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Show Boat

From famed horror director James Whale (Frankenstein, The Invisible Man), Show Boat is a charming 1936 musical romance based on the 1927 musical of the same name by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. Now available in the UK ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The High Note

After tackling some interesting films in the last few years (presumably to wash away the stench of Fifty Shades), Dakota Johnson has proven herself to be an immensely talented actress in recent titles like Suspiria, Wounds and ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Quantum Leap: The Complete Series

Running from 1989-1993, Quantum Leap is one of sci-fi’s most fondly remembered shows. Like many of the best series, it wasn’t a huge hit—but it won itself a dedicated following and a permanent place in sci-fi fandom. Scott Baku...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood

For many non-American audiences Mr. Rogers will not be a familiar name. But across the pond he is a veritable institution of children’s television. And, unlike many UK childrens entertainers, his reputation remained intact to t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

1917

1917 is a sprawling, up-close-and-personal trip through the horrors of World War I. That Sam Mendes, aided no end by his regular director of photography Roger Deakins, chooses to tell said story in one long tracking shot is bot...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Winslow Boy

Based on the real-life 1908 case of George Archer-Shee, The Winslow Boy is a thoroughly British drama about one family’s fight against bureaucracy. It’s also a tale about a quest for truth— and the sacrifices that can som...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blinded By The Light

For the uninitiated the music of Bruce Springsteen could easily be adapted into any number of films. Pick a random Springsteen song and chances are it will tell a narrative. Of guys in cars, love lost, highways that disappear i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Halfway House

Ealing is one of those evergreen brands–so entrenched in our psyches that the names of their films trip off the tongue. Kind Hearts And Coronets, Whiskey Galore!, Passport To Pimlico…Theirs is a back catalogue of nostalgi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

We The Animals

Based on the novel by Justin Torres’ and winner of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival Innovator Award, We The Animals is a visceral coming of age story set against a background of working class family and racial inequality. Told t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lock Up

This autumn, StudioCanal releases a brand new, uncut 4k restoration of the ‘80s cult action thriller, Lock Up, starring Sylvester Stallone at the height of his Rocky his fame. Stallone plays Frank Leone, a model prisoner reachi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mid90s

Mid90s is labelled as a comedy from Jonah Hill. So you know what you’re going to get, right? Dick-jokes delivered by freaks and geeks, right? Wrong. It’s easy to sell Mid90s off the back of Hill’s success as an actor but as a f...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Third Wife

Inspired by the history of director Ash Mayfair’s family, The Third Wife is a coming-of-age story in a time when women were rarely given a voice.  Set in late 19th Century rural Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May is given away in a...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Doors: The Final Cut

With films celebrating the lives of Freddie Mercury and Elton John currently doing big business StudioCanal’s 4k restoration of Oliver Stone’s seminal Jim Morrison biopic couldn’t be more timely— or more impressive. Remastered ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fighting With My Family

Professional Wrestling, all fake right? For the love of The Rock never say that to a wrestling fan. But while we’re at it, let’s make it clear, movies are fake as well. You still take endless enjoyment and entertainment out of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Old Man & The Gun

There aren’t many stars who have the longevity and the iconic status of Robert Redford. Over a career spanning close to 60 years Redford has done it all, including winning a Best Director Oscar for 1981’s Ordinary People. So Th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Creed II

Creed II is the 8th film in the Rocky franchise. That’s pretty impressive for a franchise that essentially follows the same structure in almost every one of its installments. Underdog boxer puts everything on the line to take o...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Widows

It’s taken its sweet time about it but Hollywood is finally coming around to the fact that films with a predominantly female cast can still do Wonders at the box office. But too often the strategy seems to be, ‘take what worked...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Start Is Born

“It’s the same story told over and over, forever.” That this is the fourth incarnation of A Star Is Born is clearly not lost on writer, director and star Bradley Cooper. This line, spoken towards the end of the film, echo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blindspotting

Blindspotting is that optical illusion of looking at an image long enough to find it morphs into something else. You know the ones, is it two faces or a vase, is it a duck or a rabbit? Like those illusions the film incarnation ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Leave No Trace

It’s been 8 years since Leave No Trace director Debra Granik’s last film Winter’s Bone. And while that film has become famous for putting a certain Jennifer Lawrence on the map it does Winter’s Bone a mis-service to say that wa...