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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Richard Jewell

Director: Clint Eastwood Starring: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Kathy Bates, John Hamm, Nina Arianda, Ian Gomez, Charles Green, Marc Farley Written by: Billy Ray, (based on the article) Marie Brenner, (based on the book) Kent Alexander and Kevin Salwen Running Time: 131 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 31st January 2020 Clint Eastwood…

Bombshell

Director: Jay Roach Starring: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow, Allison Janney, Malcolm McDowell, Kate McKinnon, Connie Britton, Rob Delaney Written by: Charles Randolph Running Time: 109 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 17th January 2020 At this time of year, we seem to get a collection of films based on real-life events. The…

Hotel Mumbai

Director: Anthony Maras Starring: Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Jason Isaacs, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Anupam Kher, Alex Pinder Written by: John Collee and Anthony Maras Running Time: 123 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 27th September 2019 It is terribly hard to take events that happened in real life and place them on film without making…

Hustlers

Director: Lorene Scafaria Starring: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Mercedes Ruehl, Cardi B, Lizzo Written by: Lorene Scafaria and (based on the magazine article) Jessica Pressler Running Time: 109 mins Cert: 15 Release date: 13th September 2019 How times have changed. It would be fair to say that if a…

Diego Maradona

Director: Asif Kapadia Starring: Diego Armando Maradona, Claudia Villafane, Diego Maradona Jr, Cristiana Sinagra, Corrado Ferlaino, Maria Rosa Maradona Running Time: 130 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 14th June 2019 Back in 2015, director Asif Kapadia, gave us the brilliant documentary about the tragic life of Amy Winehouse, Amy, one of the best films this…

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tom Hughes, Ben Miles, Tereza Srbova, Freddie Gaminara, Laurence Spellman Written by: Lindsay Shapero Running Time: 101 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 19th April 2019 Back in the early 2000s, a pensioner was arrested for spying for the KGB. I remember it quite clearly…

The White Crow

Director: Ralph Fiennes Starring: Oleg Ivenko, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Louis Hofmann, Ralph Fiennes, Sergei Polunin, Raphaël Personnaz, Chulpan Khamatova, Olivier Rabourdin Written by: David Hare and (Inspired by her book: “Rudolf Nureyev: The Life”) Julie Kavanagh Running Time: 127 mins Cert: 12A Release date: 22nd March 2019 There is no denying that Rudolf Nureyev is one…