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    Palm Springs (Review) – A Time-Loop Comedy That Was Worth The Wait

Palm Springs (Review) – A Time-Loop Comedy That Was Worth The Wait

DIRECTOR: Max Barbakow
CAST: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milloti, J.K. Simmons, Meredith Hagner, Camila Mendes, Tyler Hoechlin, Chris Pang, Peter Gallagher, Jacqueline Obradors, June Squibb, Jena Friedman, Tongayi Chirisa, Dale Dickey, Conner O’Malley, Clifford V. Johnson
RUNNING TIME: 90 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: During a wedding in Palm Springs, maid of honour Sarah (Milloti) finds herself in a surreal situation when she meets laid-back Nyles (Samberg)…

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For us Brits, the wait for the critically-acclaimed comedy Palm Springs […]

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    The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: Episode 4 – The Whole World Is Watching (Review) – What Have You Done, John Walker?

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: Episode 4 – The Whole World Is Watching (Review) – What Have You Done, John Walker?

DIRECTOR: Kari Skogland
CAST: Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Brühl, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell, Erin Kellyman, Clé Bennett, Adepero Oduye, Desmond Chiam, Indya Bussey, Noah Mills, Florence Kasumba
RUNNING TIME: 54 mins
PREVIOUSLY, ON THE FALCOLN AND THE WINTER SOLDIER (MILD SPOILERS): Sam Wilson (Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Stan) have formed a reluctant alliance with former enemy Baron Zemo (Brühl) as they track down an anti-authority group of super-soldiers known as the Flag Smashers, led by Karli […]

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    The Power (Review) – There’s More Than Ghosts To Fear At This Hospital

The Power (Review) – There’s More Than Ghosts To Fear At This Hospital

DIRECTOR: Corinna Faith
CAST: Rose Williams, Emma Rigby, Charlie Carrick, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Paul Antony-Barber, Clara Read, Diveen Henry, Robert Goodman, Nuala McGowan, Shakira Rahman, Marley Chesham, Maria Major, Joe Haddow
RUNNING TIME: 93 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: During a night shift in a dark, deserted hospital, a trainee nurse (Williams) encounters a dark presence lingering in the building…

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In a lot of ghost stories, one of the biggest conveniences is for all of the electricity to […]

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    Rose: A Love Story (Review) – Moody But Definitely, Oddly Romantic

Rose: A Love Story (Review) – Moody But Definitely, Oddly Romantic

DIRECTOR: Jennifer Sheridan
CAST: Sophie Rundle, Matt Stokoe, Olive Gray, Nathan McMullen, Boadicea Ricketts
RUNNING TIME: 86 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: Rose (Rundle), who lives in isolation with her husband (Stokoe), finds her idyllic life disrupted by the arrival of a stranger (Gray)…
 

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I’ve got to hand it to Rose: A Love Story, because in its own way the slow-burn thriller does deliver exactly what it’s selling on the tin. It is definitely a love story, […]

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    Sequin in a Blue Room (Review) – An Out & Proud LGBTQ+ First Feature

Sequin in a Blue Room (Review) – An Out & Proud LGBTQ+ First Feature

DIRECTOR: Samuel Van Grinsven
CAST: Conor Leach, Simon Croker, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Anthony Brandon Wong, Joshua Shediak, Ed Wightman, Patrick Cullen, Damian de Montemas, Samuel Barrie, Tsu Shan Chambers, Nancy Denis, Darren Kumar, Simon Elrahi
RUNNING TIME: 80 mins
CERTIFICATE: 18
BASICALLY…: A young man (Leach) encounters a mysterious lover at a sex party, and uses a hook-up app to try and track him down…

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You know you’re in for something special right away when Sequin […]

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    Concrete Cowboy (Review) – A Modern Western With Real Horsepower

Concrete Cowboy (Review) – A Modern Western With Real Horsepower

DIRECTOR: Ricky Staub
CAST: Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome, Lorraine Toussaint, Byron Bowers, Method Man, Ivannah Mercedes, Devenie Young, Liz Priestley, Jamil Prattis
RUNNING TIME: 111 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: A teenage boy (McLaughlin) spends the summer with his father (Elba) in an urban cowboy community…

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Black cowboy culture extends way beyond Lil Nas X’s hit single “Old Town Road”; according to historical records, about one in four horse-riders during the Old West was African-American, […]

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    The Night (Review) – Atmospheric, But With Some Reservations

The Night (Review) – Atmospheric, But With Some Reservations

DIRECTOR: Kourosh Ahari
CAST: Shahab Hosseini, Niousha Noor, Leah Oganyan, George Maguire, Gia Mora, Elester Latham, Kathreen Khavari, Cara Fuqua, Steph Martinez, Armin Amiri, Michael Graham
RUNNING TIME: 105 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: A couple of parents (Hosseini and Noor) spend a night in a mysterious hotel where are forced to confront their biggest fears…

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Director and co-writer Kourosh Ahari’s The Night is culturally significant, in the sense that it’s the first Iranian-American production to screen […]

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    Antebellum (Review) – An Empty and Portentous Social Thriller

Antebellum (Review) – An Empty and Portentous Social Thriller

DIRECTORS: Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz
CAST: Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe, Tongayi Chirisa, Robert Aramayo, Lily Cowles, Marque Richardson, London Boyce
RUNNING TIME: 106 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: A woman (Monáe) suddenly finds herself on a Southern plantation, where she is harshly treated as a slave…

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Its cinema release cancelled due to the pandemic, in favour of an exclusive premiere on Sky Cinema, Antebellum finally arrives in the […]

Run (Review) – This Is Sarah Paulson’s Mommie Dearest

DIRECTOR: Aneesh Chaganty
CAST: Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen, Pat Healy, Sara Sohn, Sharon Bajer
RUNNING TIME: 89 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: An isolated teen (Allen) discovers that her overprotective mother (Paulson) is hiding some disturbing secrets…
 

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While us Brits will likely never get access to US streaming service Hulu – the recently-launched Star section on Disney+ is perhaps the closest we’ll ever come to it – it’s crazy that we’re still so far behind on receiving […]

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    The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: Episode 3 – Power Broker (Review) – The Baron Zemo Show

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: Episode 3 – Power Broker (Review) – The Baron Zemo Show

DIRECTOR: Kari Skogland
CAST: Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Brühl, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell, Cle Bennett, Erin Kellyman, Adepero Oduye, Desmond Chiam, Danny Ramirez
RUNNING TIME: 52 mins
PREVIOUSLY, ON THE FALCOLN AND THE WINTER SOLDIER (MILD SPOILERS): Sam Wilson (Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Stan) have teamed up to locate anti-authority group the Flag Smashers, led by Karli Morgenthau (Kellyman), who appear to also possess super-soldier strength. Desperate for answers, and frustrated by the ineffectiveness of new […]