Must See Movies: March

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…

Lady Bird

2017 – USA Director: Greta Gerwig Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein Words – Josh Senior Greta Gerwig turns the traditional ‘coming-of-age’ tale on its head in Lady Bird, her stunning and personal directorial debut. At once a thoughtful and detailed study of a young woman finding her…

Darkest Hour

Director: Joe Wright Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane, Samuel West, Ronald Pickup Words – Christian Abbott This is exactly the type of movie you’d expect to see this time of year. It boasts a talented director: Joe Wright, an excellent cast and a narrative of historical significance. Essentially,…

Black Panther

2018 Director: Ryan Coogler Starring: Chadwick Boseman; Michael B. Jordan; Letitia Wright; Lupita Nyong’o; Danai Gurira; Daniel Kaluuya; Martin Freeman; Forest Whitaker; Andy Serkis; Angela Bassett Words: Nathan Scatcherd 2016’s Captain America: Civil War is perhaps the apex so far of Marvel’s now decade-old, multi-film shared cinematic universe goliath; a film which really feels like…

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,…