Film & Cinema

The Armeian Genocide deserves a better film but The Promise is the one it’s got and it may be enough


Rising from the ashes of 2005’s interminable King Kong remake by Peter Jackson, Kong: Skull Island attempts to breathe new life into the franchise.

The Blitz era low budget movie about home front propaganda, with a cast that includes Norfolk’s own Sam Claflin, is sweet and charming but ineffectual.


Warren Beatty’s film about the billionaire philanthropist and recluse is awkwardly positioned within a faltering romantic comedy that is as faulty as that Oscar night mix-up.

The eighth instalment of the action franchise fails to make the most of the action sequences and is overstuffed with recurring chracters and Helen Mirren as a cockney mum.

Best known for his violent Vengeance trilogy, the South Korean director has made perhaps his finest film with a good yarn based on Sarah Walters’ novel.

Liverpudlian writer-director clearly feels a deep affinity with American poet Emily Dickinson and his labour of love paints a richly detailed portrait of a misunderstood woman.

Robert Mullan’s film is maddeningly lax, rambling and even a touch self indulgent by saved by cast that also includes Gabriel Byrne, Elisabeth Moss and Michael Gambon.

United Kingdom

The film’s approach would surely meet with the institution’s approval: nothing is too structured, nothing is forced, no judgment is made and the characters are allowed to express themselves largely free of the imposition of narrative

United Kingdom

Sing is the latest animated feature from Illumination Entertainment, makers of Despicable Me and The Minions Movie.

Set in a world where an elusive hacker is wreaking havoc, the Hollywood version of the Japanese Manga downplays the action in favour of exploring ideas about future society.

Ditching live-action for a return to animation, the family-friendly comedy reboots the misadventures of the cute blue creatures created by Belgian illustrator Peyo.

Despite sounding like the next Tarzan spin-off, this tale of real-life Amazon explorer Percy Fawcett is a striking success that tells a true story with verty British restraint.


Hacksaw Ridge sees Mel Gibson return to the director’s chair for the first time in a decade with this World War Two movie based on true events.


Jake Gyllenhaal stars in film that pulls plenty of surprises, a surprisingly dark, and twisted enterprise, but often quite subtle in the way it defies your expectations.

The super-rich and the supernatural collide head-on in Olivier Assayas’ tantalizing character study, which charts the emotional breakdown of a celebrity gopher, who moonlights as a medium.

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose previous was much acclaimed A Separation, returns with the 2017 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar winner that shows his mastery.

Despite sounding like the next Tarzan spin-off, this based-on-a-true-story tale is a striking success, starring Robert Patinson and Charlie Hunnam


The latest in Disney’s mission to give all their old classic cartoons live action upgrades is old fashioned, traditional and adds little to the original.

Jordan Peele’s slickly engineered paranoia horror is a satire that takes a scalpel to simmering racial tensions in present day America, but it doesn’t make sense.

United States

Naoko Yamada’s film is touching and charming and beautifully animated, but it’s a world inhabited entirely by overgrown babies.

US Federal Reserve

Recommended Film of the Week: Moonlight (15)

The live action remake of this Disney classic is old fashioned, traditional and adds little to the original

The first part of the new King Kong film, starring Tom Hiddleston, is fun and humorous but it loses its way on the mysterious island.

Isabelle Huppert delivers a tour-de-force Oscar-nominated performance as a rape victim who emerges from her horrific ordeal with a new-found sense of purpose.


The first third of the new King Kong film is fun and humorous but it loses its way when they reach the island

What you want from a George Best film is the one thing it can never give you – to show you exactly how good he was, to see what exactly he was drinking away.


Recommended film of the week: Viceroy’s House (12A).

Nominated for best picture at this years Oscars, Hidden Figures is the real life account of a group of African American women who were employed by NASA for their mathematical prowess during the space race of the 1960s.

The third standalone indestructible X-Man Wolverine film has more of a gritty and downbeat feel than the previous two.

Based on the play of the same name by Jean-Luc Lagarce, prodigious auteur Xavier Dolan’s latest features an all-star cast of top French talent.


This is definitely not a superhero movie. Nobody wears shiny costumes; the fate of the Earth is not in the balance; there are no great CGI spectacles. It is a sci-fi tinged road movie, gritty and downbeat.

Based on the real life account of Saroo Brierley and adapted from his book ‘A Long Way Home’ Lion tells the story of how, as a 5 year old living in India, he was separated from his mother by accidentally boarding a decommissioned train.

Mark Wahlberg stars as the bad penny cop turned good with an expletive on hand for every occasion in film about Boston Marathon bombing.


The plot is cobbled together and there’s an excess of eels in this style-over-substance (but not particularly stylish) thriller from Gore Verbinski.

Most Read

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 2°C


Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter