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Film Preview: September 2021

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Coming to a cinema near you (with much fanfare) there are three major franchises from Marvel Studios, Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giWIr7U1deAOn 3 September 2021, "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" the 25th...

Film Preview: August 2021

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Films for all tastes are coming to a cinema near you this month with a psychological thriller, supernatural slasher and historical spy among the best features on offer.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-tqeQUbztEBenedict Cumberbatch (The Mauritanian), Rachel Brosnahan...

Films for July 2021

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There is a bundle of box office blockbusters coming soon to a cinema near you.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp9pNPdNwjIAfter a delay of 14 months (the same length of time as cinemas themselves have been closed), 9 July...

Film Review: In the Heights ★★★★★

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A summer musical of this calibre, much like the cinema-going experience itself, is both a spectacular return to a bygone era and a ground-breaking triumph of cultural celebration.A winner of four Tony Awards from...

Film Review: ‘The Father’ ★★★★★

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Awarded with two golden statues, the Oscars gets it right.Direction:Florian ZellerScreenplay:Florian Zeller, Christopher HamptonCast:Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Rufus Sewell, Olivia Williams, Mark GatissLength:97 minutesRating:PG-13Anthony Hopkins plays Anthony and Olivia Colman plays Anne. Over the course...

Films to see in June

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Coming soon to a cinema near you (for the first time in 14 months) here are three film suggestions for you.These include subtle drama, unsubtle action and an even more unsubtle musical –...
From left to right in a three image collage; an empty independent cinema auditorium, food and a full audience

Filmhouse reopens with Tenet and Parasite among acreenings

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After five months of closure, Filmhouse officially reopens for business today.In its opening programme is the highly anticipated new release ‘Tenet’ from Christopher Nolan and current Best Picture Oscar holder ‘Parasite’ (including screenings of...

Film Review: ‘Tenet’ ★★★★

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Cinema officially returns with an almighty arthouse blockbuster.Direction:Christopher NolanScreenplay:Christopher NolanCast:John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Himesh Patel, Clémency Poésy, Michael CaineLength:150 minutesRating:PG-13Christopher Nolan has done it again.  ‘Tenet’ is...

Film review – Dark Waters ★★★★★

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A David v Goliath story that concerns all of us. Watch and learn.Direction:Todd HaynesScreenplay:Mario Correa, Matthew Michael Carnahan, Nathaniel Rich Cast:Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Bill Pullman Length:126 minutesRating:12AOn...

Film Preview: March 2020

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New material for a spring collection is coming to a cinema near you in March.Released on 6 March 2020, ‘Onward’ is the 22nd feature film from Pixar.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn5QmllRCn4Featuring a voice cast that includes...

Film Review – Emma. ★★★★

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A match made in heaven but not too heaven scented.  A little acid gives this classic apple of a story more juice.Direction:Autumn de WildeScreenplay:Eleanor CattonCast:Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Josh O'Connor, Callum Turner, Miranda Hart,...

Film Review: ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ ★★★★

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An unexpectedly escapist delight of independent cinema from the master of satire.In a similar fashion to ‘In the Loop’ and ‘The Death of Stalin’, writer/director Armando Iannucci envelops this comedy-drama with his usual flair for...

At the cinema – February 2020

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A selection of awards season favourites is coming to a cinema near you in February.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1l914WkO6YOscar nominee Margot Robbie (Bombshell) reprises her role of Harley Quinn in the superhero film ‘Birds of Prey (and the...

Film review : Bombshell ★★★★

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A stylishly executed drama that captures the cultural zeitgeist. Direction:Jay RoachScreenplay:Charles RandolphCast:Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow,Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Malcolm McDowell, Allison JanneyLength:109 minutesRating:15Set in 2016, Megan Kelly (Theron), Gretchen Carlson (Kidman)...

