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Joaquin Phoenix delivers a career-best performance in Joker - a bloody, battered and bruised portrayal of a misunderstood man whose pained existence in a fractured and cruel world leads to worryingly nonchalant outbursts of violence.

The debut feature from Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz sees Shia LaBeof continue his run of strong, edgy turns and features a star-making turn from Zack Gottsagen.

Asked by the king if she was effected by the general strike, The Countess of Grantham replies: "My maid was rather curt with me. She's a communist at heart."

Class warfare has long been explored in horror, with the likes of Brian Yuzna's Society, Jordan Peele's Us and now Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet's Ready or Not offering wonderfully subversive, dark and humorous explorations of this theme.

Brad Pitt blasts into space and delivers an out-of-this-world lead performance as an astronaut with deep-rooted daddy issues in director James Gray's sci-fi thriller.

A wedding night ritual warps a childhood game of hide and seek into an exhilarating battle for survival in Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett's twisted horror comedy.

This standalone take on comic books' most compelling character is daring, thrilling, unexpected, ghastly and probably the last thing the world needs right now. Well, it's another bloody origins tale, isn't it?

An empowering whirlwind of a movie where the women take charge, 'Hustlers' is a feminist story of friendship and doing whatever it takes to be on top.

Quentin Tarantino returns with his ninth feature, this time focusing on Hollywood's golden era of the late 1960s and following a fading actor and his stunt double as they attempt to recapture past glories.

Film Review: IT - Chapter Two

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Second part shocker from the Stephen King remake

Just as unnervingly creepy and frighteningly menacing as before, Pennywise the Clown returns to deliver edge-of-your-seat scares in the second chapter of Stephen King's re-imagined IT series.

The television series Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house.

Film Review: Sextuplets

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Here's another review from Mark of the latest Netflix offering

A creepy combination of Goosebumps, Stranger Things and The Evil Dead, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is an impressively frightening horror that will appeal to adults and teenagers alike.

Fans of American Pie and Superbad will love Good Boys, Seth Rogen's latest outrageous comedy that follows three naïve sixth graders who desperately want to be the cool kids - by any means necessary.

Hot on the heels of Dumbo, and following a long line of 'live action' remakes, Disney turns its attention to another of its timeless classics The Lion King.

Angel Has Fallen is an edge of your seat ultra-violent action blockbuster that also manages to raise questions about the pointless bloodshed of war and the damaging effects of PTSD.

Tarantino takes us on a rip roaring ride down swinging 60's memory lane

An exhilarating and brilliantly ridiculous spin off from the Fast & Furious franchise, Hobbs & Shaw brings two of the biggest - and most bankable - names in Hollywood together for two hours and 20 minutes of relentlessly-paced high-octane action.

The fast car franchise diverts off the main road

Another month into the year and we find ourselves with another remake of a beloved Disney classic

When elemental monsters attack the capital cities of Europe, Nick Fury hijacks Peter Parker's school trip and recruits the young superhero to fight against the destructive new menace.

The rivalry between Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I has been repeatedly dramatised and documented but most often from the perspective of the English monarch and the furore surrounding the Babington plot.

Peter Parker returns for the next instalment of the webbed crusader

Acclaimed British director Danny Boyle joins forces with the master of the romcom Richard Curtis to tell the tale of a struggling musician who discovers he's the only person in the world who can remember the Beatles.

Who are the Celts? What have the Romans ever done for us? And why is Emperor Nero dousing himself in horse urine?

Samuel L. Jackson returns as the detective with sass

Nine years after the third instalment of the Toy Story trilogy seemingly brought the series to an end, Woody, Buzz and their friends are back once again for another adventure. This time embarking on a road trip with their new owner Bonnie.

On stage and screen, Kenneth Branagh has devoted a considerable amount of blood, sweat and iambic pentameter to ensuring Shakespeare's plays are widely accessible.

Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artefacts room in their home, placing her 'safely' behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest's holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target—the Warrens' ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends.

Nine years after the third instalment of the Toy Story trilogy seemingly brought the series to an end, Woody, Buzz and their friends are back once again for another adventure. This time embarking on a road trip with their new owner Bonnie.

After eight films that have amassed almost $5 billion worldwide, the Fast & Furious franchise now features its first stand-alone vehicle as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw.

Mark Goodin reviews one of the summer's most spine-tingling tales, Midsommar.

Actress Olivia Wilde makes her directorial debut with this charming high school comedy starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein.

From Latitude, to the Ramsholt Inn and the Lowestoft to Norwich bus - they all feature in Richard Curtis' Suffolk-set rom-com, Yesterday, in which Ed Sheeran stars as the calm, ultra-chilled Ed Sheeran.

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