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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...

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...

What’s on TV and film this month?

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Coming to a cinema near you, as well as streaming services, are the first awards season projects for your consideration.Cinemahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM1U-Whb-P0After solving the impossible case of the ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ three years ago,...

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 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 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...

BAFTA ‘For the Love of Film’ competition searches for local film heroes

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Entries are now open for the second annual competition recognising individuals nationwide who have done something amazing simply ‘For the Love of Film’Following a hugely successful inaugural year, which drew hundreds of applications from...

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 Preview – May 2019

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Coming to a cinema near you this month are the first films of the summer.Released on 3 May 2019, much has already been made about ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile’ with Zac Efron...
Actor Zachary Levi in character as the superhero Shazam

Film Preview: April 2019

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Coming to a cinema near you next month - a mix of big studio and small independent films.Opening on 5 April 2019, Zachary Levi (Chuck television series) is the superhero of the title in...
Actors Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges in character in the film

Film Preview: March 2019

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Coming to a cinema near you this March...Released tomorrow on the first of the month, ‘The Aftermath’ features Keira Knightley (Pride and Prejudice), Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies television series) and Jason Clarke (Zero...
Actors in character in the film

Film Review: ‘Green Book’ ★★★★★

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Not just any road trip movie. A golden adventure.Direction (Peter Farrelly), Screenplay (Peter Farrelly, Brian Hayes Currie, Nick Vallelonga), Cast (Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini), Length (130 minutes), Rating (PG-13)Nominated for five Oscars, four BAFTAs...

HIPPFEST to host UK Premiere of Hound of the Baskervilles (1929)

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The 9th Hippodrome Silent Film Festival, otherwise known affectionately as HippFest will run over five days next month in Bo'ness.Tickets will go on sale today 5 February 2019 at 9.00am for the festival...

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...

Coming soon to a cinema near you

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Coming soon to a cinema near you...There are a plethora of awards season contenders.  ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’, directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) and Joe Johnston (October Sky), is a Disney dramatic...

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