Film & Cinema

Grab some friends, head to your local cinema and enjoy one of these great films.

Despite its thrilling action sequences and sterling work from Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, Zach Synders Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) was impeded by its over reliance on CGI and a poorly written villain.

DC’s gathering of the clan, their equivalent of the Avengers Assembling, has had a low-key arrival in cinemas after the hubris of their Batman Vs Superman and Suicide Squad fiascos, and this film feels like a chore, a contractual obligation.

Annette Bening does a magnificent job as the Oscar-winning 1950s Hollywood screen siren who finds romance and happiness with a younger man, but her life changes forever when she is diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1970s.

United Kingdom

Matt Spicer’s dark comedy drama is a cautionary tale about tech-savvy generations, whose fragile sense of self-worth is determined by connections on social media.


Paul King’s wholesome and crowd-pleasing sequel, which replicates the irresistible charm of the 2014 film that introduced the duffel-coat clad hero to the big screen, is nice, but not at the expense of wit and invention.


Though visually breathtaking, the previous two Thor films –Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013) - lacked the vim and vigour of other entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

New Zealand

Paddington is now happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

Thirty five years after the seminal original, Blade Runner director Ridley Scott hands the reigns to French Canadian filmmaker Denis Vilneuve for this long awaited sequel.

After the success of 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, British Director Matthew Vaughan and scriptwriter Jane Goldman return for this sequel following the continuing exploits of Taron Egertons secret agent Eggsy.


The sequel stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Grant, Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw


Murder on the Orient Express is the latest directorial outing by Kenneth Branagh and a sumptuous retelling of the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery novel of the same name.

A feature-length documentary will be premiered on the side of the river it eulogises.

United Kingdom

With comedy programmes The Thick of it and Veep and feature length debut In The Loop, writer-director Armando Iannucci has long established himself as one of the finest political satirists working today.

Three is the magic number for Marvel Comics’ dreamy incarnation of the hammer-wielding Norse god of thunder who finally gets into an otherworldly groove in this third solo outing directed to the comic hilt by New Zealand indie film-maker Taika Waititi.

New Zealand

Adapted from Andre Acriman’s novel by James Ivory, Luca Guadagnino’s sun-drenched and gorgeously restrained tale of a summer romance between two boys in 1980s Italy is poignant and truthful but also so oppressively tasteful.


After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe.

From Taylor Sheridan, the Script writer behind Sicario and Hell or High Water comes Wind River, a dark tale of murder set on a Native American reservation in rural Wyoming.

The task of delivering a sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 seminal science fiction noir Blade Runner that retains both its visual splendor and narrative complexity is a daunting one.

Writer-director Armando Iannucci’s Moscow-set black comedy set after the death of the tyrant is genuinely laugh-out-loud and casually chilling with an all-star playing up the absurdity in a wild variety of different accents.

Our culture correspondent VIV GROSKOP profiles the greek director - described variously as part of film's 'Weird Wave' and the cinematic answer to Kafka - who Hollywood is taking to heart

Tomas Alfredson’s The Snowman, adapted from the Jo Nesbo novel of the same name, is the latest Scandinavian noir thriller to land in cinemas.

Not to be confused with the charming animated film based on Raymond Briggs’ picture book, Tomas Alfredson’s gritty detective thriller is is a ham-fisted detective yarn with ice rather than blood in its veins, adapted from a gripping novel.

Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman co-direct a groundbreaking animated drama about the final days of painter Vincent van Gogh is unique but the effect is often distracting and distancing.

The Hangover downs shots with Deliverance and The Blair Witch Project, in this British horror thriller resists the temptation for cheap, jump-out-of-your-seat scares to focus on a sustained build-up of tension.

Starry cast including Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer and Cillian Murphy in Sally Potter’s black and white satire of contemporary social mores, which unfolds in real time.


Armando Iannucci’s black comedy stars Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Palin and Rupert Friend...speaking in absurdly different accents

With Blade Runner 2049 in cinemas and Electric Dreams, a series based on his short stories, on TV, cult sci-fi writer Philip K Dick is everywhere at the moment, but why his does his unique vision endure 30 years after his death.

Set in what looks to be a surprisingly dingy basement flat in north London, six ghastly middle class liberal intelligentsia characters (and a banker) bicker about how ghastly the middle class liberal intelligentsia (and bankers) are


In 1990, Joel Schumacher brought together young Hollywood’s bright lights Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland for an outlandish thriller about curious medical students. Sadly the belated sequel flatlines.

Adapted from the 1994 novel by British author Peter Ackroyd, The Limehouse Golem stars Bill Nighy as a seasoned detective sent to investigate a series of grisly murders in Victorian London.


For all its ropy visual effects and poorly written dialogue, Joel Schumacher’s 1990 psychological horror Flatliners had a genuine charm and sense of intrigue.

Ridley Scott’s ground-breaking 1982 sci-fi classic complete with dystopian Los Angeles and Vangelis’ electronic score finally gets its eagerly awaited sequel, directed by Denis Villeneuve, and it’s been worth the wait, even if it’s a little style over substance.

Adapted from Jeannette Walls’ best-selling memoir, director Destin Daniel Cretton’s film, starrinh Oscar winner Brie Larson, asks us to believe that formative years marked harsh lessons in self-preservation could inspire four siblings.

New York

Following a self imposed retirement, acclaimed director Steven Soderberg returns with Logan Lucky, his first feature film in four years.

Local Weather



max temp: 12°C

min temp: 11°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Watton and Swaffham Times e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter