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DADDY’S HOME 2 | FILM PREVIEW

DADDY’S HOME 2 | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Sean Anders (12A 117mins) Daddy’s Home was a middling success a few years back, pairing Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell after their successful comedy outing The Other Guys. Whilst not exactly ground breaking, Daddy’s Home was a pleasant enough time-waster but hardly worthy of a follow-up. Here’s the sequel though with some brave and potentially […]

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THE ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL | PREVIEW

THE ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL | PREVIEW

The Italian Film Festival Cardiff (IFFC) returns this year boasting twelve feature films, including seven UK premieres, curated by artistic directors Luisa Pèrcopo and Luca Paci. The festival takes place between Wed 22 Nov and Sun 26 November at Chapter Arts Centre. This year the festival will present a catalogue of films that provide “a […]

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INGRID GOES WEST | FILM PREVIEW

INGRID GOES WEST | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Matt Spicer (15 98 mins) The permanently sardonic Aubrey Plaza is on excellent form in this blackly comic tale of a social media stalker that has plenty to say about our Instagram obsessions. We are introduced to Ingrid (Plaza), a sociopath who stalks people online and turns up to a ‘friend’s’ wedding day […]

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FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL | FILM PREVIEW

FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Paul McGuigan (15 105 mins) A bittersweet true-life romance that pulls at the heartstrings with two wonderful central performances, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is uplifting celluloid. Adapted from Peter Turner’s memoir, we follow Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening, excellent as ever), a former Oscar-winning Hollywood star, fading in the UK, who meets aspiring […]

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JUSTICE LEAGUE | FILM PREVIEW

JUSTICE LEAGUE | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Zack Snyder/Josh Whedon (12A 130 mins) It’s the DC Comics Avengers movie with some very similar traits and characters to its Marvel counterparts. A rag-tag team of disparate super personalities assembled by a billionaire? For Robert Downey Jnr’s Tony Stark exchange Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne. Some missing crystal-type things that have to be found […]

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PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN | FILM PREVIEW

PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Angela Robinson (15, 108 mins) Wonder Woman continues to dominate the year, not just in her own outing and the Justice League movie, but in this intriguing examination of her creator and the polyamorous relationship he had that helped form her. We follow psychologist William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) who in 1940s America lived […]

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THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER | FILM PREVIEW

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos (15, 121 mins) A disquieting thriller from the maker of the equally idiosyncratic The Lobster that lingers long in the memory with its willful strangeness. Colin Farrell plays a surgeon with an apparently perfect family, trophy wife Nicole Kidman and two happy children, Sunny Suljic and Raffey Cassidy. However, he fosters another […]

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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS | FILM PREVIEW

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Kenneth Branagh (12A 120 mins) Kenneth Branagh leads an all-star cast in this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunnit set on board the aforementioned choo-choo. Sporting an outrageous moustache and accent, Branagh, who also directs, is Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot, tasked with finding a murderer aboard the locomotive. 13 suspects in a snowed-in […]

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A BAD MOM’S CHRISTMAS | FILM PREVIEW

A BAD MOM’S CHRISTMAS | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore (15 100 mins) Another unlooked-for sequel to a so-so comedy as Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and the excellent Kathryn Hahn reunite for more stressed maternal hijinks. And like Daddy’s Home 2 the sequel ups its ante by diving another set of parents with their mothers arriving for the festive season, in […]

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KIMBERLY NIXON | INTERVIEW

KIMBERLY NIXON | INTERVIEW

Ben Newman had a talk with Kimberly Nixon, the Pontypridd-raised actress who took home the 2017 BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actress for her extraordinary role in Ordinary Lies. “It’s sunk in a little bit more now. I was very shocked on the night – I know everyone says that, but still” says Kimberley Nixon. […]

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