The Aftermath

Director: James Kent Starring: Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgard, Jason Clarke, Martin Compston, Kate Phillips, Flora Thiemann, Jannik Schumann Written by: Anna Waterhouse, Joe Shrapnel and (also based on the novel) Rhidian Brook Running Time: 108 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 1st March 2019 When you look at the poster for The Aftermath (see above), you…

If Beale Street Could Talk

Director: Barry Jenkins Starring: Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Aunjanue Ellis Written by: Barry Jenkins and (based on the book) James Baldwin Running Time: 119 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 8th February 2019 I have always said that if I go into a film with high expectations, I…

Love, Simon

Director: Greg Berlanti Starring: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jorge Lendeborg Jr, Tony Hale, Natasha Rothwell Written by: Elizabeth Berger, Isaac Aptaker and (based on the novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”) Becky Albertalli Running Time: 110 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 6th April 2018 Love, Simon is…

The Shape of Water

Director: Guillermo Del Toro Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlberg, Doug Jones, David Hewlett, Nick Searcy Written by: Vanessa Taylor and (also story) Guillermo Del Toro Running Time: 123 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 14th February 2018 One of the reasons I love cinema is that sometimes it can produce…

Battle Of The Sexes

Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Natalie Morales, Eric Christian Olsen Written by: Simon Beaufoy Running Time: 121 mins Cert: 12A Release date:  24th November 2017 Early 1970’s and the rise of Women’s Liberation was becoming more prominent as women…

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

Director: Paul McGuigan Starring: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham, Stephen Graham, Vanessa Redgrave, Francis Barber, Leanne Best, Tom Brittney Written by: Matt Greenhalgh and (based on the memoirs) Peter Turner Running Time: 105 mins Cert: 15 Release date:  17th November 2017 For most people, Gloria Grahame is a name they may never…

Breathe

Director: Andy Serkis Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander, Hugh Bonneville, Stephen Mangan, Diana Rigg, Edward Speleers, Jonathan Hyde, Amit Shah Written by: William Nicholson Running Time: 117 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 27th October 2017 When I think of the illness of Polio, I immediately think of punk guru Ian Dury. Which is…

The Mountain Between Us

Director: Hany Abu-Assad Starring: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Beau Bridges, Dermot Mulroney, Linda Sorensen Written by: Chris Weitz, J. Miles Goodloe and (based on the novel) Charles Martin Running Time: 112 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 6th October 2017 The Mountain Between Us is a first. It’s the first disaster-survival-romance movie. Yet no matter where it…

The Big Sick

Director: Michael Showalter Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Anupam Kher, Zenobia Shroff, Adeel Akhtar, Bo Burnham Written by: Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon Running Time: 120 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 28th July 2017 The Big Sick hardly sounds like a crowd pleasing title for a romantic comedy. Yet if…

Fifty Shades Darker

Director: James Foley Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger, Marcia Gay Harden, Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Bella Heathcote, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes. Written by: Niall Leonard and (based on the book) E.L. James Running Time: 118 mins Cert: 18 Release date: 10th February 2017 Ah, you cannot beat a love story to melt your…

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…

La La Land

Director: Damien Chazelle Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemary DeWitt, J.K. Simmons, Jason Fuchs, Tom Everett Scott Written by: Damien Chazelle Running Time: 128 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 12th January 2017 Sometimes, just sometimes, Hollywood gets the timing absolutely right. In a time of uncertainty and despair within the world, how perfect…