Film Reviews

Hamilton (Review)

DIRECTOR: Thomas Kail

CAST: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, Jonathan Groff

RUNNING TIME: 160 mins

CERTIFICATE: 12A

BASICALLY…: The story of Alexander Hamilton (Miranda), a Founding Father of the United States and the first Secretary of the Treasury…

 

 

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I’ll admit, it’s a little strange reviewing a stage production on this film website, because by and large film and theatre are […]

Black Water: Abyss (Review)

DIRECTOR: Andrew Traucki

CAST: Jessica McNamee, Luke Mitchell, Amali Golden, Anthony J. Sharpe, Benjamin Hoetjes, Rumi Kikuchi

RUNNING TIME: 98 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: Five friends exploring a remote cave system find themselves hunted by a deadly, and extremely hungry, crocodile…

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With the first handful of cinemas reopening this weekend in the UK, I’m sure there’s plenty of people who are wanting to go back to the multiplex and seeing films the way they should be […]

Family Romance, LLC (Review)

DIRECTOR: Werner Herzog

CAST: Yuichi Ishii, Mahiro Tanimoto, Takashi Nakatani, Take Nakamura, Shun Ishigaki, Umetani Hideyasu, Miki Fujimaki

RUNNING TIME: 89 mins

CERTIFICATE: 12A

BASICALLY…: A Japanese man (Ishii) runs a business where he impersonates family members for a living…

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Werner Herzog is someone who, no matter what you may have heard about him, deserves a ton of respect for his craft. It’s easy to associate the German figure with his eccentric and sometimes crazy behaviour, […]

Lynn + Lucy (Review)

DIRECTOR: Fyzal Boulifa

CAST: Roxanne Scrimshaw, Nichola Burley, Kacey Ainsworth, Jack Shalloo, Christopher Patrick Nolan, Shaq B. Grant, Jennifer Lee Moon, Samson Cox-Vinell, Ashleigh Bannister, Leslie Duke, Tia Nelson,

RUNNING TIME: 88 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: Two best friends (Scrimshaw and Burley) find their relationship tested in the wake of a horrific tragedy…

 

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Every now and then, we tend to fall out with our friends; sometimes temporarily, other times forever. I know that I have experienced […]

007 RETROSPECTIVE: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

DIRECTOR: Peter R. Hunt

CAST: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti, Ilse Steppat, Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell, Bernard Horsfall, George Baker, Yuri Borienko, Virginia North, Irvin Allen, Geoffrey Cheshire, Terry Mountain, James Bree, John Gay, Angela Scoular, Catherina von Schell, Joanna Lumley, Julie Ege, Jenny Hanley, Anouska Hempel, Mona Chong, Sylvana Henriques, Dani Sheridan, Zaheera, Ingrit Back, Helena Ronee

RUNNING TIME: 142 mins

CERTIFICATE: PG

BASICALLY…: James Bond (Lazenby) falls in love with countess […]

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (Review)

DIRECTOR: David Dobkin

CAST: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens, Demi Lovato, Graham Norton, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson

RUNNING TIME: 121 mins

CERTIFICATE: 12A

BASICALLY…: Icelandic musicians Lars (Ferrell) and Sigrit (McAdams) are chosen to represent their country at the Eurovision song contest…

 

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The world feels like it’s on fire right now, and not just because of this late June heatwave; COVID-19 has spread like wildfire […]

007 RETROSPECTIVE: You Only Live Twice (1967)

DIRECTOR: Lewis Gilbert

CAST: Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama, Tetsurō Tamba, Teru Shimada, Karin Dor, Donald Pleasance, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn, Charles Gray, Tsai Chin, Peter Maivia, Burt Kwouk, Michael Chow, Ronald Rich, Jeanne Roland, David Toguri

RUNNING TIME: 117 mins

CERTIFICATE: PG

BASICALLY…: James Bond (Connery) teams up with the Japanese Secret Service to find and stop whoever is behind a series of space hijackings…

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With No Time To Die being pushed […]

Saint Frances (Review)

DIRECTOR: Alex Thompson

CAST: Kelly O’Sullivan, Ramona Edith Williams, Charin Alvarez, Jim True-Frost, Max Lipchitz, Rebekah Ward, Lily Mojekwu, Bradley Grant Smith, Mary Beth Fisher, Laura T. Fisher, Francis Guinan, Braden Crothers, H.B. Ward

RUNNING TIME: 106 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: When she makes a life-changing decision, a deadbeat nanny (O’Sullivan) forms an unlikely bond with the six-year-old she’s charged with protecting (Williams)…

 

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In one of the very first scenes of Saint Frances, protagonist Bridget – […]

Fanny Lye Deliver’d (Review)

DIRECTOR: Thomas Clay

CAST: Maxine Peake, Charles Dance, Freddie Fox, Tanya Reynolds, Peter McDonald, Zak Adams, Perry Fitzpatrick, Kenneth Lollard

RUNNING TIME: 112 mins

CERTIFICATE: 18

BASICALLY…: A Puritan woman (Peake) and her family find their world shaken when two strangers unexpectedly arrive…

 

 

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You wouldn’t think that a small-scale film like Fanny Lye Deliver’d would have a production troubled enough to rival Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, but nowadays it seems anything is possible. Originally commissioned nearly […]

Clemency (Review)

DIRECTOR: Chinonye Chukwu

CAST: Alfre Woodard, Wendell Pierce, Aldis Hodge, Richard Schiff, Danielle Brooks, LaMonica Garrett, Michael O’Neill, Michelle C. Bonilla, Vernee Watson-Johnson, Dennis Haskins, Richard Gunn, Alma Martinez

RUNNING TIME: 113 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: A death row prison warden (Woodard) must confront her demons when she has to execute another inmate…

 

 

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As the discussion about race relations and legal injustices reaches a heated peak, one might argue that now is not really the best […]

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