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2.5Con Job

Oceans 8

Ocean's 8 (USA / 12A / 110 mins)   In short: Con job   Directed by Gary Ross. Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, R...
4.0A promising debut

The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince (Germany / Belgium / UK / Italy / 15A / 105 mins) In short: A promising debut Directed by Rupert Everett. Starring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Edwin Thomas,  Colin Morgan.   ...
5.0Masterpiece of terror

Hereditary

Hereditary (USA / 16 / 127 mins)  In short: Masterpiece of terror Directed by Ari Aster. Starring Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd.   The Plot: Model designer Annie (Toni Co...
4.0Dino-mite sequel

Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (USA / Spain / 12A / 128 mins) In short: Dino-mite sequel Directed by J.A. Bayona. Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Ted Levine, Toby Jones, James Cromwell,...
3.0Needs more focus

Isamel’s Ghosts

Ismael's Ghosts (France / 15A / 135 mins) In short: Needs more focus  Directed by Arnaud Desplechin. Starring Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Louis Garrel, Laszlo Szabo.   The Plot:...
3.5Fun with flaws

SOLO : A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story (USA / 12A / 134 mins) In short: Flawed but great fun Directed by Ron Howard. Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Joonas Suotamo, Thandie Newton, ...
4.0Dead on

Deadpool 2

DEADPOOL 2 (USA / 16 / 119 mins) Directed by David Leitch. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beets, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller. THE PLOT: Wade Wilson AKA The Merc With A Mouth AK...
3.5Cool future noir

ANON

Anon (Germany / TBC / 100 mins)  In short: Cool future noir Directed by Andrew Niccol. Starring Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried, Colm Feore, Sonya Walger, Mark O'Brien.   The Plot: Manhattan, the near future. C...
2.0Frustrating 

ENTEBBE

Entebbe (UK / USA / 12A / 106 mins)  In short: Frustrating  Directed by Jose Padilha. Starring Daniel Bruhl, Rosamund Pike, Leor Ashkenazi, Eddie Marsan,  Nonso Anozie.   The Plot: June, 1976. Germ...
4.0The spirit of Ghibli

Mary and The Witches Flower

Mary And The Witch's Flower (Japan / PG / 103 mins) In short: The spirit of Ghibli  Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Starring Hana Sugisaki, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Yuki Amami, Fumiyo Kohinata, Shinobu Otake.   ...
3.5Insightful

A Cambodian Spring

A Cambodian Spring (UK / Cambodia / 15A / 126 mins) In short: Insightful  Directed by Christopher Kelly. Starring Venerable Luon Savath, Toul Srey Pov, Tep Vanny.   The Plot: In this observational documenta...
2.0Doesn’t cut it

The Strangers : Prey At Night

The Strangers: Prey At Night (USA / 16 / 85 mins) In short: Just doesn’t cut it  Directed by Johannes Roberts. Starring Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, Lewis Pullman.   The Plot: Cind...
4.5Mesmerising

BEAST

Beast (UK / 15A / 107 mins)  In short: Mesmerising Directed by Michael Pearce. Starring Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Geraldine James, Trystan Gravelle.   The Plot: Moll (Jessie Buckley) is a quiet, seeming...
4.0An affair to remember

The Delinquent Season

The Delinquent Season (Ireland / 15A / 104 mins) In short: An affair to remember Directed by Mark O'Rowe. Starring Cillian Murphy, Catherine Walker, Andrew Scott, Eva Birthistle.   The Plot: Dubliners Jim (...
5.0Awesome!

AVENGERS : INFINITY WAR

Avengers: Infinity War (USA / 12A / 149 mins) In short: Awesome. Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo. Starring John Brolin, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Holland, Tom Hidd...
3.0Curious neo-Western

MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS

MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS (Indonesia / France / Malaysia / Thailand / Club / 93 mins) Directed by Mouly Surya. Starring Marsha Timothy, Egy Fedly, Dea Panendra. THE PLOT: Sumba, Indonesia. Marlina (Ma...
4.0Shines bright

Let the Sunshine In

LET THE SUNSHINE IN (France / Belgium / 15A / 95 mins) Directed by Claire Denis. Starring Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Gerard Depardieu. THE PLOT: Parisian artist Isabelle (Juliette...
3.0Tastes Predictable

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY (USA / UK / 12A / 124 mins) Directed by Mike Newell. Starring Lily James, Michael Huisman, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton...
3.0Big dumb fun

Rampage

RAMPAGE (USA / 12A / 107 mins) Directed by Bray Peyton. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy. THE PLOT: A scientific space disaster sends weaponised DNA hurt...
3.5Hits the right notes

Making the Grade

Making The Grade (Ireland / G / 86 mins) Directed by Ken Wardrop. THE PLOT: This observational documentary takes a whimsical look at the piano lesson. As a number of students, both young and old, prepare for ...