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I haven’t seen many movies this month, but have enjoyed most of them.  Here are the contenders:

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – The latest instalment in the MCU introduces characters I had never heard of.  A solid entry into the franchise with a cast of likeable and diverse cast.  Like a lot of the MCU, the storytelling is a little saggy in the middle, and the ending is just the usual CGIfest.

Copshop – More bonkers fun from Joe Carnahan in a film that owes a lot to Assault on Precinct 13 and Rio Bravo. Frank Grillo and Gerard Butler are on great form but the real MVP is Alexis Louder.

Prisoners of Ghostown – a bonkers Nicolas Cage movie made was recently my Movie of the Month, this movie won’t get the same accolade, it’s just a mess!

Candyman -Sequel and soft reboot to the excellent 90’s horror. Beautifully shot with a great socio-political subtext, but it lacks the great horror of the original.

Dune – No, I haven’t seen a preview of Denis Villeneuve’s new movie, this is David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation.  I first saw the movie when I was about ten (around five years before I read the book) and loved it.  The film looks amazing and is perfectly cast.  The only issue is the pacing, he really needed over three house to tell the story. 

The Green Knight – David Lowery’s movie adapted from the 14th century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.  Not afraid to embrace its origin, the narrative is poetic and ambiguous.  The photography is stunning, and  Dev Patel is fantastic.  Finally an Arthurian movie to rival Monty Python and John Boorman.  Sadly it didn’t get a much of a release, but believe me its worth the effort to see it on the big screen.

No Time to Die – Daniel Craig’s final outing as Bond has really divided opinion.  While it has all the themes and tropes of a Bond movie, the pacing and storytelling is very different from a Bond movie. The performances are great, and Craig is the funniest he has been as Bond. The are a few plot/story choices that are very bold, that I’m not convinced work. On the whole, I liked it but with resonations. 

A couple of Bond movies have been movie of the month, but not this time, my movie of the month has to be:

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Nine movies makes August my busiest movie going month since the start of the pandemic last year.  I have seen some very good films and enjoyed them all, but one really stands out as my movie of the month.  Here are the contenders. 

Jungle Cruise – Given how poor the Pirates movies were you would be forgiven for being concerned about a Disney movie based on a theme park ride, but as bad as the sequels were, the first movie in that franchise was actually really good.  Jungle cruise doesn’t live up to the first Pirates movie, but is better than the sequels.  The plot for what it’s worth involves Emily Blunt hiring a boat captain Dwayne Johnson to take her upriver in search of a MacGuffin pursed by a German prince in a U Boat.  Silly, and predictable but Johnson and Blunt are likeable leads.  The inevitable sequel has already been green-lit.

Stillwater – A real change of pace for Matt Damon sees him travel to France to visit his estranged daughter, who is in prison for a crime she claims she didn’t commit.  The set-up sounds like a Taken style thriller, far from that, it actually has more than a passing resemblance to the Amanda Knox case.  Damon is excellent in what is probably his most low-key role.

Free Guy – Ryan Reynolds is at his most Ryan Reynolds as a none player character in a video game who become sentient.  The story is very slight, but good fun.  Reynolds is on great form as are Jodie Comer and Taika Waititi.

Reminiscence – Feature debut for director Lisa Joy best known as writer/producer of Westworld.  Blending an old-school noir with a sci-fi thriller.  The central conceit of replaying memories is reminiscent of the superior Strange Days, when you get past that it’s an enjoyable if predicable movie largely thanks to a likeable cast of Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, and Thandiwe Newton.

Pig – Nicolas Cage plays a reclusive truffle hunter.  When he goes looking for his stolen pig, you would expect a John Wick style revenge thriller.  What we get is a much more low-key and thoughtful movie, and Cage’s best performance in years. 

Censor – Set in the height of the video-nasty scare of the 1980’s Niamh Algar plays a censor who losses her grip on reality as her twin obsession for her work and her sister, missing since childhood, overlap.  Algar is excellent, but the real star is writer/director Prano Bailey-Bond who has a clear love and affinity for the genre.

