FILM REVIEW: The Boys In The Band starring Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto & Matt Bomer

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

OUT: from 30/9/20 on Netflix (certificate 15, running time 122 minutes)

Author Mart Crowley died in March before this film was released but did see its cast return to perform the play on Broadway on its 50th anniversary and later win a Tony for Best Revival.

  • Read on for reasons including how Parsons will no longer be typecast as Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory

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FILM REVIEW: Enola Holmes starring Millie Bobby Brown, Helena Bonham Carter, Fiona Shaw, Frances de la Tour and Henry Cavill

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE?: Netflix

WHEN?: from 23//9/20

Stranger Things won our Best TV monsta in 2016 and its star Millie Bobby Brown convinces in the titular role as the 16-year-old younger sister of Sherlock Holmes not least because she is that age.

  • Read on for reasons including why this film’s complicated women including Fiona Shaw and Frances de la Tour are at its heart

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FILM REVIEW and ALBUM REVIEW: Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga starring Will Ferrell

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

OUT now on Netflix

This film is well-timed because in the 65-year history of the Eurovision Song Contest it has been held annually apart from 2020 when Covid-19 caused its cancellation.

  • Read on for reasons including why we shed a little tear at this film’s surprising and moving conclusion

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FILM REVIEW: Booksmart starring Beanie Feldstein & Emily Halpern

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

RUNTIME: 105 minutes

OUT: 24/5/2019 (UK certificate 15)

Actress Beanie Feldstein (pictured right above) is actor Jonah Hill’s sister and stars next in the film adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s fine semi-autobiographical novelĀ How To Build A Girl.

  • Read on for reasons including why this is 1 of the best films of the year so far

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FILM REVIEW: Rocketman starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell & Richard Madden

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

RUNTIME: 121 minutes

OUT: 22/5/2019 (UK certificate 15)

We are living in a golden age of musical biopics being wonderfully realised by Hollywood and the director here, Dexter Fletcher, completed work on last year’s Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody which will inevitably be compared with this.

  • Read on for reasons including how this could easily be adapted to a West End musical

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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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