Thunder Road

Director: Jim Cummings Starring: Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson, Jocelyn DeBoer Words – Toni Stanger Thunder Road opens with Officer Jim Arnaud (Jim Cummings) delivering the eulogy at his mother’s funeral. It’s a 10-minute scene shot in one long, unbroken take, which is the perfect way to introduce us to this unravelling character. Jim…

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 Favourite

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Mark Gatiss, Joe Alwyn, Jenny Rainsford Words – Rhiannon Topham The Favourite is horrible. By horrible, I mean the filthy, wicked kind of horrible which makes prudes feel queasy. By horrible, I mean the sort of crude material that forces my mum to…

Shoplifters

2018 Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda Starring: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Jyo Kairi, Miyu Sasaki Words – Joe H. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Shoplifters is an exploration of relationships from director Hirokazu Kore-eda, known for exploring similar themes in previous features such as the acclaimed 2015 film Our…

Must See Movies: November

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 this month’s recommendations……

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…

A Prayer Before Dawn

2018 Director: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire Starring: Joe Cole, Panya Yimmumphai, Pornchanok Mabklang, Vithaya Pansringarm Words – Joe H. Based on the international bestselling memoir of the same name, A Prayer Before Dawn tells the true story of Billy Moore, a young boxer from Liverpool who is imprisoned in Thailand for drug offences. We are introduced to…

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Director: Martin McDonagh Starring: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Lucas Hedges, Caleb Landry Jones, Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, Sandy Martin Words: Nathan Scatcherd Playwright and director Martin McDonagh appears – like most creative types – to be fixated on certain recurring themes: sin and redemption; the fundamental murkiness of morality; and pitch black comedy…

Best Films of 2017

2017 was a great year for cinema, and as the year comes to an end we’ve selected what we think are the best films released in the UK over the past year – click on the film title to see our review   The Florida Project An authentic story through a child’s eye-view   mother!…

Berlin Syndrome

2017 Director: Cate Shortland Starring: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt Words: Carly Stevenson Cate Shortland’s third feature follows Australian backpacker Clare as she photographs DDR architecture on a solo trip to Germany. Shortly after arriving in Berlin, she meets charismatic teacher Andi, who happens to live alone in an abandoned apartment block. Alarm bells ring, but…