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DOWNSIZING | FILM REVIEW

DOWNSIZING | FILM REVIEW

DOWNSIZING | FILM REVIEW *** Dir: Alexander Payne Starring: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Kristen Wiig (15, 2hrs 15 mins) Getting small has never had such a giant impact. Writer/director Alexander Payne goes very high concept after a series of excellent dramas in About Schmidt, Sideways, Nebraska, Election and The Descendants, with this fable about America […]

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THE POST | FILM REVIEW

THE POST | FILM REVIEW

THE POST  | FILM REVIEW **** Dir: Steven  Spielberg Starring: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks  (12A, 1hr 56 mins) An awards-baiting line up if ever there was one. This Steven Spielberg drama takes a look at the uncovering of the Pentagon Papers, and teams two Oscar winners for the first time. In 1971, the female owner […]

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LAST FLAG FLYING | FILM PREVIEW

LAST FLAG FLYING | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Richard Linklater (15 124 mins) A curiously inert drama from the director of Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s latest is a cousin of sorts to Hal Ashby’s 1973 film The Last Detail, as three former US servicemen reunite and mull over their pasts. Steve Carrell plays Mac, whose son has been killed overseas whilst serving […]

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THE POST | FILM PREVIEW

THE POST | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Steven  Spielberg (12A tbc mins) An awards-baiting line up if ever there was one, this Steven Spielberg drama takes a look at the uncovering of the Pentagon Papers, and teams two Oscar winners for the first time. In 1971, the female editor of The Washington Post Katharine Graham, together with executive editor Ben […]

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DARKEST HOUR | FILM REVIEW

DARKEST HOUR | FILM REVIEW

DARKEST HOUR | FILM REVIEW *** Dir Joe Wright Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristen Scott Thomas, Stephen Dillane PG, 2hrs 5mins Gary Oldman’s showy yet honest, and at times forceful, depiction of Winston Churchill pilots this dramatisation of the events of Churchill’s start as Prime Minister. Winston Churchill is a figure who remains ever-present in the […]

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A WOMAN’S LIFE | FILM REVIEW

A WOMAN’S LIFE | FILM REVIEW

A WOMAN’S LIFE | FILM REVIEW *** Dir: Stéphane Brizé Starring: Judith Chemla, Yolande Moreau 12A, 1hr 56 mins A Woman’s Life shows symptoms of the main debilitating issues plaguing much modern French cinema (and British too, whilst we’re at it). It’s a certain obsession with politeness, of a cinema of small gestures and small […]

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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI | FILM REVIEW

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI | FILM REVIEW

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI | FILM REVIEW **** Dir: Martin McDonagh Starring: Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrellson. 15, 1hr 55 mins Frances McDormand is in superb form as a woman avenging her daughter’s death in this barnstorming neo-western from the skilled wordsmith and director Martin McDonagh. The Irish playwright and director previously brought […]

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DOWNSIZING | FILM PREVIEW

DOWNSIZING | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Alexander Payne (15 135 mins) Getting small has never had such a giant impact. Writer/director Alexander Payne goes very high-concept after a series of excellent dramas – Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants, and Nebraska – with this fable about America and masculinity in microcosm. We follow put-upon occupational therapist Paul (Matt Damon), trapped […]

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HOSTILES | FILM REVIEW

HOSTILES | FILM REVIEW

HOSTILES | FILM REVIEW ** Dir: Scott Cooper Starring: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike 15, 2hrs 13mins It’s been said that if you wanted to make a film about America, you would make a Western. Certainly that’s partly why the genre has remained so steadfast in Hollywood’s history, forever a reliable go-to for the auteur looking […]

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MOLLY’S GAME | FILM REVIEW

MOLLY’S GAME | FILM REVIEW

MOLLY’S GAME | FILM REVIEW **** Dir: Aaron Sorkin. Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner 15, 2hrs 20 mins Molly Bloom, also known as Hollywood’s “poker princess”, got involved with the world of high-stakes gambling after her dreams of becoming an Olympic skier were crushed. Her clients included high-profile Hollywood actors such as Ben […]

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