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Bleed For This

A remarkable true-life tale that limps unconvincingly onto the screen, Bleed For This just doesn’t do justice to the never-say-die spirit of boxing comeback king Vinny ‘Paz Man’ Pazienza. The story of a three-...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Free State of Jones

It’s 1864, in the depths of Mississippi and we’re plunged into the world of anguish, destruction and death that was caused by the American civil war. Free State of Jones is a vivid and detailed interpretation of Newton Knight’s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotlight

As Oscar inches ever-closer Spotlight, like its title suggests, seems to be ever creeping into the, well, spotlight as a hot contender. And rightfully so because Spotlight is wonderfully old school, it’s a throwback to the kind...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Big Short

Although being marketed as a ‘comedy’ (more on that later), The Big Short really presents a striking attack on American led capitalism: the unsustainable, out of control money machine that gobbles up the hard earned...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Danish Girl

It is a very rare and surreal experience when an entire audience is rendered silent, their sole focus on the film at hand, but such is the power of Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl. Eddie Redmayne brilliantly embraces the character...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bridge Of Spies

Bridge of Spies is no doubt a good film, but one that feels slightly outdated in the current cinematic landscape. While on the whole entertaining, and contemporary in execution, you do repeatedly feel you’re watching a fi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Steve Jobs

Laurene Jobs, Steve Jobs’ widow, does not want you to see Steve Jobs. At one point it seemed no one wanted you to see it. Laurene, allegedly, called actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale, both rumoured to be playing her l...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Legend

Tom Hardy stars as Ronald and Reginald Kray, the infamous British gangsters who set the underworld alight in the 50s and 60s due to their merciless and psychotic reputation ranging from East to West London. Legend is orientated...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Selma

David Oyelowo delivers a performance as Dr Martin Luther King so solid and convincing that he, along with a finely tuned supporting cast, transports you back in time to the streets of Selma, 1965. A pivotal time in the American...
 
 
 
 
 
 

American Sniper

A late entry to the 2015 Academy Awards race, on the surface it’s easy to see why American Sniper would capture an American audience. But Clint Eastwood’s depiction of Chris “Legend” Kyle manages to restrain itself on the flag-...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Unbroken

Languishing in development for years Unbroken was deemed ‘unfilmable’ due to its almost unbelievable true story. Enter Angelina Jolie who had her mind set on adapting Laura Hillenbrand’s non-fiction novel into her sophomore dir...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Theory of Everything

Stephen Hawking is one of those indelible figures of the 20th Century (and indeed the 21st), a person so renowned that even if you don’t know what he stands for or what he’s achieved then you know that he exists, li...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Foxcatcher

A film in which Steve Carell wears a prosthetic nose and plays a wealthy man with aspirations of being a wrestling coach, it’s a comedy right? Wrong, Foxcatcher is about as far removed from Carell’s normal routine as you could ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch is no stranger to playing troubled men of great intellect; it is arguably how he made his name with BBC’s Sherlock. So in many ways The Imitation Game seems tailor-made to his talents but what is quite magn...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jersey Boys

Caught somewhere between musical biopic and comedic melodrama, Clint Eastwood‘s movie adaptation of Jersey Boys doesn’t fully deliver on either. The strength of this film, as with the musical on which it’s bas...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fruitvale Station

Ryan Coogler dives straight for your conscience with Fruitvale Station, an adaptation of a fatal event that sparked riots across the Bay Area in 2009. Michael B.Jordan is Oscar, an ex-convict and family man whose moral compass ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent was catapulted to fame at the age of 21 when he was chosen to head up the House of Dior after the death of its namesake. Having then established his own fashion house, he led the charge for empowering women t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club marks the culmination in the renaissance of Matthew McConaughey.  For too long McConaughey, who had showed award worthy accolades in films such as Lone Star and A Time To Kill, dwelled in the doldrums of by-t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Wolf of Wall Street

“I want you to deal with your problems by becoming rich.” These words resound loudly over the 506 curses that pepper Martin Scorsese’s greedy account of a self made Wall Street monster, which has Leonardo DiCaprio gurn, snort a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

12 Years A Slave

Already building up a solid head of steam as Award Season rounds the corner 12 Years A Slave may well be an Oscar-bating drama but it is substantially more besides.  Coming off the back of other slave themed films, such as the ...