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    A Journal For Jordan (Review) – A Barely Honourable Discharge

A Journal For Jordan (Review) – A Barely Honourable Discharge

DIRECTOR: Denzel Washington
CAST: Michael B. Jordan, Chanté Adams, Jalon Christian, Robert Wisdom, Johnny M. Wu, Tamara Tunie
RUNNING TIME: 131 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: A soldier (Jordan) writes a journal to guide his young son through life…

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There is a very good movie buried somewhere within A Journal For Jordan. The ingredients are there, not just from its pedigree creative talent (Denzel Washington as director, Oscar-nominated Mudbound co-writer Virgil Williams as writer, Michael B. Jordan […]

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    Save The Cinema (Review) – A Twee And Disingenuous Brit Flick

Save The Cinema (Review) – A Twee And Disingenuous Brit Flick

DIRECTOR: Sara Sugarman
CAST: Samantha Morton, Jonathan Pryce, Tom Felton, Adeel Akhtar, Colm Meaney, Susan Wokoma, Erin Richards, Owain Yeoman, Rhod Gilbert, Dora Davis, Joe Hurst, Thaer Al-Shayei, Fflyn Edwards, Harry Luke
RUNNING TIME: 109 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: When a theatre in a small Welsh town is threatened with closure, a local woman (Morton) campaigns to save it…

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It has been an extremely rough time lately for the cinema industry, with the pandemic leaving such […]

Memoria (Review) – Behold, The Cure For Insomnia

DIRECTOR: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
CAST: Tilda Swinton, Elkin Díaz, Jeanne Balibar, Juan Pablo Urrego, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Agnes Brekke, Jerónimo Barón, Constanza Gutiérrez
RUNNING TIME: 136 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: A British woman (Swinton) develops a mysterious hearing sensation whilst in Colombia…

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There are slow-burns, and then there’s Memoria. I’m fine with slow-burns, as they often allow for a sense of atmosphere and mood to seep into the storytelling, but there is such a thing as going […]

Scream (Review) – Wes Craven Would Be Proud

DIRECTORS: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett
CAST: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Marley Shelton, Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette, Jack Quaid, Mason Gooding, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Kyle Gallner, Sonia Ben Ammar, Mikey Madison, Roger L. Jackson
RUNNING TIME: 114 mins
CERTIFICATE: 18
BASICALLY…: A new killer assumes the Ghostface costume and begins a new murder spree in the town of Woodsboro…

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In 1996, horror filmmaker Wes Craven rewrote the book on slasher movies with […]

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    Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (Review) – Is It Possible To Miss Adam Sandler?

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania (Review) – Is It Possible To Miss Adam Sandler?

DIRECTORS: Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska
CAST: Brian Hull, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Asher Blinkoff, Brad Abrell, Fran Drescher, Jim Gaffigan, Molly Shannon
RUNNING TIME: 88 mins
CERTIFICATE: PG
BASICALLY…: Dracula (Hull) and his monster friends find themselves transformed by a mysterious spell…

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The absence of Adam Sandler from any sequel would normally be a blessing in disguise, if it weren’t for the fact that the Hotel Transylvania […]

Mother/Android (Review) – The Moretzes vs The Machines

DIRECTOR: Mattson Tomlin
CAST: Chloë Grace Moretz, Algee Smith, Raúl Castillo, Oscar Wahlberg, Kate Avallone, Owen Burke, Jared Reinfeldt, Tamara Hickey, Liam McNeill, Kiara Pichardo, Christian Mallen
RUNNING TIME: 110 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: A pregnant young woman (Moretz) must survive in a war between humans and machines…

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More than halfway through Mother/Android, a character harkens back to a 1920s play by Czech writer Karel Čapek called Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti, which not only introduced the word […]

The 355 (Review) – These Leading Ladies Deserve Better

DIRECTOR: Simon Kinberg
CAST: Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, Penélope Cruz, Fan Bingbing, Sebastian Stan, Édgar Ramírez, Emilio Insolera, Jason Wong, John Douglas Thompson, Hiten Patel, Leo Staar, Oleg Kricunova, Jason Flemyng, Sylvester Groth
RUNNING TIME: 124 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: A group of international spies (Chastain, Nyong’o, Kruger, Cruz and Bingbing) unite for a lethal mission…

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The ingredients are all there for The 355 to work: an impressive cast, a progressive concept, and a […]

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    Boiling Point (Review) – Stephen Graham’s Kitchen Nightmares

Boiling Point (Review) – Stephen Graham’s Kitchen Nightmares

DIRECTOR: Philip Barantini
CAST: Stephen Graham, Vinette Robinson, Alice Feetham, Hannah Walters, Malachi Kirby, Izuka Hoyle, Taz Skylar, Lauryn Ajufo, Jason Flemyng, Ray Panthaki, Lourdes Faberes, Daniel Larkai, Robbie O’Neill, Áine Rose Daly, Rosa Escoda, Stephen McMillan, Thomas Coombes
RUNNING TIME: 94 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: At a busy London restaurant, the head chef (Graham) finds himself under constant pressure…

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For anyone who has ever worked in, or is currently working in, the vast hospitality sector […]

Belfast (Review #2) – Can It Keep Its Awards Momentum?

DIRECTOR: Kenneth Branagh
CAST: Jude Hill, Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds, Colin Morgan, Lara McDonnell, Gerard Horan, Conor MacNeill, Turlough Convery, Gerard McCarthy, Lewis McAskie, Olive Tennant, Victor Alli, Josie Walker, Vanessa Ifediora
RUNNING TIME: 98 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: In 1960s Belfast, a young boy (Hill) and his family react to the growing unrest in the area…

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A few months on from our last review (done back in October for its screening […]

Ailey (Review) – The True Lord Of The Dance

DIRECTOR: Jamila Wignot
CAST: Alvin Ailey, Bill T. Jones, Judith Jamison, George Faison
RUNNING TIME: 82 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: The life and career of influential dance choreographer Alvin Ailey…

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You may know some of his famous dance routines, but how much do you know about the man himself? Most likely not that much, for while Alvin Ailey is a revered figure in the world of dance and a highly respected one outside of it, many […]