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OfficeChristmasParty
3.5A Christmas Cracker

Office Christmas Party

Office Christmas Party - Review (USA, 16, 105mins) Directed by Josh Gordon, Will Speck. Starring Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Kate McKinnon, Courtney B. Vance. The Plot: It i...
i-am-not-a-serial-killer
3.5Dark but surprising

I am Not a Serial Killer

I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER (Ireland | UK/16/104mins) Directed by Billy O'Brien. Starring Christopher Lloyd, Max Records, Laura Fraser, Karl Geary, Bruce Bohne THE PLOT: John Cleaver (Max Records) has always bee...
the-birth-of-a-nation-armie-hammer-nate-parker-byelliotdavis-sundance-us-dramatic-2016_1000x594-750x400
2.0Mediocre & troublesome

The Birth of a Nation

THE BIRTH OF A NATION (USA/15A/120mins) Directed by Nate Parker. Starring Nate Parker, Gabrielle Union, Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, Aja Naomi King THE PLOT: In Virginia, before the US Civil War, Nat Tur...
life-animated-750x400
4.0A pleasure

Life, Animated

LIFE, ANIMATED (USA/TBC/89mins) Directed by Roger Ross Williams. Starring Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind, Jonathan Freeman, Gilbert Gottfried, Alan Rosenblatt THE PLOT: When he was three years old, Owen Suskind wa...
moana
4.0Lots to love

Moana

MOANA (USA/PG/103mins) Directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. Starring Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger THE PLOT: Moana (Auli'i Cravalho) has always been...
sully
4.0Economical & subtle

Sully

SULLY (USA/12A/96mins) Directed by Clint Eastwood. Starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Valerie Mahaffey, Mike O'Malley, Anna Gunn THE PLOT: Pilot Chelsey ‘Sully’ Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) makes an emergency la...
bleed-for-this
3.0Engaging if thin

Bleed for This

BLEED FOR THIS (USA/15A/117mins) Directed by Ben Younger. Starring Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Ciarán Hinds, Ted Levine THE PLOT: In 1991, after being told to retire by his manager, boxer Vinny...
chi-raq
3.0Ambitious

Chi-Raq

CHI-RAQ (USA/TBC/127mins) Directed by Spike Lee. Starring Teyonah Parris, Angela Basset, Wesley Snipes, Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Cannon THE PLOT: Based on the play 'Lysistrata' by Aristophanes, 'Chi-Raq' take...
crash-and-burn
3.0Slightly superficial

Crash and Burn

CRASH AND BURN (Ireland/15A/86mins) Directed by Seán Ó Cualáin. THE PLOT: “If you don’t make it, no-one gives a s**t”, so says Drogheda man Tommy Byrne who, for a fleeting moment in the 1980s, was the faste...
allied
3.0Cotillard shines

Allied

ALLIED (USA/15A/124mins) Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Matthew Goode, August Diehl THE PLOT: Max (Brad Pitt) and Marianne (Marion Cotillard) meet is Casabl...
bad-santa-2
1.0Peurile

Bad Santa 2

BAD SANTA 2 (USA/16/92mins) Directed by Mark Waters. Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Ryan Hansen THE PLOT: “Happy endings are bullsh*t” says Willie (Billy Bob Thornt...
a-united-kingdom
3.0Underwhelming

A United Kingdom

A UNITED KINGDOM (USA | UK | Czech Republic/12A/111mins) Directed by Amma Asante. Starring Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Jessica Oyelowo, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport THE PLOT: In 1940s London, Ruth Williams (R...
south movie
4.0A little gem

South

SOUTH (Ireland/15A/78mins) Directed by Gerard Walsh. Starring Darragh O’Toole, Emily Lamey, Joe Rooney, Andie McCaffrey Byrne THE PLOT: Tom (Darragh O’Toole) is a young, aspiring Galway musician whose fathe...
almost-christmas
1.0Intolerable

Almost Christmas

ALMOST CHRISTMAS (USA/12A/111mins) Directed by David E. Talbert. Starring Danny Glover, Omar Epps, Gabrielle Union, Kimberly Elise, Mo'Nique THE PLOT: After the matriarch of the family died earlier in the ...
mums-list
1.0Sickly & Dull

Mum’s List

MUM'S LIST (UK/12A/101mins) Directed by Niall Johnson. Starring Rafe Spall, Emilia Fox, Elaine Cassidy, William Stagg, Matthew Stagg THE PLOT: Dying mother Kate (Emilia Fox) creates a wishlist of things for ...
magnus
3.0Engaging but superficial

Magnus

MAGNUS (Norway/G/78mins) Directed by Benjamin Ree. Starring Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand THE PLOT: In 2004, Magnus Carlsen became a chess Grandmaster, making him the third youngest person...
fantastic-beasts
5.0a magical delight

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (UK/USA/12A/132mins) Directed by David Yates. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ej...
gimme-danger
3.0For fans only

Gimme Danger

GIMME DANGER (USA/TBC/108mins) Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Starring Iggy Pop, Mike Watt, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, James Williamson THE PLOT: Filmmaker and self-confessed fan of The Stooges, Jim Jarmusch take...
indignation
3.0loose & drifting

Indignation

INDIGNATION (USA | China/TBC/110mins) Directed by James Schamus. Starring Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, Linda Emond, Ben Rosenfield THE PLOT: Marcus (Logan Lerman), a working class Jewish boy from N...
Arrival
5.0Eerie & Unsettling

Arrival

ARRIVAL (USA/12A/116mins) Directed by Denis Villeneuve. Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whittaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O'Brien THE PLOT: When 12 alien craft arrive on Earth at different pints ...