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Cannes Film Festival 2019

Another year another late spring visit to the French riviera, where the great and the good of the global film industry, and the world’s press, converged on the 14th of May to mark the beginning of twelve days of film celebration and promotion at the world’s biggest and most prestigious film festival, the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival. For yet […]

Birds of Passage (2018) (Spanish and Wayuu language)

Review 125min Genre:     Crime, Drama Director:  Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego Cast:       José Acosta, Carmiña Martínez, Natalia Reyes…and more Writers:   Maria Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal, Cristina Gallego -Synopsis- A chronicle of the rise of an indigenous Colombian tribe, when an outsider marries into one of their prominent families and begins a drug smuggling operation, but while the riches […]

High Life (2018)

Review 113min Genre:     Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi Director:  Claire Denis Cast:       Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Mia Goth…and more Writers:   Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau and Geoff Cox -Synopsis- Disregarded by society and relegated to subjects of a science experiment in space, a group of outcast criminals struggle to retain their sanity and humanity in the deep isolation of their spacecraft and […]

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition- A Little Taste

There’s never really been a shortage of film-related stuff to do in London town, but rare is the occasion when a Stanley Kubrick showcase this intricate, expansive and accessible comes to our doorstep. But now thanks to the Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, Jan Harlan and the University of the Arts London, several film studios and the Kubrick family, you can […]

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Review 181min Genre:      Comic-book, Action, Adventure, Fantasy Directors:  Anthony Russo and Joe Russo Cast:        Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson…more Writers:    Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Stan Lee… and more -Synopsis- Still reeling and unable to move on from the finger-snapping, universe-contracting events of ‘Infinity War’, a group of disparate and very changed surviving ‘Avengers’ turn to a desperate last-ditch […]

Academy Awards 2019

After another eclectic twelve months of cinema, film festivals, scandals and social change, everything came to a head in Hollywood on Sunday the 24th of February at the 91st Academy Awards, the biggest night of the year for the industry. As is becoming tradition, the event was preceded by some prerequisite media scandal, this year resulting in a rare hostless […]

Capernaum (Arabic Language) (2018)

Review 126min Genre:       Crime, Drama Director:    Nadine Labaki Cast:         Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Kawsar Al Haddad…more Writers:     Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily and Michelle Keserwany -Synopsis- Streetwise twelve-year-old ‘Zain’ lives a tough life on the streets of the Lebanese capital, estranged from his family and drawn to Ethiopian refugee ‘Rahil’ and her baby son while relying on his wits to […]

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)- BFI London Film Festival 2018

Review 119min Genre:       Crime, Drama, Romance Director:    Barry Jenkins Cast:         KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King…and more Writers:     Barry Jenkins and James Baldwin -Synopsis- A nineteen-year-old and her family struggle to prove the innocence of her falsely accused and incarcerated young fiancé, before their unborn child comes into the unjust world, in this socially reflective 1970s Harlem human tale and […]

Retrospective 2018- A Year in Film

After a difficult 2017 at the box office, 2018 saw the industry rally with a bumper year, topped by blockbusters like ‘Ready Player One‘, ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom‘ and ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout‘, while smaller fare like ‘I, Tonya‘, ‘Isle of Dogs‘ and ‘Hereditary‘ made it another eclectic year for film. On the supposedly more discerning cinematic front, the year kicked […]

The Favourite (2018)- BFI London Film Festival 2018

Review 119min Genre:       Fact-based, Comedy, Drama Director:    Yorgos Lanthimos Cast:         Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz…and more Writers:     Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara -Synopsis- Early 18th century England and the reign of an ailing Queen Anne, defined by increasingly bizarre behaviour and her relationship with influential confidante Duchess Sarah Churchill, whose distant cousin arrives to upset the balance at court […]

12 Films to Watch in 2019 (January to June)

Following our last ‘12 Films To Watch in 2018 (July to December)‘, we break down 12 of what we think might be some must-see films released in the UK and worldwide during the first half of 2019. We’ve only included films with confirmed UK release dates, but there will be plenty more UK must-see releases over the coming months so […]

Top 5 Haunted House Movies

Halloween is here! and your happy home could now be your tomb, so to celebrate we break down our top 5 movies based in ‘haunted’ buildings where malevolent forces terrorise the people living in them.   #5: ‘The Amityville Horror’ (1979) Image Source: MGM Everything seems great for the Lutz family when they move into their new colonial house in […]

BFI London Film Festival 2018

As we head towards year’s end into the meatier season for film releases, and the frenzy of awards season which follows, October as always  signalled the return of the world’s most accessible major film festival (and one of the year’s final global film events), as filmmakers and media from across the globe gathered in the ‘Big Smoke’ and joined the […]

Woman at War (2018) (Icelandic Language)- BFI London Film Festival 2018

Review 101min Genre:     Comedy, Crime, Drama Director:  Benedikt Erlingsson Cast:       Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo… Writers:   Benedikt Erlingsson and Ólafur Egilsson -Synopsis- Middle-aged Icelander ‘Halla’ leads a double life, known to most as an upstanding left-leaning Reykjavik choir director, but moonlighting as a militant environmental activist in rural Iceland, wreaking havoc on the country’s industry in the name of […]

Venice Film Festival 2018 (La Biennale)

The end of summer once again signalled a visit to the ‘Queen of the Adriatic’ and the start of eleven days of film appreciation and promotion this year, as filmmakers and shakers from across the globe converged on ‘La Serenissima’ with screenings and premieres for the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival (La Biennale). Unlike Cannes, Venice fully embraced […]

San Diego Comic-Con 2018: A Movie Recap

Once again high summer in Northern California saw the yearly mass geek pilgrimage to San Diego, as fans and media conglomerates alike converged on the city’s oceanfront for the world’s biggest comic-book, video game, film and pop-culture convention—giving us all a glimpse of what to expect over the next 12 months and beyond. As always with several announcements and interactive […]

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 […]

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 […]

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