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We are in an interesting period in the movie calendar:  The awards bait movies have been and gone, the blockbusters are waiting in the wings, amongst the dregs there are often a few gems, there certainly has been this month:

The Rhythm Section: As a big fan of Mark Burnell source novel this movie had a lot to live up to, it sadly fails. The story has been simplified from the novel loosing the nuance and a lot of the meaning.  On a positive note, Blake Lively is very good.The Rhythm Section

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn): Suicide Squad (2016) was a horrible mess of a movie, but it had one thing going for it, Margot Robbie was excellent as Harley Quinn.  Birds of Prey understands this and has Harley front and centre, not to take away from the supporting cast are also excellent.  It is fun and funny, simply everything a film like this needs to be, and everything that Suicide Squad wasn’t.  Also surprisingly violent, properly violent, not just comic book violent.   Its a shame it isn’t finding more of an audience.Birds of Prey

Underwater: Disater/Sci-fi movie set seven miles under the sea at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.  Aside from being unoriginal, and very predictable, there is nothing actually wrong with the movie, it just never really gets going, and is all just very average.  Kristen Stewart is very good though.Underwater

The Lighthouse: Robert Eggers follow-up to The Witch is just as intense, but even more bold and visceral.  It isn’t always clear what is going on leaving a lot of the film open to interpretation, the film is all the better for this.  Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson are both excellent.The Lighthouse

The Lost Boys: Re-mastered version of the classic 80’s teen horror.  As fun and funny as ever. Great to see it on the big screen.The Lost Boys

Dark Waters:  A legal drama based on a true story is a departure from the expected for Todd Haynes. There is a constant sense of dread, this combined with a lack time is spent in courtrooms makes it feel more like a conspiracy thriller.  Mark Ruffalo is utterly brilliant in the lead; Anne Hathaway isn’t given much to do in a much smaller supporting role, but has a few great moments.Dark Waters

Little Joe: Director Jessica Hausner’s first English language movie; Sci-Fi thriller with about a plant that is engineered to have antidepressant qualities.  The film has the dread and anxiety of a horror movie but without gore or violence.  The pastel colour design is disturbing in itself, as is the unusual score.  Emily Beecham and Ben Whishaw subtly brilliant in an un-showy way.  There is an interesting subtext that could be about medication, mental heal, or GM crops, maybe it’s about all three?Little Joe

Greed: Writers/Director Michael Winterbottom reteams with long-time collaborator Steve Coogan in a film about an unscrupulous fashion tycoon.  Often funny but with a very serious message, far from the directors best work but still very good.Greed

Color out Space: Things start to get a little strange for family living in an isolated woodland home.  Directed by Richard Stanley, his first feature since 1992, and based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft.  Nicolas Cage, does exactly what you expect him, Madeleine Arthur probably has the most screen-time, and is also very good.   I expect it to divide opinion, I loved it!Color out Space

Not the best film, of the month, but the most surprisingly good: Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn):Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

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The new year has started strongly with some excellent movies:

The Gentlemen – Guy Ritchie, returns to what Guy Ritchie does, British gangsters.  While not as fresh and original as his early work, it is a refreshing change from some of the rubbish he has made more recently.  It’s all too slick and contrived to be great, but is really good fun.  Worth watching for standout performances from Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant.The Gentlemen

Just Mercy  – The true story of Bryan Stevenson (a guest of Desert Island Discs a few years ago – still available on BBC website) a Harvard law graduate who sets up the Equal Justice Initiative, to help people who can’t afford suitable legal representation.  The story is powerful and moving concentrating on a wrongly convicted death row inmate.  Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx are both excellent, Brie Larson isn’t given much to do. Just Mercy

Seberg – Focussing on a small period of Jean Seberg’s life when she is targeted by the FBI’s surveillance program COINTELPRO following her brief relationship with Hakim Abdullah Jamal (a cousin of Malcolm X and proponent of the Black Power movement).  The period detail looks amazing Kristen Stewart is superb but the film is a little lacking in direction and drive.Seberg

1917 – Set on the Western Front in northern France at the height of WW1, two young British soldiers are tasked with delivering a vital message.  Made up of long takes (up to nine minutes at a time) and near seamlessly edited together to look like a single take.   It’s not the first single take movie, and far from the longest take, but it is certainly the most ambitious given what is depicted.  Although fictional, it is inspired by a true story told to writer/director Sam Mendes by his grandfather.  An outstanding and breathtaking movie that is so much more than the (effective) gimmick of its shooting.  Dean-Charles Chapman and particularly George MacKay are both excellent. 1917

Long Day’s Journey into Night – A man returns to his hometown for his father’s funeral.  He reminisces about an old friend killed years before, and sets out to find a lost love.  The whole film has a dreamlike quality as it skips around in time and space until the final hour depicts an actual dream, shot as one unbroken long take shot.  A lot is left unexplained leaving the viewer to decipher the story from the flashbacks and the dream.  Stunning throughout, the film is at its best in the final hour.Long Day's Journey into Night

