The Ritual

Director: David Bruckner Starring: Ralf Spall, Robert James-Collier,  Arsher Ali, Sam Troughton, Paul Reid Written by: Joe Barton and (based on the novel) Adam Nevill Running Time: 94 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 13th October 2017 British horror films are now like buses. You don’t see one for ages and then two come along all at…

Patti Cake$

Director: Geremy Jasper Starring: Danielle MacDonald, Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie, Cathy Moriarty, McCaul Lombardi, Patrick Brana. Written by: Geremy Jasper Running Time: 108 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 1st September 2017 If you are looking for something original, then maybe steer clear of Patti Cake$. This underdog story ticks all the cliche boxes from Rocky to 8 Mile,…

20th Century Women

Director: Mike Mills Starring: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwin, Billy Crudup, Lucas Jade Zumann, Alison Elliott, Thea Gill Written by: Mike Mills Running Time: 119 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 10th February 2017 It’s been six years since writer and director Mike Mills gave us the delightful yet moving Beginners, based on his own…

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…

Sing Street

Director: John Carney Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aidan Gillen, Kelly Thornton Written by John Carney Running Time: 106 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 20th May 2016 We seem to be in a current nostalgic resurgence of the 80’s. We’ve had Eddie The Eagle, the anti-hero of ski jumping and we…

The Survivalist

Director: Stephen Fingleton Starring: Michael McCann, Mia Goth, Olwen Fouere, Andrew Simpson Written by: Stephen Fingleton Running Time: 104 mins Cert: 18 Release date: 12th February 2016 Films don’t necessarily need million dollar budgets to produce something gripping and unsettling. Take The Survivalist, a post-apocalyptic drama filmed in Northern Ireland that has a cast made…

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Starring: Thomas Mann, RJ Cryer, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal Written by: (based on the novel) Jess Andrews Running Time: 105 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 4th September 2015 Usually at this time of the year we get one quirky, independent film that comes out from nowhere and…

The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

Director: Marielle Heller Starring: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Meloni, Margarita Levieva, Madeleine Waters, Abby Wait Written by: Marielle Heller and (based on the novel) Phoebe Gloeckner Running Time: 102 mins Cert: 18 Release date: 7th August 2015 Coming-of-age films are usually following the exploits of a group of horny, socially awkward teenage…

The Goob

Director: Guy Myhill Starring: Sienna Guillory, Liam Walpole, Sean Harris, Hannah Spearitt, Marama Corlett, Paul Popplewell Written by: Guy Myhill Running Time: 84 mins Cert: 18 Release date: 29th May 2015 The Goob is a coming-of-age film that, while being a low-budget British affair set in Norfolk, it feels like it wants to escape just being…

It Follows

Director: David Robert Mitchell Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary Written by: David Robert Mitchell Running Time: 100 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 27th February 2015 There was a common denominator during the slasher horrors of the late 70’s and early 80’s, that if a character went to…

Predestination

Directors: Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Christopher Kirby, Christopher Sommers Written by: Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig and (based on the book “All You Zombies”) Robert A. Heinlein Running Time: 97 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 20th February 2015 Every so often a film comes out that takes you…