FILM REVIEW: Matilda the Musical starring Alisha Weir, Emma Thompson & Lashana Lynch

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

Matilda songwriter Tim Minchin (Groundhog Day, Old Vic) took to social media over the holidays to explain why this film was available on Netflix on Christmas Day in every country apart from the UK.

  • Read on for reasons including why this film isn’t available on Netflix in the UK and why it’s worth a cinema trip
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FILM REVIEW: The Banshees Of Inisherin starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson & Barry Keoghan

By Aline Mahrud

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

Black comedy is a term which could have been invented to describe the work of writer/director Martin McDonagh and here, perhaps, he has produced something truly unforgettable that goes even further than he has done before.

  • Read on for reasons including why it is the performance of Barry Keoghan that is the standout here
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FILM REVIEW: My Policeman starring Harry Styles, Emma Corrin & David Dawson

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

RELEASED: 4 November 2022, Prime Video

You join us in 1950s Brighton as Styles’ dashing policeman Tom Burgess meets Emma Corrin’s schoolmistress Marion, teaches her to swim and they fall in love.

  • Read on for reasons including how Styles’ acting is naturalistic if a little rabbit-in-the-headlights
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FILM REVIEW: West Side Story starring Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Ariana DeBose & Rita Moreno

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

RELEASED: Friday 10 December 2021

Steven Spielberg’s bold reimagining of the 1961 film might not currently be attracting the audiences it needs to recoup its budget but it’s been shortlisted for our film of the year monsta and you can vote for it to win here.

  • Read on for reasons including how we shed a few tears during this film’s conclusion
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FILM REVIEW: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie starring Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire & Richard E Grant

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

John McCrea originated the part of Jamie in the Sheffield and West End productions of this musical and for us his appearance in the film’s most moving segment illustrates beautifully one of the piece’s themes about passing on the wisdom about gay life from 1 generation to the next.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see Jamie songwriter Dan Gillespie Sells’ band The Feeling on tour next year
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FILM REVIEW: In The Heights starring Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera & Leslie Grace

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

RELEASED: Preview 11 June 2021, across UK 18 June 2021

RUNTIME: 143 minutes

The sultry height of summer is the perfect time to see this much-delayed film version of the Tony Award-winning musical with a big heart celebrating community and the feeling of no place like home.

  • Read on for reasons including the many TV stars kicking up a storm in the supporting cast
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FILM REVIEW: Ammonite starring Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Fiona Shaw & Gemma Craven

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Greenwich Picturehouse

WHEN?: Saturday 22 May (matinee)

RUNTIME: 120 minutes

Writer/director Francis Lee’s last film was the monsta-winning God’s Own Country and although the subject matter here is a world apart the themes of same sex love and the differences between the classes are still very much present and correct

  • Read on for reasons including how this features members of the monsta-winning God’s Own Country cast
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FILM REVIEW: Steelers – the world’s first gay rugby club

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

RELEASED: Friday 16 April 2021

AVAILABLE: on Amazon Prime

RUNTIME: 80 minutes

There’s a universality about Australian journalist Eammon Ashton-Atkinson’s documentary film which he best expresses as being about finding happiness where you least expect it.

  • Read on for reasons including how sport can improve mental health and cross gender boundaries
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