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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Bridge of Spies is no doubt a good film, but one that feels slightly outdated in the current cinematic landscape.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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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;...