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Doctor Strange


Directed by Scott Derrickson Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Stuhlbarg and Benjamin Bratt In UK Cinemas October 25th, 2016 by Richard Hamer With the fourteenth film in its ‘Cinematic Universe’, you’d imagine Marvel would be trying extra-hard to distinguish individual entries in its series, to keep things fresh […]

The Greasy Strangler


Directed by Jim Hosking Starring Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar and Elizabeth De Razzo Now In UK Cinemas and on DVD, Blu-Ray & Digital by Joanna Orland The Napoleon Dynamite of the horror genre – The Greasy Strangler is an inane movie with awkward dialogue, weird looking people, stunted performances and gross out juvenile humour. […]

The 60th BFI London Film Festival


60th BFI London Film Festival October 5th-16th, 2016 Various London Venues by Joanna Orland The 60th BFI London Film Festival played like a ‘Best Of’ the 2016 international film festivals.  Opening with Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom and closing with Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, the festival showcased some of the year’s most buzzed about films.  […]

BFI London Film Festival: Free Fire


Free Fire Directed by Ben Wheatley Starring Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley and Michael Smiley by Joanna Orland There’s not much to Ben Wheatley’s 90 minute shootout film Free Fire – what you see is what you get.  And what you get […]

Justin Kelly


Director Justin Kelly discusses his films I Am Michael and King Cobra by Joanna Orland Screenwriter and director Justin Kelly first garnered industry attention when his debut feature I Am Michael premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2015.  His second film King Cobra continues the tradition set by I Am Michael, by being based on […]

BFI London Film Festival: Manchester by the Sea


Manchester by the Sea Directed by Kenneth Lonergan Starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler and Lucas Hedges by Richard Hamer ‘Real life doesn’t know what genre it’s in’ – that’s what I have jotted down at the end of our screening of Kenneth Lonergan’s homecoming drama. It’s not often you come across a movie […]

BFI London Film Festival: The Young Offenders


The Young Offenders Directed by Peter Foott Starring Alex Murphy, Chris Walley and Hilary Rose by Amanda Farley Peter Foott’s debut feature is a welcome addition to the Irish film landscape. Set in Cork in 2007, The Young Offenders was shot on an impressively small budget and yet more than stands its ground against bigger […]

BFI London Film Festival: The Worthy


The Worthy Directed by Ali F. Mostafa Starring Mahmoud Atrash, Samer Almasri and Maisa Abd Elhadi by Amanda Farley Set in a dystopian future, Ali F. Mostafa’s latest feature The Worthy sees an interesting departure from his earlier work. This post-apocalyptic thriller focuses on a mismatched group of survivors led by Shauib (Samer Al Masry). […]

BFI London Film Festival: Christine


Christine Directed by Antonio Campos Starring Rebecca Hall, Michael C Hall and Tracy Letts by Joanna Orland Christine is a character study of the real life news anchor Christine Chubbuck, famed for committing suicide during a live broadcast in the 1970’s.  Rebecca Hall gives a brilliant performance in this tragic and bleak story, showing much […]

BFI London Film Festival: Bleed For This


Bleed For This Directed by Ben Younger Starring Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart and Ciarán Hinds by Amanda Farley Bleed for This is writer-director Ben Younger’s biopic of ‘The Pazmanian Devil’ boxing legend Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller), a Rhode Island fighter whose refusal to be beaten by anything has made him a living legend. The film […]