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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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
Selma

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
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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.

Film of the week: Ex Machina

Thursday, January 22, 2015

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, when the original Star Wars trilogy, Alien, Blade Runner and The Terminator peddled artificial intelligence as science fantasy, the reality of conscious machines seemed a distant dystopian nightmare.

Testament of Youth

Our film critic Michael Joyce was expecting a mid-standard period production, but James Kent’s latest offering proved a more affecting affair.

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Film of the week: Paddington

Thursday, November 27, 2014
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More than 50 years after he first appeared in print, author Michael Bond’s beloved bear Paddington has finally arrived on the big screen in his first star-packed family adventure.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The spectre of war casts a long shadow over the penultimate chapter of the blockbusting dystopian thrillers based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy.

Film of the week: Interstellar

Friday, November 7, 2014
Undated Handout Photo of Interstellar. Pictured: Anne Hathaway as Amelia and Matthew McConaughey as Cooper. See PA Feature FILM Interstellar. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Warner Bros/Paramount/Melinda Sue Gordon. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Interstellar.

Writer-director Christopher Nolan shoots for the stars with a futuristic thriller, co-written with his brother Jonathan, about mankind’s search beyond this galaxy for a new home to replace a dying planet earth.

Timothy Spall arriving at the BFI London film festival gala of  Mr. Turner at Odeon West End in Leicester Square, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday October 10, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Turner. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

On his death bed, celebrated landscape painter and watercolourist Joseph Mallord William Turner, who was a divisive figure in the 19th-century art world, reportedly lamented, “So I am to become a non-entity.”

Film of the week: The Judge

Friday, October 17, 2014
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The law is an ass and the people who administer it bigger asses in David Dobkin’s courtroom drama about an estranged family reunited under the testing conditions of a murder trial.

A movie still from the film The Maze Runner.

Based on the bestselling novel by James Dashner, The Maze Runner is a testosterone-fuelled survival thriller cast from the same robust mould as The Hunger Games and Divergent.

Film of the week: The Equalizer

Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Director Antoine Fuqua, who guided Denzel Washington to the Oscar podium in Training Day, reunites with the charismatic actor for this gratuitously violent reimagining of the beloved 1980s TV series.

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