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 this month’s recommendations……

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

2019 Director: Céline Sciamma Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino Words – Rhiannon Topham Historical dramas can be stuffy, can’t they? Just describing a film as a ‘historical drama’ conjures particularly priggish dress, dialogue and narrative, none of which is typically original or disruptive to the staid all ways of the genre….

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants

2019 Director: J.-P. Valkeapää Starring: Pekka Strang, Krista Kosonen, Ilona Huhta Words – Nathan Scatcherd An at once clinical and yet strangely tender story, Dogs Don’t Wear Pants is appropriately a film about contrasts. It follows a depressed surgeon, Juha (Pekka Strang), whose wife drowned some years before. Since then he has been drifting through…

The Lighthouse

2019 Director: Robert Eggers Starring: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe Words – Joe H. Arriving to begin their month-long term as lighthouse keeper and secondary, Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) quickly finds his time ahead will be tending to the more demeaning and punishing tasks of the building under seasoned keeper Tom Wake (Willem Dafoe). The jagged…

Leeds International Film Festival 2019

The Leeds International Film Festival is one of the UK’s premiere platforms for new and world cinema. Taking place every November at venues around the city, see our look at some of the films featured at the 2019 festival – click on the film title to see our review.   The Lighthouse A visceral, hypnotic…

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……

Extra Ordinary

2019 Directors: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman Starring: Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte, Claudia O’Doherty Words – Carly Stevenson Rose (Maeve Higgins) is a driving instructor with an extraordinary talent: she can communicate with the dead. A kind widower named Martin (Barry Ward) tries to enlist her help when unexplained supernatural forces possess his teenage…

Little Monsters

2019 Director: Abe Forsythe Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Alexander England, Josh Gad Words – Carly Stevenson Lupita Nyong’o, Alexander England and Josh Gad star in this uplifting, indie zom-com about the terrifying responsibilities of child rearing. After a recent breakup leaves him without a place to stay, washed-up musician Dave (Alexander England) crashes with his sister…

The Nightingale

Director: Jennifer Kent Starring: Aisling Franciosi, Baykali Ganambarr, Sam Claflin Words – Carly Stevenson In her second film, director Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) explores the horrors of colonialism with unflinching honesty. The Nightingale is a Gothic drama set mostly in the Tasmanian wilderness during ‘The Black War’: a period of violent conflict between British colonists…

Color Out of Space

2019 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…