The Courier – Benedict Cumberbatch plays Greville Wynne in the true story of a salesman who is recruited by the security services as a courier for a Russian source during the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis.  The real life case on which its based was reportedly John le Carré’s inspiration for The Russia House.  Very by the numbers and lacking any originality, but well made with some real tension and strong performances. 

The Night House – Rebecca Hall is outstanding playing a woman coming to terms with her husband’s suicide.  Living in the isolated lake house they built, she begins to question what is real as tries to understand what happened she.  Including but not depending on jump scares it is far more intelligently constructed than you would expect for the story. 

Our Ladies – Five friends travel from their small town in the Scottish Highlands to Edinburgh as part of a choir from their catholic girls school.  They are given an afternoon of freedom in the big city with the caveat of some very strict rules set by Sister Condron (an excellent Kate Dickie), this all goes out the window as all they have on their minds is sex and booze!  Comparisons with Derry Girls are inevitable, it isn’t as funny or as irreverent, but very heartfelt and no less enjoyable. 

I have enjoyed all nine movies this month, but there is one clear standout, my movie of the month is:

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Soon after starting this blog back in 2009 I started a movie of the month segment.  The first post of every month, usually on the first of the month I would name the best movie I had seen in the previous month.  I started by naming the top few contenders before crowning on the Movie of the Month.  I soon changed to writing a short paragraph review of each film I had seen at the cinema. Then cinemas closed as we went into lockdown following a global pandemic, you may have heard it mentioned once or twice in the past 18 months!  I last posted a movie of the month in August of last year when made two trips to the cinema after the first lockdown.  I managed three movies in November and December between lockdowns two and three but didn’t post about them at the time, so that’s where I will start

November and December 2020

Pixie – The titular Pixie sets out to on a mission to avenge her mother’s death, and escape her small time life by way of a heist, obviously things don’t go to plan. Somewhat derivative, but always fun, and Olivia Cooke is excellent as always.

Wonder Woman 1984 – Sequel to the best of the DCEU, by the standards of the franchise it’s a solid middling entry to the series.  Given how good the great the first movie was, it has to be considered as disappointment.  Gal Gadot remain perfectly cast, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal are good in supporting roles, but everyone is let down by the story.

Dreamland – It’s impossible to make a dustland-fairytale of 30’s depression outlaws without invoking Bonnie and Clyde. Dreamland also has a hint of Malick’s Badlands at its core. To invoke such films you are always going to fall short, but the movie is engaging thanks to strong performances from Finn Cole and Margot Robbie.

This brings us onto 2021 and the reopening of cinemas in May.

May

Those Who Wish Me Dead – Actor tuned writer, Taylor Sheridan’s second film as a director (he doesn’t count 2011’s Vile) following Wind River (2017).  A rung below Wind River and not in the same ballpark as his masterpiece (as writer) Sicario (2015).  A nice blend of disaster movie and crime thriller, Angelina Jolie is agreat as you would expect, Sheridan regular Jon Bernthal mprovides excellent suport, as do Aidan Gillen and Nicholas Hoult.  The best supporting character is superbly portrayed by Medina Senghore.

Godzilla vs. Kong – I missed Godzilla: King of the Monsters at the cinema in 2017, but caught it on streaming during lockdown, it was really poor!  This new entry to the franchise is better, but that isn’t saying much given the seriously low bar.

Cruella – Emma Stone is fantastic as the young Cruella de Vil, she even manages to outshine Emma Thompson, who as the films villain you would expect to be the more showy part.  The only issue, the film cannot decide if it’s a retelling, or a prequel to 101 Dalmatians.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Mr Do It – Based on a true story is something of a stretch.  The weakest of The Conjuring Movies but still good fun.  Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson are both great as ever.

