Free Fire

2017 – UK Director: Ben Wheatley Starring: Sharlto Copley, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Jack Reynor, Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor Words: Josh Senior Ben Wheatley is fast becoming the best British cult filmmaker of our times, and with Free Fire he shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Hot off the back…

Raw

2016 – France Director: Julia Ducournau Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella Words: Christian Abbott   Raw by French filmmaker Julia Ducournau, her theatrical debut, is the latest addition to the cannibal sub-genre, while managing to remain entirely its own film. This is a visually striking work in both composition and content, a sort of…

Kong: Skull Island

2017 – USA Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, John C. Reilly, Terry Notary Words: Nathan Scatcherd   A dragonfly lands peacefully on a branch as US army helicopters descend on a lush green jungle, and promptly start dropping bombs on it. The 1973 setting is…

Manchester By The Sea

2016 – USA Director: Kenneth Lonergan Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges Words: Josh Senior By now you’ll probably already know that Casey Affleck won the award for Best Actor at this year’s Academy Awards as well as sweeping up at The Golden Globes, The SAG Awards and The BAFTAS. Like The…

John Wick Chapter 2

2016 – USA Director: Chad Stahelski Starring: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Lawrence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Common Words: Saul Nix The sleeper-hit action film John Wick has a sequel and the burning question on the minds of its many fans is whether or not it’ll take the Hindenburg-esque plunge other action franchises have in…

The Lego Batman Movie

2016 – USA Director: Chris McKay Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Zach Galifianakis, Ralph Fiennes Words: Nathan Scatcherd OK, full disclosure: I f*cking love Batman. Ever since I could read, I’ve spent countless hours poring over the comics, watching the movies, playing the games… my earliest memory is of five year old Nathan…

Hidden Figures

2016 – USA Director: Theodore Melfi Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe Words: Christian Abbott This is another necessary tale untold by Hollywood which is now getting its due. And that is very much the case; this is a story of inherent merit from its important narrative to more than capable filmmaking. Based on…

Jackie

2016 – USA / France / Chile Director: Pablo Larraín Starring:  Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig Words: Christian Abbott   This is an imperfect but deeply intimate picture, emotional from start to finish, elevated by a career best performance from Natalie Portman in the title role of Jackie Kennedy. This is one of the great…

Adult Life Skills

2016 – UK Director: Rachel Tunnard Starring: Jodie Whittaker, Brett Goldstein, Eileen Davies, Ozzy Myers, Lorraine Ashbourne Words: J. Senior To say that I went from knowing absolutely nothing about Adult Life Skills – to falling head over heels in love with it, is something of an understatement. Eileen Davies who stars in the film…

Paterson

2016/ USA Directed by: Jim Jarmusch Starring: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Barry Shabaka Henley, William Jackson Harper, Chasten Harmon Words: N. Scatcherd Even as a committed Jim Jarmusch fan, I wasn’t sure about Paterson at first. It distillates and purifies the laidback, meandering, low-key interest in the minutiae of life that all Jarmusch films engage…