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BORG/MCENROE | FILM PREVIEW

BORG/MCENROE | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Janus Metz (15, 100 mins) The epic battle between tennis giants Bjorn Borg and John ‘you cannot be serious’ McEnroe is given cinematic centre court in Janus Metz’s snapshot of the two players. Borg, played by Sverrir Gudnason, is placid, controlled, and dubbed a machine by his arch-rival the volatile McEnroe, played with […]

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KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE | FILM PREVIEW

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Matthew Vaughn (15, 120 mins) A sequel to the Bond parodying, hyper violent Kingsman which almost managed to smugly inject some fun back into the spy genre. Taron Egerton returns as Eggsy, now a glasses-wearing, umbrella-wielding fully-fledged member of the super spy Kingsman organisation. Pretty soon however the headquarters of the Kingman organisation are […]

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MOTHER! | FILM PREVIEW

MOTHER! | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Darren Aronofsky (15, 115 mins) The director of Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream returns with a horror film that is shrouded in mystery. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a couple whose apparently idyllic existence is thrown into chaos with the arrival of some uninvited guests at their country home. Ed Harris and […]

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VICTORIA AND ABDUL | FILM PREVIEW

VICTORIA AND ABDUL | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Stephen Frears (12A, 105mins) Prestige British film-making with Judi Dench revisiting Queen Victoria, striking up another unlikely friendship with another servant who lifts her spirits. Instead of Billy Connolly’s bluff Scotsman John Brown, it’s a subject from her Indian Empire, Abdul, played by Ali Fazal. Travelling in from India to serve the seemingly […]

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WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

  DRUNK HISTORY Comedy Central (available on Now TV) Inspired by the award-winning online series, Drunk History’s forays onto television have been every bit as funny as the original – if just a little bit more tame. Every week, a few guests are interviewed about their favourite historical characters. They’ve also been drinking all day. […]

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IT | FILM PREVIEW

IT | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Andres Muschetti (15, 135 mins) In 1990, Stephen King’s 1986 epic horror novel was turned into a similarly epic TV series when Tim Curry scared anyone who watched as Pennywise the clown, an embodiment of evil that kills and eats children. In 2017, it’s been updated for the big screen. Split into two […]

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WIND RIVER | FILM PREVIEW

WIND RIVER | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Taylor Sheridan (15, 107 mins) The writer of the excellent Sicario and Hell or High Water makes his directorial debut with his third thriller examining the underbelly of America. This taut nail biter is set on a snowy reservation, where Jeremy Renner’s US Fish and Wildlife Service agent stumbles upon the corpse of a young […]

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MOON DOGS | FILM PREVIEW

MOON DOGS | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Philip John (15, 93 mins) Two teenage step-brothers played by Welsh actor Jack Parry-Jones and the Scottish Christy O’Donnell travel from Shetland to Glasgow and both fall for an Irish singer, Tara Lee, along the way making a Celtic ménage-a-trois. An episodic coming of age road movie with three talented leads, Welsh director […]

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GOD’S OWN COUNTRY | FILM PREVIEW

GOD’S OWN COUNTRY | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Francis Lee (15 104 mins) A Yorkshire-set love story suffused with lyricism and an absorbing performance from Josh O’Connor. O’Connor plays a farmer’s son, bleakly wandering through the mundanity and brutality of life. His life consists of work, drinking and meaningless sexual encounters. His softness is only glimpsed when left alone with the […]

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ROUGH NIGHT | FILM PREVIEW

ROUGH NIGHT | FILM PREVIEW

*** Dir: Lucia Aniello (15, 101 mins) A hen party from hell that borrows heavily from many comedies before it, but with oestrogen. Jess, played by Scarlett Johansson is running for state senator but wants to cut loose with her old frat house friends before her wedding to fellow ‘grown up’ Paul W Downs. It’s […]

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