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Military Wives (Review)

DIRECTOR: Peter Cattaneo

CAST: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Jason Flemyng, Greg Wise, Emma Lowndes, Gaby French, Lara Rossi, Amy James-Kelly, India Ria Amarteifio, Laura Checkley, Sophie Dix, Beverley Longhurst, Karen Sampford

RUNNING TIME: 112 mins

CERTIFICATE: 12A

BASICALLY…: The wives of soldiers serving in Afghanistan come together to form a choir…

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As much as people like to bemoan certain movies for sticking a little too closely to well-worn formulas and tropes, there is no doubt […]

By |February 12th, 2020|Film Reviews|0 Comments

Parasite (Review #2)

DIRECTOR: Bong Joon-ho

CAST: Song Kang-ho, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Jang Hye-jin, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Jung Ji-so, Jung Hyeon-jun, Lee Jeng-eun, Park Myung-hoon, Park Geun-rok, Park Seo-joon

RUNNING TIME: 132 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: The impoverished Kim family con their way into the lives of the wealthy Park family, giving them a taste of their luxurious existence…

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By the time you’re reading this, you’re probably already aware of why we’re taking another look at Bong […]

By |February 10th, 2020|Film Reviews|0 Comments
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    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (Review)

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (Review)

DIRECTOR: Cathy Yan

CAST: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Ella Jay Basco, Chris Messina, Ali Wong, Ewan McGregor, Charlene Amoia, Talon Reid, Steven Williams, Derek Wilson, Dana Lee, François Chau, Matthew Willig, Robert Catrini

RUNNING TIME: 109 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: After breaking up with the Joker, Harley Quinn (Robbie) finds herself having to team up with a group of woman to take on a sadistic crime lord (McGregor)…

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As bad as […]

Underwater (Review)

DIRECTOR: William Eubank

CAST: Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, T.J. Miller, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, Gunner Wright

RUNNING TIME: 95 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: When a large earthquake devastates an underwater base, the crew must survive the mysterious creatures attacking them…

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A movie like Underwater is one that only exists to remind you of the far better movies it is constantly borrowing from, and after it’s served that sole purpose it’s pretty much gone […]

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Review)

DIRECTOR: Céline Sciamma

CAST: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino

RUNNING TIME: 120 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: In 18th century France, a young painter (Merlant) develops a passionate bond for the woman (Haenel) she has been hired to covertly create a portrait of…

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If you were to just hear the logline for Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, it might sound like nearly every other historical romance ever. But right away, it’s […]

The Rhythm Section (Review)

DIRECTOR: Reed Morano

CAST: Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown, Max Casella, Daniel Mays, Geoff Bell, Richard Brake, Raza Jaffrey, Tawfeek Barhom

RUNNING TIME: 109 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: When she discover that the place crash which killed her family wasn’t an accident, Stephanie Patrick (Lively) seeks revenge against the people that orchestrated it…

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You can tell that the makers of The Rhythm Section clearly wanted this to be a new 007-style franchise, not just […]

The Lighthouse (Review #2)

DIRECTOR: Robert Eggers

CAST: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe

RUNNING TIME: 110 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: Two lighthouse keepers find their sanity start to slip away during an extended shift on an isolated island…

 

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“Never become a lighthouse keeper”, a female audience member said directly to me as we both left the screening of Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse at the same time. An amusing observation, but also one that is directly in line with what I figured […]

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (Review #2)

DIRECTOR: Marielle Heller

CAST: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper, Maryann Plunkett, Enrico Colantoni, Christine Lahti, Tammy Blanchard, Wendy Makkena, Noah Harpster, Carmen Cusack, Jessica Hecht, Maddie Corman, Daniel Krell

RUNNING TIME: 109 mins

CERTIFICATE: PG

BASICALLY…: Cynical journalist Lloyd Vogel (Rhys) is assigned to write a piece on legendary children’s show personality Fred Rogers (Hanks)…

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There never has been, and it’s likely there never will be, anyone who can embody kindness and […]

The Grudge (Review)

DIRECTOR: Nicolas Pesce

CAST: Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, Jacki Weaver, Frankie Faison, William Sadler, Tara Westwood, David Lawrence Brown, Zoe Fish, Junko Bailey, Nancy Sorel, Stephanie Sy, Joel Marsh Garland, Robin Ruel, Bradley Sawatsky

RUNNING TIME: 94 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: A police detective (Riseborough) investigates a house that has been cursed by a vengeful ghost who dooms anyone who enters it to a gruesome death…

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So far, 2020 has […]

The Personal History of David Copperfield (Review #2)

DIRECTOR: Armando Iannucci

CAST: Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, Aneurin Barnard, Daisy May Cooper, Morfydd Clark, Benedict Wong, Gwendoline Christie, Anthony Welsh, Rosalind Eleazar, Aimee Kelly, Sophie McShera, Divian Ladwa, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ruby Bentall, Bronagh Gallagher, Darren Boyd, Matthew Cottle

RUNNING TIME: 119 mins

CERTIFICATE: PG

BASICALLY…: In Victorian England, penniless orphan David Copperfield (Patel) attempts to make his own way in the world…

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In my first review of […]

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