FILM REVIEW: Wild Rose starring Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters & Sophie Okonedo

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

RUNTIME: 101 minutes

OUT?: 12/4/19

Lady Gaga won our Best TV/Film Actress monsta for A Star Is Born last year and her performance has been much compared with Jessie Buckley’s in this story of an aspiring country singer from Glasgow.

  • Read on for reasons including how the female characters at this film’s heart turn tradition on its head

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FILM REVIEW: Vice starring Christian Bale & Amy Adams

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

RUN TIME: 132 minutes

WHEN?: Released in the UK 25/1/19

Christian Bale reportedly gained 40 pounds rendering him almost unrecognisable to play former US Vice President Dick Cheney and for us this transformation and quiet, authoritative performance makes him the main rival to Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) for this year’s Best Actor Oscar.

  • Read on for reasons including how this follow up to The Big Short is our film of 2019 so far

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FILM REVIEW: Colette starring Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Denise Gough & Fiona Shaw

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

RUN TIME?: 111 minutes

WHEN?: Released in the UK 9/1/19

Colette might not be a name familiar to you but Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette was described shortly before her death in 1954 as ‘the greatest living French writer of fiction’.

  • Read on for reasons including why this film bears thematic similarities to Glenn Close’s The Wife

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FILM REVIEW: Green Book starring Mahershala Ali & Viggo Mortensen

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHEN?: Released UK-wide 01/02/19

The 76th Golden Globes are awarded at the Beverley Hilton, Beverley Hills in California on Sunday (6 January 2019) and this film is shortlisted for 5 (Best Film (Musical or Comedy), Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay).

  • Read on for reasons including why this film is likely to resonate with Oscar voters

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FILM REVIEW: American Animals starring Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner & Jared Abrahamson

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

UK RELEASE: 7/9/18

What distinguishes British writer/director Bart Layton’s docu-film of a real life library heist is that it’s told from multiple points of view and we’re never really sure who is telling the truth.

  • Read on for reasons including why this film will leave you feeling sick to the stomach

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FILM REVIEW: The Happy Prince starring Rupert Everett, Colin Morgan & Colin Firth

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Greenwich Picturehouse

WHEN: 29/5/18 (preview screening), UK release 15/6/18

RUN TIME: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Theatregoers will remember Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde from his marvellous Olivier Award-nominated turn in David Hare’s The Judas Kiss which transferred from Hampstead Theatre to the West End in 2013.

  • Read on for reasons including surprise cameos from stars including Tom Wilkinson and Beatrice Dalle

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Q&A and FILM REVIEW: McKellen: Playing The Part starring Sir Ian McKellen

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: BFI Southbank

WHEN: 27/5, UK release 1/6/18

RUN TIME: 1 hour 36 minutes

‘I wouldn’t be here if he was a prick,’ remarks Martin Freeman of Sir Ian McKellen who celebrated his 79th birthday this weekend with a star-studded launch of his autobiographical new film McKellen: Playing The Part.

  • Read on for reasons including what McKellen regrets and the film’s highlights

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