The Death of Stalin

October 20th, 2017 by

Director: Armando Iannucci Cast: Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend, Paul Whitehouse Certificate: 15A Running Time: Release Date: October 20th What happens when your authoritarian regime is built around a cult of personality that suddenly collapses in a pool of its own urine? Pithily marketed as a […]


The State Film Forecast: October 2017

October 7th, 2017 by

It’s October! Daylight savings time kicks in at the end of the month, making the days shorter and the shadows much, much longer. Whether the change in seasons means you need an outlet to scream out your end-of-summer grief, or you’re now at the stage where you’re accepting the seasonal change by seeking heat, comfort […]


Home Again

September 29th, 2017 by

Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Lake Bell, Nat Wolff Certificate: 12A Running Time: 97 minutes Release Date: 29th September In an iconic episode of Mad Men, Don Draper talks about the transportive power of images, and of a projector he’s shilling as ‘a time machine. It goes backwards, forwards. It […]


Logan Lucky

August 26th, 2017 by

Director: Stephen Soderbergh Cast: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Daniel Craig, Katherine Waterston Certificate: 12A Running Time: 118 minutes Release Date: 25th August Guess who just got back today? Them wild-eyed boys that’d been away. Movie star Channing Tatum, recently-unretired director Stephen Soderbergh, and his long-time producer/director of Magic Mike XXL, Gregory Jacobs, have […]


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 […]