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…

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…

Trumbo

Trumbo – 2015 Director: Jay Roach Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Louis C.K, Helen Mirren Words: B. Halford With the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union in full swing, the House of Un-American Activities Committee turns to Hollywood looking to expose and blacklist people suspected of communist sympathies. Amongst those suspected is…

Spotlight

2015/ USA Director: Tom McCarthy Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Brian d’arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery Words: J. Senior So with one fell swoop, and another night of scandalous amounts of glitz and glam, this years awards season has drawn to a climactic end. However, as is typical, The Academy…

Room

2015 Director: Lenny Abrahamson Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers Words: B. Halford For all of his life, Jack (Tremblay) has lived with his mother (Larson) in “Room”, a shed where they are held by a kidnapper named “Old Nick” (Sean Bridgers). With Jack’s entire worldview based around Room, he refuses to believe there’s a world outside;…

2016 BAFTA and Oscars in review

We’ve rounded-up our look at films from the past year that have made the shortlist to pick up awards this season – click on the film title to see our review. Spotlight Oscar Winner: Best Picture Original Screenplay BAFTA Film Award Winner: Original Screenplay The Revenant Oscar Winner: Best Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio Best Director…

Joy

2015/ USA Director: David O. Russell Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper Words: J. Wood The partnership of David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence continues to bear fruit but of the three films they, alongside Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, have made together, this one is the most inconsequential.  Why this is the case is…

Best of 2015

A great year for cinema, this is our selection of the best films released in the UK in the year that was 2015 Sicario Slow West 45 Years Song Of The Sea Housebound It Follows The Look Of Silence The Walk Whiplash you can view our free-to-read online publication giving you reviews of each via…

The Danish Girl

2015/ UK, Germany, USA Director: Tom Hooper Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard Words: R. Topham A much anticipated biopic about the life of Lili Elbe, an early twentieth century transgender woman and one of the first to attempt gender reassignment surgery, The Danish Girl details a poignant journey through the social construction of gender norms,…