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,…

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…

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…

Get Out

2017 Director: Jordan Peele Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones Words: Josh Senior Jordan Peele’s debut directorial effort was released to critical acclaim earlier this year, arriving at an odd time for a horror release and pulled together on a shoe-string budget. Get Out is a breath of fresh…

Moonlight

2017 Director: Barry Jenkins Starring: Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Alex R. Hibbert, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae, Andre Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Jaden Piner Words: Josh Senior You’d like to hope that Moonlight is remembered for the genius piece of film-making that it is, as opposed to being the subject of all the Academy Awards…

Cult Corner: Dogtooth

2009 Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos Starring: Christos Stergioglou, Michelle Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis, Mary Tsoni, Anna Kalaitzidou Words: Nathan Scatcherd Perhaps best known internationally as the director of cult hit The Lobster from 2015 (starring ‘big names’ such as Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz), Yorgos Lanthimos is becoming a recognised name as his newest…

2017 Oscars and BAFTA’s in review

We’ve rounded-up our reviews of 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. We will be adding more reviews of award nominated films as they get their UK release.   Oscar nominated Best Picture La La Land…

La La Land

2016 – USA Director: Damien Chazelle Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, J.K. Simmons Words: Joe H.   The film genre of the musical is one which is quite often dismissed before it is even explored, with many people saying “I don’t like musicals” when the first film of its type that springs to…

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…