Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

2016 – USA Director: Gareth Edwards Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, Wen Jiang, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelson  Words: S. Nix As the lights came back on at the end of the screening I attended, the rolling credits were greeted with thunderous applause, my small, nagging doubts about…

Best of 2016

2016 was a great year for cinema, and as the year comes to an end we’ve selected what we think are 10 of the best films released in the UK over the past year – click on the film title to see our review   Arrival A sci-fi epic about first contact, telling a story…

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

2016/ UK, USA Director: David Yates Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller Words: R. Topham Watching all two and a bit hours of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, you start to wonder if JK Rowling has inadvertently created a wizarding version of the global phenomena which was Pokemon…

Must See Movies: December

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…

Arrival

2016 – USA Director: Denis Villeneuve Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker Words: C. Abbott Denis Villeneuve is quickly becoming one of the most consistently brilliant and interesting filmmakers working today. Following the successes of Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy and Sicario, this could be his best work yet, perfectly capturing the fine art of Hollywood…

My Scientology Movie

2016 – USA/ UK Director: John Dower Words: N. Scatcherd For those who may be unaware: Scientology is one of the most bizarre and controversial movements in recent history – a ‘religion’ based primarily on the writings of science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, the followers of which buy their way up the hierarchy and…

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

2016 – USA Director: Werner Herzog Words: C. Abbott Christian attended a special screening of the film with a live broadcast post-film Q+A with director Werner Herzog and British director/ comedian Richard Ayoade, at The Showroom Cinema.  When tackling a Werner Herzog documentary there are at least a few things one should accept: cutting, dry remarks…

Inferno

2016 – USA Director: Ron Howard Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Ben Foster, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Irrfan Khan Words: S. Nix The third film to be based on a Dan Brown novels, after The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons, sees protagonist and symbology professor Robert Langdon (Hanks) run around the picturesque cities of…

Under The Shadow

2016 – UK / Iran Director – Babak Anvari Starring – Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshandi, Bobby Naderi Words – C. Abbott Let’s get this out of the way with right now, if there’s a screening of this film near you – see it. It’s unusual for me to enter a screening completely in the blind,…

The Girl On The Train

2016 – USA Director: Tate Taylor Starring: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Luke Evans, Justin Theroux  Words: C. Abbott Upon entering the theatre to see this one the expectations were mixed to say the least. Hearing the murmurs of lacklustre changes from the book (which I have yet to read), yet excellent praise for…