The Shape Of Water

Director: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Jenkins Words: Carly Stevenson Widely praised as his best work since Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Del Toro’s latest feature is a thoughtful retelling of the age-old Beauty and the Beast trope of fairy-tales and classic monster movies alike. The plot…

Cult Corner: Killer Klowns from Outer Space

1988 Directed by – Stephen Chiodo; Charles Chiodo; Edward Chiodo Starring – Grant Cramer; Suzanne Snyder; John Allen Nelson; John Vernon; Michael S. Siegel; Peter Licassi Words – Nathan Scatcherd In the hallowed garden of 80’s sci-fi comedies, Killer Klowns from Outer Space seems like some particularly low-hanging fruit. The name alone is enough to…

The Cloverfield Paradox

Director: Julius Onah Starring: Gugu Mbatha‑Raw, David Oyelowo, Elizabeth Debicki, Zhang Ziyi, Daniel Bruhl, Chris O’Dowd Words: Christian Abbott The Cloverfield franchise, as it seems appropriate to call it now, has been something of a mystery since its debut in 2008. Director Matt Reeves and producer J.J. Abrams created the original Cloverfield as America’s own…

Phantom Thread

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Starring: Daniel Day‑Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville, Camilla Rutherford, Brian Gleeson Words: Christian Abbott Writer, director and cinematographer, Paul Thomas Anderson, has proven that he has his filmmaking down to a science. His latest work, Phantom Thread, feels like the culmination of Anderson’s oeuvre, weaving together the various genres we’ve seen…

Must See Movies: February

At Reel Steel we want to make sure you’re getting the most of your cinematic enthusiasm, so each month we put together our short list of some of the best new releases, from popcorn munching explosion fests to the often weird and wonderful. Take a look at the trailers below and see what you think…

Coco

2018 – USA Director(s): Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt Words: Josh Senior Pixar movies are generally cinematic high points in any calendar year. Since Toy Story in 1995 the famed animation house has been churning out consistently high quality content on an almost annual basis. They are movies we crave, and…

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Director: Martin McDonagh Starring: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Lucas Hedges, Caleb Landry Jones, Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, Sandy Martin Words: Nathan Scatcherd Playwright and director Martin McDonagh appears – like most creative types – to be fixated on certain recurring themes: sin and redemption; the fundamental murkiness of morality; and pitch black comedy…

My Neighbour Totoro

1988 – Japan Director – Hayao Miyazaki Words – Christian Abbott Some have called this the gateway film into the works of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, even Japanese animation itself, and it isn’t hard to see why. This is a film about, and a celebration of, child-like wonder. It’s about the power of imagination, discovery,…

Must See Movies: January 2018

At Reel Steel we want to make sure you’re getting the most of your cinematic enthusiasm, so each month we put together our short list of some of the best new releases, from popcorn munching explosion fests to the often weird and wonderful. Take a look at the trailers below and see what you think…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

2017 – USA Director: Rian Johnson Starring: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro Words: Josh Senior   Star Wars matters, that much is true, and considering my emotive response to the franchise’s return in The…

Best Films of 2017

2017 was a great year for cinema, and as the year comes to an end we’ve selected what we think are the best films released in the UK over the past year – click on the film title to see our review   The Florida Project An authentic story through a child’s eye-view   mother!…

The Florida Project

2017 Director: Sean Baker Starring: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe, Valeria Cotto, Christopher Rivera, Mela Murder, Caleb Landry Jones Words: Joe H. With Florida being known as the “sunshine state”, thoughts of glitz, palm trees and the magic of Disney World are what come to mind when picturing this warm and sunny tourist destination….