Reviews

Released: 15 February 2019 Certificate: PG Director: Joe Cornish Writer: Joe Cornish Cast: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Angus Imrie, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart Distributor: 20th Century Fox If you like this, try… The Sword In The Stone For a more traditional retelling of the King Arthur legend, check out Disney’s sweet animation.
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Released: 15 February Cast: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Aidan Gallagher Distributor: Netflix If you like this, try… Legion If you want a show that embraces the weirdness inherent in the superhero genre, then watch Legion. Following the death of their cruel adopted father, the five surviving members of the
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Released: TBA Certificate: TBA Director: Gabriel Mascaro Writer: Gabriel Mascaro, Rachel Daisy Ellis, Esdras Bezerra, Lucas Paraizo Cast: Dira Paes, Julio Machado, Teca Pereira Distributor: Memento Films International If you like this, try… The Lobster Yorgos Lanthimos’s first English language film depicts a similar dystopia obsessed with coupling and procreation, tied up in a nihilistic,
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Released: 13 February Certificate: 15 Director: Christopher Landon Cast: Jessica Rothe, Ruby Modine, Israel Broussard If you like this, try… Detention Joseph Khan’s witty and smart time-travel slasher is a rapid love letter to teen horror and cult films. The splendid lead actress Jessica Rothe made watching the original entry in this slasher/Groundhog Day mash-up
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Released: 6 February 2019 Certificate: 12A Director: Robert Rodriguez Writer: James Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis Cast: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Connelly, Keean Johnson, Ed Skrein Distributor: 20th Century Fox If you like this, try… Jupiter Ascending The Wachowskis’ sci-fi spectacle was critically derided but there’s so much to love Every now and then,
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Format: Netflix Released: Out now Creator: Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Charlie Barnett, Yul Vazquez, Greta Lee, Elizabeth Ashley, Brendan Sexton III, Dascha Polanco Distributor: Netflix If you like this, try… The Good Place Existentialism and a fun sci-fi concept go together perfectly in this look at the afterlife. Amy Poehler,
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Released: 1 February Certificate: 15 Director: Adam Robitel Cast: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing If you like this, try… The Game Michael Douglas gets involved in an even more immersive escape room scenario, losing sense of what’s real and what is just a game. In
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Teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is bitten by a radioactive spider and then develops superhuman abilities. Struggling to control and understand his powers, he returns to the underground site where he was bitten. He stumbles upon Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) and his lackeys hatching a diabolical plan. Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Chris Pine) shows up to
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Certificate: 15 Director: M Night Shyamalan Writer: M Night Shyamalan Cast: James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark Distributor: Universal If you like this, try… Watchmen A more interesting critique of superheroes and their destructive power. After The Visit revived M. Night Shyamalan’s career in 2015, his next
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Yes, I will admit, I would have preferred to see fewer brutal fistfights accompanied by the amplified sound of crunching lettuce and more leisurely attention to the imaginative underwater environments that mostly serve as backdrops for the film’s incessant free-for-falls; and yes, the film would have benefited from some judicious editing to reduce its two-and-a-half
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Released: 24 December 2018 Certificate: PG Director: Travis Knight Writer: Christina Hodson Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr, Dylan O’Brien, Justin Theroux Distributor: Paramount If you like this, try… The Iron Giant A charming animated adventure set in the 1950s where boy and killing machine become best buddies. Hailee Steinfeld riding a moped
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Released: Out now Certificate: PG Director: Rob Marshall Cast: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Dick Van Dyke Distributor: Disney Emily Blunt takes up the umbrella for this Mary Poppins sequel in which she returns to help the Banks children (who are now grown up) once more.
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Released: 21 December 2018 Certificate: 15 Director: Susanne Bier Writer: Eric Heisserer Cast: Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Jacki Weaver, Danielle Macdonald Distributor: Netflix If you like this, try… Children Of Men A more literal approach to questions of humanity, hope, and violence in a post-apocalyptic world. A disaster film that takes
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Released: 14 December Certificate: 12A Director: James Wan Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman Distributor: Warner Bros If you like this, try… The Little Mermaid The original, and still the best, mer-people. When DC announced that Aquaman would be the first of the second-tier Justice League characters to get his own movie
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Released: 8 December 2018 Certificate: 12A Director: Christian Rivers Writer: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyen, Peter Jackson Cast: Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Leila George, Stephen Lang Distributor: Universal If you like this, try… The Hunger Games Set in a dystopian future, The Hunger Games sees teens fight for their lives as part of
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Released: Tallinn Black Night Film Festival Director: Kirill Sokolov Cast: Vitaliy Khaev, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, Evgeniya Kregzhde, Mikhail Gorevoy, Elena Shevchenko Distributor: White Mirror Film Company If you like this, try… 2LDK (2003) Two ambitious actresses vying for the same film rôle do violent battle in their shared apartment. “One, two, three, evil won’t touch me.”
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Released: Tallinn Black Night Film Festival https://2018.poff.ee/films/415880 Director: Adrian Panek Cast: Kamil Polnisiak, Nicolas Przygoda, Sonia Mietielica, Danuta Stenka Distributor: Balapolis If you like this, try… White Dog An actress discovers that the stray dog she has taken in has been trained to attack black people. Liberated by Russians from the horrors of the concentration camps, eight orphans
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Released: Out now Creator: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk Cast: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Billie Lourd, Kathy Bates, Adina Porter, Cody Fern, Jessica Lange Distributor: FX If you like this, try… Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Netflix’s take on the original Archie comic books delivers campy witchy wonder and addictive teen drama. There’s something amusingly meta about
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Certificate: TBA Director: Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi, Adesh Prasad Writer: Mitesh Shah, Adesh Prasad, Rahi Anil Brave, Anand Gandhi Cast: Sohum Shah, Harish Khanna, Ronjini Chakraborty, Anita Date, Mohd Samad, Jyoti Malshe Distributor: Hulu, Eros International If you like this, try… The Greedy Tiffany A beggar feeds people to a gold-yielding hole, in this
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Certificate: TBA Director: Eddie Alcazar Writer: Eddie Alcazar (story), Ted Kupper Cast: Garrett Wareing, Abbie Cornish, Courtney Eaton, Tao Okomoto, Maurice Compte, Martin Sensmeier, Leonardo Nam, Rainey Qualley Distributor: TBA If you like this, try… Beyond The Black Rainbow An idealistic Sixties psychonautic cult has, under corrupted leadership, gone wrong by the Eighties. “Mother, am
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