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

Posted by Gui on February 1, 2018

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 […]

Last Flag Flying (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Posted by Gui on January 22, 2018

Review 125min Genre:       Comedy, Drama Director:    Richard Linklater Cast:         Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne…and more Writers:     Richard Linklater and Darryl Ponicsan -Synopsis- A Vietnam veteran enlists the help of his estranged soldier buddies to bury his fallen Marine son, embarking on a road trip which will force them to reflect on a changing world […]

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 […]

Hostiles (2017)

Posted by Gui on January 5, 2018

Review 133min Genre:       Drama, Western Director:    Scott Cooper Cast:         Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi…and more Writers:     Scott Cooper and Donald E. Stewart -Synopsis- In the post civil war 19th century American frontier, a respected and bigoted army captain and his unit reluctantly escort a tribal chief and his family home to Montana, a dangerous […]

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

Posted by Gui on January 1, 2018

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 […]

Stronger (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Posted by Gui on December 1, 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 […]

The Disaster Artist (2017)

Posted by Gui on November 30, 2017

Review 103min Genre:       Fact-based, Comedy, Drama Director:    James Franco Cast:         James Franco, Dave Franco, Alison Brie…and more Writers:     Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber and Greg Sestero -Synopsis- When an aspiring young actor meets an older mysterious wannabe thespian, they join forces and head to tinseltown to follow their dreams of stardom, but when Hollywood rejection […]

Battle of the Sexes (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Posted by Gui on November 20, 2017

Review 121min Genre:     Fact-based, Comedy, Drama Director:  Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris Cast:       Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough…and more Writer:    Simon Beaufoy -Synopsis- A light-hearted story of the struggle for equal rights in professional tennis, set against the backdrop of the media circus surrounding the exhibition match between legendary women’s world number one Billie […]

Good Time (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Posted by Gui on November 16, 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 […]

Ingrid Goes West (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Posted by Gui on November 13, 2017

Review 98min Genre:       Comedy, Drama Director:    Matt Spicer Cast:         Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr.…and more Writers:     David Branson Smith and Matt Spicer -Synopsis- A troubled young lady follows her social media obsession West to L.A. where she strategically inserts herself into the life of her lifestyle ‘guru’ idol and unsuspecting Instagram star, creating […]

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 […]

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Posted by Gui on November 3, 2017

Review 114min Genre:     Crime, Drama, Mystery Director:  Kenneth Branagh Cast:       Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp…and more Writers:   Michael Green and Agatha Christie -Synopsis- When someone mysteriously dies on the world renown luxury train travelling across Europe, fellow passenger and legendary detective ‘Hercule Poirot’ must unravel a mystery which will test his moral compass and […]

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

Posted by Gui on November 1, 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 […]

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

Posted by Gui on October 30, 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 . […]

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

Posted by Gui on October 26, 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 […]

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

Posted by Gui on October 15, 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 […]

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

Posted by Gui on October 15, 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 […]

Blade of the Immortal (2017) (Japanese Language)

Posted by Gui on October 14, 2017

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 […]

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Posted by Gui on October 11, 2017

Review 110min Genre:       Comedy, Drama Director:    Noah Baumbach Cast:         Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller…and more Writer:      Noah Baumbach -Synopsis- A quirky, dysfunctional and estranged New York family come together to rally around their difficult and imposing artist father at the twilight of his years, only for a series of unexpected events to dredge up […]

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

Posted by Gui on October 10, 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, […]

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

Posted by Gui on October 9, 2017

Review 121min Genre:       Adventure, Drama Director:    Andrew Haigh Cast:         Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Steve Buscemi…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 […]

Brigsby Bear (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Posted by Gui on October 7, 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 […]

Breathe (2017)- BFI London Film Festival 2017

Posted by Gui on October 6, 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 […]

Mother! (2017)

Posted by Gui on September 15, 2017

Review 121min Genre:     Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller Director:  Darren Aronofsky Cast:       Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris…and more Writer:    Darren Aronofsky -Synopsis- A married couple’s idyllic and quiet rural life is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of a couple of mysterious uninvited house guests, causing an existential shift in the husband while leaving the […]

Wind River (2017)

Posted by Gui on September 10, 2017

Review 107min Genre:       Crime, Drama, Mystery Director:    Taylor Sheridan Cast:         Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene…and more Writer:      Taylor Sheridan -Synopsis- A young FBI agent joins forces with a veteran local wildlife agent in a frozen and remote Wyoming Native American reservation to solve the mystery of a local girl’s murder, a case which will […]

IT (2017)

Posted by Gui on September 9, 2017

Review 135min Genre:       Drama, Horror, Thriller Director:    Andy Muschietti Cast:         Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard…and more Writers:     Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, Stephen King… and more -Synopsis- When the children of Derry Maine start to mysteriously disappear, a group of 80s teenage outcasts are terrorised and hunted by a supernatural sinister being who takes the […]

Indie Spotlight- Moon Dogs

Posted by Gui on September 6, 2017

In an ongoing effort to help aspiring filmmakers and promote independent films, particularly those struggling with distribution and releases, we periodically feature films in our ‘Indie Spotlight’ series for your consideration. Moon Dogs (2017) 93min Genre:     Comedy, Drama Director:  Philip John Cast:       Jack Parry-Jones, Christy O’Donnell, Tara Lee…and more Writers:   Derek Boyle and Raymond Friel […]

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 […]

Detroit (2017)

Posted by Gui on August 24, 2017

Review 143min Genre:       Fact-based, Crime, Drama Director:    Kathryn Bigelow Cast:         John Boyega, Algee Smith, Will Poulter…and more Writer:      Mark Boal -Synopsis- With tensions running high between the people and the authorities of Detroit in 1967, a police raid sparks an all-out uprising and borderline race riot as the disparate citizens of the city endure five […]

A Ghost Story (2017)

Posted by Gui on August 11, 2017

Review 92min Genre:     Drama, Romance Director:  David Lowery Cast:       Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Sonia Acevedo…and more Writer:    David Lowery -Synopsis- A young woman, struggling with the recent loss of her husband, is visited by his white sheet-covered spirit as he becomes a guardian of memories and a spectral observer to the her life (and others) […]

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 […]

The Big Sick (2017)

Posted by Gui on July 27, 2017

Review 120min Genre:       Comedy, Drama, Romance Director:    Michael Showalter Cast:         Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter…and more Writers:     Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani -Synopsis- American comedic star and writer Kumail Nanjiani teams up with co-writer and wife Emily V. Gordon to bring their autobiographical comedy to the screen—the story of a Pakistani immigrant and […]

Hounds of Love (2017)

Posted by Gui on July 26, 2017

Review 108min Genre:     Crime, Drama, Horror Director:  Ben Young Cast:       Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry…and more Writer:    Ben Young -Synopsis- After being abducted on the quiet streets of Australian suburbia by a perverted couple, a young girl is subjected to horrendous exploitation and sexual abuse, but begins to exploit a relationship rift between her […]

Dunkirk (2017)

Posted by Gui on July 22, 2017

Review 106min Genre:     Fact-based, Action, Drama, War Director:  Christopher Nolan Cast:       Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance…and more Writer:    Christopher Nolan -Synopsis- In the summer of 1940 and with Britain on the brink of military catastrophe, nearly 400,000 British and allied soldiers stand cut-off and surrounded by the German army on the northern French coast, […]

The Beguiled (2017)

Posted by Gui on July 18, 2017

Review 93min Genre:       Drama Director:    Sofia Coppola Cast:         Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst…and more Writers:     Thomas Cullinan, Sofia Coppola, Albert Maltz… and more -Synopsis- When the ladies & girls of an isolated all-female boarding school in the American South take in and care for an injured enemy Union soldier during the American civil war, […]

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Posted by Gui on July 17, 2017

Review 140min Genre:     Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi Director:  Matt Reeves Cast:       Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Amiah Miller…and more Writers:   Mark Bomback, Matt Reeves, Rick Jaffa… and more -Synopsis- After the devastation suffered by both sides in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, Caesar is torn between a duty to lead his nation of super-apes […]

Okja (2017) (English & Korean Language)

Posted by Gui on June 29, 2017

Review 118min Genre:       Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi Director:    Bong Joon-Ho Cast:         Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano…and more Writers:     Bong Joon-Ho and Jon Ronson -Synopsis- Netflix’s latest original film follows the misadventures of rural South Korean teenager ‘Mija’, who embarks on a globe-trotting mission and joins forces with a seditious group to prevent a multinational corporation […]

Hampstead (2017)

Posted by Gui on June 23, 2017

Review 102min Genre:      Fact-based, Drama, Romance Director:   Joel Hopkins Cast:        Brendan Gleeson, Diane Keaton, James Norton…and more Writer:     Robert Festinger -Synopsis- An American widow in London forms an unexpected connection with a man living wild and in a makeshift shack on Hampstead heath, as they take on the property developers intent on evicting him […]