Moonlight

Director: Barry Jenkins Starring: Alex Hibbert, Anston Sanders, Trevante Rhodes, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Janella Monae Written by: Barry Jenkins and (story) Tarell Alvin McCraney Running Time: 110 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 17th February 2017 It is universally accepted that when a film is depicting the struggles of a young black man living in a…

The Founder

Director: John Lee Hancock Starring: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardinelli, Laura Dern, Patrick Wilson, B.J. Novak, Justin Randell Brooke. Written by: Robert Siegel Running Time: 115 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 17th February 2017 One thing that surprised me about watching The Founder was that McDonald’s allowed the film to be…

The Lego Batman Movie

Director: Chris McKay Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cena, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zack Galifianakis, Jenny Slate, Conan O’Brien, Billy Dee Williams, Channing Tatum Written by: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, John Whittington, (also story) Seth Grahame-Smith, (Batman created) Bob Kane, Bill Finger, (Superman created) Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster Running Time: 104 mins Cert: U…

Fences

Director: Denzel Washington Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson Written by: (based on the play “Fences”) August Wilson Running Time: 139 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 10th February 2017 Transferring stage plays to film are always a tricky thing to do. What does a director do? Should they…

Loving

Director: Jeff Nichols Starring: Ruth Negga, Joe Edgerton, Nick Kroll, Michael Shannon, Will Dalton, Terri Abney, Marton Csokas, David Jensen Written by: Jeff Nichols Running Time: 123 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 3rd February 2017 It seems. more than any other year, that tales of repression against the black community are at the heart of…

Hacksaw Ridge

Director: Mel Gibson Starring: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, Luke Bracey. Written by: Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight Running Time: 139 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 27th January 2017 It’s been hailed as the big comeback of Mel Gibson, who, for the past few days, has been somewhat…

Sing

Director: Garth Jennings and Christophe Lourdelet Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Targon Egerton,  Tori Kelly, Jennifer Saunders Written by: Garth Jennings Running Time: 108 mins Cert: U Release date: 27th January 2017 Having endured the eternally happy-clappy Trolls, the thought of another musical animation based around a singing…

T2: Trainspotting

Director: Danny Boyle Starring: Ewen McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner, Kelly MacDonald, Anjela Nedyalkova, Shirley Henderson, James Cosmo Written by: John Hodge and (based on the novel) Irvine Welsh Running Time: 117 mins Cert: 18 Release date: 27th January 2017 It was one of the most influential and innovated movies of the 1990’s….

Jackie

Director: Pablo Larrain Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwin, Billy Crudup, Richard E. Grant, John Hurt, Casper Phillipson Written by: Noah Oppenheim Running Time: 100 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 20th January 2017 After the disasters that were Diana and Grace of Monaco, the thought of another icon female in the public limelight having her…

XXX: Return of Xander Cage

Director: D.J. Caruso Starring: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Toni Collette, Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, Ruby Rose, Tony Jaa, Nina Dobrev, Rory McCann, Samuel L. Jackson Written by: Rich Wilkes and (based on the characters created) F. Scott Frazier Running Time: 107 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 19th January 2017 Back in 2002, I attended the UK…

The Young Offenders

Director: Peter Foott Starring: Alex Murphy, Chris Walley, Hilary Rose, Dominic McHale, P.J. Gallagher, Shane Casey Written by: Peter Foott Running Time: 83 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 13th January 2017 It is always a pleasure when you discover a film that you know very little about, that has a title that doesn’t really inspire…

Manchester By The Sea

Director: Kenneth Lonergan Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Gretchen Mol, Matthew Broderick, C.J. Wilson Written by Kenneth Lonergan Running Time: 137 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 13th January 2017 A word of warning about Manchester By The Sea. This isn’t a film about football or that a Northern town has moved…