Film & Cinema

Danish filmmaker Janus Metz Pedersen immortalises the epic Wimbledon battle between iceman reigning cham pion Bjorn Borg and hot-headed ‘super-brat’ challenger John McEnroe in sports biopic that sides with the Swede.

Since his 1998 debut with Pi Darren Aronofsky has established himself as a film-maker who pushes the boundaries of mainstream surrealist cinema, combining genre and fantastical imagery to examine religion, addiction and mental health.

Heading up this Cold War set action flick, Charlize Theron stars as an MI6 Agent sent to Berlin to investigate a colleague’s murder and retrieve a missing list of double agents.

Twenty years after Judi Dench captured the aching loneliness and dignity of Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown she effortlessly slips back into the regal garb of Queen Victoria for Stephen Frears’ heart-warming drama about an unlikely friendship with a young Indian.


Darren Aronofsky prepares to sharply divide audiences with this twisted psychological thriller that is like an Alan Ayckbourne comedy of manners that is flat sharing with Polanski’s Repulsion.


This week’s recommended film of the week is: Limehouse Golum (15).


Numerous Stephen King stories have been re-imagined for the big screen. And the author turns 70 this month and the long-awaited adaptation of IT arrives in cinemas, Hollywood’s obsession with adptating his work shows no sign of slowing.

The horror writer’s disturbing 1986 novel finally materialises on the big screen directed by Andy Muschietti focussing on the stories of children whose lives are scarred by a malevolent presence taken form as a Clown called Pennywise.

Taylor Sheridan’s gripping drama about an FBI agent and a game tracker hunting a killer on a Native American reservation in wintry Wyoming delivers something real.

Shot on location in Yorkshire, writer-director Francis Lee’s love story is like Brokeback Mountain - albeit in chillier surroundings - for its tenderly observed coupling of a disenchanted farmer’s son and a Romanian migrant worker.

Dunkirk provides an immersive spectacle.

Juan Carlos Medina’s macabre murder mystery, based on Peter Ackroyd’s novel, set on the fog-choked streets of Victorian London, is smart and all you could hope for.


Steven Soderbergh’s return to directing is a hillbilly Ocean’s Eleven which swaps smoothy George Clooney for two down on their luck West Virginian rednecks.

Kathryn Bigelow’s film is a big sweeping, multi-character recreation of events surrounding the murder of three black men by police officers during the chaos of the third day of rioting in Detroit in 1967.


Following the critical acclaim for 2014’s Dawn of the planet of the Apes, director Matt Reeves returns to helm for this final chapter in the series.

Bill Nighy is a little predictable in the lead but Olivia Cooke and Douglas Booth give stand out performances


A madcap heist comedy starring Daniel Craig and Channing Tatum will open at Weston-super-Mare’s Odeon cinema on Friday – and we have tickets to give away.

Baby Driver is the latest project from British writer-director Edgar Wright, this time working without his regular collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, with whom he created the hugely successful Cornetto trilogy.

Following the critical and commercial flop of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, fans rejoiced when Sony announced an agreement with Marvel studios to merge the web-slinger into its popular Marvel cinematic universe.

Written and directed by David Lowery, the film is an oddity, a haunting drama of love after death that drapes Oscar winner Casey Affleck in a flowing white sheet as the titular spectre for the majority of the running time.

John Leitch’s action-packed spy caper, based on the graphic novel The Coldest City by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart is so knowingly 1980s in that it is all style and no substance and the style becomes numbing.

Recommended Film of the Week: The Hitman’s Bodyguard (15)

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Set before Steven Patrick Morrissey became the iconic lead singer of The Smiths, Mark Gill’s slow-burning biographical drama charts his formative years as he wrestles with his demons in the bedroom of his parents’ home in 1976 Manchester.

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Demonic doll Annabelle first appeared in the opening sequence to supernatural horror The Conjuring, and the malevolent mannequin has now spawned a stand-alone prequel set in the 1950s, which sketches the origins of the children’s toy.

Unlike a lot of war movies, ‘Dunkirk’ is a realistic depiction of the desperate fight for survival that thousands of men faced.

Director Aisling Walsh’s moving drama paints a dignified portrait of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, who weathered agonising rheumatoid arthritis as she shared her vision of the world in brightly coloured paintings.

French writer-director Luc Besson created flashy sci-fi epic The Fifth Element starring Milla Jovovich and Bruce Willis and has now realised his dreaming of realising Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres’ comic series Valerian And Laureline on the big screen.

Universal Pictures’ attempt to create their own shared universe begins with The Mummy - a film which, if the plan succeeds, will eventually tie into other creatures based on their monster properties such as Frankenstein, Dracula and the Wolfman and form what is being called The Dark Universe.

Our recommended film of the week is 47 Metres Down (15)

After two successful films and a minions spin-off, comes the third instalment proper in the Despicable Me series.


Based on the real-life courtship of Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V Gordon, who co-wrote the script, this cross cultural romcom manages to be amusing despite spending half its running time in hospital.


Hunter and hunted size each other up in Doug Liman’s anti gung-ho film, but the small scale situation of soldier and sniper undercuts the tense by over estimating the enemy.

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Recommended Film of the Week: Dunkirk (12A)


Christopher Nolan and his producer wife Emma Thomas realise their dream of immortalising the largest evacuation of allied forces during the Second World War on lustrous 70mm celluloid.

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