The State Film Forecast: August 2017

August 4th, 2017 by

Did you know that the ‘Dog Days’ of summer are so-called because they mark the return of the brightest star in the night sky, a Canis Majorus, colloquially called ‘Sirius’ or the ‘Dog Star’? Well, now you do. We’re well into the Dog Days now; a period commonly thought to be the hottest, sultriest time […]


The State Film Forecast: July 2017

July 7th, 2017 by

As Simon and Garfunkel once sang, ‘July, she will fly,’ and there are numerous reasons to keep watching the skies this month – if, by ‘the skies’, you mean the light projected onto a cinema screen in an otherwise unlit room. Along with aerially-inclined superheroes, hotshot Air Force pilots, and Voyagers travelling across the universe, some cool, […]


The House

June 30th, 2017 by

Director: Andrew Jay Cohen Cast: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Alison Tolman Release Date: 30th June Running time: 88 minutes Certificate: 15A Casting beloved SNL alums Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as co-leads in a comedy seems like a sure bet. But the latest film from the creators of Bad Neighbours belies the idiom that The […]


The State Film Forecast: June 2017

June 2nd, 2017 by

If you’re reading this, congratulations, you’ve made it to June! We’ve somehow survived the first 150 days of 2017 and now the promise of summer hangs over us like a flock of seagulls over the canal, waiting to rob your ice cream and knock your cans over. A truly blessed time of year. Blockbuster season […]


Their Finest

April 21st, 2017 by

Director: Lone Scherfig Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafin, Jack Huston, Richard E. Grant, Jake Lacy, Bill Nighy, Rachael Sterling Runtime: 116 minutes Certificate: 12A Release date: April 21st Never underestimate a woman’s touch. While Calamity Jane was overtly referring to household chores when she sang this (though, a more subversive message is really not hard to derive from […]


The Sense of an Ending

April 14th, 2017 by

Director: Ritesh Batra Cast: Jim Broadbent, Michelle Dockery, Charlotte Rampling, Emily Mortimer, Harriet Walter Certificate: 15A Running Time: 108 minutes Release date: April 14th ‘History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation.’ So goes a summation of the past by precocious teenager Adrian Finn (Joe Alwyn) […]


Life (2017)

March 24th, 2017 by

Director. Daniel Espinosa Cast: ​ Jake Gyllenhaal; Rebecca Ferguson; Arion Bakare; Ryan Reynolds; Hiroyuki Sanada Certificate: 15A Running Time: 103 minutes Release Date: March 24th Life: There are occasional moments of profound beauty and sadness, and desperate fights through crisis, as well as periods of mediocre inactivity. If you’re lucky, you’ll find someone you care about to […]


20th Century Women

February 9th, 2017 by

Director: Mike Mills Cast: Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, Billy Crudup, Lucas Jade Zumann  Certificate: 16 Running time: 118 minutes Release Date: February 10th 15-year-old Jamie (Zumann) is growing up in 1979, an era of transition, in which his mother Dorothea (Bening) muses that men ‘can’t be what they were and they don’t know what […]


Silence

December 31st, 2016 by

Director: Martin Scorsese Cast: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciaran Hinds, Issey Ogata Certificate: 15A Runtime: 161 minutes Release Date: January 1st A key tenet of poststructuralist theory is the idea of absence as presence, that the lack of something in a text can be as meaningful as what is presented there in abundance. […]


Arrival

November 10th, 2016 by

Director. Denis Villeneuve Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg Certificate: 12a Running Time: 116 minutes Release Date: November 10th ‘What is your purpose on earth?’ This is the central question to which linguistics professor Dr. Louise Banks (Adams) seeks an answer in Arrival, as addressed to a pair of alien beings, aboard one […]


Hell or High Water

September 9th, 2016 by

Director: David Mackenzie Cast: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham Runtime: 102 minutes Certificate: 15A Release date: September 9th A tale as old as time, or at least as old as America, Hell or High Water follows two brothers, Toby (Pine) and Tanner (Foster) embarking on a string of bank robberies across West Texas, […]


Ben-Hur

September 9th, 2016 by

Director: Timur Bekmanbetov Cast: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman, Rodrigo Santoro, Pilou Asbaek Certificate: 15A Running Time: 123 minutes Release Date: September 9th Hey Judah, haven’t we Ben Hur before? This is the fifth film adaptation of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, a story most famously told in lavish fashion in William Wyler’s 1959 film starring […]


Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

August 11th, 2016 by

Director: Stig Björkman Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Isabella Rossellini, Pia Lindstrom Certificate: PG Running Time: 113 minutes Release Date: 12 August For many people, Ingrid Bergman’s name is synonymous with classic Hollywood. Having worked with Alfred Hitchcock, George Cukor and Victor Fleming, Bergman most famously starred as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca, one of the most beloved and enduring films of its […]


Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

August 10th, 2016 by

Director: Jake Szymanski Cast: Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick Certificate: 16 Running Time: 98 minutes Release Date: August 10th Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is the greatest waste of resources since the BP oil spill, and while it poses a less destructive risk to our physical environment than that, this film […]