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April 4, 2019

Director: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer

Screenplay: Jeff Buhler

Starring: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow

Runtime: 101 Minutes

★★★☆☆

Even for a talent such as his, Pet Sematary is often regarded as one of author Stephen King’s most unsettling works. In that it deals so directly with concepts of death, guilt and grief through its narrative that sees the Creed family confronting an evil in the woods outside their new home in L...

March 29, 2019

Director: Tim Burton

Screenplay: Ehren Kruger

Starring: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin

Runtime: 112 Minutes

★★☆☆☆

The question that’s been hanging over this live-action remake of Dumbo since its announcement and throughout its promotional campaign has been what on earth the film is even supposed to be. A strange hodgepodge of embellishment, box-ticking of nostalgic moments from the original 1941...

March 28, 2019

Director: David F. Sandberg 

Screenplay: Henry Gayden 

Starring: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Djimon Hounsou 

Runtime: 132 Minutes

★★★★☆

Created by Artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker in 1939 in the wake of the explosive success of Superman by Action Comics, Shazam (under his original title of Captain Marvel, but that’s a long story), is the alter ego of Billy Batson (Asher Angel), a boy...

March 8, 2019

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Screenplay: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck, Geneva Robertson-Dworet
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, Jude Law
Runtime: 124 Minutes

★★★★☆
 

The frenzy around the existence of Captain Marvel as an artefact has been hard to avoid, with rally’s of toxic individuals spewing bile at one end with argu...

February 18, 2019

Director: Tom Harper

Screenplay: Nicole Taylor

Starring: Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo

Runtime: 100 Minutes

★★★★★

Wild Rose follows the similar kind of musician’s story that we’ve heard before, where young singer and country music fanatic Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley) dreams of becoming a Nashville star while trapped within a working-class lifestyle of Glasgow and the responsibilities of having to look after her...

February 15, 2019

Director: Joe Cornish
Screenplay: Joe Cornish
Starring: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Tom Taylor, Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart, Angus Imrie
Runtime: 119 Minutes

★★★★☆
 

It’s taken a while to finally get here, but writer/director Joe Cornish’s follow-up to cult sensation Attack the Block is once again another film riffing on a very specific nostalgia for 80s cinema in a contemporary urban context, only with a completely diffe...

February 14, 2019

Director: Christopher Landon

Screenplay: Christopher Landon

Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma, Steve Zissis

Runtime: 100 Minutes

★★★☆☆

The original Happy Death Day was a pretty fun slasher film with a Groundhog Day twist that wasn’t exactly revolutionary but did very well with the components of the narrative and production to keep it lively and entertaining.

But the best thing about it was that it was simple. I...

February 8, 2019

Director: Barry Jenkins

Screenplay: Barry Jenkins

Starring: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Ed Skrein

Runtime: 117 Minutes

★★★★☆

Alongside the resurgence of popularity in the writings of American novelist, playwright and activist James Baldwin with documentary I Am Not Your Negro, it’s fitting that the adaptation of his 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk is the next film...

February 8, 2019

Director: Joel Edgerton

Screenplay: Joel Edgerton

Starring: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Joel Edgerton, Joe Alwyn, Xavier Dolan, Troye Sivan

Runtime: 114 Minutes

★★★☆☆

Here we have the second feature film in the space of a year to cover the troubling reality of conversion therapy in the contemporary United States. Whereas The Miseducation of Cameron Post used its setting as more of a platform to explore its character...

February 5, 2019

Director: Robert Rodriguez
Screenplay: James Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis
Starring: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson
Runtime: 122 Minutes

★★★★☆

It's paradoxically difficult yet simple to understand why mainstream Hollywood (more specifically than western) cinema struggles to adapt Japanese anime and manga properties to screen for western audiences. With a...

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