The Nice Guys

Director: Shane Black Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angoure Rice, Kim Basinger, Margaret Qualley, Matt Bomer, Yaya DeCosta, Keith David Written by: Shane Black and Anthony Bagarozzi Running Time: 116 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 3rd June 2016 Who would have thought that the funniest double act this year would be formed by two of…

Money Monster

Director: Jodie Foster Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Denham, Lenny Venito Written by: Jamie Linden, (also story) Alan DiFiore and Jim Kouf Running Time: 98 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 27th May 2016 Wall Street and the controlling of other people’s money seems to be the flavour of the month…

Secret In Their Eyes

Director: Billy Ray Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Dean Norris, Alfred Molina, Joe Cole Written by Billy Ray and (based on the film “El secreto de sus ojos”) Juan José Campanella. Running Time: 111 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 26th February 2016 This was always going to be a hard film to impress me, as the…

Triple 9

Director: John Hillcoat Starring: Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Norman Reedus, Gia Gadot Written by: Matt Cook Running Time: 115 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 19th February 2016 Triple 9 has a lot going for it. A director who can certainly handle genre cinema. A cast of top-notch character…

Kill Your Friends

Director: Owen Harris Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Tom Riley, Ed Skrein, Craig Roberts, James Cordon, Georgia King Written by: (based on the novel) John Niven Running Time: 103 mins Cert: 18 Release date: 6th November 2015 Kill Your Friends is a very misleading title because you seriously wouldn’t want to spend five minutes with the central…

True Story

Director: Rupert Goold Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, Maria Dizzia, Ethan Suplee, Gretchen Mol, Robert John Burke Written by: Rupert Goold, David Kajganich and (based on the novel) Michael Finkle. Running Time: 99 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 17th July 2015 Stories about killers recounting the events have always been fascinating in a…

Son Of A Gun

Director: Julius Avery Starring: Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander, Matt Nable, Jacek Korman, Eddie Baroo Written by: Julius Avery Running Time: 108 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 30th January 2014 The crime thriller genre is a very crowded and well-worn style of cinema, so to really make an impact, you have to come up…

Blood Ties

  Director: Guillaume Canet Starring: Clive Owen, Billy Crudup. Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, James Caan Written by: Guillaume Canet, James Gray, (based on the film “Les liens du sang”) Jacques Maillot, Pierre Chosson, Eric Veniard (and the novel “Deux freres, un flic, un truand”) Bruno Papet and Michel Papet Running Time: 127 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 15th August 2014 I went into…

The Raid 2

Director: Gareth Evans Starring: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Donny Alamsyah, Arifin Putra, Julie Estelle Written by: Gareth Evans Running Time: 150 mins Cert: 18 Release date: 11th April 2014 In 2012, an action thriller from Indonesia, directed by a Welsh man, took the genre, picked it up and smacked it, very hard, on the bottom. That…

Non-Stop

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery, Nate Parker, Lupita Nyong’o Written by: Ryan Engle, (also story) John W. Richardson and Chris Roach. Running Time: 106 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 28th February 2014 How safe are our planes? After the events of 9/11, the security before and after we…

2 Guns

Director: Baltasar Kormakur Starring: Denzel Washington, Mark Walhberg, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton, Fred Ward, James Marsden, Edward James Olmos. Written by: Blake Masters and (based on the Boom! Studios graphic novels) Steven Grant Running Time: 109 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 16th August 2013 Isn’t it strange. You wait for ages for a buddy buddy…

Now You See Me

Director: Louis Leterrier Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan freeman, Michael Caine, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Melanie Laurent Written by: Ed Soloman, Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt Running Time: 115 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 3rd July 2013 There are certain rules that need to be followed to make an entertaining film: an…