Bad Boys For Life – 25 years after the first film Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back for the long mooted third installment.  The film essentially has one joke; the family man wants to retire, and his partner has nothing to live for other than his job.  Sound familiar, Lethal Weapon did it better 30 years ago.  Having said that it is fun and the action is well choreographed.  Bad Boys For Life

Bombshell – The true story of the downfall of Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News for sexual harassment.  Centring on three women; Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie, the performances are ultimately stronger than the movie itself.  The production has been praised for the make-up by Kazu Hiro (who won an Oscar for Darkest Hour, and is nominated for this), I found it distracting.  On investigation Theron, and Kidman look incredibly like the characters they are portraying, but prior to watching the movie, I and many audiences outside America didn’t know who these people are.  The performances would have been enough on their own without the prosthetics.  I felt more engaged with Margot Robbie playing a composite of multiple people, and Kate McKinnon playing a fictional character. Bombshell

Parasite – I will not give the obligatory synopsis, or even genre for director Bong Joon Ho’s movie.  I went in knowing nothing.  I had seen snippets of the trailer, and nothing more.  I think the film is best enjoyed this way.  While there are no outstanding performances, the whole cast is sensational.  The direction is sublime, and the story subtly brilliant, with movements of humour, pathos, and overflowing with subtext. Parasite

Queen & Slim – A line from the movie (and trailer) “Well, if it isn’t the black Bonnie and Clyde”, seems to have attached itself to the marketing of the film.  The setup and subsequent road-trip actually has more in common with Thelma & Louise, than the criminal exploits of Bonnie and Clyde.  The story snowballs from an incident that has been explored in many other movies, this is possibly the subtlest and most powerful I have seen.  The brilliance of the film is that it gives a hint of the power of legend, media and public perception, but it never tells that story instead sticking with the main protagonists Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith.  A first feature for director Melina Matsoukas, I will be interested in seeing what she does next. Queen & Slim

1917, Long Day’s Journey into Night, and Queen & Slim, would all have been worthy winners, but they all fall short of the amazing movie of the month winner: Parasite.Parasite Poster

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I normally post my Movie of the Month on the first of each month, this was pushed back as I decided to look at my top ten of the year, and spoiler, one of this month’s movies crept into my top ten.  Here are the nine films I saw at the cinema in December bringing my screening total for the year to 104:

Knives Out – Rian Johnson’s homage to whodunit movies in the vein of Agatha Christie works both on the surface as a frothy thriller but more importantly as an hilarious parody.  The all star cast is fantastic especially Daniel Craig as the detective Benoit Blanc. Knives out

Motherless Brooklyn – Writer, director and star Edward Norton has been working on this passion project for about two decades.  Based on contemporary novel from the 1990’s by Jonathan Lethem, Norton has transported the story back to the 1950’s.  The period setting gives it a strangely more relevant story both tonally and thematically certainly more so than a 90’s or contemporary setting would have given.  The setting also helps the film to look fantastic, and sound even better thanks to a jazz soundtrack. Motherless Brooklyn

Jumanji: The Next Level – More of the same from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.  As you would expect from a sequel, it lacks the originality, and therefore the surprise of the previous film, but is still tremendous fun largely thanks to the fantastic cast particularly Karen Gillan, and Dwayne Johnson.Jumanji The Next Level

A Beautiful Day In the Neighbourhood – I had never even heard of Fred Rogers until this film was made, but understand he was a big deal in America.  The brilliance of Marielle Heller’s movie is all the exposition is neatly handles by the character of Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), a journalist writing about Fred Rogers.  Tom Hanks is outstanding as Rogers.Tom Hanks (Finalized)

JoJo Rabbit – A satirical comedy about a ten year old member of Hitler Youth, whose imaginary friend is an incarnation of Hitler, sounds like a bad idea.  But when the Writer, Director, Hitler is Taika Waititi it all strangely works.  The film is light and very funny, that makes it even more hard hitting in the serious moments.  An absolute masterpiece. JoJo Rabbit

The Nightingale – I have been waiting five years Jennifer Kent’s follow up to The Babadook, it was worth the wait.  What has been tagged as a revenge thriller, but it is so much more than that, a damning indictment of colonialism it is brutal but never gratuitous.The-Nightingale

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – The end of the Skywalker saga, again!  Not as good as The Last Jedi, but has some great moments and a fitting end to the trilogy. Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker - Copy

Judy & Punch – Punch &  Judy dates back around 500 years, and is certainly not what you would call politically correct, it therefore sounds like a strange thing for director Mirrah Foulkes feature début about domestic abuse.  It bizarrely works, and is a hugely satisfying feminist fable about empowerment.  Mia Wasikowska is amazing as ever!Judy & punch

Little Women – Many of the best films set in the past tell us about both how things are not just how things were, films like Motherless Brooklyn! But some films go beyond that, they also gives us a glimpse of how they could be, Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s often told story is one such film.  Saiorse Ronan is getting a lot of praise for her performance, but Florence Pugh absolutely steels the movie.  An early career masterpiece from Gerwig makes me wonder what she will do next!Little Women

