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BETTER WATCH OUT | FILM PREVIEW

BETTER WATCH OUT | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Chris Peckover (15 99 mins) Home Alone with queasy violence, this horror-comedy provides an antidote to anyone wanting to escape a saccharine Christmas with its macabre twists and turns. Luke (Levi Miller) is a twelve-year-old left with regular babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), when parents Deandra (Virginia Madsen) and Robert (the ever-droll Patrick Warburton) go […]

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THE DISASTER ARTIST | FILM PREVIEW

THE DISASTER ARTIST | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: James Franco (15 103 mins) A joyous examination of the wonders of creativity, no matter how awful the outcome, The Disaster Artist is an excellent film about the making of a terrible one. Back in 2003 cult film The Room was released by actor/director Tommy Wiseau – an eccentric, quirky figure, played here with chameleon […]

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SUBURBICON | FILM PREVIEW

SUBURBICON | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: George Clooney (15, 104 mins ) George Clooney gets a chance to direct an old Coen brothers script with this darkly comic 1950s-set thriller with a fantastic central turn from Matt Damon. He’s a resident of Suburbicon, a supposedly cookie-cutter model of American integration but with its own dark secrets and desperation. The […]

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WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

WE’VE BEEN WATCHING | FEATURE

1922 Netflix (available on Netflix) 1922 follows Wilfred James (an excellent Thomas Jane) who murders his wife and is dealing with the psychological effects. Though slow-moving at first, the unsettling atmosphere and growing tension forces you to keep watching. With some gory scenes and a couple of jump scares, this is a creepy watch and if […]

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BATTLE OF THE SEXES | FILM PREVIEW

BATTLE OF THE SEXES | FILM PREVIEW

**** Dir: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris (12A, 121 mins) A gender clash on the tennis court from 1973 proves remarkably timely and entertaining in 2017 with Steve Carell and Emma Stone effortlessly rallying against one another with crowd pleasing effect. Billie Jean King (Stone), tennis grand slam champion back in the seventies is challenged by […]

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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 […]