Film & Cinema

Christopher Nolan and his producer wife Emma Thomas realise their dream of immortalising the largest evacuation of allied forces during the Second World War on lustrous 70mm celluloid.

With the new Twin Peaks back on our TV screens, this revealing documentary offers a timely look at what helped to shape one of cinema’s most acclaimed and enigmatic directors.


FIVE STARS for Dunkirk, which stars Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowden and Aneurin Barnard

British director Guy Ritchie returns with this fantasy epic based on the legend of King Arthur.

Someone has managed to persuade Fox to spend a large amount of money on a summer blockbuster that is predominantly subtitled, has little action despite the title and still manages to be totally engrossing.

Colin Farrell quietly fills his shoes as the wounded Yankee soldier but Coppola’s dreamy Civil War drama is a little too much picture book pretty costume drama.

The glory days of Pixar’s first 10 films – the almost unbroken ascension from Toy Story to Up – seem a distant memory as this third sequel offers little new to grab your attention.


‘Homecoming’ is the best Spider-Man movie to date, largely because of its compelling story, believable characters and well-developed plot.

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Jon Watts’ reboot of the Marvel Comics superhero - the third iteration in 15 years - spins a web of rites-of-passage drama, buddy comedy and welcome low-key spectacle.

A family faces the onslaught of a disease that has decimated America in a slow-burning psychological thriller directed by Trey Edward Shults.


Kevin Spacey takes on the role of a crime boss in Baby Driver, a film which spent 10 years in the pipeline before finally being released this year.

Barry Norman’s death at the weekend prompted a genuine sense of loss from cinemagoers. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke pays a personal tribute to a man who was happy to share the secrets of film reviewing with him as a young wannabe.


Widower Ove Lindahl has lost his wife to cancer and after more than 40 years of loyal service, his employers seems to be pushing him towards retirement at frightening speed.

Homecoming is a damn strange word to find post colon in a superhero movie title. What next? Captain America: Spring Break? Thor: Harvest Festival?

Edgar Wright high-octane crime caper which gleefully burns rubber to a toe-tapping soundtrack is a daring stylistic conceit that leaves other summer films choking on its exhaust fumes.

Hans Fallada’s rediscovered bestseller, based on a true story of a couple who launch a protest against the Nazis, is brought to the screen starring Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson.

Co-directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda and Eric Guillon, the third chapter is a pick ‘n’ mix of ideas and an 80s soundtrack, but if you aren’t surrounded by hyperactive, chair-kicking brats, it is lots of fun.

Madness and mayhem will be rife at the Curzon this week as the latest instalment in the Despicable Me series hits the screen.

Recommended Film of the Week: Baby Driver (15)

The battle between the last vestiges of mankind and the Transformers reaches a conclusion in the fifth and final picture in the bombastic franchise, directed by Michael Bay.

After the incredible success of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie in 2014, writer/director James Gunn returns for this sequel to continue the story of Marvel’s most disfunctional team of super heroes.

Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson give admirable performances in this Hampstead based romcom, where nothing sticks or is seen through.


Directed by Nacho Vigalondo, Colossal tells the story of Gloria, played by Anne Hathaway, who after breaking up with her boyfriend, is forced to leave her hedonistic lifestyle in New York and return to her home town to start again.

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Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson give admirable performances in this Hampstead based romcom, but nothing is seen through and the dialogue is weak


Alien: Covenant sees acclaimed director Ridley Scott return to the Alien franchise with a follow up to his divisive 2012 prequel Prometheus.

Want to get up close and personal with Darth Vadar or look into the eyes of Jabba the Hutt...then look no further

Recommended Film of the Week: Transformers: The Last Knight (12A)

Arriving ahead of director Joe Wright’s biopic with Gary Oldman as the cigar-puffing statesman, Jonathan Teplitzky’s film casts Brian Cox as the bombastic prime minister on the eve of the D-Day landings.

A precocious six-year-old girl with a beautiful mind is the glittering prize of an acrimonious custody battle in Marc Webb’s drama that seems stubbornly illogical and not properly thought through.

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Co-written by stars Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, Mindhorn tells the tale of Richard Thorncroft (Barratt), a washed up actor best known for his role as Detective Mindhorn in a popular 1980s TV show.

Ambiguous did she or didn’t she thriller is well made and filled with good performances but a bit small scale making its conclusion not really seem like enough.


A one-night stand becomes a nightmarish ordeal for one unsuspecting young woman in director Cate Shortland’s psychological thriller, adapted from Melanie Joosten’s novel.


The documentary maker offers up an array of suspects in this solid, efficient, but slightly anonymous chronicle of the singing superstar’s decline and death.

Roger Michell’s adaptation of this Daphne Du Maurier novel features a Sphinx like Rachel Weisz as a possible murderer but the pace is too stately to create suspense


It isn’t any kind of landmark and perhaps it is judged too kindly just because it isn’t monstrously disappointing like the previous DC films

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