A fantastic month of movies; Knives Out, and A Beautiful Day In the Neighbourhood, Motherless Brooklyn  are good enough to have won in many other months.  JoJo Rabbit, Judy & punch, and Little Women are even better, but also miss out to the outstanding movie of the month, that also made my top ten of the year: The NightingaleThe Nightingale Poster

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  • Daybreakers
  • The Crazies
  • The Karate Kid
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  • Remember Me
  • The Blind side
  • The Runaways
  • Invictus
  • RED
  • Gainsbourg
  • London Boulevard
  • Letters to Juliet
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Youth in Revolt
  • Mr. Nice
  • Frozen
  • The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
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  • The Expendables
  • The A Team
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  • True Grit
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
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  • 50/50
  • Source Code
  • Submarine
  • Super 8
  • 13 Assassins
  • A Lonely Place To Die
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec
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  • X-Men: First Class
  • Thor
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Limitless
  • My Week With Marilyn
  • The Inbetweeners Movie
  • Take Shelter
  • The Rum Diary
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  • The Ides Of March
  • Real Steel
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
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  • Never Let Me Go
  • Blue Valentine
  • Tree Of Life
  • The Lincoln Lawyer
  • The Help
  • In Time
  • The Awakening
  • Sucker Punch
  • Fast Five
  • Hanna
  • Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark
  • Wuthering Heights
  • Contagion
  • The Fighter
  • Paul
  • Animal Kingdom
  • NEDS
  • Rabbit Hole
  • One Day
  • John Carpenter’s The Ward
  • Drive Angry
  • The Beaver
  • Beginners
  • Bridesmaids
  • Red State
  • Cowboys and Aliens
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
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  • The Art of Getting By
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  • The Mechanic
  • The Thing
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Anonymous
  • Tomorrow, When The War Began
  • The Debt
  • Green Lantern
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
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  • Apollo 18
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
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  • Scream 4
  • The Silent House
  • The Eagle
  • The Resident
  • Season of the Witch
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
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  • Sanctum
  • Skyfall
  • The Artist
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Moonrise Kingdom
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  • Café de Flore
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  • Life of Pi
  • Looper
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  • The Master
  • The Raid
  • Wild Bill
  • Headhunters
  • Young Adult
  • The Descendants
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  • Prometheus
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Untouchable
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • The Woman in Black
  • Shame
  • Seven Psychopaths
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  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
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  • Chronicle
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  • The Sapphires
  • Storage 24
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  • Liberal Arts
  • COSMOPOLIS
  • A Dangerous Method
  • Like Crazy
  • Premium Rush
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • The Expendables 2
  • 2 Days in New York
  • How I Spent My Summer Vacation
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  • Savages
  • Ted
  • Fast Girls
  • Total Recall
  • Pitch Perfect
  • All in Good Time
  • How I spent my summer vacation
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  • Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
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  • Rampart
  • Carnage
  • Contraband
  • The Raven
  • Hunky Dory
  • Snow White and the Huntsman
  • The Bourne Legacy
  • Underworld: Awakening
  • Resident Evil: Retribution
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  • Safe House
  • Safe
  • Dark Shadows
  • J. Edgar
  • War Horse
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
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  • The Man with the Iron Fists
  • Silent House
  • Battleship
  • Cold Light of Day
  • Wrath of the Titans
  • Man on a Ledge
  • John Carter
  • Taken 2
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
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  • The Darkest Hour
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  • Les Misérables
  • Gangster Squad
  • Django Unchained
  • The Last Stand
  • Zero Dark Thirty
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  • Lincoln
  • Flight
  • Beautiful Creatures
  • Bullet to the Head
  • A Good Day to Die Hard
  • Warm Bodies
  • Amour
  • Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters
  • Mama
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Stoker
  • Arbitrage
  • Side Effects
  • Oz the Great and Powerful
  • Parker
  • Welcome to the Punch
