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12 Films to Watch in 2018 (July to December)

Following our previous ‘12 Films To Watch in 2018 (January to June)’, we break down another 12 of what we think might be the must-see films released in the UK and worldwide throughout the rest of the year. We’ve only included films with confirmed UK release dates, but there will be plenty more UK must-see releases over the coming months […]

Hereditary (2018)

Review 127min Genre:       Drama, Horror, Mystery Director:    Ari Aster Cast:         Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Alex Wolff…and more Writer:      Ari Aster -Synopsis- When her mysterious and domineering elderly mother dies, a woman and her family begin to have inexplicable and terrifying experiences as they uncover sinister secrets about their deceased matriarch—promising a bleak fate and threatening to destroy the family in […]

Cannes Film Festival 2018

The world’s biggest and most prestigious film festival got an early start this year as the 8th of May saw the great and the good of the global film industry converge once again on the French riviera, flanked of course by the world’s media, kicking-off twelve days of glitz and celebration of the cinematic arts at the 71st annual Cannes […]

120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017) (French Language)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 143min Genre:       Drama Director:    Robin Campillo Cast:         Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel…more Writers:     Robin Campillo and Philippe Mangeot -Synopsis- Frustrated by government inactivity over the spread of HIV in early 1990s France, a group of AIDS activists step-up their efforts and begin taking matters into their own hands, while dealing with shifting group dynamics and personal tragedy […]

Wonderstruck (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 116min Genre:      Drama, Family, Mystery Director:   Todd Haynes Cast:        Millicent Simmonds, Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore…and more Writer:     Brian Selznick -Synopsis- The intersecting story of two American twelve-year-olds who are separated by geography and half a century but connected through shared experiences, only to be brought together by cosmic forces and a city-spanning adventure in the ‘big apple’ to unravel […]

Academy Awards 2018

This year’s award season express made its final stop on Sunday evening in Hollywood California for the biggest night in global cinema, as the great and the good of world film assembled for the 90th edition of the Academy Awards. As Jimmy Kimmel returned to less eventful hosting duties, the subject of sexual harassment and female empowerment continued to dominate […]

You Were Never Really Here (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 85min Genre:    Drama, Mystery, Thriller Director: Lynne Ramsay Cast:      Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola…more Writers:  Jonathan Ames and Lynne Ramsay -Synopsis- When a troubled brutal enforcer/private investigator takes on a case tracking down a missing girl, he gets caught up in a dark conspiracy which takes him down a deep and dark rabbit hole of abuse and perversion […]

The Shape of Water (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 123min Genre:       Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance Director:    Guillermo del Toro Cast:         Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer…and more Writers:     Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor -Synopsis- A ‘Beauty & the Beast’ style fairy-tale about oppression and boundless love set at the height of cold war paranoia in the early 1960’s, when a mute cleaner at a top secret US […]

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 115min Genre:        Crime, Drama Director:     Martin McDonagh Cast:          Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell…more Writer:       Martin McDonagh -Synopsis- An implacable and irrepressible small town mother takes on local law enforcement (and much of the community) when they fail to solve the case of her teenage daughter’s brutal murder, in a darkly comedic and socially reflective modern day Southern […]

Retrospective 2017 – A Year in Film

Despite a difficult time at the box-office, particularly during the blockbuster summer season, 2017 has been a another solid and eventful year for film, featuring an eclectic mix of independent cinema and major tent-pole releases which as usual defined the landscape, and with industry new boys Netflix and Amazon making their presence felt come film festival and awards season—and with […]

12 Films to Watch in 2018 (January to June)

Following our last ‘12 Films To Watch in 2017 (July to December)‘, we break down another 12 of what we think might be the must-see films released in the UK and worldwide during the first half of 2018. We’ve only included films with confirmed UK release dates, but there will be plenty more UK must-see releases over the coming months […]

Stronger (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 119min Genre:       Fact-based, Drama Director:    David Gordon Green Cast:         Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson…more Writers:     John Pollono, Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter -Synopsis- Caught up in the devastation of the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, a young man struggles to physically and emotionally recover from his ordeal while becoming an unsuspecting symbol of hope and defiance for a […]

Good Time (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 101min Genre:       Crime, Drama, Thriller Directors:   Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie Cast:         Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Buddy Duress…and more Writers:     Ronald Bronstein and Josh Safdie -Synopsis- When an ill-conceived heist goes wrong and his mentally challenged bother is captured, a young New York street criminal plunges into a tense and unpredictable night of misadventure, caught in a determined […]

The Florida Project (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 111min Genre:       Drama Director:    Sean Baker Cast:         Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe…and more Writers:     Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch -Synopsis- A gritty yet comical tale of brazen behaviour and childlike innocence, set the in the seedy live-in motels in the shadow of the Disney Empire and seen through the eyes of an adorably boisterous six-year-old girl, her unruly […]

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 120min Genre:       Drama, Mystery, Thriller Director:    Yorgos Lanthimos Cast:         Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan…and more Writers:     Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou -Synopsis- A successful surgeon and family man’s life takes a downward spiral after he’s drawn into the world of a troubled young patient and is forced to make an inconceivable choice . . . with sinister consequences, […]

Let the Corpses Tan (2017) (French Language)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 92min Genre:       Crime, Thriller Directors:   Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani Cast:         Marc Barbé, Stéphane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin…and more Writers:     Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani, Jean-Pierre Bastid -Synopsis- When a violent armed gang plans a heist in sunny Southern France and lifts 250 kilograms of gold, they seem to have found the perfect hideout—an abandoned hilltop hamlet […]

Call Me by Your Name (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 132min Genre:       Drama, Romance Director:    Luca Guadagnino Cast:         Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg…more Writers:     James Ivory and Andre Aciman -Synopsis- During a 1980s summer in small-town northern Italy, a teenager forms a fraternal relationship with an American grad student and researcher who’s come to stay with his family of academics—but this seasonal bond soon develops into something much […]

BFI London Film Festival 2017

The 4th of October this year saw the start of the world’s most accessible major international film festival, as filmmakers and media from across the globe joined the great British public in the West End and beyond for 12 days of film promotion and appreciation at the 61st London Film Festival (LFF), brought to us by the British Film Institute […]

Sicilian Ghost Story (2017) (Italian Language)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 122min Genre:       Crime, Drama, Romance Directors:   Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza Cast:         Julia Jedlikowska, Gaetano Fernandez, Sabine Timoteo…more Writers:     Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza, Marco Mancassola -Synopsis- In picturesque rural Northern Sicily, a teenage boy and son of a local Mafia boss-turned-stool pigeon mysteriously disappears, only for his determined young girlfriend to defy the indifference of the village and the […]

Ava (2017) (French Language)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 105min Genre:       Drama, Romance Director:    Léa Mysius Cast:         Noée Abita, Juan Cano, Laure Calamy…and more Writers:     Léa Mysius and Paul Guilhaume -Synopsis- When 13-year-old loner ‘Ava’ is hit with the prospect of the impending loss of her eyesight while on a French beachside vacation with her family, the spirited teen decides to accelerate her formative experiences while she can, […]

Blade of the Immortal (2017) (Japanese Language)

Review 140min Genre:     Action, Adventure, Drama Director:  Takashi Miike Cast:       Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi…and more Writers:   Hiroaki Samura and Tetsuya Oishi -Synopsis- In the hope of regaining his soul and finally achieving inner peace, a skilled but cursed and cranky immortal Samurai agrees to help a young girl avenge her parents, murdered by a group of ruthless outlaw […]

Loveless (2017) (Russian Language)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 127min Genre:       Drama Director:    Andrey Zvyagintsev Cast:         Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Aleksey Fateev…and more Writers:     Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin -Synopsis- A feuding self-centred couple—intent on moving on with their individual lives after their imminent divorce—are confronted by their own loveless upbringing and the neglectful treatment of their young son after he mysteriously disappears, in this stark modern Russian […]

Lean on Pete (2018)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 121min Genre:       Adventure, Drama Director:    Andrew Haigh Cast:         Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Travis Fimmel…and more Writers:     Andrew Haigh and Willy Vlautin -Synopsis- Teenager ‘Charley Thompson’ is used to living a nomadic life, moving from town-to-town in the Pacific Northwest with his grifter dad, with their latest move giving him the chance to work the local stables and form a […]

Brigsby Bear (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 97min Genre:       Comedy, Drama Director:    Dave McCary Cast:         Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Ryan Simpkins…and more Writers:     Kyle Mooney and Kevin Costello… and more -Synopsis- James’s life is pretty simple, having grown up in isolation and cultivated an obsession with his beloved kid’s TV show and its star ‘Brigsby Bear’. But when the dark truth about his ‘parents’ is revealed, […]

Breathe (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Review 117min Genre:     Fact-based, Drama, Romance Director:  Andy Serkis Cast:       Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander…and more Writer:    William Nicholson -Synopsis- When adventurous British soul Robin Cavendish is struck down and paralysed by polio while in Africa, he relies on his loyal and determined wife Diana to not only survive but truly live, becoming a medical marvel as one of […]

San Diego Comic-Con 2017: A Movie Recap

The end of July once again signalled the much anticipated return of the world’s biggest pop-media convention to northern California, as superfans, the world’s press and multinational multimedia conglomerates converged in San Diego bay to share passions at geek ‘Valhalla’ and promote their wares—and give us a glimpse of what to expect over the next 12 months and beyond. With […]

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