“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…

“LOGAN” Reviewed: New era as superhero flick is up to scratch

James Mangold / Hugh Jackman, Dafne Keen, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook / Drama-Action / 2017 / 15 / 135mins Marvel bring a human touch to their superhero monopoly starting with X-Men favourite Wolverine, and it’s a wonderful breath of fresh air to what was starting to become a monotonous franchise. Older, but perhaps not wiser,…

“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…

“THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE” Reviewed: The hero that Gotham deserves (kind of)

Chris McKay / Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes / Comedy, Animated / 2017 / U / 104mins The Lego franchise rolls on, this time focusing on fan favourite Batman. Let’s face it, there’s no superhero better than Batman – his money, his ego, his awesome crime-busting skills. Who wouldn’t want…

“TRAINSPOTTING 2” Reviewed: We waited 20 years for this?

Danny Boyle / Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle / Dramedy / 2017 / 18 / 117mins The long awaited sequel to indie milestone Trainspotting is here. Whilst forty-something fans crave the last droplets of youthful nostalgia, it’s safe to say that Trainspotting 2 is outclassed by its 90s predecessor in almost…

“HELL OR HIGH WATER” Reviewed: A cool, slow-burning beauty

David Mackenzie / Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham / Western-Thriller / 2016 / 15 / 102mins The open road, the wind blowing in your face, a sack full of money and knowing that life can never be as cool as this moment – that’s what makes a great anti-Western. With that in…

“ROGUE ONE” Reviewed: Content with being a beautiful mess

Gareth Edwards / Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker / Action-Sci-fi / 2016 / 12A / 133mins The anticipation hasn’t quite been on the same level as Force Awakens, so Rogue One was always going to be on the back foot. The decision…

DOCTOR STRANGE

Scott Derrickson / Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofer, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton / Action-Fantasy / 2016 / 12A / 115mins After 13 films, you would think Marvel Studios would be rather comfortable in their beds of money, watching their own movies on gold plated TVs. No.14 is evidence they’re getting a little…

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…

FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM

David Yates / Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller / Fantasy / 2016 / 12A / 133mins Having been one of countless millions raised on the books, the films and that irresistible score, it was safe to say I was always going to enjoy the latest delve into the world of Harry Potter….

UNDER THE SHADOW

Babak Anvari / Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi / Horror / 2016 / 15 / 84mins The British nominee for the Best Foreign Language Oscar is a solid, well structured creeper that wrings war metaphors, and then some. It seems the height of the Iraq-Iran War is not enough to distract Shideh (Narges Rashidi)…