La La Land

January 11th, 2017 by

Director: Damien Chazelle Cast: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend, Rosemary DeWitt, J.K. Simmons Certificate: PG  Running Time: 128 minutes Release Date: January 13th Given its ‘you will bleed for your craft’ message, it’s easy to imagine that Whiplash director Damien Chazelle has a pretty complicated history with music. A former jazz drummer himself, he funnelled […]

Live by Night

January 9th, 2017 by

Director: Ben Affleck Cast: Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Chris Messina, Chris Cooper, Brendan Gleeson, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller Certificate: 15A Running time: 128 minutes Release date: January 13th Some people just don’t look right in a hat. Ben Affleck, he of tall muscular frame and chiselled jawline, appears surprisingly awkward beneath many a trilby as […]


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. […]

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

December 20th, 2016 by

Director: Gareth Edwards Cast: Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed and Donnie Yen Certificate: 12a Running Time: 133 minutes Release Date: December 15th An inherent iciness hangs over each and every frame of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This is fine, for let us not pretend that this ‘saga’ is […]

Office Christmas Party

December 7th, 2016 by

Directors: Josh Gordon and Will Speck Cast: Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller, Olivia Munn, Jennifer Aniston Certificate: 16 Running time: 105 mins Release date: December 7th Search Party, a movie starring T.J. ‘I’m In Everything’ Miller that sat on the shelf for two years before a quiet release in America in May (it hit here a year […]

The Edge of Seventeen

December 1st, 2016 by

Director: Kelly Fremon Craig Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Blake Jenner, Woody Harrelson Certificate: 15a Running Time: 99 minutes Release Date: 28th November There has been a sneaking suspicion in recent years that teen movies have been getting a little too grown up for their own good. Earnestness has been creeping in in place of awkwardness and […]


November 24th, 2016 by

Director: Robert Zemeckis Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Matthew Goode, Lizzy Caplan Certificate: 12a Running Time: 124 minutes Release Date: November 25th Huh. For a film with such pre-loaded baggage, the last thing you’d expect it to be this forgettable. Even putting aside the on-set ‘did they/didn’t they?’ sexual antics, you can’t help […]

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

November 18th, 2016 by

Director: David Yates Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell Certificate: 12a Running time: 133 minutes Release Date: November 18th Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them looks the part but you can almost hear the grinding gears of a franchise-building machine as the action unfolds. The Marvelisation of […]


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 […]

The Accountant

November 1st, 2016 by

Director: Gavin O’Connor Cast: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, John Lithgow, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal Certificate: 15a  Running Time: 128 minutes Release Date: November 4th While perfectly serviceable and with stand-out moments of acting and directing, The Accountant‘s sole purpose seems to be to maintain and promote the questionable ‘Ben Affleck: Action Hero’ brand. The film […]

Doctor Strange

October 23rd, 2016 by

Director: Scott Derrickson Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen and Chiwetel Ejiofor Certificate: 12a Running Time: 115 minutes Release Date: October 25th It’s right there in the title. Strange. This was Marvel’s chance to let loose and have a little fun by doing something a little different, but aside from some trippy […]

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

October 22nd, 2016 by

Director: Edward Zwick Cast: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger, Danika Yarosh, Robert Knepper Certificate: 12a Running Time: 118 minutes Release Date: October 21st Jack Reacher was something of an anomaly, existing in the long forgotten midrange budget of yesteryear, that has been abandoned for the new economic framework stating that movies need to […]

Queen of Katwe

October 21st, 2016 by

Director: Mira Nair Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Madina Nalwanga Certificate: PG Running Time: 124 minutes Release Date: 21st October  Adapted from the non-fiction book by Tim Crothers, Queen of Katwe tells the story of Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), a young girl from the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, who became a chess […]


October 14th, 2016 by

Director: Ron Howard Cast: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen Certificate: 12a Running Time:  Release Date: October 14th In the never-ending quest to inject his series with enthralling mystery and forced action sequences, Ron Howard has managed to suck what remaining life his Dan Brown adaptations still possess, leaving Inferno to stand […]