June

Nomadland – Chloé Zhao’s third feature following the sublime The Rider won her the best director Oscar (only the second woman to win), it also won Best Picture and Frances McDormand’s second Best Actress award.  I originally saw the movie via streaming, but thought it deserved a big screen viewing.  It did! 

A Quiet Place Part II – The title tells you what you need to know, this isn’t A Quiet Place 2, this is part 2 of the story.  Picking up directly after the events of the first movie, along with a perfectly judged flashback, it is exactly the film it needed to be. 

Nobody – Writer Derek Kolstad is best known for John Wick, he hasn’t moved far from that premise with this movie.  What if John Wick was played by an ordinary person? That’s pretty much what this is with Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk in the lead.  For some inexplicable reason, it really works, the movie is great fun!

The Farther – Another Oscar winner in the shape of Anthony Hopkins as best actor.  A directorial debut from Florian Zeller based on his own play.  The acting and staging always feels a little stagey, but the structure of the movie outweighs this.  Best to watch without reading too much about it.

Monster Hunter – Video game adaptation from the husband/wife, director/star frequent collaborators Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich.  Far from a masterpiece, but filled with sufficient action and fun to make it worth watching. 

In The Earth – Ben Wheatley’s lockdown take on a folk horror is a tough film to get a handle on.  Not as inaccessible as  A Field in England but falling short of his best work, Kill List, Sightseers and High-Rise.  The performances from the small cast are all excellent.  

Fast & Furious 9 – The Fast & Furious franchise evolved from a retelling of Point Break to Mission Impossible.  The quality of the films varies greatly, but they were never dull, until now.  The bigger the stunts get, the less interesting the film becomes. At least Charlize Theron is having fun!

July

Freaky – What if the director of Happy Death Day remade Freaky Friday as a high school slasher horror? That is exactly what Freaky is, and it is so much fun!  Vince Vaughn is really good (yes, really) but is totally overshadowed by Kathryn Newton who is excellent. 

Black Widow – Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow was never the biggest star in the MCU, but in many ways she was the most interesting.  There is no way of reconciling the fact it took so long for her or any other female character to get her own movie within the biggest franchise in movie history.  Scarlett Johansson is excellent as you would expect, as are co-stars Rachel Weisz and David Harbour, but the MVP by a mile is Florence Pugh who has  genuine chemistry with Johansson.

Another Round – In 2012 made an outstanding film called The Hunt starring Mads Mikkelsen.  The pair are back with another stunning movie.  Exploring men’s relationship with alcohol, and each other it asks a lot of questions of its characters and audience, to its credit it doesn’t try to answer them.  The winner of the best foreign language movie at the Oscars this year, I think it’s a better film than the (six out of eight that I have seen) nominations for best picture. 

The Suicide Squad – Not to be confused with the 2016 film with a very similar title.   Notably better than that film, but then the bar wasn’t that high!  As before, Harley Quinn remains the most interesting character, although she was the best moments of the film she isn’t as well served, or the film as good as Birds of Prey. The performances are all spot on, but the plot is somewhat thin especially for the 132 minute runtime. 

To name a movie of the month from just two or three choices doesn’t really work, for this reason I will just name one movie of the month(s), and hopefully return to naming a movie each month moving forward. My movie of the Months is:

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I have posted my Movie of the Month every month for over ten years, until April. With the lockdown, cinemas were closed back in March.  A little slower to return than others I have seen just two movies.

Tenet – Christopher Nolan’s latest film is near impossible to review without describing the plot, you just need to watch it.  The cast is excellent particularly the leads John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki.  The effects (famously practical as you would expect with Nolan) and spectacular.  The story takes some time to get into, but once you get a handle on it, it’s far less confusing that has been suggested.  It needs another watch, as I’m sure there is lots more to reveal itself with repeated viewings.Tenet

