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. […]


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 […]


Allied

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 […]


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 […]