Film & Cinema

Directed by Nacho Vigalondo, Colossal tells the story of Gloria, played by Anne Hathaway, who after breaking up with her boyfriend, is forced to leave her hedonistic lifestyle in New York and return to her home town to start again.

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Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson give admirable performances in this Hampstead based romcom, but nothing is seen through and the dialogue is weak


Alien: Covenant sees acclaimed director Ridley Scott return to the Alien franchise with a follow up to his divisive 2012 prequel Prometheus.

Want to get up close and personal with Darth Vadar or look into the eyes of Jabba the Hutt...then look no further

Recommended Film of the Week: Transformers: The Last Knight (12A)

Arriving ahead of director Joe Wright’s biopic with Gary Oldman as the cigar-puffing statesman, Jonathan Teplitzky’s film casts Brian Cox as the bombastic prime minister on the eve of the D-Day landings.

A precocious six-year-old girl with a beautiful mind is the glittering prize of an acrimonious custody battle in Marc Webb’s drama that seems stubbornly illogical and not properly thought through.

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Co-written by stars Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, Mindhorn tells the tale of Richard Thorncroft (Barratt), a washed up actor best known for his role as Detective Mindhorn in a popular 1980s TV show.

Ambiguous did she or didn’t she thriller is well made and filled with good performances but a bit small scale making its conclusion not really seem like enough.


A one-night stand becomes a nightmarish ordeal for one unsuspecting young woman in director Cate Shortland’s psychological thriller, adapted from Melanie Joosten’s novel.


The documentary maker offers up an array of suspects in this solid, efficient, but slightly anonymous chronicle of the singing superstar’s decline and death.

Roger Michell’s adaptation of this Daphne Du Maurier novel features a Sphinx like Rachel Weisz as a possible murderer but the pace is too stately to create suspense


It isn’t any kind of landmark and perhaps it is judged too kindly just because it isn’t monstrously disappointing like the previous DC films

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Patty Jenkins’ muscular introduction to the DC Comics warrior princess is a good mix of lightheartedness and gravitas even if the special effects look a little cut price.

Claude Barras’ stop-motion animated fable offers a touching, melancholic, but hopeful vision of growing up in every beautiful and hand-crafted frame.

The big screen film of one of the world’s favourite TV shows is disappointing, with flimsy humour and a meanness of spirit that leaves a foul taste in the mouth.

The film of one of the world’s favourite TV shows is disappointing, with flimsy humour and a meanness of spirit that leaves a foul taste in the mouth

Johnny Depp is stuck recycling one of his worst performances alongside Javier Bardem’s new villain in the latest in the franchise trying to right thibngs after the third and fourth voyages sprung leaks in their ramshackle screenplays and capsized.

Michael Dudok de Wit’s colourful fantasy about a nameless man left shipwrecked on a tropical island goes off in some mad directions but it still mesmerised.


Finnish writer-director Aki Kaurismaki turns out to be the ideal filmmaker to deal with the refugee crisis as he conjures another quirky portrait of modern life.


Russian film Loveless landed with a wallop, representing the first serious contender for this year’s Palme d’Or.


Recommended Film of the Week: Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (12A)

Cannes celebrated the opening of the 70th edition of its film festival with a knotty, indulgent film about a knotted, indulgent film maker


Johnny Depp is stuck recycling one of his worst performances alongside Javier Bardem’s new villain in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Based on a screenplay by Katie Dippold, who penned the Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy romp The Heat, this odd couple adventure about a mother and daughter in peril in South American jungles is all a bit forced and frantic.

Spanish writer-director Nacho Vigalondo plays with madness in his inventive and daring homage to Godzilla, which mashes the monster mayhem with an offbeat indie romantic comedy.

United States

Jim Sheridan and Johnny Ferguson’s adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s Booker Prize nominated novel is thin in its storytelling but does boast some terrific acting.


Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga and much loved anime, this live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell arrived with a negative online buzz due in part to a whitewashing scandal that surrounded its casting.

A film by French director Olivier Assaya, Personal Shopper stars Kristen Stewart, who after rising to fame in the Twilight movies has been excelling in much less mainstream fare of late.


The director’s latest prequel delivers an entertaining Alien-ripping-its-way-through-a-spaceship-crew narrative, while also making Prometheus seem worthwhile.

John Madden’s US political thriller failed to be an Oscar contender but its cynicism and touching faith in the utterly venal nature of Washington means its more relevant than ever.

United States

Johnny Harris escapes the acting support card to spar with heavyweights Ray Winstone and Ian McShane in Thomas Napper’s film that mixes ferocious boxing scenes with moving vulnerability.


Following last year’s divisive High Rise, eclectic British director Ben Wheatley returns with Free Fire – a 70s set tale about a gun deal which goes badly wrong.

United Kingdom

Seeing the truth is easy when you have robotic vision in director Sean Foley’s lark based around a fictitious 1980s TV detective show set on the Isle of Man.

Screenwriter Colin Bateman imagines what might have been said at a momentous real-life encounter Revd Ian Paisley and late Sinn Fein MP Martin McGuinness.


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