Candyman (1992)

1992 Director: Bernard Rose Starring: Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons, Vanessa Williams, DeJuan Guy, Marianna Elliott, Ted Raimi, Ria Pavia Words – Oliver Innocent Touted as the heir to the throne of Stephen King, Liverpool-born horror novelist Clive Barker came to prominence in the mid-1980s with his short story collections, Books of…

Our Little Sister

2015 Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda Starring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose Words – Natalie Mills Based on manga series Seaside Town Diary, Our Little Sister follows the lives of three twenty-something sisters. Abandoned by their separated parents, they live together in the beautiful, traditional old house that belonged to their grandmother. When their father…

Little Women

2019 Director: Greta Gerwig Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Bob Odenkirk Words – Carly Stevenson Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel treads similar terrain to her previous film Ladybird (2017) – a tender coming-of-age story that centres around a close mother-daughter relationship….

Color Out of Space

Director: Richard Stanley Starring: Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Q’orianka Kilcher, Tommy Chong, Madeleine Arthur, Julian Hilliard, Brendan Meyer Words – Carly Stevenson Adapted from the H.P. Lovecraft short story by cult director Richard Stanley, Color Out of Space is a stunning spectacle of cosmic body horror that perfectly captures the fear of the unknown we…

Beautiful Boy

Director: Felix Van Groeningen Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Steve Carell, Amy Ryan, Maura Tierney, Jack Dylan Grazer, Zachary Rifkin, Kue Lawrence Words – Rhiannon Topham When I came out of the screening for Beautiful Boy, I overheard a woman behind me say “when he [Steve Carell] is fretting about where his son is at the beginning,…

The Little Stranger

2018 Director: Lenny Abrahamson Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, Charlotte Rampling Words – Carly Stevenson Faithfully adapted from the 2009 gothic novel by Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger is an elegant haunted house drama set against the backdrop of postwar Britain. Beginning in the summer of 1948, the story is narrated by Dr…

No Country For Old Men

2007 Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Starring: Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald Words – Nathan Scatcherd In a filmography which – it could comfortably be argued – boasts several absolutely essential films, The Coen Brothers’ 2007 adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel No Country for Old Men stands as one…

Fantastic Mr Fox

2012 Director: Wes Anderson Starring: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker, Adrien Brody, Wes Anderson Words – Rhiannon Topham “And so it begins…” These are the prophetic words of the titular vulpine as our Fantastic Mr. Fox derails the settled life he has built for…

IT

2017 Director: Andres Muschietti Starring: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton Words: Carly Stevenson 27 years after the 1990 miniseries aired, Warner Bros have finally reanimated Pennywise the Dancing Clown to terrify horror fans and coulrophobics again – this time on…

The Girl With All The Gifts

2016 – UK Director – Colm McCarthy Starring – Gemma Arterton, Sennia Nanua, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine, Fisayo Akinade Words – Joe H.   This British zombie film is an adaptation of the book of the same name  – written for the screen by its author and comic book writer, Mike Carey. We open to…