  • In The House
  • The Paperboy
  • Vinyl
  • Compliance
  • Trance
  • Stolen
  • G I Joe Retaliation
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  • Jack the Giant Slayer
  • Dark Skies
  • Spring Breakers
  • Papadopoulos & Sons
  • Oblivion
  • The Place Beyond the Pines
  • Olympus Has Fallen
  • Evil Dead
  • Iron Man 3
  • I’m So Excited
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  • Dead Man Down
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
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  • The Great Gatsby
  • Fast and Furious 6
  • Byzantium
  • The Purge
  • Populaire
  • The Ice Man
  • After Earth
  • Behind the Candelabra
  • Now You See Me
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  • Before Midnight
  • World War Z
  • Snitch
  • The East
  • The Bling Ring
  • Chasing Mavericks
  • Pacific Rim
  • The Frozen Ground
  • The Worlds End
  • The Wolverine
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  • Only God Forgives
  • The Conjuring
  • RED 2
  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
  • The Lone Ranger
  • 2 Guns
  • About Time
  • Kick-Ass 2
  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • Elysium
  • Rush
  • You’re Next
  • Riddick
  • White House Down
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
  • The Call
  • Prisoners
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Runner Runner
  • Girl Most Likely
  • How I Live Now
  • Metallica Through The Never
  • Rurouni Kenshin
  • Filth
  • Captain Phillips
  • Sunshine on Leith
  • Machete Kills
  • Prince Avalanche
  • Escape Plan
  • Ender’s Game
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Philomena
  • Gravity
  • In Fear
  • The Counsellor
  • Flu
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • Carrie
  • Kill Your Darlings
  • Nebraska
  • Homefront
  • Getaway
  • Oldboy
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • 47 Ronin
  • All Is Lost
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • American Hustle
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
  • August: Osage County
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Out of the Furnace
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • I, Frankenstein
  • Robocop
  • Lone Survivor
  • The Monuments Men
  • Jack Strong
  • Her
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Stalingrad
  • The Lego Movie
  • 300 Rise of an Empire
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Zero Theorem
  • Need For Speed
  • Under The Skin
  • Starred Up
  • A Long Way Down
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • The Double
  • DivergentNoah
  • The Last Days on Mars
  • The Raid 2
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Locke
  • Transcendence
  • Brick Mansions
  • Pompeii
  • Blue Ruin
  • Sabotage
  • Next Goal Wins
  • Two Faces of January
  • Godzilla
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Maleficent
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • 22 Jump Street
  • Belle
  • Oculus
  • 3 Days to Kill
  • Jersey Boys
  • Cold in July
  • Chef
  • Transformers: Age Of Extinction
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Boyhood
  • Begin Again
  • The Purge: Anarchy
  • Hercules
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • What If
  • The Inbetweeners 2
  • The Expendables 3
  • The Rover
  • Lucy
  • Deliver Us From Evil
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • Million Dollar Arm
  • As Above, So Below
  • The Guest
  • The Guvnors
  • Before I Go to Sleep
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • A Most Wanted Man
  • 20,000 Days on Earth
  • Pride
  • A Walk Amongst the Tombstones
  • Magic in the Moonlight
  • The Riot Club
  • The Giver
  • Maps To The Stars
  • I Origins
  • What We Did on Our Holiday
  • The Equelizer
  • Gone Girl
  • Dracula Untold
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Maze Runner
  • ’71
  • The Judge
  • The Babadook
  • Annabelle
  • Nightcrawler
  • Fury
  • Serena
  • Mr. Turner
  • The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman
  • Say When
  • Interstellar
  • The Drop
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
  • The Homesman
  • Get On Up
  • Paddington
  • Black Sea
  • The Grandmaster
  • The Pyramid
  • The Hobbit
  • Big Eyes
  • Unbroken
  • Exodus: Gods And Kings
  • Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance
  • The Theory Of Everything
  • Into the Woods
  • Taken 3
  • American Sniper
  • Whiplash
  • Wild
  • Ex Machina
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • The Gambler
  • Inherent Vice
  • Trash
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Selma
  • Focus
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Blackhat
  • Project Almanac
  • It Follows
  • Predestination
  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Kill The Messenger
  • X + Y
  • Still Alice
  • Suite Française
  • The Divergent Series Insurgent
  • The Gunman
  • Run All Night
  • Wild Card
  • Seventh Son
  • Fast & Furious 7
  • While We’re Young
  • John Wick
  • Cinderella
  • Good Kill
  • The Woman in Gold
  • The Salvation
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Child 44
  • The Falling
  • Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Unfriended
  • Big Game
  • Top Five
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Spooks: The Greater Good
  • Tomorrowland
  • The Connection
  • Man Up
  • Danny Collins
  • Survivor
  • Mr Holmes
  • The Longest Ride
  • Knock Knock
  • Amy
  • The Terminator
  • Terminator Genisys
  • Love & Mercy
  • Ant-Man
