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Downsizing (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Posted by Gui on January 9, 2018

Review 135min Genre:       Comedy, Drama, Sci-fi Director:    Alexander Payne Cast:         Matt Damon, Hong Chau, Christoph Waltz…and more Writers:     Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor -Synopsis- In a world where scientists have found the solution to overpopulation and its effects on the planet, shrinking people down to five inches tall, a humble and honest man volunteers for […]

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Posted by Gui on November 10, 2017

Review 105min Genre:       Fact-based, Drama, Romance Director:    Paul McGuigan Cast:         Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, Julie Walters…and more Writers:     Matt Greenhalgh and Peter Turner -Synopsis- After an unlikely ocean-spanning, 1970s whirlwind romance between young British actor Peter Turner and ageing ‘Golden Era’ screen siren Gloria Grahame ends, a tender relationship is rekindled on the streets of […]

Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Posted by Gui on October 19, 2017

Review 132min Genre:     Action, Crime, Thriller Director:  S. Craig Zahler Cast:       Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson…and more Writer:    S. Craig Zahler -Synopsis- When a tough but honest ex-criminal gets forced back into his drug-dealing ways, consequence comes knocking as his burgeoning young family is replaced by concrete walls and metal doors—only for a dangerous […]

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Posted by Gui on September 22, 2017

Review 141min Genre:       Action, Adventure, Comedy Director:    Matthew Vaughn Cast:         Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore…and more Writers:     Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman, Mark Millar… and more -Synopsis- After being virtually wiped out by a shadowy organisation, ‘Eggsy’ and the remnants of ‘Kingsman’ join forces with the talented and well-funded folks at their brash American counterpart […]

The Limehouse Golem (2017)

Posted by Gui on September 1, 2017

Review 109min Genre:       Drama, Mystery, Thriller Director:    Juan Carlos Medina Cast:         Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke, Douglas Booth…and more Writers:     Peter Ackroyd & Jane Goldman -Synopsis- Before ‘Jack the Ripper’ stalked the seedy streets of London, another brutal and mysterious spectre plied its sinister trade in the East end— the infamous and mythical ‘Limehouse Golem’—preying on […]

Patti Cake$ (2017)

Posted by Gui on September 1, 2017

Review 108min Genre:       Drama Director:    Geremy Jasper Cast:         Danielle Macdonald, Siddharth Dhananjay, Cathy Moriarty… Writer:      Geremy Jasper -Synopsis- On the rundown streets of the garden state, New Jersey youngster and unlikely aspiring rapper ‘Patricia Dombrowski’ (aka ‘Killa P’) struggles to break the bleak grip of her environment and make her dreams come true—with the help […]

American Made (2017)

Posted by Gui on August 29, 2017

Review 115min Genre:       Fact-based, Crime, Drama Director:    Doug Liman Cast:         Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright…and more Writer:      Gary Spinelli -Synopsis- Doug Liman (Swingers, The Bourne Identity) directs and Tom Cruise stars in a biographical drama based on the life of the infamous Barry Seal; an American pilot and CIA stooge turned Colombian drug cartel […]

The Dark Tower (2017)

Posted by Gui on August 21, 2017

Review 95min Genre:     Action, Adventure, Fantasy Director:  Nikolaj Arcel Cast:       Tom Taylor, Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey…and more Writers:   Stephen King, Akiva Goldsman, Nikolaj Arcel… and more -Synopsis- When troubled New York teen ‘Jake’ discovers that his nightmares of a distant dying world are in fact premonitions, he travels to a parallel dimension and meets ‘The […]

The Odyssey (2016) (French and English Language)

Posted by Gui on August 18, 2017

Review 122min Genre:      Fact-based, Adventure, Drama Director:   Jérôme Salle Cast:        Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou…and more Writers:    Jérôme Salle, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Albert Falco… and more -Synopsis- A biographical drama about the life and times of legendary French filmmaker, pioneer and oceanic explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau—from his self-centred ambition to conquer the seas to his duty […]

The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017)

Posted by Gui on August 16, 2017

Review 118min Genre:       Action, Comedy, Crime Director:    Patrick Hughes Cast:         Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman…and more Writer:      Tom O’Connor -Synopsis- When an elite bodyguard gets an unwanted new assignment—protecting a former rival and veteran hitman who will testify against a brutal dictator in The Hague—he must put aside resentments and personality clashes to […]

Atomic Blonde (2017)

Posted by Gui on August 11, 2017

Review 115min Genre:       Action, Mystery, Thriller Director:    David Leitch Cast:         Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman…and more Writers:     Kurt Johnstad, Antony Johnston and Sam Hart -Synopsis- With undercover agents being eliminated and Western intelligence under threat at the end of the cold war, an MI6 super-spy is sent to Berlin to recover a valuable intelligence […]

England Is Mine (2017)

Posted by Gui on August 6, 2017

Review 94min Genre:       Fact-based, Drama Director:    Mark Gill Cast:         Jack Lowden, Jessica Brown Findlay, Simone Kirby…and more Writers:     Mark Gill and William Thacker -Synopsis- Critical of the local music scene and disenchanted with Britain in the late 70s, a young Lancashire lad channels his writing talents and a grating personality into revolutionising popular music, as […]

Girls Trip (2017)

Posted by Gui on August 1, 2017

Review 122min Genre:       Comedy Director:    Malcolm D. Lee Cast:         Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith…and more Writers:     Erica Rivinoja, Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver -Synopsis- Four women decide to rekindle their close childhood friendship by taking a long overdue girl’s trip—and what better place to re-visit their youthful exuberance than New Orleans as they […]

Churchill (2017)

Posted by Gui on June 18, 2017

Review 105min Genre:      Fact-based, Drama, War Director:   Jonathan Teplitzky Cast:        Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery…and more Writer:     Alex von Tunzelmann -Synopsis- In the days leading up to D-Day and the Allied invasion of occupied France, British prime minister Winston Churchill clashes with the military brass in his opposition to the Normandy landings, as the […]

Wonder Woman (2017)

Posted by Gui on June 2, 2017

Review 141min Genre:      Comic-book, Action, Adventure, Fantasy Director:   Patty Jenkins Cast:        Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen… and more Writers:    Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder, Jason Fuchs… and more -Synopsis- Gal Gadot further sets the ‘DC Extended Universe’ in motion with the origin story of ‘Diana Prince’; an Amazonian warrior princess and demigoddess, whose encounter with […]

Colossal (2017)

Posted by Gui on May 19, 2017

Review 109min Genre:       Drama, Fantasy Director:    Nacho Vigalondo Cast:         Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell…and more Writer:      Nacho Vigalondo -Synopsis- A young American woman—whose life is on an alcohol-fuelled downward spiral—discovers that she’s somehow linked to a series of attacks on Seoul South Korea by a giant monster, in this unique and metaphorical character drama/fantasy […]

Miss Sloane (2016)

Posted by Gui on May 13, 2017

Review 132min Genre:       Drama Director:    John Madden Cast:         Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw…and more Writer:      Jonathan Perera -Synopsis- A tenacious and talented young Washington lobbyist takes on the powerful and influential gun lobby in a battle to pass gun control legislation, a dirty fight destined to produce casualties, but one which she is determined […]

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Posted by Gui on May 13, 2017

Review 122min Genre:       Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller Director:    Ridley Scott Cast:         Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup…more Writers:     Jack Paglen, Michael Green, John Logan… and more -Synopsis- When the crew of the colonial ship ‘Covenant’ land on a an uncharted planet which seems ripe for the picking, they soon discover its unlikely and fearsome inhabitants […]

Mindhorn (2017)

Posted by Gui on May 5, 2017

Review 89min Genre:       Comedy Director:    Sean Foley Cast:         Julian Barratt, Essie Davis, Andrea Riseborough…and more Writers:     Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby -Synopsis- A washed-up, self-unaware actor takes up a chance for redemption by reprising his popular 1980s TV detective role to help catch a real-life deranged murderer, with hilarious consequences in this British comedy from […]

The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

Posted by Gui on April 23, 2017

Review 127min Genre:       Fact-based, Drama Director:    Niki Caro Cast:         Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl…and more Writers:     Angela Workman and Diane Ackerman -Synopsis- Based on a remarkable true story and starring Jessica Chastain as the matriarch of a Polish zookeeper family in the late 1940s, who risk their lives and become heroes when they use […]

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

Posted by Gui on April 1, 2017

Review 86min Genre:       Horror, Mystery, Thriller Director:    André Øvredal Cast:         Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Olwen Catherine Kelly…and more Writers:     Richard Naing and Ian B. Goldberg -Synopsis- When the body of an unidentified murder victim shows up at their small-town morgue, a father & son team of coroners try to unravel the mystery of her gruesome […]