Film Preview: January 2020

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A selection of awards season nominees is coming to a cinema near you in January.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL4McUzXfFIReleased on New Year’s Day 2020 is the satirical black comedy ‘Jo Jo Rabbit’ written, directed, produced and featuring Taika Waititi...

Film Preview: December 2019

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Coming soon to a cinema near you this month are many high quality productions.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VLEPhfEN2MTom Hanks (Big) portrays American television personality Fred Rogers in ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood’, released on 6 December 2019.  Matthew Rhys...

Film Review: ‘Le Mans ’66’ ★★★★

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A two and a half hours wonder of filmmaking tour de force.Direction:James MangoldScreenplay:Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason KellerCast:Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Caitriona Balfe, Noah Jupe, Tracy Letts, Josh LucasLength:152 minutesRating:12AYou hear the race cars...

Films to see this month – November 2019

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This month there is a plethora of awards season contenders. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm4VnwCtQO8Opening on 6 November 2019, the biographical adventure ‘The Aeronauts’ stars Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl) and Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars...

Film Review: Farmageddon: A Shaun the Sheep Movie ★★★★

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Not just for children.  It’s adult friendly too.Direction:Will Becher, Richard PhelanScreenplay:Mark Burton, Jon BrownCast:Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Amalia VitaleLength:87 minutesRating:UAs the eighth film release to be produced by Aardman Animations, ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ follows in...

What’s on at the cinema this month

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A harem of scary films are coming to a cinema near you this Halloween.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAGVQLHvwOYReleased on 4 October 2019, Joaquin Phoenix (Walk The Line) makes his debut as the eponymous character of ‘Joker’. Following in the...

Film Review – Downton Abbey ★★★★

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From the small to the big screen, 'Downton Abbey' returns in style.Having watched every episode of the ITV series, broadcast over six series from 2010 to 2015, I can corroborate its hype as essential...

Film preview : September 2019

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This month there are high profile returns from both film and television.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhJ5P7Up3jATwo years ago, ‘It’ (based on the novel by Stephen King) became the highest grossing horror film in history after amassing $700...

Film Preview: August 2019

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In August expect a feast of both small arthouse features and action packed big hitters.Inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen, ‘Blinded by the Light’ opens on 9 August 2019. Directed by Gurinder Chadha...

What’s on at the cinema in July

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Coming soon to a cinema near you are a bundle of box office blockbusters.Flying into cinemas on 5 July 2019 is the second solo Spider-Man film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man: Far From...

Film Preview: June 2019

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Coming to a cinema near you this month are a multitude of major studio tentpoles.‘Dark Phoenix’ rises onto screens on 5 June 2019 as the twelfth instalment of the X-Men film series with an...

Film Review: ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ ★★★

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Very well executed.  No pun intended.Direction (Josie Rourke), Screenplay (Beau Willimon), Cast (Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, David Tennant, Guy Pearce, Martin Compston, Adrian Lester, Joe Alwyn), Length (125 minutes), Rating (R)Chronicling...

Film Review: Thor: Ragnarok

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Thor: Ragnarok Direction: Taika Waititi Screenplay: Eric Pearson Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo Jeff Goldblum, Anthony Hopkins, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Cumberbatch Length: 130 minutes Rating: PG 13 Thor: Ragnarok is the third film in the Thor franchise...

Grace Jones – watch the premiere live

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Tomorrow 25 October 2017, the British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank and Trafalgar Releasing will host the UK premiere of the documentary film ‘Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami’.As part of the BFI regular film and...

Film Review Blade Runner 2049****

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The original Blade Runner was released in 1982 but its dystopian future is set in the year 2019, a mere 37 years later. Blade Runner 2049 released in 2017  is set in 2049, a mere...

Film Review: ‘Wind River’

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Wind River Direction: Taylor Sheridan Screenplay: Taylor Sheridan Cast: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen Length: 111 minutes Rating: RInspired by actual events, we follow US Fish and Wildlife Service tracker Cory Lambert (Renner) who must deal with the wild animals...

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