“MOONLIGHT” Reviewed: The LGBT masterpiece of the decade

Barry Jenkins / Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae / Drama / 2017 / 15 / 111mins In one of the most hotly contested Oscar battles this century, Moonlight were the (eventual) winners. It’s no wonder – director Barry Jenkins has created a drama that grasps your attention from start to…

“JACKIE” Reviewed: Acting masterclass brings fractured figure to life

Pablo Larrain / Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt / Drama / 2017 / 15 / 99mins One of the best solo performances of recent years captures the sophisticated beauty of history, death and American paranoia. Conspiracy theories at the ready, it’s JFK time. The assassination of JFK remains one of…

“LA LA LAND” Reviewed: Hype kills this nostalgic jazz-fest

Damien Chazelle / Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend / RomCom-Musical / 2017 / 12A / 128mins Remember when musicals ruled Hollywood? When men and women tapped away on tabletops and swung on lampposts in the rain? Fear not, for those heady days have made a sparkling return – La La Land‘s in town and…

ARRIVAL

Denis Villeneuve / Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker / Sci-fi-Drama / 2016 / 12A / 116mins First contact – a situation humanity is well versed with thanks to the advent of sci-fi but little prepared with the reality. What will happen? How will we react? Most importantly, do they come in peace? Arrival deals…

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

Travis Knight / Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara / Fantasy, Adventure / 2016 / PG / 102mins This beautiful stop motion animation from Laika Studios creates a fantastical myth that captivates from start to finish and is, without a doubt, one of the best family films this decade. A young…

FROM THE VAULT: COME & SEE and WOMAN IN THE DUNES

COME & SEE Elem Klimov / Alexei Kravchenko, Olga Mironova / War / 1985 / 18 / 142 mins Most boys are raised on action, blood and guts. In Western society it’s certainly the norm to pick up a GTA or CoD at 12 and slaughter innocents, but everyone knows it’s fictional, right? Nothing like…