<<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…

SICARIO

Denis Villeneuve / Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin / Drama-Action / 2016 / 15 / 121 mins So you’ve seen a ton of thrillers, you know that Special Forces use Steven Seagal at will, you’ve even played video games (cheers Tom Clancy) – but you don’t know the reality of it all, do…

THE LOBSTER

Yorgos Lanthimos / Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux / Comedy / 2016 / 15 / 118mins This is one of the strangest films I have ever seen. Forgive me if I’m wrong but I’m guessing most of you aren’t familiar with the work of Yorgos Lanthimos and many of you might be thankful because…