  • Self/Less
  • Southpaw
  • Inside Out
  • Maggie
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
  • Fantastic Four
  • The Gift
  • Precinct Seven Five
  • The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
  • Trainwreck
  • Paper Towns
  • Hitman: Agent 47
  • No Escape
  • We Are Your Friends
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • The Transporter Refuelled
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • American Ultra
  • Ricki And The Flash
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
  • Legend
  • Everest
  • The Visit
  • A Walk in the Woods
  • Sicario
  • The Martian
  • McFarland
  • Macbeth
  • The Walk
  • The Intern
  • Regression
  • Suffragette
  • Crimson Peak
  • The Program
  • Black Mass
  • The Lobster
  • The Last Witch Hunter
  • SPECTRE
  • He Named Me Malala
  • Brooklyn
  • Kill Your Friends
  • The Lady in the Van
  • The Hallow
  • The Hunger Games Mockingjay part 2
  • Steve Jobs
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Carol
  • True Romance (BFI Love Season)
  • Krampus
  • Victor Frankenstein
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Doctor Zhivago (BFI Love Season)
  • joy
  • The Danish Girl
  • The Hateful Eight
  • The Revenant
  • Creed
  • Room
  • The 5th Wave
  • The Big Short
  • Our Brand Is Crisis 
  • Spotlight
  • Youth
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Point Break
  • Goosebumps
  • Deadpool
  • Concussion
  • A Bigger Splash
  • Triple 9
  • The Secret in Their Eyes
  • Hail Caesar 
  • How to be Single
  • The Witch
  • Divergent Allegiant
  • Anomslisa
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • High-Rise
  • Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice
  • Disorder
  • Eddie the Eagle
  • The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
  • Midnight Special
  • The Man Who Knew Infinity
  • Eye in the Sky
  • Bastille Day
  • Louder Than Bombs
  • Miles Ahead
  • Captain America Civil War
  • Zootropolis
  • The Jungle Book
  • Sing Street
  • Our Kind of Traitor
  • Everybody Wants Some!!
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Green Room
  • X Men Apocalypse
  • Whisky Tango Foxtrot
  • A Hologram for the King
  • The Nice Guys
  • Warcraft: the Beginning
  • Race
  • The Conjuring 2
  • Independence Day Resurgence
  • Now You See Me 2
  • The Neon Demon
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Legend of Tarzan
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Jason Bourne
  • Suicide Squad
  • Nerve
  • The Shallows
  • Julieta
  • Lights Out
  • Swallows and Amazons
  • The Purge: Election Year
  • The Mechanic: Resurrection
  • Brotherhood
  • Hell or High Water
  • Morgan
  • Cafe Society
  • One More Time With Feeling
  • Don’t Breathe
  • Anthropoid
  • The Girl With all the Gifts
  • Blair Witch
  • The Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • The Infiltrator
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • The Magnificent Seven
  • Swiss Army Man
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
  • Blood Farther
  • The girl on the Train
  • War on Everyone
  • American Honey
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Inferno
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  • The Accountant
  • Doctor Strange
  • Train To Busan
  • I, Daniel Blake
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Arrival
  • The Light Between Oceans
  • The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years
  • Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them
  • A United Kingdom
  • Paterson
  • Allied
  • Edge of Seventeen
  • Sully
  • Snowden
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars story
  • Passengers
  • Silence
  • Assassins Creed
  • Live by Night
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Donnie Darko 15th anniversary Re-issue
  • Underworld Blood Wars
  • A Monster Calls
  • La La Land
  • Trainspotting
  • XXX: Return of Xander Cage
  • Split
  • Jackie
  • T2 Trainspotting
  • Denial
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
  • Hidden Figures
  • Loving
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
  • 20th Century Women 
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • Lion
  • Logan
  • Trespass Against Us
  • Moonlight
  • The Great Wall
  • The LEGO Batman Movie
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Viceroy’s House
  • Fences
  • Free Fire
  • Personal Shopper
  • Get Out
  • Life
  • Power Rangers
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Raw
  • Table 19
  • Fast and Furious 8
  • The Handmaiden
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • The Belko Experiment
  • Rules Don’t Apply
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Their Finest
  • Mad Max: Fury Road – Black & Chrome
  • Lady MacBeth
  • Lowriders
  • Sleepless
  • Unlocked
  • Miss Sloane
  • Alien: Covenant
  • Colossal
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  • Wonder Woman
  • Gifted
  • The Mummy
  • My Cousin Rachel
  • Baby Driver
  • Churchill
  • The Book of Henry
  • Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • It comes at Night
  • War for the Planet of the Apes
  • The Beguiled
  • Dunkirk
  • The Big Sick
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Atomic Blonde
  • A Ghost Story
  • Overdrive
  • The Dark Tower
  • Annabelle: Creation
  • American Made
  • Logan Lucky
  • Detroit
  • Patti Cake$
  • Wind River
  • Gods Own Country
  • Mother!
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  • IT
  •  Borg vs Macnroe
  • Home Again
  • Goodbye Christopher Robin
