Molly’s Game

Director: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba & Kevin Costner
Rating: 15 Duration: 140 minutes Release date: 1 January (UK)

Some things are just undeniably tailor made for each other. Cheese and onion crisps, Posh and Becks, cheese on toast with brown sauce on. No? OK, but my point is, some things just gel from the get go and in Molly’s Game – Aaron Sorkin’s lightning quick script and the dominating presence of Jessica Chastain combine for an almighty effect. With the true story of Molly Bloom adding extra spice, Molly’s Game is a blistering onslaught of swift dialogue and earnest acting with Chastain adding to her growing list of incredible performances. Continue reading “Molly’s Game”

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Justice League

Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot & Jason Momoa
Synopsis: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.
Rating: 12A Duration: 120 minutes Release date: 17 November (UK)

While not as highly anticipated as some of the other comic-book films that have been released in the past few years, Justice League has arrived in cinemas with audiences more curious as to what the final result will be rather than genuine anticipation. The latest superhero team up arrives on the back of much derision from fans and maybe the best audiences can hope for is that the film is not a complete failure. Continue reading “Justice League”

Brimstone

Director: Martin Koolhoven
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce & Kit Harington
Synopsis: From the moment the new reverend climbs the pulpit, Liz knows she and her family are in great danger.
Rating: 18 Duration: 148 minutes Release date: 29 September (UK)

What can be done with the Western genre that hasn’t already been done? Well, for one thing you could turn your western into a horror film with biblical connotations and plenty of references to the good book. You can also cast Guy Pearce as a vengeful Priest on the hunt for Dakota Fanning’s mute midwife and set it against the backdrop of the 19th Century frontier. Continue reading “Brimstone”

It

Director: Andy Muschietti
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher & Sophia Lillis
Synopsis: A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting demon, taking the appearance of clown, begins hunting children.
Rating: 15 Duration: 135 minutes Release date: 8 September (UK)

There are times when It feels less like a horror film and more like a modern homage to Steven Spielberg and the great films of the 1980’s. Here we have a group of teenagers on the cusp of adulthood who are faced with more than their share of problems to overcome. Not least is the demonic clown known as Pennywise who is the titular It of the film. It manifests as these children’s nightmares and plays on the fears of youth, abuse and loneliness and in fact does more to scare in those moments than it does when Bill Skarsgård’s killer clown is on the screen. Continue reading “It”

Their Finest

Director: Lone Scherfig
Starring: Gemma Arterton,Bill Nighy & Sam Claflin
Synopsis: A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them.
Rating: 12A Duration: 117 minutes Release date: 21 August (UK)

Their Finest is one of those films that falls into the “easy” category. By that I mean, it’s a fluffy, fun film that has serious elements but doesn’t suffocate the audience and become stifling. It’s relaxed and is a film perfect for viewing on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Whether or not you find those qualities endearing or not is up to the individual, but it’s hard to dislike a film as delightful as this.

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Ghost In The Shell

Director: Rupert Sanders
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek & Takeshi Kitano
Synopsis: In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals.
Rating: 12A Duration: 107 minutes Release date: 24 July (UK) – Digital download

There are times when Ghost in the Shell is a bloody brilliant film. The sheer beauty of the film is something that should be applauded as it is truly one of the finest looking films in recent memory. Despite its stunning visuals though, Ghost in the Shell is sadly a vacuous film lacking any real substance or relevance. Continue reading “Ghost In The Shell”

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Director: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton & Robert Downey Jr.
Synopsis: Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man when a new threat emerges.
Rating: 12A Duration: 133 minutes Release date: 5 July (UK)

Spider-Man, along with X-Men and Blade is a name synonymous with kick-starting the current comic-book film craze that we are currently a part of. While Blade has not been seen since the forgettable Blade: Trinity, the X-Men and Spider-Man films have carried on as best they can trying to keep afoot with their cousins at Marvel Studios. In the time since Raimi completed his trilogy and Marc Webb tried to make Spider-Man amazing, Marvel have had consecutive hits leaving everyone else to play catch up. Well, Spider-Man is now a part of the wider Marvel Universe and has had a much-needed refresh in the process. Continue reading “Spider-Man: Homecoming”