The Sparks Brothers

Director: Edgar Wright Starring: Ron Mael, Russell Mael, Beck, Jane Weidlin, Mike Myers, Flea, Gorgio Moroder, Todd Rundgren Running Time: 141 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 29th July 2021 There are not many bands who have survived the music scene since the 60s, but Sparks have. This bizarre group of brothers Ron and Russell Mael…

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years

Director: Ron Howard Starring: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Brian Epstein, George Martin, Larry Kane, Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Izzard, Elvis Costello, Richard Curtis Written by: Mark Monroe Running Time: 137 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 15th September 2016 First off, a rant. To the multiplexes across the country. Please stop showing 20…

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…

Love And Mercy

Director: Bill Pohlad Starring: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Jake Abel, Kenny Wormald, Joanne Going Written by: Oren Moverman, Michael Alan Lerner and (based on the life) Brian Wilson Running Time: 121 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 10th July 2015 What is often problematic in trying to recreate the life of a musical…

Amy

Director: Asif Kapadia Starring: Amy Winehouse, Mitch Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Tony Bennett, Blake Fielder-Civil, Yasiil Bey, Salaam Remi Running Time: 128 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 3rd July 2015 I remember the day Amy Winehouse died. I was at a barbecue and when the news came through, I wasn’t the least bit surprised. It didn’t shock…

Begin Again

Director: John Carney Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, James Corden, Ceelo Green, Yasiin Bey Written by: John Carney Running Time: 104 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 11th July 2014 Back in 2006, John Carney directed a film that has captured the hearts of many, include mine, called Once. This simple…

Frank

Director: Lenny Abrahamson Starring: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleason, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, Francois Civil, Carla Azar Written by: Peter Staughan and (also based on his newspaper article) Jon Ronson Running Time: 95 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 9th May 2014 Frank Sidebottom was a legend. Created by Chris Sievey, the papier-mache headed musician and comic…

Twenty Feet From Stardom

Director: Morgan Neville Starring: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder Running Time: 91 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 28th March 2014 You cannot talk about Twenty Feet From Stardom without mentioning the Oscars, as this documentary about backing singers surprised everyone by walking off…