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Bombshell is a tough but depressingly realistic depiction of sexual harassment in the media industry.

The inexplicable return of Emperor Palpatine has stunned the surviving members of the resistance, who under the stewardship of General Leia Organa (The late Carrie Fisher) must now deal with this ominous new threat, as well as facing off against the evil First order.

Bombshell (released on January 17) stars Academy Awards winners Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman and Academy Award nominees John Lithgow and Margot Robbie.

With the same hilarious body swap antics that made the last film such a hoot, The Next Level doubles down on this success by adding more characters and freshens things up by switching their roles.

Little Women is a timely update on the classic tale of female empowerment with a stellar cast including Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep and Florence Pugh.

Will Smith and Spider-Man's Tom Holland make for an unlikely duo in eye-popping animated action-comedy Spies In Disguise.

Awards season is just around the corner. Here is a run down of the leading titles which will tempt us away from our televisions and into the cinema.

Film Review: Knives Out

Friday, December 27, 2019

Rian Johnson has always delivered a fresh, enjoyable spin on a variety of genres; he offered us a sun-dappled twist on the noir style with his debut Brick, a deliciously dark take on Science Fiction with Looper and reinvigorated the Star Wars franchise with the divisive The Last Jedi.

Based on the true story surrounding the 1966 Le Mans endurance race, Matt Damon and Christian Bale star as team mates recruited by the Ford motor company to challenge Ferrari's dominance of the famous 24-hour event.

Full of epic lightsaber battles and eye-popping cinematography, The Rise of the Skywalker is a fittingly thrilling finale to the Star Wars saga, which began 42 years ago.

When career con man Roy Courtney (McKellen) and his associate Vincent set their sights on recently widowed Betty McLeish and her millions, a con of jackpot proportions presents itself.

Martin Scorsese returns to the genre he knows so well, reuniting with Robert De Niro for this American gangster epic telling the tale of real life mob hitman Frank 'The Irishman' Sheeran.

Opportunistic thieves are in the wrong place at the wrong time, sparking a night-time police manhunt through the streets of Manhattan, in Brian Kirk's propulsive action thriller.

Edward Norton's career has had its ups and downs, as he has steered an often fractious course through Hollywood, but you can never say he's lacked ambition.

Full of unexpected twists and turns, Knives Out is a brilliantly witty, stylishly-filmed and extremely funny murder mystery.

The critics have described Last Christmas as: "bad" (Mark Kermode) "neither romantic or funny" (New York Post) "worst film of the year" (The Guardian) "wince-making" (The Telegraph).

It has been, one could argue, over a decade since Eddie Murphy has appeared in a film worthy of his considerable talents.

Brass Eye creator Chris Morris returns to the big screen with his second full length feature, which stars Anna Kendrick and Marchánt Davis in the lead roles.

A daredevil pilot and a weather scientist land themselves in an epic fight for survival in a new adventure film which sees them exploring the world in a hot-air balloon.

Film Review: The Joker

Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Joker has never had a definitive origin story.

Pitt is an engaging screen presence as always, but isn't suited to such an understated role. (Seek out Ryan Gosling's performance in last year's First Man for a much better example of a brooding astronaut.)

Children's movies keep getting smarter - and Abominable, the latest eye-popping adventure from DreamWorks and Pearl Studios is no exception.

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

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