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Posted by Gui on March 31, 2017

Review 120min Genre:      Sci-fi, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery Director:   Rupert Sanders Cast:        Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano…and more Writers:    Masamune Shirow, Jamie Moss & William Wheeler -Synopsis- Set in a near-future where man and machine have become one; a crime-fighting cyborg leads a counter-cyberterrorist unit against a dangerous and shadowy hacker who targets individuals […]

Life (2017)

Posted by Gui on March 25, 2017

Review 103min Genre:       Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller Director:    Daniel Espinosa Cast:         Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds…more Writers:     Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick -Synopsis- A group of scientists and astronauts—on an Earth-orbiting space station searching for extra-terrestrial life—find what they were looking for but much more than they bargained for, with potentially catastrophic consequences for all in […]

Certain Women (2016)

Posted by Gui on March 3, 2017

Review 107min Genre:      Drama Director:   Kelly Reichardt Cast:        Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Lily Gladstone…and more Writers:    Kelly Reichardt and Maile Meloy -Synopsis- Writer/director Kelly Reichardt’s nuanced character study set in contemporary small-town Montana, where the lives of three very different women intersect as they struggle with life’s trials and try to make their way in […]

It’s Only the End of the World (2016) (French Language)

Posted by Gui on February 24, 2017

Review 97min Genre:       Drama Director:    Xavier Dolan Cast:         Gaspard Ulliel, Nathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel…and more Writers:     Xavier Dolan and Jean-Luc Lagarce -Synopsis- Young Canadian actor/writer/director Xavier Dolan’s French-language adaptation of Jean-Luc Lagarce’s stage-play, following a young gay writer’s return home to his estranged family as he’s faced with the issues that caused him to leave […]

Hidden Figures (2017)

Posted by Gui on February 19, 2017

Review 127min Genre:      Fact-based, Drama Director:   Theodore Melfi Cast:        Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe…and more Writers:    Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi and Margot Lee Shetterly -Synopsis- A biographical drama centred around the important but overlooked role of African-American women in the early US space program during the 1960s, including the work and struggles of […]

Sing (2016)

Posted by Gui on January 26, 2017

Review 108min Genre:     Animation, Comedy, Family Directors: Christophe Lourdelet and Garth Jennings Cast:       Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane Writer:    Garth Jennings -Synopsis- With his failing family theatre threatening to go under, an enterprising Koala hatches a scheme to host a huge singing competition for the city’s animal residents. But things quickly get out of […]

Assassin’s Creed (2016)

Posted by Gui on January 8, 2017

Review 115min Genre:       Action, Adventure, Sci-fi Director:    Justin Kurzel Cast:         Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons…and more Writers:     Michael Lesslie, Adam Cooper and Bill Collage -Synopsis- Michael Fassbender stars as dangerous criminal “Callum Lynch”; co-opted by a powerful and advanced organisation to unlock the memories of his deadly ancient Assassin ancestors, becoming an unwitting player […]

Bleed for This (2016)

Posted by Gui on December 2, 2016

Review 117min Genre:      Fact-based, Drama Director:   Ben Younger Cast:        Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Ciarán Hinds…and more Writers:    Ben Younger, Angelo Pizzo  and Pippa Bianco -Synopsis- Miles Teller stars in a biographical drama about the life of “The Pazmanian Devil” Vinny Pazienza; self-styled, ferocious East Coast American boxer and former Lightweight and Middleweight world champion, who […]

Allied (2016)

Posted by Gui on November 26, 2016

Review 124min Genre:      Drama, Romance, Thriller, War Director:   Robert Zemeckis Cast:        Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris…and more Writer:     Steven Knight -Synopsis- A British/Canadian agent and French a resistance fighter develop a romance forged under-fire while undercover subverting German operations in North Africa, but their family life and bond is tested when she’s suspected of […]

The Accountant (2016)

Posted by Gui on November 1, 2016

Review 128min Genre:       Action, Crime, Thriller Director:    Gavin O’Connor Cast:         Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons…and more Writer:      Bill Dubuque -Synopsis- Ben Affleck stars as a mysterious and gifted but obsessive and neurologically challenged forensic accountant, who “creatively” manages the books for criminal organizations… and moonlights as an assassin, but his latest job puts him […]

