Hacksaw Ridge

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving Director: Mel Gibson Running Time: 139 mins Synopsis: Based on the true story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss (Garfield) who enlisted in the U.S Army but refused to carry a weapon due to his religious beliefs. Training as a medic he finds himself in the hellfire that is…

Jackie

Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, John Hurt Director: Pablo Larrain Running Time: 103 mins Synopsis: Recounting the days after the tragic assassination of JFK, in which his wife Jackie (Portman) attempts to balance her grief with arranging his funeral, cementing his legacy and carefully cultivating her own public persona. As one of the most defining…

Split

Starring: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley Director: M.Night Shyamalan Running Time: 117 mins Synopsis: 3 young girls, including Taylor-Joy’s Casey, are kidnapped for seemingly no reason by an unstable man named Kevin (McAvoy). As they attempt to figure out a way to escape their incarceration it becomes apparent that Kevin is not just one…

Logan trailer promises a new kind of Superhero film!!

Forget the ever convoluted nature of the X-Men film franchise for a minute and prepare to see a new kind of comic-book movie. Building on the moody and evocative teaser trailer, that so wonderfully combined the mournful voice of Johnny Cash with some startlingly bleak images, this new glimpse is violent, sweary and exciting. Hugh…

Movie Shots: Down in One!!

Thanks to a busy weekend of TV binge watching; A Series of Unfortunate Events=dark, witty, playful and graced with some wry wonderful dialogue, final ever(?) Sherlock=plot a bit thick but a solid emotional payoff and a great send-off, and Taboo; murky, miserable and a tad slow but a primal guttural performance from Tom Hardy, I’ve…

2017: The Big Preview

2016 is so last year!! Let’s forget all the misery and death of last year, not to mention one of the worst summer movie seasons for decades, and look ahead to the biggest films set for release this year. I have forgone the traditional monthly January preview, namely because it’s already a week into Jan…

La La Land

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend Director: Damien Chazelle Running Time: 129 mins Synopsis: In present day LA aspiring actress Mia (Stone) faces daily rejection from the repeated auditions she attends. Meanwhile jazz player Sebastian (Gosling) also dreams big, with plans to open his own jazz bar. Life continuously fires up roadblocks for them…

Manchester by the Sea

Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges Director: Kenneth Lonergan Running Time: 137 mins Synopsis: Lee Chandler (Affleck) is called back to his hometown, the titular Manchester by the Sea, after the death of his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler). The first time he has returned since a past tragedy changed his life. But more complicated…

Live by Night

Starring: Ben Affleck, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana Director: Ben Affleck Running Time: 129 mins Synopsis: Returning to his hometown of Boston after fighting in WW1, Joe Coughlin (Affleck) finds himself drawn into a world of bank heists and violent crime. After crossing the wrong gangster by screwing his floozy (Miller) Joe winds up in prison….

Silence

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson Director: Martin Scorsese Running Time: 161 mins Synopsis: In the 17th century two Christian Missionaries (Garfield and Driver) sneak into Feudal Japan in order to locate their mentor Father Ferriera (Neeson) who has gone missing. It is a time when Christianity is outlawed in Japan and the two…