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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

London

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.

Funny, moving and full of action, Bumblebee is a welcome addition to the Transformers series.

It is early 18th century and England is at war with the French.

With plenty of clever little nods to the original Mary Poppins – released in 1964 – this sequel-of-sorts contains just as much magic and plenty of fantasy adventures to get lost inside.

Jack

Instead of making its debut at the cinema, new film Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock, is streaming via Netflix. See our review.

Writer Diablo Cody teams up once again with director Jason Reitman for this tale of a stressed mother who befriends the young nanny hired to help with her newborn daughter.

As the year draws to a close and the awards season revs up, Arts editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at a surprisingly diverse and entertaining year at the cinema and suggests these films should be on your home viewing list. How many have you seen?

Jason Clarke

Have you seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse yet? See our review of the new animated superhero adventure.

Mary Poppins Returns staring Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure.

Jack

Staring Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke, this charming romcom based on the novel by Nick Hornby tells the tale of a British woman’s unlikely long distance romance with a jaded American rock star.

Warner Bros Pictures and director James Wan bring the action-packed adventure Aquaman to the big screen.

For an animated buddy-comedy about video game characters, Ralph Breaks the Internet tackles some pretty heavy societal issues.

Writer-director Bill Holderman’s frothy romantic comedy stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen as life-long friends, who have forgotten what it means to grow old disgracefully.

Having delivered an impressive remake of The Evil Dead and one of 2016’s most intense films with Don’t Breathe, Fede Álvarez would seem an ideal choice to helm the second instalment in the American-produced millennium series.

This popular franchise returns with some new cast members and maybe slightly disappointing for some fans - that means a new Mr Poppy!

British director Steve McQueen returns with a tale of four women who take matters into their own hands after being left in debt by their husbands’ criminal activities.

Ten years in the making, this troubled production, which tells the story of the legendary British rock band Queen and its enigmatic lead singer Freddie Mercury, finally makes it to the big screen.

United Kingdom

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is currently showing at the Riverside Theatre in Woodbridge. Have you seen it yet? Read our review below.

Paris

Ryan Gosling reteams with Oscar winning La La Land director Damien Chazelle to tell the story behind NASA’s 1969 mission to land a man on the moon.

Jason Clarke

Take a look at our review of The Ballard of Buster Scruggs which is in select cinemas and on Netflix.

To some, an adaptation of Lynda La Plante’s 1980s ITV television crime drama, based on the author and screenwriter’s novel of the same name, may not be the most obvious project for Turner Prize and Oscar winning artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen.

Second in the series is a mid-franchise muddle of convoluted back stories with some stunning sequences

Paris

A rock ‘n’ roll sing-along right from the start, countless Queen classics ring out of the cinema speakers as the life of legendary performer Freddie Mercury unfolds before our eyes in moving biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Taking its title from his short story, this elegiac account of the final years of Oscar Wilde following his incarceration living in exile in France and Italy is a passion project for director, writer and lead actor Rupert Everett.

France

Bradley Cooper makes his directorial debut and stars with Lady Ga Ga in this remake of A Star is Born. A story last brought to the screen in 1976 by Barbara Streisand.

Our review of Slaughterhouse Rulez featuring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Margot Robbie and more.

Released to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, Saul Dibb’s elegiac screen adaptation of RC Sherriff’s moving 1928 stage play about life on the frontline is being screened at Diss Corn Hall.

Manchester

Film and stage legend Vivien Leigh was born 105 years ago, on November 5, 1913. Here is a look back at her greatest movies.

France

All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother.

From Lenny Abrahamson, director of the Oscar-nominated Room, comes this haunting period drama staring Domnhall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson.

Gleeson plays Doctor Faraday, a 1940s physician called to attend a sick maid at Hundreds Hall, a sprawling countryside manor, he is familiar with from his youth.

However, upon arrival he is drawn into a much deeper mystery surrounding the residents of the vast estate and a potential haunting at the manor itself.

They Shall Not Grow Old is currently showing in selected cinemas and also lined up for a TV showing over the Remembrance Day weekend. Read our review here.

BBC

Bradley Cooper makes his directorial debut and stars with Lady Ga Ga in this remake of A Star is Born – a story last brought to the screen in 1976 by Barbara Streisand.

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