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THE GREAT WALL | FILM PREVIEW

THE GREAT WALL | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Zhang Yimou (12A, 106 mins) The Great Wall of China, an iconic structure commonly believed to be visible from space, and in this ludicrous but enjoyable fantasy from Hero director, Zhang Yimou, it was built to keep monsters out. The most expensive movie ever made in China, The Great Wall follows mercenaries Matt Damon and […]

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HIDDEN FIGURES | FILM PREVIEW

HIDDEN FIGURES | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Theodore Melfi (12A, 127 mins) The untold true story of the black women behind NASA’s race into space is stirringly told in this excellent drama, anchored in its central trio of actors. Back in the 1960s, America was still divided by colour and gender, women were there to make coffee and run errands […]

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JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2 | FILM PREVIEW

JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2 | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Chad Stahelski (15, 90 mins) After the surprise success of John Wick, a testosterone boost to the creaky B-movie action genre Liam Neeson seemed to dominate for years, Keanu Reeves returns as the gun-fu expert and assassin…expect a high body count. John Wick, although formulaic, had some incredibly crafted stunts thanks to the […]

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THE FOUNDER | FILM PREVIEW

THE FOUNDER | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: John Lee Hancock (12A, 115 mins) Part underdog story, part Trumpian nightmare, The Founder tells the story of McDonalds’ birth, and the fast food restaurant would revolutionise the way everyone consumes. Michael Keaton is superb as Ray Kroc, a down at heel milkshake machine salesman who takes a drive out to a restaurant on […]

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20TH CENTURY WOMEN | FILM PREVIEW

20TH CENTURY WOMEN | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Mike Mills (15, 118 mins) A coming of age story set in the 1970s with some superb performances, 20th Century Women manages to be both intimate and epic in its scope. Three women played by Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning help Lucas Jade Zumann become a man. Bening plays his mother, overprotective […]

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PREVENGE | FILM PREVIEW

PREVENGE | FILM PREVIEW

  **** Dir: Alice Lowe (18, 87 mins) A disturbing pitch-black comedy and psychological drama that riffs on Repulsion, as multi-talented Alice Lowe plays a pregnant woman/serial killer on the edge of sanity. Filmed partly on location in Cardiff while Lowe herself was pregnant, she dispatches hideous men like Dan Renton Skinner’s reptile shop owner, […]

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MOONLIGHT | FILM PREVIEW

MOONLIGHT | FILM PREVIEW

****                                  Dir:  Barry Jenkins (15, 111 mins) Barry Jenkins’ noble story of three acts of a black man’s life from childhood, to mid-adolescence, to manhood, manages with extreme sensitivity to bypass cliché; it instead grips and involves as Chiron comes […]

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THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE | FILM PREVIEW

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Chris McKay (PG, 90 mins) After the excellent Lego Movie, one character stood out more than the others: Will Arnett’s gravel voiced ultra-serious Batman. Thankfully providing an antidote to the po-faced like of Batman v Superman, this block based outing for the caped crusader should deliver plenty of bat laughs. Not only giving […]

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LA LA LAND | FILM PREVIEW

LA LA LAND | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Damien Chazelle (12A, 128 mins) From the director of Whiplash comes a glorious romantic musical drama that boldly offers up an unironic song and dance experience with real heart. Emma Stone is wonderful as Mia, a wannabe actress dreaming of stardom who bumps into Ryan Gosling’s sardonic Seb, a free jazz pianist hardened by […]

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ASSASSIN’S CREED | FILM PREVIEW

ASSASSIN’S CREED | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Justin Kurtzel (12A, 120 mins) Can the video game to the big screen adaptation ever work? There’s a chance that this latest attempt by the team of stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard together with their Macbeth director Justin Kurtzel just might, as they are such an offbeat team for the source material. Ubisoft’s […]