The New Mutants – Set within the X-Men universe was billed as a horror tinged take on the genre featuring a younger cast.  Shot three years ago and originally set for release two years ago,  it has been beset with reshoots and delays.   The final result is in many ways the smallest film in the franchise, this isn’t a bad thing considering the last time they did this was Logan, the best X-Men movie to date.  Sadly, The New Mutants is no Logan, however it doesn’t plumb the depths of The Last Stand, Apocalypse, or Dark Phoenix.  The setup, is good, the cast is good, the film just lacks any depth.  Surprisingly for the premise and the 15 certificate, it is surprisingly tame and lacks any real horror. the new mutants

Of the two films seen this month, there is a clear winner for Movie of the Month:  TenetTenet Movie Poster

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This will be my last Movie of the Month for the foreseeable future.  I have been blogging for over eleven years, although I post far less than when I started, the one constant is Movie of the Month, I have posted every month without fail and usually on the first of the month.  However, world events have overtaken me, and I, like the rest of the nation will not be visiting the cinema due to the lockdown associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The movies I saw this month are:

Portrait of a Lady on Fire – I went into this movie not knowing anything about it, other than how good it was.  To give anybody reading this the same opportunity, I am not going to give a synopsis.  The film is beautiful to look at, and tells a beautiful that unfolds to devastating effect. Portrait of a Lady on Fire

The Invisible Man –  Following the abject failure of The Mummy (2107) Universal’s overly ambitious  so-called Dark Universe didn’t happen.  This left the door open for the Blumhouse treatment.  The story is as grounded and real as The Invisible Man could be, and also benefits from the always brilliant Elisabeth Moss.  Not only better than expected, but genuinely good. The Invisible Man

The True History of the Kelly Gang – A grubby and grimy Western that subverts the myth of the legend of Ned Kelly.  A Dark and unsettling  movie that  filled with outstanding performances. The True History of the Kelly Gang

The Hunt – Far blander than the its controversial reputation would suggest.  A 21st century take on an often told story.  A final act revelation even softens the any chance of controversy.  In no way revolutionary or outstanding, but well made, fun with couple of really good actions scenes.    The Hunt

I have averaged 111 films per year at the cinema for the last ten years.  Its unlikely I will see that many this year, regardless of how many films I see this year, I am confident that this month’s movie of the month will make my year end top ten: Portrait of a Lady on FirePortrait of a Lady on Fire poster

