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LADY MACBETH | FILM PREVIEW

LADY MACBETH | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: William Oldroyd (15, 89 mins) An adaptation by Alice Birch of the Russian novella Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Nikolai Leskov, this is a searing period drama, owing more to a thriller than any staid, corset heavy chamber piece. Florence Pugh is superb as a 19 year old girl married off by her father […]

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 | FILM PREVIEW

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: James Gunn (12A, 120 mins) Star Lord and the gang are back in another expansion of the burgeoning Marvel franchise. Following the success of the sci-fi blockbuster two years ago, director James Gunn is back at the helm of the irreverent group of heroes. Chris Pratt, now a bonafide mega star after showing […]

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UNFORGETTABLE | FILM PREVIEW

UNFORGETTABLE | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Denise Di Novi (15, 100 mins) Established producer Denise Di Novi (Edward Scissorhands, Crazy Stupid Love) branches out into directing in this schlocky bit of nonsense as Katherine Heigl sets out to ruin the life of her ex-husband’s new wife, played by Rosario Dawson. It starts off with a bit of tension dropping […]

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THEIR FINEST | FILM PREVIEW

THEIR FINEST | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Lone Scherfig (15, 117 mins) A crowd pleasing comedy drama with an occasionally grating Welsh accent as Gemma Arterton struggles to make her voice heard in the film world of 1940s Britain. Teamed with screenwriter Sam Claflin, she is tasked with making some upbeat propaganda films to help with the war effort by […]

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COLOSSAL | FILM PREVIEW

COLOSSAL | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Nacho Vigalondo (15, 110 mins) Anne Hathaway stars in this bizarre monstermash/comedy drama that surprises and entertains but ultimately collapses under the weight of its central conceit. Hathaway plays Gloria, a hard drinking woman, who gets dumped by her boyfriend after one alcohol fuelled night too many. Her subsequent mental breakdown reveals that […]

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THE SENSE OF AN ENDING | FILM PREVIEW

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir:  Ritesh Batra (12A, 108 mins) Julian Barnes’ slim meditative Booker prize winning novel on the reconfiguring of memory gets a film treatment with mixed results. In place of the novel’s darkly ruminative tone emerges some upbeat misplaced comedy, side plots that pad out the story entirely created for the film and a feeling […]

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FAST AND FURIOUS 8 | FILM PREVIEW

FAST AND FURIOUS 8 | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: F. Gary Gray (12A, 160 mins) The stunt-fuelled ‘family’ spectacular returns again for more high octane action and clunky dialogue for a long time, running at over two and a half hours. That’s a lot of mayhem. This time out, Vin Diesel’s character Dom goes to the dark side apparently. Despite being all […]

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CITY OF TINY LIGHTS | FILM PREVIEW

CITY OF TINY LIGHTS | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Pete Travis (15, 110 mins) London noir adapted from Patrick Neate’s novel by the author himself, this is a confident neon soaked thriller that showcases Riz Ahmed’s leading man skills and Pete Travis’ sure direction. Ahmed plays a down at heel private investigator hired by a prostitute to look into the disappearance of […]

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RAW | FILM PREVIEW

RAW | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Julia Ducournau (18, 99 mins) A cannibal horror with a feminist slant, this is a gore fest with a resonant agenda that is not for the squeamish. Grace Merrier plays the 16 year old Justine, a vegetarian arriving at veterinarian college, joining her elder sister played by Ella Rumpf. To be fully accepted […]

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AFTERMATH | FILM PREVIEW

AFTERMATH | FILM PREVIEW

** Dir: Elliott Lester (15 92 mins) Arnold Schwarzenegger continues his recent off kilter movie choices in this grim based on fact drama about a man who loses his wife and pregnant daughter in a freak plane crash. Swapping the weights for emotional heavy lifting, Arnie’s life becomes intertwined with the air traffic controller who […]

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