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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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...