mother!

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem & Ed Harris
Rating: 18 Duration: 121 minutes Release date: 22 January (UK)

It would take someone with the mind of Darren Aronofsky to create a film like mother! I truly am loathe to think of anyone else who would be able to form an idea for a film like this and then be brave enough to put it on the big screen. So ambitious, crucial and brave is mother! that it was never going to be an easy sell and it was always going to divide audiences. With themes as varied and ranging as the bible, the apocalypse, famine and torture to name but a few – mother! is that rare beast of a film that wears it all on its sleeve and leaves absolutely nothing behind, for better or worse. Continue reading “mother!”

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American Assassin

Director: Michael Cuesta
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton & Taylor Kitsch
Rating: 18 Duration: 111 minutes Release date: 15 January (UK)

Based upon the novel of the same name, American Assassin is a film stuck somewhere between Jason Bourne and John Wick. Attempting to keep a balance between stark realism and over the top violence, American Assassin is a film that isn’t sure what it wants to do and fosters an uneven tone which doesn’t really work. Fortunately, the film is saved by solid performances from Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton as the elite CIA operative and his headstrong new protegé. Continue reading “American Assassin”

Leatherface

Director: Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury
Starring: Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor & Finn Jones
Rating: 18 Duration: 90 minutes Release date: 8 January (UK)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise is an odd one indeed. Beginning with a film that bottled lightning with its raw terror and unhinged psychopathic family determined to fuck shit up, it seems odd to think that this series is now on its eighth instalment. After multiple sequels and attempts at rebooting the series, we are back to where it started, well almost anyway. Continue reading “Leatherface”

Dunkirk

Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy & Mark Rylance
Rating: 12 Duration: 106 minutes Release date: 18 December (UK)

Sometimes, after seeing a film for the first time it can be difficult to know exactly what to say about it. Dunkirk is that film. It’s a gorgeous film, with Chris Nolan delivering some of the most endearing shots of 2017. It’s also an utterly deafening film, even on DVD it threatens to either make your ears bleed or blow the speakers on your TV. But, it’s also a highly frustrating film, and no matter how well made it is, Dunkirk can feel like a kick to the nuts when everyone has been harping on about how bloody good it is. Continue reading “Dunkirk”

The Limehouse Golem

Director: Juan Carlos Medina
Starring: Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke & Douglas Booth
Synopsis: A series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times – the mythical so-called Golem – must be responsible.
Rating: 15 Duration: 109 minutes Release date: 26 December (UK)

It’s always nice to see something different at the cinema. For all the apes, robots and superheroes laying waste to the cinematic landscape it makes for a pleasant diversion when a film like The Limehouse Golem comes along. Rich in visuals and interesting characters, The Limehouse Golem is a welcome diversion from a cinema filled with testosterone and convoluted shit storms. Continue reading “The Limehouse Golem”

47 Meters Down

Director: Johannes Roberts
Starring: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt & Matthew Modine
Synopsis: Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.
Rating: 15 Duration: 89 minutes Release date: 27 November (UK)

Sharks on film do not get the best reputation if we’re honest. From Jaws to Sharknado, with The Shallows and Deep Blue Sea in between – sharks have always been cast as merciless killing machines, inspired only by their goal of devouring human flesh. Like some sort of sea-based Terminator, they stalk their prey in an unrelenting fashion and absolutely will not stop until you are dead. Continue reading “47 Meters Down”

Batman vs Two Face

Director: Rick Morales
Starring: Adam West, William Shatner & Julie Newmar
Synopsis: Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent is mutilated in a laboratory accident. When the duplicitous Two-Face embarks on a crime spree, Batman and Robin must solve the mystery of his identity while facing off against several other foes.
Rating: 12 Duration: 72 minutes Release date: 30 October

Following on from Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders we return to the world of Batman ’66 with Batman vs Two-Face. Much like its predecessor, this animated film tells an all new story set in the Adam West era of Batman, while also paying tribute to both the character and the man who made Batman such an icon for so many. Continue reading “Batman vs Two Face”