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Live By Night

The title of Ben Affleck‘s new gangster epic has about as much to do with the plot of the film as his character’s narrative arc has to do with a banana. Nothing. Live By Night is very good-looking, well dressed but ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Monster Calls

Director J.A. Bayona (best known for 2007’s The Orphanage) teams up with his long-time cinematographer and collaborator, Oscar Faura, to conjure a stunning and, if somewhat sentimental, moving Gothic fairy-tale in his lat...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sing

None of the X-factor-like drama but with a smidge of it’s endearing nature. Washed up koala Buster has dreams of bringing his theatre back to its former glory in the days prior to his ownership. A noble cause for the arts but e...
 
 
 
 
 
 

La La Land

A Technicolour melange of fantastical dreamlike musicality, Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land is a gorgeous, potent and moving love song to a bygone age of golden Hollywood movie-making magic and to the potential and power of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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-...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Paterson

Jim Jarmusch sets his directorial brush on fire to paint a wonderfully slow burning portrait of intimate love between two distinctly different but impossibly intertwined human beings in his latest, Paterson. Thematically not on...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Arrival

Arrival starts as it means to go on, with a hyper-stylish and realistic approach to the Sci-Fi genre. No wonder on the style front, as at the helm is Denis Villeneuve, the director behind Prisoners and Sicario. The realism play...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nocturnal Animals

After the success of his gorgeous debut film A Single Man you would imagine designer Tom Ford would have been in high demand in Hollywood. But he’s taken his time with his sophomore effort, keeping us waiting to see if his firs...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Deepwater Horizon

Last time director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg teamed up they gave us the visceral experience that was Lone Survivor. Spoilerific title aside Survivor told a relentless story of survival. There was unquestionably a desire...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Girl With All The Gifts

It’s telling that in a time of social and political upheaval superheroes have taken centre stage, or at least centre box office. Because we need something to give us hope, something to suggest a rescuer is on the horizon, a her...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ben-Hur

A beloved, multiple Oscar-winning epic remade by the director of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – what could possibly go wrong? The obvious and correct answer is quite a bit. Timur Bekmambetov turns out a film that’...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Captain Fantastic

The setting is the lush, crisp and clear forests of the Pacific Northwest. We see an authoritative, stern and unwavering Ben (Viggo Mortensen) putting his children through the ropes of intensive exercise, hunting, book reading ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hell or High Water

Thinking of the reimagined Westerns of today, it’s easy to be immediately drawn to the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men, and quite rightly so. It’s an absolute behemoth of a film and brought a cinematic experience ba...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Black

A modern day Romeo and Juliet with a dark twist, Black is as hard as it is stylish. Mavela (Martha Canga Antonio) and Marwan (Aboubakr Bensaihi) are from the wrong sides of the Belgian tracks, instead of the houses Montague and...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Swallows and Amazons

It’s the kind of summer adventure every kid dreams of. Their own private island where they are the masters; danger looming at every corner and they must heroically save the day and defend their turf. Swallows and Amazons is a s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Colony

The Colony is based on the true story of the infamous Colonia Dignidad which was a cult-cum-utopia in the south of Chile for Michael Nyqvist’s character Paul Schäfer – who plays the sadistic leader with political ties that run ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ma ma

A stark and emotionally honest portrayal of one woman’s battle with breast cancer, Julio Medem‘s Ma ma will have you falling in love with Penélope Cruz, such is the tenacity and grace of her performance, only to hav...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Love & Friendship

Written and directed by Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Last Days Of Disco), Love & Friendship is a screen adaption of one of Jane Austen’s lesser-known short novels ‘Lady Susan’. But fear ye not, this is not yet another stuff...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Departure

Elliot (Alex Lawther, recognisable from playing the young Alan Turing in the Imitation Game) is our protagonist in Departure. A curious, creative and emotionally sensitive homosexual teenager, he’s on the cusp of adulthood. The...