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Paul Steward reviews new Netflix movie release The Old Guard starring Charlize Theron.

From Billy Elliot to Cast Away, how many of these instant classics have you watched?

Opinion Film review: Sputnik (15)

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Sputnik (15) is the latest addition to the ‘bringing back something unexpected from space’ genre.

Opinion Review: Babyteeth

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Babyteeth (15) lulls you into its emotional core, though its more conventional than you might expect.

Opinion Film review: Pinocchio

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Matteo Garrone’s adaptation of Pinocchio is a tale darker than Disney’s famous take.

Eva Riley’s tale of a lonely teen in a seaside town is sensual and sensitive with a touching central performance by Frankie Box

Film review: Make Up

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Flitting between reality and fantasy with some eerie images and a strong sense of atmosphere this tale of a young girl on an empty caravan site is not too complex

Film review: Proxima

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Eva Green is a trainee astronaut who spends all her time getting ready for a mission that we never see while resenting the fact that she will miss her daughter in space

Make sure to bring a cushion to hide behind as Pop Up Pictures is returning to the Norfolk Showground and this time there will be horror films alongside family favourites.

The story of how Crouch End columnist Caitlin Moran came to be a journalist has likeable performances and witty lines that don’t quite translate from the page

Drive-in cinemas have been hugely popular in America for decades, but with social distancing now a part of everyday life they finally seem to be hitting it off in the UK with events popping up across the country.

Film review: Arkansas

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Strong performances in a seedy tale of Deep South drug dealing that strips away any glamour for the criminal underworld

A nice film for the nice people who live in London’s middle-class Richard Curtis world but with likeable characters and lashings of innocence, it has a certain charm

Lee Min-jae’s romzomcom is implausible and inconsistent but also inventive, good-looking and funny

Da Five Bloods sees four African American war veterans return to Vietnam on a quest to find the remains of their fallen squad leader, and the gold fortune he helped them hide.

With an elliptical script and a gift for composition Hylnur Palmason’s Icelandic study of betrayal and grief is slow paced but effective

A documentary about New York Antiquarian booksellers sounds boring, and it is: charmingly, endearingly, reassuringly dull.

A fascinating portrait of America’s foremost working director as a film student and documentary maker

Lindsay Anderson’s scathing but unwieldy satire in which a crumbling NHS hospital is a microcosm of our nation’s failings, seems timely now

The story of how record exec Drew Dixon disclosed her rape allegation against her former boss is timely, painful and well told

Disney’s latest adaptation of a successful book series is like Harry Potter except nothing actually happens

Review: Resistance

Thursday, June 11, 2020

A film of mime artist Marcel Marceau’s wartime adventures with the French Resistance is an intriguing proposition, well acted, competent but not always believable

The entire history of female film-makers as told by a man unsurprisingly lacks insight into what they have contributed to cinema

Sonic the Hedgehog is a charming and appropriately wacky comedy, with a kind and heartwarming centre.

This 2013 sci-fi dystopia by the Parasite director has a unique vision and a compelling pace

Thriller about the disappearance of a glamorous woman in rural France plays satisfying narrative tricks and explores the tale from different perspectives

Twenty well-meaning short films of life in Brexit Britain fail to see the big picture

What sounds like the title of an 80s Sylvester Stallone film a beautifully shot, carefree Hong Kong action comedy that’s like a joy filled Fight Club

Tom Hanks’ latest sees him playing a saint with no edge in a film that grinds towards a predictable end

A portrait of a harried personal assistant to an abusive media mogul gets to the heart of how Harvey Weinstein got away with it for so long

Guy Ritchie’s latest London gangster movie isn’t as smart or witty as he thinks it is

The independent cinema is pioneering a new world streaming service to provide audiences with new films during lockdown.

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Film Review: Iron Mask

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Oddball globetrotting romp starring Charles Dance, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan has bad dubbing an illogical plot and questionable acting

In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend, Bob Hope.

A film as relentlessly entertaining as this deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.

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