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The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book sees Disney’s continued march, re; cash-in, of turning all its classic animations into live action adaptations. With the likes of Alice In Wonderland, Maleficent and Cinderella already released to solid box offi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Midnight Special

Hands up who is frustrated by the current state of cinema? Most of you? Between films that are essentially Celebrity Death Match on a bigger budget and those films that seem to jump up and down around awards seasons screaming “...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Boulevard

Nolan Mack (Robin Williams) is an average man in his 50s, who seemingly has his life figured out. His wife, Joy (Kathy Baker), is pleasant and the couple have safe and secure jobs. We enter Boulevard on the cusp of transition f...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Couple In A Hole

Tom Geens‘ Couple In A Hole opens with John (Paul Higgins) huffing, puffing and hunting his way through a wood. He is somewhat underequipped for the task, scavenging for food, with nothing but his bare hands. Something is...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Club

Despite having only made a handful of features, Pablo Larraín is widely regarded as Chile’s most adored living filmmaker (and quite possibly of all time). It’s clear why, with such a diverse and striking filmography...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Ones Below

A sinister air hangs over The Ones Below, a gloriously uncomfortable psychological thriller from first time feature director, David Farr. The events that play out between two upper middle class couples in residential North Lond...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Truth

With the build up to this autumn’s presidential election in full swing, and Donald Trump defying political precedent, logic and humanity (he called out the Pope!) en route to what looks like securing the republican nomination, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Passing

Silence. Slow pans. Wilderness. You could hear a pin drop in the opening scenes of The Passing. This ambience invitingly allows the audience to voyeuristically peer into the world of Stanley (Mark Lewis Jones), a lonesome, awkw...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Youth

Paulo Sorrentino is a master manipulator of sound and image, specifically harnessing music to upend and eviscerate you, so no doubt his latest film, Youth, centres around a musician, an actor and a director. The elements essent...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rams

There’s got to be something wrong with a film review site that gives 5/5 to a movie about Icelandic sheep farmers but only 4/5 to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, right? Well, it’s really a matter of perspective. Force Awakens was...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi depicts the true story of a six-strong elite team of former special-forces-turned-private-security contractors. The group were on assignment to protect a supposedly secret CIA outpost w...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Assassin

Toping numerous “Best Of 2015” lists despite being released to a public audience in 2016 The Assassin arrives with no small amount of weight on its shoulders. But, unlike many critical friendly films, The Assassin doesn’t buy i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Revenant

Like the title itself The Revenant is a film that has come back from the dead a fair few times. At one point Park Chan-wook was going to direct with Samuel L. Jackson in the lead, then John Hillcoat circled the project and look...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Room

Room is one of those films where you really want to go in knowing as little about it as possible. From a plot perspective anyway. That is unless you have read the best selling book upon which it is based. Because there are some...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hector

Peter Mullan is warm and weather-beaten as Hector, a grizzled homeless man on his way from Scotland to London for Christmas. For Mullan fans, it’s a rare opportunity to see him playing a character who doesn’t trouble the psycho...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Carol

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price Of Salt, written under the pseudonym Claire Morgan, Carol, at the time of the novel’s release was considered risqué thanks to its homosexual subject matter. But, thankfully, times h...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...