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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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  • Inception
  • The Secret in Their Eyes
  • Monsters
  • Winter’s Bone
  • Kick-Ass
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Social Network
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • The Road
  • The Ghost
  • Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  • Another Year
  • Shutter Island
  • Up in the Air
  • A Prophet
  • Whip It!
  • Made in Dagenham
  • The Disappearance of Alice Creed
  • Easy A
  • 4.3.2.1
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  •  The Kids Are All Right
  • The Killer Inside Me
  • [•rec]2
  • Valhalla Rising
  • Chico & Rita
  • Toy Story 3
  • The Town
  • Green Zone
  • Micmacs
  • Cemetery Junction
  • Four Lions
  • The American
  • Unstoppable
  • Robin Hood
  • Crazy Heart
  • The Hole
  • Let Me In
  • Precious
  • Buried
  • Predators
  • Machete
  • Tron: Legacy
  • The Brothers Bloom
  • The Book of Eli
  • Heartless
  • Love and Other Drugs
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire
  • A Single Man 
  • We Are What We Are
  • Salt
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife
  • Splice
  • Iron Man 2
  • Centurion
  • Brooklyn’s Finest
  • Chloe
  • 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
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • F
  • Prince Of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • 44 Inch Chest
  • The Expendables
  • The A Team
  • The Losers
  • The Tourist
  • Knight and Day
  • Brothers
  • Tamara Drewe
  • Hot Tub Time Machine
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Solomon Kane
  • Black Death
  • Legion
  • Burlesque
  • The Warrior’s Way
  • Piranha
  • The Joneses
  • Due Date
  • Takers
  • Clash of the Titans
  • Skyline
  • Valentines Day
  • Edge of Darkness
  • From Paris with Love
  • The Lovely Bones
  • Ninja Assassin
  • The Wolfman
  • Devil –
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  • Shelter
  • Hugo
  • Drive
  • The Guard
  • Black Swan
  • Senna
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • True Grit
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Midnight In Paris
  • The Skin I live in
  • The King’s Speech
  • Moneyball
  • Stake Land
  • Kill List
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • Another Earth
  • Melancholia
  • Warrior
  • 127 Hours
  • The Way
  • Julia’s Eyes
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
  • Troll Hunter
  • 50/50
  • Source Code
  • Submarine
  • Super 8
  • 13 Assassins
  • A Lonely Place To Die
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec
  • The Adjustment Bureau
  • 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
  • Fair Game
  • 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
  • The Conspirator
  • The Art of Getting By
  • I am Number Four
  • Fright Night
  • Henry’s Crime
  • Blitz
  • Priest
  • Red Riding Hood
  • Oranges and Sunshine
  • Faster
  • 1920 The Battle of Warsaw
  • Win Win
  • Colombiana
  • Water for Elephants
  • Immortals
  • Battle: Los Angeles
  • 30 Minutes or Less
  • Hereafter
  • Biutiful
  • The Mechanic
  • The Thing
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Anonymous
  • Tomorrow, When The War Began
  • The Debt
  • Green Lantern
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
  • Footlose
  • Justice
  • Attack the Block
  • Apollo 18
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Unkown
  • Scream 4
  • The Silent House
  • The Eagle
  • The Resident
  • Season of the Witch
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • The Hangover: Part II
  • Sanctum
  • Skyfall
  • The Artist
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Argo
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Haywire
  • Rust and Bone
  • Café de Flore
  • End of Watch
  • The Avengers
  • Killer Joe
  • Life of Pi
  • Looper
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Master
  • The Raid
  • Wild Bill
  • Headhunters
  • Young Adult
  • The Descendants
  • Killing Them Softly
  • Prometheus
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Untouchable
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • The Woman in Black
  • Shame
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • Lockout
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • On the Road
  • Ruby Sparks
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Lawless
  • Cosmopolis
  • Marley
  • Sightseers
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Last Projectionist
  • The Impostor
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Frankenweenie
  • Beasts Of The Southern Wild
  • Dredd
  • Chronicle
  • Shadow Dancer
  • The Sapphires
  • Storage 24
  • The Grey
  • In Darkness
  • Jack Reacher
  • 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
  • 21 Jump Street
  • Savages
  • Ted
  • Fast Girls
  • Total Recall
  • Pitch Perfect
  • All in Good Time
  • How I spent my summer vacation
  • Brave
  • Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
  • Red Tails
  • Gone
  • Rampart
  • Carnage
  • Contraband
  • The Raven
  • Hunky Dory
  • Snow White and the Huntsman
  • The Bourne Legacy
  • Underworld: Awakening
  • Resident Evil: Retribution
  • Gambit
  • Safe House
  • Safe
  • Dark Shadows
  • J. Edgar
  • War Horse
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  • Rock Of Ages
  • 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
  • Mirror Mirror
  • The Iron Lady
  • The Darkest Hour
  • QuartetQuartet
  • The Impossible
  • Les Misérables
  • Gangster Squad
  • Django Unchained
  • The Last Stand
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Sep
  • Hyde Park on Hudson
  • Hitchcock
  • 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
  • The Host
  • 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
  • The Look Of Love
  • Dead Man Down
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Mud
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Fast and Furious 6
  • Byzantium
  • The Purge
  • Populaire
  • The Ice Man
  • After Earth
  • Behind the Candelabra
  • Now You See Me
  • Man of Steel
  • Before Midnight
  • World War Z
  • Snitch
  • The East
  • The Bling Ring
  • Chasing Mavericks
  • Pacific Rim
  • The Frozen Ground
  • The Worlds End
  • The Wolverine
  • Frances Ha
  • 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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