Layla M. (2016) (Dutch Language)- BFI London Film Festival 2016

Posted by Gui on October 27, 2016

110min Genre:      Drama Director:   Mijke de Jong Cast:        Nora El Koussour, Ilias Addab…and more Writers:    Jan Eilander and Mijke de Jong -Synopsis- Living in modern-day Amsterdam, “Layla” is a smart and stubborn but angry and resentful Dutch-born Muslim teenager, whose devotion to Islam puts her on a path towards radicalisation; only for her ideals to […]

Their Finest (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2016

Posted by Gui on October 19, 2016

110min Genre:      Comedy, Drama, Romance, War Director:   Lone Scherfig Cast:        Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy…and more Writers:    Gaby Chiappe and Lissa Evans -Synopsis- British World War II dramedy starring Gemma Arterton as a London-based young Welsh writer in 1940, whose life is transformed when she’s hired by the UK government and the British film […]

The Untamed (2016) (Spanish Language)- BFI London Film Festival 2016

Posted by Gui on October 16, 2016

100min Genre:      Drama, Mystery Director:   Amat Escalante Cast:        Simone Bucio, Ruth Ramos, Jesus Meza…and more Writers:    Amat Escalante and Gibrán Portela -Synopsis- The lives of different people in modern day Mexico are irrevocably changed by chance meetings and a mysterious supernatural force, which unleashes their raw sexuality and unlocks their innermost desires, but there’s a […]

The Birth of a Nation (2016)- BFI London Film Festival 2016

Posted by Gui on October 12, 2016

120min Genre:      Fact-based, Drama Director:   Nate Parker Cast:        Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King…and more Writers:    Nate Parker and Jean McGianni Celestin -Synopsis- Nate Parker writes, directs and stars in a biographical drama about the life of Nat Turner; an early 19th century slave and preacher in the antebellum south, who led a violent […]

Zoology (Russian Language) (2016)- BFI London Film Festival 2016

Posted by Gui on October 8, 2016

83min Genre:      Comedy, Drama Director:    Ivan I. Tverdovskiy Cast:         Natalya Pavlenkova, Dmitriy Groshev, Irina Chipizhenko…more Writer:      Ivan I. Tverdovskiy -Synopsis- When Natasha randomly and bizarrely grows a considerable tail; the life of this lonely demure Russian zookeeper begins to drastically change as a newfound sense of freedom and a second adolescence beckons in this darkly […]

Down Under (2016)- BFI London Film Festival 2016

Posted by Gui on October 6, 2016

90min Genre:       Comedy, Drama Director:    Abe Forsythe Cast:         Lincoln Younes, Rahel Romahn, Alexander England…more Writer:      Abe Forsythe -Synopsis- In the aftermath of the 2005 race riots in the “Cronulla” suburb of Sydney; fuelled by fear and hatred, a misfit group of vengeful Lebanese-Australians are on a collision course with a motley crew of white working-class […]

A United Kingdom (2016)- BFI London Film Festival 2016

Posted by Gui on October 5, 2016

111min Genre:     Fact-based, Drama, Romance Director:  Amma Asante Cast:       David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport…and more Writer:    Guy Hibbert -Synopsis- Amma Asante directs a biographical drama based on the true story of Prince and future first president Seretse Khama of Botswana and his controversial interracial relationship with his white British wife Ruth Williams, an early […]

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Posted by Gui on September 24, 2016

Review 133min Genre:     Action, Western Director:  Antoine Fuqua Cast:       Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett…and more Writers:   Richard Wenk, Nic Pizzolatto, Akira Kurosawa… and more -Synopsis- Antoine Fuqua (Southpaw, Training Day) reboots the 1960 classic western remake of the Akira Kurosawa masterpiece; a late 19th century tale set in the old American West, following 7 […]

Anthropoid (2016)

Posted by Gui on September 11, 2016

Review 120min Genre:       Fact-based, Drama, Thriller, War Director:    Sean Ellis Cast:         Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Charlotte Le Bon…and more Writers:     Sean Ellis and Anthony Frewin -Synopsis- World War II period thriller based on the events of operation “Anthropoid”; a British SOE plan to use Czechoslovak resistance agents to infiltrate occupied Prague and assassinate Reinhard Heydrich; […]