Palm Springs

Director: Max Barbakow Starring: Adam Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons, Peter Gallagher, Meredith Hagner Written by: Andy Siara and (story only) Max Barbakow Running Time: 90 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 9th April 2021 The time loop has become a popular premise used in cinema. Back To The Future Part II used it heavily; Groundhog…

The Mauritanian

Director: Kevin Macdonald Starring: Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Levi Written by: Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, (and screen story) M.B. Traven, (based upon the book “Guantánamo Diary”) Mohamedou Ould Slahi and Larry Siems Running Time: 129 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 2nd April 2021 Each year a theme seems to run…

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Director: Lee Daniels Starring: Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Garrett Hedlund, Natasha Lyonne, Leslie Jordan, Miss Lawrence, Erik LaRay Harvey Written by: Suzan-Lori Parks and (based on the book “Chasing The Scream”) Johann Hari Running Time: 130 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 27th February 2021 There have been hundreds of biopics about singers. Most are depressing…

Judas And The Black Messiah

Director: Shaka King Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, LeKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback, Martin Sheen, Ashton Sanders, Algee Smith Written by: (Also story)Will Berson, Shaka King, (story) Kenny Lucas and Keith Lucas Running Time: 126 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 12th March 2021 This past summer saw the rise of the Black Lives Matters movement after…

The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Director: Aaron Sorkin Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, John Carroll Lynch, Mark Rylance, Frank Langella, Michael Keaton, Ben Shenkman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Written by: Aaron Sorkin Running Time: 129 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 2 October 2020 The Trail of the Chicago 7 is a courtroom drama based on the real case brought by the US…

Saint Maud

Director: Rose Glass Starring: Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Knight, Lily Frazer, Turlough Convery, Rosie Sansom Written by: Rose Glass Running Time: 84 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 9th October 2020 With the releases of big blockbuster movies seeming to have halted, it’s time the smaller, independent films to take the limelight. One such film is the creepy psychological horror,…

Military Wives

Director: Peter Cattaneo Starring: Kristen Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Jason Flemyng, Greg Wise, Amy James-Kelly, India Amaeteifio, Emma Lowndes, Gaby French, Lara Rossi Written by: Rosanne Flynn and Rachel Tunnard Running Time: 112 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 6th March 2020 If there is one style of filmmaking that the Brits are good at, it’s…

Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

Director: Céline Sciamma Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino Written by: Céline Sciamma Running Time: 121 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 28th February 2020 Chemistry is an essential aspect of a love story. Get that wrong, and the film will flop. That’s not the case for Céline Sciamma’s stunningly beautiful Portrait of…

Dark Waters

Director: Todd Haynes Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, Louisa Krause Written by: Mario Correa, Matthew Michael Carnahan and (based on The New York Times magazine article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” ) Nathaniel Rich Running Time: 126 mins Cert: 12A…

What Love Looks Like

Director: Alex Magaña Starring: Josh Gilmer, Kate Durocher, Taylor Alexa Frank, Connor Wilkins, Nathan Kohnen, Jamie Shelnitz, Gabriella Wisdom, Kyle Meck, Jack Menzies, Ana Ming Bostwick Singer, Ashley Rose McKenna Written by Alex Magaña Running Time: 89 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 19 January 2020 (USA) Available on Amazon Prime Romances are notoriously challenging to…

Emma.

Director: Autumn de Wilde Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Miranda Hart, Mia Goth, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson Written by: Eleanor Catton and (based on the novel) Jane Austen Running Time: 125 mins Cert: U Release date: 14th February 2020 The world of Jane Austen has always been…

Parasite

Director: Bong Joon-Ho Starring: Song Kang Ho, Lee Sun Kyun, Cho Yeo Jeong, Choi Woo Shik, Park So Dam, Lee Jung Eun, Chang Hyae Jin, Ji-So Jung Written by: Jin Won Han and (also story) Bong Joon Ho Running Time: 132 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 7th February 2020 Ever since it won the Palm…