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February 27, 2018

Director: John G. Avildsen
Screenplay: Sylvester Stallone
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith
Runtime: 119 Minutes

Original UK Release: 1977

★★★★★

Sylvester Stallone’s decision to play Rocky is one that launched his perso...

February 25, 2018

Director: Paco Plaza
Screenplay: Paco Plaza
Starring: Sandra Escacena, Bruna González, Claudia Placer, Iván Chavero, Ana Torrent
Runtime: 105 Minutes

★★★☆☆

There’s an unaffected menace to be mined from projects (specifically horror films) that are either being adapted fr...

February 23, 2018

Director: Clio Barnard
Screenplay: Clio Barnard
Starring: Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean
Runtime: 89 Minutes

★★★☆☆

There’s a niche being filled in British cinema at the moment, with quietly introspective character dramas focused on personal hardships, trauma and su...

February 23, 2018

Director: George Nolfi
Screenplay: Christopher Wilkinson, Stephen J. Rivele
Starring: Philip Ng, Xia Yu, Billy Magnussen, Jin Xing
Runtime: 89 Minutes

★★☆☆☆

The extent to which Birth of the Dragon manages to flub its pitch as a Bruce Lee origin story is baffling to...

February 23, 2018

Director: Richard Loncraine
Screenplay: Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard
Starring: Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman, John Sessions, Josie Lawrence
Runtime: 111 Minutes

★★☆☆☆

Finding Your Feet is another one of those late-life comedies t...

February 23, 2018

Director: Duncan Jones
Screenplay: Duncan Jones
Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux
Runtime: 126 Minutes

★★☆☆☆

It’s starting to feel like the collective of cinema and genre fans might have put too much faith in Duncan Jones. Jones stormed onto the sc...

February 23, 2018

Director: Craig Gillespie
Screenplay: Steven Rogers
Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson, Caitlin Carver, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Walter Hauser
Runtime: 119 Minutes

★★★★☆

There are certain moments in recent history – particularly...

February 22, 2018

Director: Luc Besson
Screenplay: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello
Runtime: 110 Minutes

Original UK Release: 1995

★★★★☆

Léon is a miraculous effort of action cinema, and many of its virtues are owed to the creative efforts of its w...

February 20, 2018

Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenplay: Jeffrey Boam
Starring: Harrison Ford, Denholm Elliott, Alison Doody, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover, Sean Connery
Runtime: 128 Minutes

Original UK Release: 1989

★★★★☆

The intended final instalment of the Indiana Jones Trilogy, the c...

February 16, 2018

Director: Greta Gerwig
Screenplay: Greta Gerwig
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Lois Smith
Runtime: 93 Minutes

★★★★☆

It says a great deal about films that are able to giv...

February 16, 2018

Director: Lawrence Sher
Screenplay: Justin Malen
Starring: Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, J. K. Simmons, Katt Williams, Terry Bradshaw, Ving Rhames, Harry Shearer, June Squibb, Christopher Walken, Glenn Close
Runtime: 113 Minutes

★☆☆☆☆

If anything about Father Figures looks fami...

February 15, 2018

Director: John McTiernan

Screenplay: Jim Thomas, John Thomas

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Richard Chaves, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Shane Black, Kevin Peter Hall

Runtime: 107 Minutes

Original UK Release: 1988

★★★★☆

What see...

February 14, 2018

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Screenplay: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
Runtime: 123 Minutes

★★★★★

Popular culture has for the past two decades being reaping the...

February 14, 2018

(The following article was originally written for The Boar in 2015. This original article has been retroactively added to Whitty Stuff to complete categorisation)

The superhero movie has changed the landscape of modern Hollywood. Not only did the ‘geek’ inherit Hollywoo...

February 13, 2018

Director: William Friedkin

Screenplay: William Peter Blatty

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair

Runtime: 121 Minutes

Original UK Release: 1974

★★★★★

The Exorcist is one of the most powerful and compelling...

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