Film & Cinema

If Episode VII: The Force Awakens crammed everything fans love into one entertaining origin story, the next chapter directed by Rian Johnson adds scope, humour and a spectacular finale that’s one of the highlights of the entire series.

Sean Anders’ serviceable comedy Daddy’s Home was one of 2015’s surprise box office hits.

Scottish director Armando Iannucci brings us this Soviet satire detailing the final days of Russian dictator Joseph Stalin and the subsequent scramble for power after his death.

Marvel’s god of thunder returns for his third solo outing, this time teaming with the Incredible Hulk, as he attempts to prevent Ragnarok the end of all things.

Jake Gyllenhaal bids for an Oscar nomination for his powerful portrayal of a real-life survivor of the 2013 Boston marathon bombing in David Gordon Green’s uplifting drama.

Independently made to the tune of $6 million, 2003 romantic drama The Room has gained a cult following as one of the worst films of all time. Actor-director James Franco pays tribute with this comedic dramatisation of the making of the film.

Oh hi Mark. This film is exceptionally entertaining and frequently hilarious

George Clooney’s Suburbicon is his latest outing in the director’s chair and is an engaging and bleakly comic thriller.

Oscar-winning German film-maker Michael Haneke crafts another portrait of an insular privileged dysfunctional family who can’t go 15 minutes without one of them getting poisoned, beaten up, attempting suicide or dying.

Adapted from the award-winning 2012 novel by RJ Palacio, Stephen Chbosky’s emotional family saga has Room star Jacob Tremblay playing a boy with a rare genetic syndrome, and Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as his parents.

Bharat Nalluri’s comedy-drama adaptation of Les Standiford’s book, starring Downtown Abbey pin-up Dan Stevens, finds fun amid the tumultuous events leading to the publication of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.


An Oscar-nominated actress’ role in a French film will be shown in Portishead this week.


Based on the bestselling novel by Jo Nesbo, Michael Fassbender stars as a Norwegian detective on the hunt for a serial killer who leaves snowmen at the scenes of his crimes.

What the Dickens is this? Michael Joyce finds this a disappointing Christmas flick

So successful was Paul King’s heart-warming box office hit Paddington that a sequel was a welcome inevitability. With Paddington 2, King has delivered a continuation as charming and hilarious as the first.

Husband and wife directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris serve-and-volley a dramatisation of the televised 1973 man v woman tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, played by Emma Stone and Steve Carell.

A bungled robbery in a picket-fenced 1950s American white community provides the catalyst for George Clooney’s comic crime caper based on a script by Joel and Ethan Coen, which has been gathering dust on a shelf since the 1980s.


Sean Anders’ festive sequel to his 2015 comedy reunites a gurning Will Ferrell and po-faced Mark Wahlberg as hapless dads, adding John Lithgow and Mel Gibson as an older generation of dysfunctional family members.


Video: Five films for you to catch at the cinema

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Grab some friends, head to your local cinema and enjoy one of these great films.

Despite its thrilling action sequences and sterling work from Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, Zach Synders Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) was impeded by its over reliance on CGI and a poorly written villain.

DC’s gathering of the clan, their equivalent of the Avengers Assembling, has had a low-key arrival in cinemas after the hubris of their Batman Vs Superman and Suicide Squad fiascos, and this film feels like a chore, a contractual obligation.

Annette Bening does a magnificent job as the Oscar-winning 1950s Hollywood screen siren who finds romance and happiness with a younger man, but her life changes forever when she is diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1970s.

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Matt Spicer’s dark comedy drama is a cautionary tale about tech-savvy generations, whose fragile sense of self-worth is determined by connections on social media.


Paul King’s wholesome and crowd-pleasing sequel, which replicates the irresistible charm of the 2014 film that introduced the duffel-coat clad hero to the big screen, is nice, but not at the expense of wit and invention.


Though visually breathtaking, the previous two Thor films –Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013) - lacked the vim and vigour of other entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Paddington is now happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

Thirty five years after the seminal original, Blade Runner director Ridley Scott hands the reigns to French Canadian filmmaker Denis Vilneuve for this long awaited sequel.

After the success of 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, British Director Matthew Vaughan and scriptwriter Jane Goldman return for this sequel following the continuing exploits of Taron Egertons secret agent Eggsy.


The sequel stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Grant, Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw


Murder on the Orient Express is the latest directorial outing by Kenneth Branagh and a sumptuous retelling of the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery novel of the same name.

A feature-length documentary will be premiered on the side of the river it eulogises.

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With comedy programmes The Thick of it and Veep and feature length debut In The Loop, writer-director Armando Iannucci has long established himself as one of the finest political satirists working today.

Three is the magic number for Marvel Comics’ dreamy incarnation of the hammer-wielding Norse god of thunder who finally gets into an otherworldly groove in this third solo outing directed to the comic hilt by New Zealand indie film-maker Taika Waititi.

Adapted from Andre Acriman’s novel by James Ivory, Luca Guadagnino’s sun-drenched and gorgeously restrained tale of a summer romance between two boys in 1980s Italy is poignant and truthful but also so oppressively tasteful.


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