Film & Cinema

More than 20 years after she somersaulted onto the original PlayStation, inspired comic books and defied the laws of physics in two lacklustre Hollywood adaptations with Angelina Jolie, Lara Croft is back in a rebott starring Swedish Oscar winner Alicia Vikander.


Whether appearing in front of or behind the camera, filmmaker and stuntman Nash Edgerton has long established himself as a formidable talent within the film industry.

Peter Rabbit is a feel good, fast-paced, vibrant animation with effortlessly cute characters and a message of appreciating animals and wildlife at its heart.

Downsizing is the new film from Alexander Payne, the writer/director behind About Schmidt and Sideways. Staring Matt Damon in the lead role of Paul Safranek, the story is built around a groundbreaking new procedure designed to combat over population, which allows people to permanently shrink themselves to five inches tall.

Lion director Garth Davis’s revisionist religious drama, which attempts to wash away the stains of ill repute from Jesus’ devoted disciple, stars Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene and Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus.


Will Gluck’s family-friendly adventure based on Beatrix Potter’s eponymous floppy-eared creation is well animated and has some good jokes, but with a woefully miscast James Corden ends up trashing the thing it is supposed to celebrate.


Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund’s Oscar-nominated and Cannes Palme d’Or winning follow-up to Force Majeure, a satire set in the contemporary art world, is something of a mixed bag.

Fusing comedy, crime, mystery, action and romance, ‘Game Night’ focuses on a group of friends who meet weekly to play board games; but when an unexpected guest turns up, things kick up several gears very quickly.

For some audiences it might be easy to dismiss Game Night as the sort of risible comedy often churned out following awards season and before the big Easter and Summer blockbusters.

Acclaimed director, Paul Thomas Anderson returns with this tale set in the 1950s of Reynolds Woodcock, a renowned dressmaker in postwar London, whose fastidious lifestyle is disrupted when he falls for a strong willed young waitress.


Based on Jonathan Ames’ novella of the same title, British director Lynne Ramsay’s film plumbs the murky depths of the human condition on the mean streets of modern-day New York with Joaquin Phoenix both fearless and, heartbreaking.

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Nuclear families go into meltdown in writer-director Brian Taylor’s deranged horror comedy, which conceives a sick and twisted battle of wits between children and their blood-crazed parents, with Nicolas Cage on manic form.

Holkham beach in Norfolk was the location for filming Annihilation, one of the most anticipated sci-fi films of 2018. But in the highest profile example yet in a revolution in the way films are being released, you won’t get to see it in the cinema.

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Directed by Steven Spielberg and nominated for two Oscars, including Best Picture, The Post tells the story of the Washington Newspaper’s battle to publish the highly controversial Pentagon Papers which detailed the USA’s involvement in the Vietnam war and exposed a cover-up which spanned four presidents.

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On the 6th January 1994 sports fans were gripped by the attack on American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan and the possible involvement of competitor Tonya Harding.

This Oscar nominated picture tells the story of controversial American figure skater Tonya Harding, who was accused of conspiring to attack one of her rivals during the build-up to the 1994 Winter Olympics.

Sure, game nights with your mates are a good laugh – but have you ever longed for more heart-racing excitement than snakes and ladders can offer?

Trivial pursuits escalate into life-or-death gambles in madcap murder mystery set in sleepy American suburbia, where middle-class couples see their love of board games take a sinister turn.

This third film from British writer/director Martin Mcdonagh stars Frances McDormand in the lead role of Mildred Hayes a grieving mother coming to terms with the brutal murder of her daughter. She hires three billboards outside her home town of Ebbing, to advertise the fact the local police department has yet to catch the killer.


Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri somehow manages to find humour - and a great deal of irony - in the darkest of places.

Whether dealing with real-life tragedy in biographical drama Fruitvale Station (2013) or reinvigorating the Rocky franchise with Creed (2015), writer-director Ryan Coogler has made a name for himself as bold and inventive film-maker.


Lady Bird isn’t strictly autobiographical, but indie actress-turned wtriter/director Greta Gerwig draws on fond memories of her Californian hometown for a beautifully observed valentine to mother-daughter relationships and youthful exuberance.

Craig Gillespie’s biopic of US figure skating champion Tonya Harding starring Margot Robbie illuminates the 1994 attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan with a cast of unlikeable characters including her violent ex-husband and domineering mother.

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A well-to-do wife learns that being a free woman is better than being a kept lady in Richard Loncraine’s comedy drama, choreographed to appeal to mature audiences who checked into The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.


The Marvel Comics universe expands with a rousing standalone adventure for the eponymous African king, featuring a predominantly black cast festooned with Oscar winners and nominees teasing out tender romance and bruising rivalries.

Marvel’s latest instalment in their cinematic universe sees Chadewick Boseman reprise his role as the Black Panther and follows on directly from the events of his previous appearance in Captain America: Civil War.


Since announcing himself with seminal vampire horror Cronos (1993) and garnering further acclaim with Pan’s Labyrinth (2005), Guillermo del Toro has established himself as one of the finest living directors of fantasy cinema.


Guillermo Del Toro returns to low-budget fantasy an erotically-charged Cold War love story between a mute cleaning lady, played by Sally Hawkins, and a carnivorous merman that has scooped 13 Oscar nominations.

Parenthood and shattered childhood dreams are also key motifs of Russian film-maker Andrey Zvyagintsev’s follow-up to Oscar winning Leviathan , which has been nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards.


The Marvel Comics universe expands with a rousing standalone adventure for the eponymous African king, featuring a predominantly black cast festooned with Oscar winners and nominees teasing out tender romance and bruising rivalries.

The premise for directors Peter and Michael Spierig’s latest directorial outing is intriguing.

Twenty-two years after the original Robin Williams film comes the sequel to 1995’s Jumanji.

Written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Irish actress Saoirse Ronan in the lead role, Lady Bird follows 17-year-old Christine MacPherson through her final year of high school in Sacramento, California, during the economic downturn of 2002.

Dramatisation of the fateful journey of self-discovery of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, who vanished in 1969 during a round the world yacht race, is touching thanks to Colin Firth’s understated nobility as the all at sea as a fearless fool.

The dramatisation of a failed 2015 terrorist attack on board a train hurtling from Amsterdam to the French capital, which was thwarted by the quick-thinking of three American tourists, continues Clint Eastwood films about acts of valour torn from headlines.

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