Film & Cinema

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.

University of Hertfordshire

Film review: Macbeth

Yesterday, 17:30
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.

United States

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.

RJ Cyler as

This tale of disaffected teenagers is a bold, assured clash of influences, but hits the right mix of comedy and tragedy, says Michael Joyce.

Film review: American Ultra

Friday, September 4, 2015
American Ultra. Picture: Alan Markfield

It’s a smart idea basing a film against a counter-culture sleeper assassin, but American Ultra is too implausible to pull it off, says Michael Joyce.

Film review: No Escape

Friday, September 4, 2015
No Escape

Owen Wilson stars in a gloriously tense thriller, but it loses all momentum midway through, writes Michael Joyce.

Film review: The Dance of Reality

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The Dance of Reality. Picture: Pathe

Filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky looks back at his childhood in a surreal and unique way, even if it does all become a bit much for Michael Joyce.

Bad Education (15) fails to make the grade

The Bad Education Movie (15)

Film review: The Wolfpack

Saturday, August 22, 2015
The Wolfpack

This fascinating outsider family are made to look strangely normal, says Michael Joyce.

Film review: Gemma Bovery

Friday, August 21, 2015
Gemma Bovery. Picture: Jerome Prebois

The eponymous adulteress steals the limelight in this midly comic meta re-staging of Madame Bovary, writes Michael Joyce.

Film Review

Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) stars as openly gay woman called Jenny who is set to marry her long-term partner (Alexis Bledel, Gilmore Girls), openly gay to all but her immediate family, that is.


Film review: Pixels

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Eddie (Peter Dinklage) in Pixels. Picture: George Kraychyk

This nostaligic story of retro arcade games invading the world features too many weak jokes and unimaginative visuals, says Michael Joyce.

Film review: Trainwreck

Monday, August 17, 2015
Trainwreck. Picture: Universal Pictures

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader form a solid cast, but they’re hindered by direction that relies to much on verbal gags, says Michael Joyce.

Film review: The Man From U.N.C.L.E

Saturday, August 15, 2015
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Picture: Warner Bro. Pictures

The film adaptation of this ‘60s TV classic doesn’t seem to know if it’s supposed to be silly or serious, says Michael Joyce

Undated Film Still Handout from Man From U.N.C.L.E. Pictured: Henry Cavill. See PA Feature FILM Ritchie. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Daniel Smith/Warner Bros. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Ritchie.

As a former Mr Madonna, Guy Ritchie must be accustomed to being overshadowed. Still, it’s got to be galling when the producer of your early films, Matthew Vaughan, then goes off and has the stellar directing career you seemed destined for.

Pressure is showing in Empire Cinemas from August 21

Four deep sea divers fight to stay alive, stranded 650ft below the ocean’s surface, in Pressure.

Theatre review: The Gathered Leaves

Friday, July 24, 2015
The Gathered Leaves by
Andrew Keatley at The Park Theatre
Directed by Antony Eden
Jane Asher | Olivia Pennington 
Georgina Beedle | Emily Pennington 
Clive Francis | William Pennington Alexander Hanson | Giles Pennington 
Tom Hanson | Simon Pennington 
Amber James | Aurelia Ndjeya 
Nick Sampson | Samuel Pennington 
Katie Scarfe | Alice Pennington 
Anna Wilson-Jones | Sophie Pennington Hamish Brewster | Young Giles Pennington Oliver Buckner | Young Samuel Pennington

Marianka Swain finds the piece compassionate but too conventional

Inside Out (U)

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Film pix 23/7/15

Despite gargantuan advances in medical science, we still don’t fully understand the complexities of the human brain: its ability to process vast quantities of information, solve problems and store memories at speeds that put supercomputers to shame.

Film review: Ant-Man

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
MARVEL'S ANT-MAN. Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal/Marvel 2014

Marvel’s teeny superhero is silly skillful fun, says Michael Joyce.

REVIEW: Inside Out (U)

Monday, July 20, 2015
Inside Out

Inside Out takes us inside the mind of young Riley, just as she’s uprooted across the country for her dad’s new job.

Ant-Man (12A)

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Film revirew pix 16/7/15

Although its ambitions are grander than the incredible shrinking hero of the title, the latest franchise in the cluttered Marvel Comic universe is refreshingly modest compared to the computer-generated bombast of The Avengers.

Ted is back and romance is on the cards

Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlene, is back writing, directing and starring (as the voice of Ted) in this sequel to the quirky gross-out romance comedy.


Love & Mercy (12A)

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Film pix 9/7/15

Formed in 1961, The Beach Boys perfectly captured the vitality and exuberance of California’s youth culture, surfing to the top of the charts with harmonised feel-good hits including I Get Around and Help Me, Rhonda.


Film review: Love and Mercy

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Beach Boys as depicted in Love and Mercy. Picture: Francois Duhamel

This biopic about the Beach Boys’ troubled star Brian Wilson succeeds in showing the struggles of true creativity, says Michael Joyce.

Secret Cinema disappointed fans again

Secret Cinema organisers had yet another marred opening night at one of their events this evening which resulted in them offering compensation to fans.

United Kingdom

Slow West (15)

Thursday, June 25, 2015
Film pix 25/6/15

John Maclean, one-time DJ and sampler with The Beta Band, makes an impressive feature film directorial debut with this stylish western shot on location in New Zealand.

New Zealand
A young Darth Vader with Stormtroopers in a desert landscape. Picture: Camilla Greenwell.

Secret Cinema presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back offers genuine fans of the series a truly out of this world experience, but doesn’t feel as good as it could have been.

David Tennant and Olivia Colman in their roles as Detective Inspector Alec Hardy and Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller in Broadchurch

Broadchurch star Olivia Colman is appearing in London Road, a musical about the aftermath of the Ipswich murders in late 2006.


Film review: London Road

Saturday, June 13, 2015
London Road

The National Theatre’s acclaimed production about the 2005 Ipswich serial murders is an original but testing film adaptation, says Michael Joyce.

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