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Apollo 11

This is the 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and there will be no end of documentaries and dramas to celebrate it. I suspect this will be the film to beat.

Todd Douglas Miller has trawled through the NASA archives covering 11,000 hours of film that have been hidden away since 1969. The results of […]

Yesterday

The big question for me in a film where the music takes centre stage is whether the star really sings and plays? Let me reassure you that 28 year-old EastEnders actor Himesh Patel did indeed. His audition was to play a Coldplay song, and he chose the lesser-known We Never Change– and bingo! Nevertheless he had to learn […]

Gloria Bell

Two films starring middle-aged women in a row! And, I’m sad to report, this is another disappointment. It is an almost scene-for-scene re-make, so I’m told as I didn’t see the original, of Chilean director Sebastian Lelio’s 2013 film of the same name. This time Julianne Moore who stars was also executive producer.

For me it’s […]

Late Night

As my loyal readers will know I rarely see romcoms as they’re not my thing. In this case I make an exception as I am a sneaky admirer of Emma Thompson, with the proviso that she’s always playing herself. The clipped received pronunciation, the squiffy mouth (like mine, perhaps that the main reason I like […]

Rocketman

I suppose I should have known this was going to be a huge disappointment. Both Elton and his husband David Furnish were involved in the production, so it could never be truly objective. In truth I was never a real Eton John fan – something we discussed after seeing the film – as few of […]

Eighth Grade

This is a coming-of-age film – but one with a difference. It is not a rom-com, or even a com (I hated all those There’s Something About Maryand high school films in those genres); rather it is a drama with some funny lines. It is also as accurate a depiction of teenage anxiety and cruelty in existence […]

Wild Rose

I have loved Jessie Buckley since I first saw her as Princess Bolkonskaya in War and Peace,also directed by Tom Harper; and then again in the horror thriller Beastwhere she quite stole the show from Geraldine James.

Here she is Rose-Lynn, jailbird on release and with ambitions of singing country in Nashville, who wears her tattoo ‘three chords […]

Us

This widely acclaimed follow-up to Get Out didn’t do it for me. Or for my companion, the Thriller Writer who knows a thing or two about the  horror genre. Prepped for allegory, satire and clever-clogs stuff, I have to admit by being completely underwhelmed by Us.

Jordan Peele sets his stall out with the portentous opening title sequence, […]

Green Book

This is a quick and dirty, as Green Bookhas been out so long, everyone has seen it and, of course, it won Best Movie, Best Original Screenplay and Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor in the 2019 Oscars.

So I’ll put my cards on the table. This film is all about the worst things in Hollywood. 

First, the […]

Everybody Knows

Penelope Cruz and Xavier Bardem are a magical real-life couple and this is their fifth cinematic pairing. And it’s an intriguing collaboration with Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi, best-known for his harrowing  A Separation, made in 2011 and just before I started reviewing. Everybody Knowsopened the Cannes film festival and is one of the select few not […]