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • The Snowman
  • Double Date
  • The Death of Stalin
  • The Party
  • Happy Death Day
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Breathe
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Professor Marston & the Wonder Women
  • The Florida Project
  • Paddington
  • Justice League
  • Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
  • Battle of the Sexes
  • Ingrid Goes West
  • Molly’s Game
  • Good Time
  • The Man Who Invented Christmas
  • Blade of the Immortal
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Pitch Perfect 3
  •  Jumanji: Welcome yo the Jungle
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Hostiles
  • All the Money in the World
  • Happy End
  • Darkest Hour
  • The Commuter
  • The Post
  • Coco
  • Downsizing
  • 12 Strong
  • Early Man
  • The Shape of Water
  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure
  • Phantom Thread
  • Roman J Israel, Esq
  • I, Tonya
  • Loveless
  • Black Panther
  • Fifty Shades Freed
  • Lady Bird
  • Dark River
  • Game Night
  • Red Sparrow
  • Wonder Wheel
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • Gringo
  • Mom and Dad
  • Love, Simon
  • Tomb Raider
  • Ready Player One
  • Martyrs (10 year anniversary screening)
  • Unsane
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising
  • Isle of Dogs
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • A Quiet Place
  • Thoroughbreds
  • Ghost Stories
  • Death Wish
  • Beast
  • Funny Cow
  • Every Day
  • Wildling
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Battle Royale
  • Audition
  • Tully
  • Journeyman
  • Breaking In
  • Revenge
  •  Deadpool 2
  • Filmworker
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • On Chesil Beach
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Bobby Robson More than a Manager
  • Animal World
  • Leave no Trace
  • Sicario 2: Soldado
  • Hereditary
  • Ocean’s 8
  • Whitney
  • Mary Shelley
  • The First Purge
  • Hotel Artemis
  • First Reformed
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp
  • Pandora’s Box
  • Equalizer 2
  • In The Fade
  • A Prayer Before Dawn
  • Unfriended: Dark Web
  • The Darkest Minds
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • The Children Act
  • Searching
  • Hearts Beat Loud
  • Yardie
  • American Animals
  •  The Miseducation if Cameron Post.
  • Cold War
  • King of Thieves
  • The Rider
  • The Predator
  • A Simple Favor
  • Climax
  • Mile 22
  • The Little Stranger
  • Black ‘47
  • A Star is Born
  • The Wife
  • The Hate U Give
  • Halloween
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • First Man
  • Mandy
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Halloween
  • Venom
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • The Fog
  • The Evil Dead
  • Juliet, Naked
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Overlord
  • Widows
  • Wildlife
  • Assassination Nation
  • Suspiria
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • The Girl In The Spiders Web 
  • Escape From New York
  • Robin Hood
  • Disobedience
  • Green Book
  • Creed II
  • Tulip Fever
  • The Old Man and the Gun
  • Beautiful Boy
  • Mortal Engines
  • Aquaman
  • Bumblebee
  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Stan and Ollie
  • Spider-Man: into the Spider-Verse
  • Colette
  • The Favourite
  • The Front Runner
  • Vice
  • Glass
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Escape Room
  • Schindler’s List
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Destroyer
  • The Mule
  • Alita: Battle Angel
  • Happy Death Day 2U
  • A Private War
  • Wild at Heart
  • Burning
  • Fighting With My Family
  • The Aftermath
  • Alien
  • The Hole In The Ground
  • Free Solo
  • Captain Marvel
  • The Kindergarten Teacher
  • Gräns (Border)
  • Everybody Knows
  • Wild Rose
  • Under the Silver Lake
  • Us
  • Mid90s
  • Shazam!
  • Lords of Chaos
  • Out of Blue
  • The Sisters Brothers
  • Eighth Grade
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Greta
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Hellboy
  • Long Shot
  • Booksmart
  • Beats
  • Vox Lux
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
  • Asbury Park: Riot, Redemtpion, Rick & Roll
  • Rocketman
  • High Life
  • STYX
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix
  • Brightburn
  • I Love My Mum
  • Society
  • Diego Maradona
  • Apollo 11
  • Yesterday
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • Anna
  • Midsommar
  • The Dead Don’t Die
  • Animals
  • The Matrix
  •  Toy Story 4
  • The Intruder
  • Crawl
  • Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw
  • Oldboy (15 Year Anniversary Screening)
  • Blinded by the Light
  • Pain & Glory
  • Apocalypse Now, Final Cut
  • Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
  • Fleabag – NT Live
  • Hustlers
  • Rambo: Last Blood
  • Ad Astra
  • Ready Or Not
  • Roger Waters Us + Them
  • Joker
  • It: Chapter II
  • Downton Abby
  • The Day Shall Come
  • Zombieland: Double Tap
  • Official Secrets
  • Terminator: Dark Fate
  • The Peanut Butter Falcon
  • Luce
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • The Aeronauts
  • Le Mans 66
  • Sorry We Missed You
  • Doctor Sleep
  • The Irishman
  • Blue Story
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • 21 Bridges
  • Harriet
  • Knives Out
  • Motherless Brooklyn
  • Jumanji: The Next Level
  • A Beautiful Day In the Neighbourhood
  • JoJo Rabbit
  • The Nightingale
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  • Judy & punch
  • Little Women

