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 […]


Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

February 9th, 2017 by

Director: Ang Lee Cast: Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garret Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin Certificate: 15a Running Time: 113 minutes Release Date: February 10th Prior to its American release towards the end of last year, much of the focus of Ang Lee’s latest film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk was on its technical […]


Moonlight

February 6th, 2017 by

Director: Barry Jenkins Cast: Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Naoime Harris, Janelle Monáe, Mahershala Ali Certificate: 15a Running Time: 111 minutes Release Date: February 10th Black and gay? It’d easy to see the Oscar reaction to Moonlight as a knee-jerk tokenism response to last year’s #OscarsSoWhite troubles, and the fact that we’re all still a bit “really??” every time […]


Gold

February 4th, 2017 by

Director: Stephen Gaghan Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard Certificate: 15a Running Time: 121 minutes Release Date: February 3rd It would be entirely fair and justifiable to make the calculated assumption that a movie aptly titled Gold would leave you with, if nothing else, a greater appreciation for the shiny rock. It would […]


Loving

January 31st, 2017 by

Director: Jeff Nichols Cast: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Martin Csokas, Nick Kroll, Will Dalton, Michael Shannon Certificate: 12a Running time: 123 mins Release date: February 3rd The great Ron Swanson of Parks and Recreation fame once said “Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing”. It seems Jeff Nichols didn’t get the memo when he decided […]


T2 Trainspotting

January 27th, 2017 by

Director: Danny Boyle Cast: Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner Certificate: 18 Running Time: 117 minutes Release Date: January 27th Drugs are bad…but they’re also kinda good. There, the overarching thematic purpose of T2 Trainspotting has been effectively summarised and there’s little need to go into further detail. That’s not to say […]


Cameraperson

January 26th, 2017 by

Director: Kirsten Johnson Certificate: Club Running Time: 101 minutes Release Date: January 27th In the opening two scenes of Cameraperson, the off-screen presence of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson is felt in two distinct ways. In the first, filmed in rural Bosnia, a frantic handheld camera finds what could be the perfect composition of a shepherd and […]


Hacksaw Ridge

January 24th, 2017 by

Director: Mel Gibson Cast: Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey, Vince Vaughan, Sam Worthington, Rachel Griffiths and Hugo Weaving Certificate: 16 Running Time: 139 minutes Release Date: January 27 Throw your stones at Mel Gibson the human being if you must, but there’s no denying that the man has presence. One only needs look at […]


Jackie

January 20th, 2017 by

Director: Pablo Larraín Cast: Natalie Portman, Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt Certificate: 15a Running Time: 99 minutes Release Date: January 20th Jackie arrives in cinemas the same day as the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America. It’s fitting, and oddly prescient, as it provides one of the best […]


Split

January 18th, 2017 by

Director: M. Night Shyamalan Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley Certificate: 15A Running time: 117 mins Release date: 20th January 2017 There’s a phenomenon that occurs in the world of ‘bad’ movies. Films like Birdemic or The Room, for example, were made with the highest artistic intentions; these people were trying to make a […]


Manchester by the Sea

January 13th, 2017 by

Director: Kenneth Lonergan Cast: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol Certificate: 15a Running Time: 137 minutes Release Date: January 13th There’s a humour in death and loss. It’s not immediately apparent at a time of grief but human nature and our innate clumsiness in dealing makes it inevitable. With his new film Manchester […]


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 […]


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. […]