“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)…

THE SIEGE OF JADOTVILLE

Richie Smyth / Jamie Dornan, Mark Strong, Mikael Persbrandt / Action / 2016 / 15 / 108mins In a nutshell, The Siege of Jadotville is an Irish film about Irish soldiers in the first Irish conflict that was forgotten about by Irish people. Incredibly, the filmmakers still manage to feck it up. The real Siege…

DEEPWATER HORIZON

Peter Berg / Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez / Action / 2016 / 12A / 107mins Innocent Americans, a ton of oil and British villains – the BP Gulf disaster always had the perfect ingredients for a blockbuster. Thankfully, the term ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ springs to mind. It’s…

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Tate Taylor / Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans / Thriller / 2016 / 15 / 112mins The Hangover meets Gone Girl in this adaptation of the crime caper that took the book world by storm. Everything Rachel knew about her life – her ex, the wonderful couple she stalks from…

BRIDGET JONES’S BABY

Sharon Maguire/ Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey / RomCom / 2016 / 15 / 123mins I can’t associate myself so doggedly with a romcom rooted in everything cliched about the noughties, but it’s hard to escape the fact that Bridget Jones’s Baby is a bloody good film. The fun starts at 43 for Bridget…

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…

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,…