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It’s that time of year again, my top ten movies of the year.  The criteria for selection: All films to have been released in the UK during 2019,  and seen by me in a cinema. 

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – The film I was most concerned about turned out to be my favourite of the year. I didn’t particularly enjoy Quentin Tarantino’s last film, The Hateful Eight, do we really need another movie about Charles Manson, and most significantly, is he capable of the sensitivity needed to tell the story of the horrendous murder of actress Sharon Tate?Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

The Irishman – Martin Scorsese’s epic tale of mob hitman Frank Sheeran based on the novel I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt.  This is not Goodfellas part 2, it is more thoughtful and sombre film than Scorsese’s previous entries into the gangster genre.  A masterpiece by a true master of cinema, the three and a half hour runtime is justified! The Irshman

Styx – Unbelievably this is just Wolfgang Fischer second feature, and more than a decade after his debut.  If All Is Lost is an existential crisis, Styx is a commentary on one of the biggest world issues today.  The title tells you all you need to know: In Greek mythology Styx is the river between the land of the living and the land of the dead.  Passengers must pay the ferryman, if they have no money they must remain on the river for 100 years.styx

Midsommar – I visited rural Sweden for midsummer a few years ago, while I’m pleased to report there was no murder or mutilation, it is a really big deal.  If you hated Hereditary, you will really hate Midsommar!  I was mixed on Hereditary but loved Midsommar.  The film looks amazing and is disturbing rather than scary, the near two and a half hour runtime flew by.  Once again Florence Pugh proves she is the most exciting and talented young actor working today.Midsommar

Apollo 11 – The rare inclusion of a documentary on my bets of year list.  Made up of NASA footage shot at the time of the moon landings.  Much of it on 65mm.  With no voiceover and no talking heads, it’s a wonder the film can hold the attention for its 93 minute runtime.  The key word here is wonder, because the film is filled with wonder, it is nothing short of stunning.Apollo 11

Burning – Its best to go into Chang-dong Lee’s Korean thriller with as little background information as possible.  Wonderfully ambiguous that keeps you guessing until the end and ultimately asks a lot more questions than it answers.Burning

Can You Ever Forgive Me? – True story of celebrity biographer Lee Israel based on her own memoir detailing her decent to rock bottom.  Written and directed by Marielle Heller with both flair, and humanity.  Melissa McCarthy’s gives her best performance to date, Richard E. Grant is as brilliant as ever.Can you ever forgivr me

If Beale Street Could Talk – Barry Jenkins adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel.  Brilliantly conveying a novels internal monologue in a way that last years On Chesil Beach failed to do. The acting is first rate throughout,  but the true triumph of the film comes in its direction and construction.If Beale Street Could Talk

The Nightingale – I have been waiting five years Jennifer Kent’s follow up to The Babadook, it was worth the wait.  What has been tagged as a revenge thriller, but it is so much more than that, a damning indictment of colonialism it is brutal but never gratuitous.The Nightingale

Under the Silver Lake – The downside to David Robert Mitchell’s follow-up to It Follows is that it has a feel someone trying to emulate David Lynch or the Coen brothers.  The plus side, is that it looks amazing and has some great moments of flair.  It doesn’t always work but it so bold it deserves to be seen.Under the Silver Lake

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Nine trips to the cinema this month, including one I didn’t think I would get to see on the big screen, the Netflix release, The Irishman.  I enjoyed all but one of them, but there is a clear winner for Movie of the Month. 

The Aeronauts – Reteaming of Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.  Loosely and vaguely inspired by an almost true story of a meteorologist’s attempt to make break the world record for the highest balloon flight in order to record data, and prove a theory.  Jones is on great form and the film looks spectacular.  There are some real moments of excitement and tension, but ultimate let down by a plot as thin as the air at 37,000 feet.The Aeronauts

Le Mans ’66 –  Based on the true story of Ford’s attempt to beat Ferrari at Le Mans with the help of Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and Ken Miles (Christian Bale) Director  James Mangold is on top form making the two and a half hours fly by. Damon and Bale are both excellent as are the entire supporting cast. Le Mans 66

Sorry We Missed You – Exploration of the perils of the “gig economy” and the vicious circle of financial.  Whatever Ken Loach next would be compared to his previous film the excellent I, Daniel Blake.  His latest offering is very good, and hard hitting as you would expect, but not amongst the best of the directors work. Sorry We Missed You

Doctor Sleep – Sequel to The Shining with Ewan McGregor as an now adult Danny Torrance.  Taken on its own merit, it is a really good movie, but the recreations of Stanley Kubrick’s movie seen in flashback is jarring.  The highlight of the movie is Rebecca Ferguson as Rose the Hat, the movies villain, I would have happily seen a movie about her, and her group.   Doctor Sleep

The Irshman – Martin Scorsese’s epic tale of mob hitman Frank Sheeran based on the novel I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt.  This is not Goodfellas par 2, it is more thoughtful and sombre film than Scorsese’s previous entries into the gangster genre.  A masterpiece by a true master of cinema, the three and a half hour runtime is justified!The Irshman

Blue Story – Story of divided loyalties between two school friends against the backdrop of warring London gangs.  Strong performances are let down by a terrible script that is unoriginal and poorly plotted.  Musical/rap interludes are an interesting idea, but don’t work.  To its credit it condemns gang violence and never glorifies it. Blue Story

Charlie’s Angels – Soft reboot of the franchise that pitches itself as a sequel to all other incarnations of the Angels.  The plot is paper thin, with twists that are well telegraphed, but that doesn’t matter, as the film is so much fun.  The standout performance comes from Kristen Stewart, but the real star is the script and direction from Elizabeth Banks that provides the right balance of action and comedy.  It’s a shame it appears to have bombed at the US box-office, as I would have liked to see more of them. Charlies Angels

21 Bridges – After a heist goes wrong, two NYPD detectives (Chadwick Boseman and Sienna Miller) have a short period of time to catch a pair of cop killers.  The kind of old fashioned thriller that we don’t often see made these days.  Not an all time classic, but a well made and compelling thriller that is elevated above its predicable plot and ripe dialogue by stylish direction and excellent performances. 21 Bridges

