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Film Review: Respect ★★★

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Handpicked to play Aretha Franklin in the film of her life by The Queen of Soul herself, Jennifer Hudson delivers with amazing grace.Direction:Leisl TommyScreenplay:Tracey Scott WilsonCast:Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald,Marc Maron,...

Film Review: ‘Candyman’ ★★★★

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Disclaimer: Not based on the song of the same name by Christina Aguilera. Not sweet. Not sugar. A very different Candyman with a much more meaningful aftertaste. In this regard - what an improvement.Direction:Nina...

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...

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...
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Film Review – ‘Greed’ ★★★

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Satire sowing the rise and fall of a high street fashion gladiator. Remind you of anyone?DirectionMichael WinterbottomScreenplayMichael WinterbottomCastSteve Coogan, David Mitchell, Isla Fisher, Shirley Henderson Length104 minutesRatingRSir Richard McCreadie (Coogan) is a fashion magnate...

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...

Film review – ‘1917’ ★★★★★

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A war drama of extraordinary technical and emotional achievement. Direction:Sam MendesScreenplay:Sam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-CairnsCast:George MacKay, Dean Charles-Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew ScottClaire Duburcq, Richard Madden, Colin Firth, Benedict CumberbatchLength:119 minutesRating:15Often the simplest plots are the...

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...

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...
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...

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...

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