<<REWIND "ZOOTROPOLIS" Reviewed: Loveable cartoon caper gets political

Byron Howard, Rich Moore / Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate / Comedy / 2016 / PG / 108mins Disney break new ground with this drastically modern metaphor for racial and cultural tension, with a side portion of comedy gold and loveable characters to soften the serious moral vibes. The daughter of a…

<<REWIND "MANCHESTER BY THE SEA" Reviewed: A grief observed

Kenneth Lonergan / Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler / Drama / 2017 / 15 / 137mins Grab the tissues, the most powerful cast performance from this year can be found right here in Kenneth Lonergan’s quiet indie masterpiece. Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) lives a solitary life as a janitor in Boston. One…

<<REWIND: "GREEN ROOM" – blood, blood and… Patrick Stewart

Jeremy Saulnier / Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Patrick Stewart / Horror-Thriller / 2016 / 18 / 95mins A killer cast is just what the doctor ordered for Jeremy Saulnier’s sophomore effort and, with the late Anton Yelchin and great Patrick Stewart, the director has played it safe with another grim tale. A hardcore…

“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…

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

Stephen Frears / Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg / Comedy, Drama / 2016 / PG / 110mins The story of New York heiress Florence Foster Jenkins, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer despite having a terrible singing voice, is certainly unique. Being one of the many pre-internet stories to go viral by word-of-mouth,…

<<REWIND: Eddie the Eagle

Eddie the Eagle is released on DVD today – how quaint, what with the Olympics on an’ all. Here’s a selection of images in case you forgot what Taron Egerton looks like with glasses / 80s lycra and Hugh Jackman looks like as… Hugh Jackman: Yes: I got asked to do this. To be honest…

<<REWIND: TRIPLE 9

John Hillcoat/ Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofer, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Clifton Collins Jr., Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet / Thriller / 2016 / 15 / 115mins Ever wanted that Breaking Bad, Walking Dead and True Detective crossover ? John Hillcoat is your man. Personally, I am a fan of the American auteur. The Road…

<<REWIND: SELMA

Ava DuVernay / David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Giovanni Ribisi / Drama / 2015 / 12A / 128mins Individuals deserve acclaim, some sainthood. Martin Luther King Jr was, undoubtedly, a saint. An advocate of nonviolence based on his Christian beliefs, King advanced the African American Civil Rights Movement whilst simultaneously establishing a reputation as…

<<REWIND: 45 YEARS

Andrew Haigh / Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay / Drama / 2015 / 15 / 95mins A masterwork of loss, Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years is a study of old age and old loves. For both Kate Mercer (Charlotte Rampling) and husband Geoff Mercer (Tom Courtenay), both come to haunt them when the past bites back. It’s…

HORROR DOUBLE BILL: THE WITCH and GOODNIGHT MOMMY

THE WITCH Robert Eggers / Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie / Horror / 2015 / 15 / 93mins A visual leviathan bordering literary triumph, The Witch is fresh and reenergises the scare trade. Following exile from a pilgrim settlement, William (Ralph Ineson) and his wife (Kate Dickie) and children settle beside a wood to…

<<REWIND: SAN ANDREAS

Brad Peyton / Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Dadarrio, Ioan Gruffudd / Action / 2015 / 12A / 114mins Grand Theft Auto and Geography A-Levels aside, how much do you know about San Andreas? According to Wikipedia, the fault has “reached a sufficient stress level for an earthquake of magnitude greater than 7.0 MMS.” A…