Harriet – The true, and extraordinary story of Harriet Tubman, a woman whose escaped slavery was only the beginning of her amazing story.  The direction and narrative is vey by the numbers and doesn’t offer anything new or original, but Cynthia Erivo is sensational as ever. Harriet

Le Mans ’66 was excellent, and could have been Movie of the Month had it come out earlier in the year, but in November, it misses out to the clear winner:The Irshman poster

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A varied month with debut features, sequels, a soft reboot of a franchise, a TV spinoff and a concert movie.  Here are the contenders for movie of the month: 

Roger Waters, Us + Them – Essentially a concert firm made up mainly of Pink Floyd material.  A sensational audiovisual show with a political edge.  The juxtaposition of proactive images with the timeless lyrics makes a strong statement about the UK and US governments, the refugee crisis, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Worth seeing for the music alone, but it has so much more to say. Roger Waters, Us + Them

Joker –  The clown prince of crime as you have never seen him before.  Joaquin Phoenix is excellent, the film is better than the backlash would have you believe, but not as flawless as early reviews suggested.  I really liked it but didn’t love it. joker

It: Chapter II – The first movie was excellent, part two had excellent early reviews but poor word of mouth.  I liked it, it is creepy without being scary.  The adult cast are excellent in the own right, and at following on from the kids in the first film.  It could have benefited from a tighter edit.  It Chapter II

Downton Abbey – I have seen a few episodes of the TV show but didn’t watch it religiously, as such I kind of knew what to expect, and that is exactly what you get.  Well shot, and well acted, not massively cinematic, but passed the time harmlessly.  Fans of the show will probably love it.  Downton Abbey

The Day Shall Come – Nearly ten years after his first film, Four Lions, satirist/agent provocateur Chris Morris returns with his second film.  A naive, impoverished, and deluded preacher is manipulated into an arms deal by the FBI so they can arrest him as a terrorist to improve their conviction rates.  An absurdist satirical comedy that while fictional in itself, the tagline and the opening caption says: Based On a Hundred True Stories. Lacking both the levels of heart and humour of Four Lions, it is still a compelling if frightening watch.  Marchánt Davis is funny, compelling and confident in what is amazingly his movie debut, I expect to see a lot more from him in the future.The Day Shall Come

Zombieland: Double Tap – Ten years after the first movie, the original quartet are back. Very much the same again: the plot is thin, and only there to link a series of set-pieces together.  However there are plenty of funny moments from the always watchable returning cast with Rosario Dawson and Zoey Deutch making excellent additions. Zombieland Double Tap

Official Secrets – True story of Katharine Gun, the whistleblower who leaked information to the press in the build-up to the  2003 invasion of Iraq.  A little on the nose, with a little too much of characters explaining the plot, but an enjoyable film with an import story to tell.  Keira Knightley is excellent, as are the supporting cast including Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, and Matt Smith.  Rhys Ifans appears to be in a different film playing an over the top character, I am led to believe it is an acurate portrayal. Official Secrets

Terminator: Dark Fate – Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in yet another Terminator, but this time Linda Hamilton returns to the franchise for the first time since Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).  Thanks to the wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff, the plot kind of works with the other films.  The story returns to the plot of the first two movies of Terminators chasing someone, and a protector also sent from future trying to save them.  It is notable that there are essentially three female leads, Hamilton, along with Mackenzie Davis, and Natalia Reyes.  All three are really good, but the script can’t decide who the lead is and sometimes suffers.  Schwarzenegger is used well, but Gabriel Luna lacks the menace of Robert Patrick from T2, or Schwarzenegger in the original film. Terminator Dark Fate

The Peanut Butter Falcon – A young man with Down syndrome is forced to live in an old people’s home, as the state doesn’t know where else to put him.  He escapes and begins an adventure akin to a modern day Mark Twain character.  Zack Gottsagen who like his character has Down syndrome is a compelling leading man, and is supported by an ever reliable Dakota Johnson, and Shia LaBeouf who again reminds us that he is a really good actor and his dalliance with Michael Bay movies was just a blip. The Peanut Butter Falcon

Luce – Saved from a warzone in Eritrea and adopted by a middleclass couple, Luce is an all-star student.  A dedicated teacher suspects there is more going on with Luce than his parents and the faculty see.  The brilliance of the film is in its subtly, it doesn’t answer many of the questions it asks.Luce

The Last Black Man in San Francisco – Jimmie, a young black man spends his spare time returning to his grandfathers old house to maintain it, against the wishes of the current owners.  When they are forced to move out, Jimmie sees his opportunity to reclaim what he believes is his birthright.  Low on plot and deliberately paced, it is a slow and mournful lament.  There is a lot more going on under the surface than a movie about gentrification.  Amazingly it is the feature debut from director Joe Talbot.The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Many people will expect my movie of the month to be Joker, its good, but not quite good enough.  The Peanut Butter Falcon, Luce, and The Last Black Man in San Francisco are all contenders, but the film that has stayed with me is the first one I saw this month:  Roger Waters, Us + Them:Roger Waters, Us + Them Poster

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