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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 […]

Roma (2018) (Spanish Language)- BFI London Film Festival 2018

Review 135min Genre:       Drama Director:    Alfonso Cuarón Cast:         Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey…more Writer:      Alfonso Cuarón -Synopsis- A black & white Spanish language character piece set in the social and political bustle of Mexico in the early 70s, following the tribulations of an upper middle-class family and their domestic servants, who prove the stoic beating heart of […]

Sorry to Bother You (2018)- BFI London Film Festival 2018

Review 111min Genre:     Comedy, Sci-fi Director:  Boots Riley Cast:       Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer…and more Writer:    Boots Riley -Synopsis- A young black Californian telemarketer figures out the key to success, perfecting his ‘white voice’, raising his station in life but uncovering a sinister corporate conspiracy and presenting him with new existential problems which challenge his sense of self—in this […]

Assassination Nation (2018)- BFI London Film Festival 2018

Review 108min Genre:     Crime, Drama, Thriller Director:  Sam Levinson Cast:       Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse…and more Writer:    Sam Levinson -Synopsis- When modern technology and a voyeuristic culture conspire to destroy the last semblance of privacy in American suburbia, the residents of Salem lose their minds and unleash pure unadulterated mayhem, as a quartet of teenage girls at the centre […]

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)- BFI London Film Festival 2018

Review 132min Genre:       Comedy, Drama, Musical, Western Directors:   Joel Coen and Ethan Coen Cast:         Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson…and more Writers:     Joel Coen and Ethan Coen -Synopsis- The Coen Brothers and Netflix bring us a unique Western anthology, a compendium of six stories set in the 19th century American frontier, chronicling the old American West in trademark idiosyncratic […]

Outlaw King (2018)- BFI London Film Festival 2018

Review 121min Genre:     Fact-based, Drama, War Director:  David Mackenzie Cast:       Chris Pine, Florence Pugh, Stephen Dillane…and more Writers:   David Mackenzie, Bathsheba Doran, James MacInnes… and more -Synopsis- Reeling from personal tragedy and the oppression of 14th century English occupation, nobleman Robert the Bruce seizes his destiny as king of the Scots and begins a daring guerilla campaign to take his […]

Peterloo (2018)- BFI London Film Festival 2018

Review 154min Genre:     Fact-based, Drama Director:  Mike Leigh Cast:       Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell…and more Writer:    Mike Leigh -Synopsis- In early 19th century England at the end of the Napoleonic wars, the hungry and poor of Manchester gather to protest and demand universal suffrage, only to be stormed by the overzealous military and suffer dozens of deaths and hundreds […]

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 […]

Suspiria (2018)- BFI London Film Festival 2018

Review 152min Genre:     Drama, Horror, Mystery Director:  Luca Guadagnino Cast:       Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth…and more Writers:   David Kajganich, Dario Argento and Daria Nicolodi -Synopsis- An ambitious young American dance student joins a prestigious academy in a divided 70s Berlin, only to discover that the school and its staff hide a sinister secret, placing her centre-stage in conspiracy which […]

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 […]

Beautiful Boy (2018)- BFI London Film Festival 2018

Review 120min Genre:       Fact-based, Drama Director:    Felix Van Groeningen Cast:         Timothée Chalamet, Steve Carell, Maura Tierney…and more Writers:     Felix Van Groeningen, Luke Davies, David Sheff… and more -Synopsis- As his son sinks deeper into addiction and emotional limbo while becoming a ghost to his California family, a father struggles to understand who his baby boy has become, but refuses to […]

Border (Swedish Language) (2018) )- BFI London Film Festival 2018

Review 101min Genre:       Crime, Drama, Romance Director:    Ali Abbasi Cast:         Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson…and more Writers:     Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf and John Ajvide Lindqvist -Synopsis- ‘Tina’ is a perennial outsider, a loner with an abnormal physical appearance and extra sensory abilities, making her a highly effective Swedish border guard but something of a pariah in civil society. But […]

Widows (2018)- BFI London Film Festival 2018

Review 129min Genre:       Crime, Drama, Thriller Director:    Steve McQueen Cast:         Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell…and more Writers:     Steve McQueen, Gillian Flynn and Lynda La Plante -Synopsis- When their husbands pay the ultimate price for a life of crime and leave them with debts to dangerous people, a group of disparate Chicago widows form their own crew and take matters […]

Shadow (2018) (Mandarin Language)- BFI London Film Festival 2018

Review 116min Genre:     Action , Drama, War Director:  Zhang Yimou Cast:       Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Ryan…and more Writers:   Li Wei and Zhang Yimou -Synopsis- At the end of the ‘Three Kingdom’s’ era in warring third century China, an arrogant young king languishes on the throne of Pei and holds to a peace accord, putting him at odds with his […]

Wildlife (2018)- BFI London Film Festival 2018

Review 104min Genre:     Drama Director:  Paul Dano Cast:       Ed Oxenbould, Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal…and more Writers:   Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan and Richard Ford -Synopsis- Having just settled into life in picturesque suburban Montana of the early 1960s, a dignified teenager begins to suffer in silence as he watches his family fall apart when his dad loses his job and becomes […]

Mandy (2018)- BFI London Film Festival 2018

Review 121min Genre:     Action , Horror , Thriller Director:  Panos Cosmatos Cast:       Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache…and more Writers:   Panos Cosmatos and Aaron Stewart-Ahn -Synopsis- Broken by loss and hell bent on revenge, a man seeks bloody vengeance on the sinister cult and charismatic leader who took from him the love of his life, turning his once idyllic and […]

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 […]

Cold War (2018) (Polish & Other Languages)

Review 88min Genre:       Drama, Music, Romance Director:    Pawel Pawlikowski Cast:         Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc…and more Writers:     Pawel Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki and Piotr Borkowski -Synopsis- In the gloom of post-war Poland, a musician and conductor forms a renowned performance academy made up of traditional young rural folk talents, only to fall for his star performer and begin a cross-Europe, […]

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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