Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Director: Jonathan Butterell Starring: Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel, Richard E. Grant, Shobna Gulati, Sharon Horgan Written by: Tom MacRae, (based on the stage musical) Jonathan Butterell and Dan Gillespie Sells Running time: 117 mins Cert: 12 Release date 17th September 2021 There seems to be a cinematic musical resurgence. Already this year, we…

Respect

Director: Liesl Tommy Starring: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald, Marlon Wayans, Tituss Burgess, Marc Maron, Kimberley Scott, Mary J. Bligh Written by: (also story) Tracey Scott Wilson and (story) Callie Khouri Running Time: 145 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 10th September 2021 Biopics of legends in music are a hard thing to pull off….

The Courier

Director: Dominic Cooke Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley, Angus Wright Written by: Tom O’Connor Running Time: 112 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 13th August 2021 How many of you have ever heard of Greville Wynne? It seems incredible that in the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War and particularly…

Stillwater

Director: Tom McCarthy Starring: Matt Damon, Abigail Breslin, Camille Cottin, Lilou Siauvaud Written by: Tom McCarthy, Marcus Hinchey, Thomas Bidegain and Noe Debre Running Time: 139 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 6th August 2021 Stillwater is the new film by Tom McCarthy, who directed the Oscar-winning Spotlight. Taking the story directly from the news pages,…

Old

Director: M. Night Shyamalan Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Thomasin MacKenzie, Abbie Lee Written by: M. Night Shyalaman, (based on the graphic novel “Sandcastles”) Pierre-Oscar Levy and Frederick Peeters Running Time: 108 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 23rd July 2021 I remember when The Sixth Sense came out and how…

Dream Horse

Director: Euros Lyn Starring: Toni Collette, Damian Lewis, Owen Teale, Nicholas Farrell, Joanna Page, Siân Phillips, Peter Davison Written by: Neil McKay Running Time: 113 mins Cert: PG Release date: 4th June 2021 For years, British cinema was a staple for costume dramas and period pieces. But, since the late 90s, we have found that…

Cruella

Director: Craig Gillespie Starring: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Mark Strong Written by: Dana Fox, Tony McNamara, (story) Aline Brosh McKenna, Kelly Marcel, Steve Zissis and (based upon the novel “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”) Dodie Smith Running Time: 134 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 28th May 2021 In a time…

Nomadland

Director: Chloe Zhao Starring: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Swankie, Bob Wells, Gay DeForest Written by: Chloe Zhao and (based on the book) Jessica Bruder Running Time: 107 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 30th April 2021 The traveller in films doesn’t often inspire effect. Most movies are either deeply depressing, lacking in hope or…

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…