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Elle

Directed by Paul Verhoeven Starring Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte and Anne Consigny In UK Cinemas March 10th, 2017 Pre-order on iTunes or by Richard Hamer You come to Elle with certain assurances of its quality: Dozens of awards for both the movie and its lead, Isabelle Huppert. It’s Palme d’Or nominated and, most recently, Golden […]

Berlinale 2017

Berlinale February 9th-19th, 2017 Berlin, Germany Introduction by Joanna Orland Film reviews by Laura Patricia Jones The 67th Berlin International Film Festival descended upon the German capital bringing with it a host of celebrities, industry members, films and its reputation as the world’s biggest public festival with a total of 334,471 tickets sold. This year’s […]

John Wick: Chapter 2

Directed by Chad Stahelski Starring Keanu Reeves, Common, Riccardo Scamarcio, Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Bridget Moynahan, Lance Reddick, Franco Nero, John Leguizamo, and Ian McShane In UK Cinemas February 17th, 2017 with previews on Valentine’s Day by Richard Hamer John Wick: Chapter 2 presents the perfect sequel: The well-choreographed action, the outlandish world-building, the silly […]

Berlinale: Golden Exits

Golden Exits Directed by Alex Ross Perry Starring Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe and Analeigh Tipton by Laura Patricia Jones Alex Ross Perry’s Golden Exits feels beautifully intimate and well observed, emerging us into Brooklyn summertime. But as a film about normal people in normal scenarios who don’t […]

Berlinale: Final Portrait

Final Portrait Directed by Stanley Tucci Starring Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Tony Shalhoub, James Faulkner and Sylvie Testud by Laura Patricia Jones Based on the true story of Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) inviting young American critic James Lord (Armie Hammer) to sit and have his portrait painted by him in Paris in 1964, […]

Berlinale: Es war einmal in Deutschland … (Bye Bye Germany)

Es war einmal in Deutschland … (Bye Bye Germany) Directed by Sam Garbarski Starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Antje Traue, Mark Ivanir, Hans Löw, Tim Seyfi, Anatole Taubman, Pal Macsai and Vaclav Jakoubek by Laura Patricia Jones Films concerning the Second World War and the Holocaust are relatively common, as are films about the aftermath of war […]

Berlinale: Barrage

Barrage Directed by Laura Schroeder Starring Lolita Chammah, Thémis Pauwels, Isabelle Huppert, Charles Müller, Elsa Houben, Marja-Leena Juncker and Luc Schiltz by Laura Patricia Jones What happens when three generations of women reunite and fall apart in one turbulent weekend? Barrage is the story of a mother who once pushed to her limits seeks to […]

Berlinale: The Dinner

The Dinner Directed by Oren Moverman Starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall and Chloë Sevigny by Laura Patricia Jones I arrived for The Dinner not sure of what to expect. I knew it was based on a bestselling book (always a good start) and had a stellar cast – Laura Linney, Rebecca […]

Raising Martha

Written by David Spicer Directed by Michael Fentiman Starring Tom Bennett, Julian Bleach, Stephen Boxer, Joel Fry, Gwyneth Keyworth and Jeff Rawle At Park Theatre, London, until February 11th, 2017 by Richard Hamer A new, original production at the Finsbury Park Theatre, Raising Martha is a frequently surreal, often memorable but sadly uneven dark comedy. […]

Silence

Directed by Martin Scorsese Starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Issey Ogata, Yōsuke Kubozuka and Ciarán Hinds In UK Cinemas January 1st, 2017 Pre-order on iTunes or by Joanna Orland Martin Scorsese has long wanted to make a film adaptation of the 1966 novel by Shūsaku Endo. This labour of love has blinded […]