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2.5Lacks fun

Tomb Raider

TOMB RAIDER (UK | USA/12A/112mins) Directed by Roar Uthaug. Starring Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Kristen Scott-Thomas, Derek Jacobi. THE PLOT: Seven years after her father goes missing seek...
2.5Yay for Oyelowo

Gringo

GRINGO (Australia | USA/15A/110mins) Directed by Nash Edgerton. Starring David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, Sharlto Copley, Amanda Seyfried. THE PLOT: Harold (David Oyelowo) has worked hard all of...
2.0Style over substance

The Lodgers

THE LODGERS (Ireland / 15A / 93 mins) Directed by Brian O'Malley. Starring Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner, Eugene Simon, David Bradley. THE PLOT: Ireland, 1920. With the War Of Independence not far away, tensi...
3.5Demented

Mom and Dad

MOM AND DAD (USA / TBC / 85 mins) Directed by Brian Taylor. Starring Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters, Zackary Arthur, Lance Henriksen. THE PLOT: The Ryans seem like your average American nuclear famil...
3.5Murder most funny

Game Night

GAME NIGHT (USA / 15A / 100 mins) Directed by John Francis Daly, Jonathan Goldstein. Starring Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons. THE PLOT: When Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rache...
4.5 A terrific debut

Lady Bird

LADY BIRD (USA / 15A / 94 mins) Directed by Greta Gerwig. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet. THE PLOT: Christine AKA Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) is 17 and live...
3.0Wobbles a bit

I, Tonya

I, TONYA (USA / 15A / 119 mins) Directed by Craig Gillespie. Starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale. THE PLOT: Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) did everything the hard way. It di...
4.0A wistful romance

The Shape of Water

THE SHAPE OF WATER (USA / Canada / 15A / 123 mins) Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Doug Jones. THE PLOT: Baltimo...
4.0A kinetic marvel

Black Panther

BLACK PANTHER (USA / 12A / 134 mins) Directed by Ryan Coogler. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker. THE PLOT: Following the...
4.0A quiet salute

The Mercy

The Mercy (UK / 12A / 102 mins) In short: A quiet salute Directed by James Marsh. Starring Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Ken Stott. The Plot: Teignmouth, England, 1968. Inventor, boatbuilde...
4.0A kinetic marvel

Black Panther

Black Panther (USA / 12A / 134 mins)  In short:  A kinetic marvel Directed by Ryan Coogler. Starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Forest Whit...
4.0Riveting drama

Loveless

LOVELESS (Russia / 16 / 127 mins) Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Starring Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Aleksey Fateev. THE PLOT: Moscow-based couple Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) and Boris (Aleksey Rosin) are se...
4.0Exquisite farewell

Phantom Thread

Phantom Thread (USA / 15A / 130 mins) Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville. THE PLOT: London, the 1950s. Reynolds (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a well-respected...
2.0a mini misfire

Downsizing

Downsizing (Norway / USA / 15A / 135 mins) Directed by Alexander Payne. Starring Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Jason Sudeikis, Rolf Lassgard. THE PLOT: Occupational therapist Paul (M...
3.0 A visual feast

Attraction

Attraction (Russia / 15A / 132 mins) Directed by Fedor Bondarchuk. Starring Irina Starshenbaum, Alexander Petrov, Rinal Mukhametov, Oleg Menshikov. THE PLOT: Teenager Yulya (Irina Starshenbaum) has always bee...
3.0Quietly Powerful

Last Flag Flying

Last Flag Flying (USA / 15A / 124 mins) Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell, J. Quinton Johnson. THE PLOT: Barman Sal (Bryan Cranston) is surprised one eve...
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2.0Not so a-mazing

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (USA / 12A / 141 mins) Directed by Wes Ball. Starring Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aidan Gillen, Patricia Clarkson, Ki Hong Lee. THE PLOT: Gladers Thomas...
3.5It rocks!

Early Man

Early Man (UK / France / PG / 88 mins) Directed by Nick Park. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Miriam Margolyes. THE PLOT: A long time ago, in a valley far, far away......
3.5Beautiful fun

Coco

COCO (USA/PG/104mins) Directed by Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina. Starring Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Edward James Olmos, Alanna Ubach THE PLOT: Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) wants n...
3.0On Track

The Commuter

The Commuter (UK / USA / 15A / 104 mins)  Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Starring Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern. The Plot: Former cop Michael (Liam Neeson) is an in...