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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
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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.

Film review: Queen and Country

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Queen and Country. Picture: Sophie Mutevelian

This sequel to Hope and Glory 28 years on feels a bit desperate, says Michael Joyce.

Spy. Picture: Larry Horricks

Melissa McCarthy also proves her credentials in a movie far more imaginative than its title suggests, says Michael Joyce.

London Road

Although the circumstances surrounding the backstory of London Road were terrible, you could tell from the beginning this was going to be an uplifting film.

Film review: Listen Up Philip

Friday, June 5, 2015

This dry comedy doesn’t do the image of post-war writers any favours, says Michael Joyce.

Film Review: We Are Many

Sunday, May 24, 2015
LONDON - FEBRUARY 15:  Several hundred thousand people march past the Westminster Clock Tower (Big Ben) towards Hyde Park to protest against the proposed war in Iraq February 15, 2003 in London. Similar massive demonstrations are taking place all over the world as the U.S. and Britain continue to press for a UN Security Council resolution for war.  (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

This slick documentary charting the protests against the Iraq War makes a lot out of something that achieved little, says Michael Joyce.

Film review: Mad Max: Fury Road

Friday, May 22, 2015
Mad Max: Fury Road. Picture: Warner Bros. Pictures

While Tom Hardy falls short, the latest chapter of this groundbreaking franchise is an action-packed triumph, says Michael Joyce.

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For a big budget fantasy which vociferously encourages children to dream, Tomorrowland: A World Beyond is disappointingly - and ironically - short on invention and ingenuity.

Film review: The Tribe

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
the tribe

This film told through sign language is ultimately a reductive view of people, says Michael Joyce.

Only Angels Have Wings

It might be politically incorrect, but Cary Grant shines in this classic piece of slick Hollywood entertainment, says Michael Joyce.

This Iranian feminist vampire movie is an excercised study in cool, says Michael Joyce.

Film review: A Royal Night Out

Saturday, May 16, 2015
A Royal Night Out

Sarah Gadon is a surprising revelation in this otherwise lightweight, harmless royal fantasy, says Michael Joyce.

Film review: Top Five

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Top Five. Picture: Ali Paige Goldstei

Chris Rock’s latest comedy is a mixed bag, but at least it’s funny, says Michael Joyce.


Spooks may have won over TV audiences on the BBC, but its big screen adaptation is just too silly, says Michael Joyce.

Film review: Big Game

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Big Game. Picture: Stephanie Kulbach

A cowardly president is hardly likely to break America, says Michael Joyce.

Bad Land

This tale of US drought and hardship makes for an arid, bloodless and crushingly dull vision, says Michael Joyce.

Film review: Far From The Madding Crowd

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Far from the Madding Crowd. Picture: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation of this classic novel is by the book, but without its original magic, says Michael Joyce.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

It’s time to assemble again!

Film review: Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
8 1/2 (Fellini, 1963). Picture: BFI

This 1963 classic retains its power as it tells the story of a man with writer’s block, says Michael Joyce.

The Duff (12A)

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Film review pix 9/4/15

It seems rather disingenuous for Hollywood - an industry that reveres glamour, designer couture and age-defying beauty - to peddle wish fulfillment fantasies to female audiences that extol beauty as a quality that radiates purely from within.

Cinderella (U)

Friday, March 27, 2015
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Slavishly adapted from Disney’s classic 1950 animated musical, Kenneth Branagh’s live action version of the fairy-tale romance doesn’t skimp on the period detail.

The Full Monty begins its run at the Ipswich Regent tonight. Cast outside of Town Hall. Left to right, Gary Lucy, Martin Miller, Andrew Dunn, Rupert Hill, Louis Emerick. Photo: Gregg Brown

Still nippy out, you can’t blame the cast of The Full Monty for leaving more than their hats on when they stopped by Ipswich Corn Hill.

The Gunman (15)

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Undated Film Still Handout from The Gunman. Pictured: Sean Penn as Jim Terrier. and Jasmine Trinca (Annie). See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Studio Canal. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

If there’s one image that unexpectedly lingers in Pierre Morel’s socially conscious yet gleefully violent film, it’s Sean Penn’s gym-toned torso.


Suite Française (15)

Thursday, March 12, 2015
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Heartbreaking truth is more compelling than fiction in Suite Française, Saul Dibb’s faithful adaptation of the novella Dolce by Irene Nemirovsky.

Ankita Goswami, 14, reviewed Big Hero 6 for the Recorder

I recently watched Big Hero 6 and I’d have to say that it was the best film that I have watched in 2015.

Katie Leigh and Darius J James star in A Night of Dirty Dancing

It’s the ultimate feel-good classic. A film you switch on if you’ve had rubbish day, a bad break-up or simply because you haven’t seen it in a while.

Undated Film Still Handout from The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Pictured: Left to Right, Celia Imrie as Madge Hardcastle, Ronald Pickup as Norman Cousins, Diana Hardcastle as Carol, Judi Dench as Evelyn Greenslade, Maggie Smith as Muriel Donnely and Bill Nighy as Douglas Ainslie. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Laurie Sparham/Twentieth Century Fox. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Towards the end of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a secret inspector is asked for an honest assessment of Jaipur’s luxury development for residents in their golden years.

Chiara D'Anna in The Duke of Burgundy

Chiara D’Anna talks to Alex Bellotti about working with Peter Strickland, the reality of filming sex scenes and ‘human toilets’.

Film of the week: Selma

Thursday, February 5, 2015

More than 45 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, director Ava DuVernay honours the memory of the leader of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement with this impassioned biopic.

Film of the week: Big Hero 6

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Film feat pix 29/1/15

Never underestimate the soothing power of a hug. With one simple squish, you can provide comfort, encouragement or a simple how-do-you-do that transcends a thousand well-chosen words.

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