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Director Steven Spielberg reunites with actor Tom Hanks for an incredible true story of courage and daring that proves one man can make a difference.

The Lady in the Van - Dame Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings

What would you do if a tattered old van complete with tramp-like woman pulled up in front of your home?

Aomi Muyock and Karl Glusman in Gaspar Noe's Love. Picture: Alchemy

This explicit 3D sex film shows all the signs of a very bad movie, but gets better as it goes on, says Michael Joyce.

Spectre - Daniel Craig

Explosive from start to finish the new James Bond offering - Spectre (now showing at The Light in Wisbech) - certainly leaves you shaken and also stirred.

Philippe Sands in My Nazi Legacy. Picture: Sam Hardy

This documentary about two men coming to terms with their fathers’ roles in Nazi Germany packs some striking contrasts, says Michael Joyce.

Jennifer Lawrence and Natalie Dormer in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. Picture: Murray Close

This admirably political blockbuster frustrates through its uncertain stagger towards a conclusion, writes Michael Joyce.

Tell Spring

This documentary about the Afghan National Army shows soldiers facing the same problems as Western forces, but its fragmented style frustrates, says Michael Joyce.

Steve Jobs. Picture: Universal Pictures

The biopic of Apple’s great revolutionary still leaves Michael Joyce with little idea why this control freak inspired such devotion.

Maggie Smith in The Lady In The Van. Picture: Nicola Dove

The woman who lived on Alan Bennett’s drive for 15 years provides the muse for a safe but admirable reflection on the artifice of being a writer, says Michael Joyce.

Steve Jobs (15)

Thursday, November 12, 2015
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Steve Jobs is already receiving critical acclaim from those lucky enough to have watched early previews, but the movie’s director, Danny Boyle, makes no secret of the fact he “wouldn’t have normally jumped” at the chance to make a film about the pioneering founder of Apple.

Nicholas Hoult (Stelfox) in Kill Your Friends. Picture: Studiocanal

This parasitic movie of a parasitic music industry insider has an unsubtle script but keeps you watching, says Michael Joyce.

Brooklyn (12A)

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Brooklyn. Pictured: Domhnall Gleeson and Saoirse Ronan. See PA Feature FILM Ronan. Picture credit: PA Photo/Lionsgate.

Young hearts run free on opposite sides of the Atlantic in John Crowley’s handsome romance, adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby from Colm Toibin’s novel of the same name.

Do I Sound Gay?

Is it possible to de-gay a voice? Obviously not, but the role voice plays in determining character is an interesting subject, says Michael Joyce.

Spectre (12A)

Thursday, October 29, 2015
The latest James Bond film Spectre of Daniel Craig. Photo credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc./PA Wire


Daniel Craig’s licence to kill as Ian Fleming’s suave secret agent comes full circle in Spectre, a robust yet emotionally underpowered tale of espionage and dark family secrets that ends with a series of whimpers rather than an almighty bang.

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Daniel Craig is James Bond in Spectre. Picture: Jonathan Olley

Spectre may just be the pick of Daniel Craig’s Bond films, but a perfect first half is let down by the finale, says Michael Joyce.

Marlon Brando in 1951. Picture: Getty

For a supposed mumbler, Marlon Brando’s voice proves his most compelling weapon in this self-narrated biography, says Michael Joyce.

Make More Noise. Picture: Courtesy of BFI

This BFI-funded film is a comprehensive reflection of the changing position of women in society during the suffragette movement, says Michael Joyce.

Daniel Craig in Spectre

Spectacular stunts, beautiful women, daring car chases, stunning scenery, including the obligatory snow scene, and over-the-top villains are what we have come to expect from a Bond film and Spectre does not disappoint.

Edmund Aldhouse

On entering Ely Cathedral for my first silent movie in that magnificent building, the atmosphere was both warm and inviting.

Russell Brand Opens Trew Era Cafe. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA

It’s the establishment who are ultimately left laughing in this thoughtful Russell Brand documentary, says Michael Joyce.

Mississippi Grind (15)

Thursday, October 22, 2015
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Lady Luck deals us a winning hand with writer-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s coolly assured character study.

Dennis (Asher Blinkoff) and Dracula (Adam Sandler) with Wayne (Steve Buscemi) and Frank (Kevin James) in Hotel Transylvania 2. Picture: Sony Pictures Animations

This slapstick sequel is reminiscent of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons of yesteryear, says Michael Joyce.

Pan review: ‘Almost as bad as Hook’

Sunday, October 18, 2015
Pan. Picture: Laurie Sparham

This Peter Pan prequel does little to suggest why we should care about his entry into Neverland, says Michael Joyce.

The Lobster. Picture: Despina Spyrou

Yorgos Lanthimos’ story about a world where singletons turn into animals is so aloof that it just comes off as smug, writes Michael Joyce.


This French animation looks like it’s trying to be a more culturally sensitive version of a Disney cartoon, says Michael Joyce.

Emily Blunt in Sicario. Picture: Richard Foreman, Jr

Michael Joyce enjoys this fresh perspective on the insane brutality of the Mexican drug cartels.

Anne-Marie Duff (Violet) and Carey Mulligan (Maud) in SUFFRAGETTE. Picture: Steffan Hill

This film about the push for voting equality is a chilling reminder of our all-too-recent history, writes Michael Joyce.

Film review: The Walk

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The Walk. Picture: Sony Pictures

This is a breathtaking view of one of the 20th century’s greatest daredevil stunts, says Michael Joyce.

Film Infinity's Chris Whitehead and Ian Miles

To infinity and beyond is Toy Story icon Buzz Lightyear’s catchphrase – but clients looking for someone to turn their video vision into a reality are increasingly saying to Infinity...and Hitchin.


Film review: Macbeth

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Macbeth. Picture: Studio Canal

This is a very dour vision; a bleak-as-a-point-of-principle take on Shakespeare’s tragedy, says Michael Joyce.

10 scary movies to watch this October

Sunday, October 4, 2015
Are these the scariest Halloween movies?

Halloween is drawing closer - so get into the spirit with a movie-fest this month.
Here we list 10 must-see scary movies to watch in the run-up to Halloween.

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Film review: The Martian

Thursday, October 1, 2015
The Martian. Picture:  Aidan Monaghan

This beautifully shot Ridley Scott sci-fi has laughs, but with its too plucky hero lacks dramatic charge, says Michael Joyce.

The Martian (12A)

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Undated Film Still Handout from The Martian. Pictured: Matt Damon. See PA Feature FILM Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Twentieth Century Fox/Aidan Monaghan. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Reviews.

In space, everyone can hear you scream and whenever Ridley Scott is nestled in the director’s chair, you can be certain his actors will be issuing bloodcurdling shrieks.

Film review: A Walk In The Woods

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Nick Nolte stars as Stephen Katz and Robert Redford as Bill Bryson hiking the Appalachian Trail in A Walk In The Woods. Picture: Frank Masi / Broad Green Pictures

Bill Bryson’s trip along the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail is quietly layered, but cosy enough for his fans, says Michael Joyce.

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