Film & Cinema

Ken Loach.  Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Dartmouth Park director Ken Loach celebrates his 80th birthday this June. After his latest feature, I, Daniel Blake won the Palme D’Or and a documentary out about his life and work, Meredith Taylor reports on this gritty slice of social realism.

Nick Cage in The Trust

When two small time cops try to rob a drug dealing network’s hidden vault, thing don’t go as they expect – which is to be expected.

George Clooney stars as Lee Gates in MONEY MONSTER. Picture: Atsushi Nishijima/Sony Pictures Entertainment

In Money Monster, a selection of Hollywood ‘Liberal Icons’ gather together to wag their fingers at today’s naughty businessmen, and the callous society that has grown up around it.

Tom Hanks

Film of the week: A Hologram for the King (12A)

Damian Lewis stars in Silent Storm

There isn’t a storm, and it isn’t silent.

Tom Hanks stars in A Hologram for The King. Picture: Frederic Batier

The thing about the On-Screen Niceness of Tom Hanks, is that he really is phenomenally nice; and nice in a good way.

Chuck (Josh Gad) and Red (Jason Sudeikis) in Angry Birds. Picture: Rovio Animation

As a film reviewer I live in a world of nark.

A scene from Evolution

If you were the child that felt sick or fainted at school during the lesson when they wheeled out the video recording of the Miracle of Childbirth, this may not be the film for you.

Patrick Stewart stars in Green Room

A desperate, down on their luck punk band take a gig at a backwoods, skinhead, white supremacists’ club, run by Darcy (Stewart).

Ewan McGregor stars in Our Kind Of Traitor. Picture: Jaap Buitendijk

Yes, of course it’s a Le Carré. Even if you didn’t know the title already, you’d know. That title is quintessential Le Carré.

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins. Picture: Nick Wall

This is a Meryl Streep film about a bad singer: like Mamma Mia but with Streep in the Pierce Brosnan role.

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Blake Jenner stars in Everybody Wants Some!! Picture: Van Redin

A year ago Richard Linklater was almost an Oscar winning director; after sweeping through awards season, Boyhood got pipped at the post by Birdman.

A scene from God's Not Dead 2

This courtroom drama is a testament to humanity’s unlimited desire to feel put upon and hard done by.

King George III

Just as Huntingdon Drama Club seemed destined to perform this highlight of the Alan Bennett canon, so I seemed destined to review it.

captain america

One of Marvel’s cleverest achievements was the sly way they brought their most problematic figure, Captain America, to the screen by turning the jingoistic flag waver into a representative of the country’s lost ideals.

A scene from Son of Saul

The winner of this year’s Oscar for Best Film in a Foreign Language is a Holocaust film. It’s also objectively, indisputably, as-clear-as-the-nose-on-your-face a brilliant piece of film making.

Arabian Nights Volume 1

This is a long film, six hours across its three parts.

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Louder Than Bombs

This small scale American indie offers a variation on the can-of-worms drama about the dysfunctional family meeting up at a funeral.

Bastille Day

There are a number of arguments against Idris Elba being the next Bond and let’s not pretend being black isn’t one of them.


WIN tickets to Lady In The Van at Curzon

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Lady In The Van starring Dame Maggie Smith.

The Curzon in Clevedon is providing audiences with a second chance to watch Dame Maggie Smith at her absolute comedy best this week.

Batman v Superman

Within the opening ten minutes ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ shows all the classic traits of a superhero movie: massive visual effects, explosions left right and centre, civilians in danger running across the street and a sense of desperation mirrored by the doom-impending soundtrack.

A scene from Brand New Testament

The premise of this Belgian comedy is basically that of the song, “What if God was one of us/ just a slob like one of us.”

Alan Rickman in Eye in the Sky. Picture: Keith Bernstein

One of George W Bush’s many failings was his propensity for starting wars - Iraq/ Afghanistan/ On Terror - that didn’t produce good war films.

Bagheera voiced by Ben Kingsley and Neel Sethi as Mowgli in The Jungle Book. Picture: Disney Entreprises

Even for Disney, two talking animal films in a month seems excessive.

A still from I Am Belfast

A new film by a former presenter of Moviedrome, the Sunday night ‘80s/’90s BBC2 cult movie strand, is not an exciting prospect.

Robin Williams stars in Boulevard, his last on-screen appearance

In Boulevard, Robin Williams plays a dissatisfied, unhappy man living a lie, who feels like he’s wasted his life.

Midnight Special. Picture: Ben Rothstein

Our critic wonders if he’s missing something after watching tale of a child with supernatural powers

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Tatsuya Nakadai as Lord Hidetora in Akira Kurosawa's Ran (1985). Photo courtesy of Rialto Pictures.

The Seven Samurai aside, I could never quite get the lauding of Kurosawa, but the idea that the best way to adapt King Lear is to cut down on the yap and greatly increase the number of gee-gees was clearly a stroke of genius.

Eddie the Eagle


Brilliantly British, Eddie The Eagle - one of 2016’s biggest crowd pleaders - will have you smiling and willing him on as an underdog the whole way through.

A still from Victoria

At the end of two-and-a-quarter hours, the first name to appear in the credits is that of the cameraman.


Sacha Baren Cohen’s latest foray into film is a laugh-a-minute rollercoaster ride taking in comedy and action.

Taron Egerton, left, stars as Eddie the Eagle alongside Hugh Jackman, right. Picture: Larry Horricks

If there is one thing the British excel at, it is plucky underdog stories. So it was inevitable that one day there would be an Eddie Edwards film, the man who after less than a year in the sport competed in the ski jump in the 1988 Winter Olympics. That it would feature Hugh Jackman was much less so.

A scene from The Club

It’s a film about Catholic priests so, as you’d expect, it’s full of graphic sex talk.

Rozzi Nicholson-Lailey and Rob Angell star in The Railway Children. Picture: Anthony Robling

Don’t worry: it is not a remake, your treasured memories of Jenny Agutter waving her red knickers are not about to be denigrated and despoiled.


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