Film & Cinema

Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne. Picture: Universal Pictures.

Matt Damon returns as a multi-faceted killer but remains without personality

Film Still from Star Trek Beyond. Pictured: John Cho plays Sulu, Anton Yelchin plays Chekov, Karl Urban plays Bones, Chris Pine plays Kirk, Zachary Quinto plays Spock and Simon Pegg plays Scotty. Picture: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures.

Dedicated to Anton Yelchin, who died in a freak accident in June, and Leonard Nimoy, the third instalment of the rebooted Star Trek is a familiar conflation of past and future present that fails to set its phasers to stun.

Greek film Chevalier follows six men on a luxury Aegean boat trip

In Chevalier, six successful men on a luxury Aegean boat trip end up in the ultimate contest.

Ab Fab

Despite a littering of celebrity cameos, Absolutely Fabulous The Movie doesn’t quite live up to its title, or the millions of pounds taken in box office figures.

Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker

The film focuses on a really thin sliver of time in the mid sixties when Baker (Ethan Hawke) was trying to clean up his act and romance Jenny (Carmen Ejogo), his co-star in a never completed film about his life.

In Disney's fantasy-adventure THE BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Roald Dahl's beloved classic, a precocious 10-year old named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) befriends the BFG (Oscar (TM) winner Mark Rylance), a Big Friendly Giant from Giant Country.

Full of charm and cheek, but just a bit lacking compared with Roald Dahl’s book


Ghostbusters (12A)

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wii and Leslie Jones in Ghostbusters.

A gender swap gives life to this 80s reboot.

Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wii and Leslie Jones in Ghostbusters

Half-hearted female remake of 80s movie isn’t a travesty but leads don’t fill the boots of original cast

Eastern Edge Theatre Company, set up by Charlie Pittman, rehearse new musical Bridge Over Oblivion. It's being staged at the New Wolsey Studion July 6-7. Photos: Contributed.

A brand new, full length musical written and performed entirely by local students sees its debut this evening at the New Wolsey Studio as part of the Open Stages season.

The Legend of Tarzan (12A)

Thursday, July 7, 2016
The Legend of Tarzan. Picture: Jonathan Olley/Warner Bros

It’s been almost 100 years since Edgar Rice Burroughs’ muscular protector of the jungle swung into action on the big screen in the swaggering form of silent movie actor Elmo Lincoln but now the King of the swingers is heading back into the jungle.

The Legend of Tarzan. Picture: Jonathan Olley/Warner Bros

Stylish stylized Tarzan reboot channels elements of Batman franchise but doesn’t hang together.

An installation shot of David Bowie Is. Picture: David Bowie Archive/Victoria and Albert Museum

One of David Bowie’s great gift was spotting trends and seeing the way the wind was blowing before anyone else, a facility he retained right up till his death at the beginning of January 2016, taking his leave of us at the start of a truly horrendous year.

The Secret Life Of Pets.

Based around the eight or so hours that animals are left to their own, often chaotic devices, this eye-popping New York City-based animation comes from Illumination Entertainment, the creative group who brought Minions to life.

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley star in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Picture: David Appleby

In the interest of fairness and balance: I’ve never seen an episode of Absolutely Fabulous.

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Photo: David Appleby

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley return as Edina and Patsy as Absolutely Fabulous reaches the big screen.

Elisabeth Moss in Queen of Earth

Queen of Earth is a drama about two friends who don’t like each other.

Central Intelligence

The Rock is an inspired choice as a Disney princess inside a Terminator’s shell in Central Intelligence.

Notes on Blindness

In 1983 the theologian John Hull went blind just before the birth of his second child.

The Secret Life of Pets.

Creatures great and small wreak havoc on the streets of New York City in Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney’s colourful computer-animated romp.

Melissa McCarthy in 'The Boss'

Melissa McCarthy, famed for her hilarious scenes in ‘Bridesmaids’ and underrated releases ‘Tammy’ and ‘The Heat’, is due to appear on the big screen later this year leading an all-female cast for ‘Ghostbusters’.

Penelope Cruz as Magda in Ma Ma

The cancer film is a film that I can’t see a need for.

Michael Shannon (left) stars as Elvis Presley and Kevin Spacey (right) stars as President Richard Nixon in Liza Johnson's ELVIS & NIXON. Picture: Steve Dietl

The meeting between the King and The Chief has a mythic air to it – perhaps because it happened in 1970 before Tricky Dicky got into taping every event that happened in the White House,

The Secret Life of Pets

Illumination Entertainment is the most successful animation studio you’ve never heard of.


Friday, June 17, 2016
Film Still  from Tale of Tales. Pictured: Salma Hayek. See PA Feature FILM Hayek. Picture: PA Photo/Curzon Artificial Eye.

Inspired by the works of Basile, Matteo Garrone’s latest film is filled with fantastic tales of deceit and revenge.

A scene from Cemetery of Splendour

Thai director Weerasethakul is of the paint drying school of art house cinema.

Race is out in cinemas now

This week’s recommended film of the week is Race (PG).

A scene from Scott of the Antarctic

The passing of time has not been kind to Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his doomed Polar expedition, which is increasingly seen less as a noble, brave failure and more as a foolhardy, badly organised waste of human life.

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A scene from Bang Gang

Bang Gang is a The Kids Are All Wrong piece that passes pleasantly but aimlessly by, making points that have all been made before, and is thus rather reassuring.

Tale of Tales

Director Matteo Garrone came to international attention with Gomorrah, a forensic dissection of the mafia that picked apart its grip on Italy.


When Marnie Was There (U)

Thursday, June 9, 2016
When Marnie Was There. Photo: Studio Ghibli

Nominated as Best Animated Feature at this year’s Oscars, writer-director Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s tender coming-of-age story is sensitively adapted from Joan G Robinson’s book of the same name, which was originally set on the Norfolk Coast.

A still from When Marnie Was There

There are quite a few weepy films coming out this week but none will have the poignancy of this Japanese animation.

Michael Moore in Where To Invade Next

Weeks away from the big EU referendum, our noble choice between Project Fear and Project Nutter, here’s an unexpected intervention from Michael Moore, with a new film about how brilliant life in Europe is (and Iceland and Tunisia).

European Union


Thursday, June 2, 2016
The Nice Guys

Good things come to those who wait.

The cast of Dad's Army

Like all right thinking people, you hated the idea of a film version of the nation’s most beloved sitcom.

A scene from Warcraft

Films of games have consistently disappointed; and really, why wouldn’t they?

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