal year of 1912 when, disheartened by the lack of progress, movement leader Emmeline Pankhurst (a commanding cameo by Meryl Streep) decreed that words should become action. And so it was that peaceful protest and political machinations turned into guerilla warfare, bands of women creating civil unrest to draw attention to their cause; and, often, ending up behind bars, isolated from their families, subject to the most heinous public shame and physically tortured. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, October 12-19: A BALLERINA’S TALE

abt_poster_copyOpening October 14, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is A Ballerina’s Tale, a stirring documentary about the life and career of African-American prima ballerina Misty Copeland. Documentarian Nelson George (Finding the Funk, Top Five) uses archival and new footage, and camera interviews with Copeland, other ballet stars and cognoscenti to chronicle Copeland’s career arc from her discovery of ballet at the age of 13, through her fascination with the dance and studies pursued with extraordinary self-discipline, her acceptance into a ballet company where she grand jeted herself from the corps de ballet into the spotlight, followed by unceasing determination to overcome an injury that could have summarily ended her days of dance. Read on… Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, October 5-11: THE FORBIDDEN ROOM

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Opening October 2, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The Forbidden Room, artist filmmaker Guy Maddin’s latest experimental work set in the claustrophobic confines of a marooned submarine deep below the ocean’s surface. Read on…

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