Film & Cinema

A new offering on Netflix makes for Mark Goodin’s latest film review.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Stephen Merchant’s new film is a warts-and-all portrayal of the Knight wrestling family who turned their lives around.


Starring Oscar-winner Brie Larson in the lead role, this latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces the previously unseen Captain Marvel – a powerful cosmic warrior with links to Earth.

When Joe Castleman wins the Nobel Prize for Literature his wife is delighted for him – who wouldn’t be – and yet there is something niggling away at her that isn’t fully explained by his serial philandering or toddler mentality.

Despite eye-rolling moments, Mark Goodin thinks Fighting With My Family could be Nick Frost’s best performance in years.

Fittingly released on International Women’s Day, Captain Marvel is an empowering and engaging addition to the superhero saga that packs a feminist message.

Film review: Serenity

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Mark Goodin finds Matthew McConaughey’s latest film disappointing.

Winner of the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy awards, Green Book stars 2017 Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali together with Viggo Mortensen and tells the true story of an unlikely friendship between a highly regarded black musician and his Italian/American driver from the Bronx.


A legendary wrestling family from Norwich is celebrating as the film based on its turbulent life in the WWE claimed the top spot on this week’s box office chart.

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Film review: Cold Pursuit

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Mark Goodin takes on a remake a 2014 Norwegian action comedy.

Louisa Baldwin chats to the Knight wrestling family from Norwich at their city centre wrestling school as a film based on their lives is released in cinemas.


The Rock and Stephen Merchant’s new film is a warts-and-all portrayal of the Knight wrestling family from the fine city who turned their lives around.

Bumblebee, the first spin-off of the successful, but critically maligned, Transformers series, sees director Michael Bay hand the reigns over to Travis Knight, director of Kubo and Two Strings for this prequel to the 2007 original.

Film review: Happy Death Day 2U

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Mark Goodin delves into the world of horror with his latest review.

More of a sci-fi comedy with thriller traits thrown in than straight up horror, Happy Death Day 2U is an inventive subversion of typical slasher movies.

Mark Goodin takes on an adaptation of a Japanese cyberpunk manga for his latest review.

With a badass female superhero at the heart of this action-adventure-romance, Alita: Battle Angel is one of the most visually stunning movies in years.

Starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly in the title roles, this film from Scottish director Jon S Baird tells the story of the final tour of comedy double act Laurel and Hardy.

Film Review: Green Book

Friday, February 8, 2019

An unlikely friendship is the subject of the latest film review from Mark Goodin.

A horror thriller fuelled by technological traps which pits six strangers against one another in a survival of the fittest scenario, Escape Room is an

From visionary filmmakers James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez comes Alita: Battle Angel (12A).

Haven’t we seen this so-so dystopian thriller before?

Film review: Glass

Monday, February 4, 2019

Does Glass provide a satisying ending to the Eastrail 177 trilogy? Mark Goodin reviews.

Based on a true story, ‘Green Book’ is an emotive, heart-warming tale of an unlikely friendship that, gradually, becomes a delight to watch thanks to two award-worthy lead performances.

New York

Pawel Pawlikowski follows his Oscar-winning Ida with the deeply romantic Cold War, a turbulent love story set against the backdrop of Europe after the Second World War.


Film Review: The Mule

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

For his second review Mark Goodin takes on The Mule featuring the legendary Clint Eastwood.

Channelling the classic humour of one of the world’s most iconic comedy duos, Stan & Ollie is a heart-warming tale of friendship and a reminder that life on the road isn’t always so easy.

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Vice; dir: Adam McKay; starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Jesse Plemons, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe, Tyler Perry, LisaGay Hamilton, Justin Kirk, Eddie Marsan. Cert: 15

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An action-packed video game like adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world, Aquaman is a welcome escape from reality - combining humour, romance and edge-of-your-seat combat scenes.

The Oscar nominations have been announced. We take a look at the contenders and the controversies.


Mary, Queen of Scots (Saoirse Ronan) explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart.

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Film Review: Stan & Ollie

Friday, January 18, 2019

Enjoy Woodbridge More’s new film reviewer Mark Goodin gives his view on the Laurel and Hardy biopic Stan & Ollie.

Regulars at the Heath’s famous bathing ponds extol the virtues of freshwater swimming in freezing temperatures in this life-affirming low budget documentary


From Yorgos Lanthimos, the Greek director behind The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, comes this period piece about Queen Anne’s complicated relationship with two of her closest aides.


Emily Blunt steps ably into the shoes of Julie Andrews for this sequel to the much loved 1964 classic, which sees magical nanny Mary Poppins return to help the Banks siblings through a difficult time.

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