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Spectre

Since Sam Mendes set the bar precariously high in 2012, with the hugely popular and profitable Skyfall, the next installment was always going to have incredible hype around its release with audience expectations peaked and brea...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Suffragette

It’s difficult to separate style from substance when watching Suffragette. The power of the film’s message being so intimately woven with our relatively recent history that it’s hard to distinguish the emotion...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Lobster

The Lobster‘s opening scene is that of a woman driving in a car through remote countryside. She stops the car, in the pouring rain, gets out and shoots a donkey dead with a pistol. Thus the stage is set perfectly for this...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Crimson Peak

With its powerful opening scene, Crimson Peak draws you in and, though loosens its grip at times, manages to keep hold of the audience’s attention until the end.  Director Guillermo del Toro has pulled together a stunning cast,...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Macbeth

When decorating a new build house, one would be well advised to take into account each element of design in an attempt to find homogeneity, conveying the overall intended theme. Now, imagine that modern new build is instead a 1...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mississippi Grind

Writer-director duo Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, best known for their first feature length collaboration Half Nelson (2006) – the Ryan Gosling-starring heavyweight addiction picture centred on an inner city junior high scho...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, sounds like an upbeat story doesn’t it? But, as you can tell by that superfluous ‘and’ in the title, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is actually a story that wants to make you smile, laugh and the...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Paper Towns

Based on the book by The Fault In Our Stars writer John Green, Paper Towns comes with the burden of being model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne’s first mainstream cinema release. Yes she appeared last year in Face Of An Angel bu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Southpaw

For a long time Southpaw was developed to be rapper Eminem’s follow-up role from 8 Mile. Writer Kurt Sutter wanted to use the boxing metaphor for Eminem’s own struggles to get his life back on track. But with the music industry...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Eden

Eden is Mia Hansen-Love’s elegant eulogy to youth and the power of dreams. In ’90s Paris, House and Garage are at the centre of a vibrant, new rave scene. Entranced by the music, Paul and his best friend create a DJ duo called ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Wonders

Watching The Wonders teaches you a lot about making honey. Long and intricate – very long, very intricate – sequences give a step by step guide to this rural industry, as we watch 12 year old Gelsomina help her fath...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Comet

Comet is the kind of film that has the ability to make or break relationships. In some ways it’s because it is about relationships but in others it is that Comet is one of those Marmite movies, there really is no middle ground;...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mr Holmes

Obviously, everyone loves a sexy Sherlock. But there’s no trace of one here, which is terribly worrying: will anyone under 50 go to see Mr Holmes? Bill Condon’s take on Sherlock in his twilight years is gentle and complex and i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Ana Lily Amirpour’s hipster flick, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, is a little like the Director herself: a product of many cultures. Part Iranian New Wave, part Spaghetti Western, part budget indie, this monochrome delight c...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Return to Sender

There’s a definite feeling with Return to Sender that person(s) behind the scenes have strategically positioned this film in order to cash in on the considerable success and critical acclaim that surrounded last year’s Gone Gir...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The New Girlfriend

Based on the Ruth Rendell short story of the same name, The New Girlfriend (Une Nouvelle Amie) is typical of writer-director François Ozon. It’s the kind of film that is going to make you laugh, cringe a little and ultimately p...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Still

Harrowing, bleak and ultimately tragic, Still makes for very hard viewing. That’s not to say it’s without its merits. Aiden Gillen gives a strong central performance which draws you into this dark story of grief, re...
 
 
 
 
 
 

A Little Chaos

A playful story, A Little Chaos picks up after a very slow paced start and delivers an entertaining watch. Kate Winslet’s performance is strong and earnest as landscape gardener Sabine de Barra, a confident woman with subtle fe...