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Film of the Week - Avengers: Endgame

After the much-publicised troubles that have beset this movie, it comes as a pleasant surprise that Bohemian Rhapsody is such a fun ride, with a roster of superb concert recreations, including Life Aid – where Queen gave what many consider the greatest rock performance of all time.

Film review: Shazam

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Has the latest DC Extended Universe offering impressed our film reviewer Mark Goodin?

Film review: Hellboy

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Does the Hellboy reboot meet expectations? Mark Goodin reviews.

The homegrown answer to A Star Is Born, Wild Rose is a moving story about the importance of chasing your dreams – no matter what the cost.

Expect a giant dose of kapow! blam! and zap! in this fast paced, fun-filled, super hero film that pokes fun at the genre with a few serious messages thrown in for good measure.

Get ready for Peppa Pig’s biggest celebration yet to hit the big screen as we celebrate 15 years’ of the little piggy family.

Emily Blunt steps ably into the shoes of Julie Andrews for this sequel to the much loved 1964 classic, which sees magical nanny Mary Poppins return to help the Banks siblings through a difficult time.

Like a hot cup of tea on a cold rainy day, Fisherman’s Friends is the heartwarming and quintessentially British movie that the country needs in the midst of the Brexit blues.

Our arts editor reviews latest Disney film to be reimagined on the big screen.

Film Review: Dumbo

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Another classic Disney film gets a live adaptation but what did Mark Goodin make of it?

Staring Oscar winner Brie Larson in the lead role, this latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces the previously unseen Captain Marvel, a powerful cosmic warrior with links to earth.

Set in 1995, this film acts as a prequel of sorts to the entire franchise as well as telling the tale of its heroine, the first female hero to headline her own Marvel movie.

Fighting with my Family is based on the true story of British WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) superstar Paige and her rise to wrestling stardom. Despite being a rather familiar rags to riches story, it is not your average sports movie and will appeal to a much wider audience.

From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure Dumbo expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight.

An innovative subversion of the horror genre, Us is another inventive and unnerving Jordan Peele masterpiece.

Film Review: Us

Thursday, March 28, 2019

It’s a delve into the world of horror for Mark Goodin this week as he takes on the new release, Us.

A new offering on Netflix makes for Mark Goodin’s latest film review.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Stephen Merchant’s new film is a warts-and-all portrayal of the Knight wrestling family who turned their lives around.


Starring Oscar-winner Brie Larson in the lead role, this latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces the previously unseen Captain Marvel – a powerful cosmic warrior with links to Earth.

When Joe Castleman wins the Nobel Prize for Literature his wife is delighted for him – who wouldn’t be – and yet there is something niggling away at her that isn’t fully explained by his serial philandering or toddler mentality.

Despite eye-rolling moments, Mark Goodin thinks Fighting With My Family could be Nick Frost’s best performance in years.

Fittingly released on International Women’s Day, Captain Marvel is an empowering and engaging addition to the superhero saga that packs a feminist message.

Film review: Serenity

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Mark Goodin finds Matthew McConaughey’s latest film disappointing.

Winner of the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy awards, Green Book stars 2017 Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali together with Viggo Mortensen and tells the true story of an unlikely friendship between a highly regarded black musician and his Italian/American driver from the Bronx.


A legendary wrestling family from Norwich is celebrating as the film based on its turbulent life in the WWE claimed the top spot on this week’s box office chart.

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Film review: Cold Pursuit

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Mark Goodin takes on a remake a 2014 Norwegian action comedy.

Louisa Baldwin chats to the Knight wrestling family from Norwich at their city centre wrestling school as a film based on their lives is released in cinemas.


The Rock and Stephen Merchant’s new film is a warts-and-all portrayal of the Knight wrestling family from the fine city who turned their lives around.

Bumblebee, the first spin-off of the successful, but critically maligned, Transformers series, sees director Michael Bay hand the reigns over to Travis Knight, director of Kubo and Two Strings for this prequel to the 2007 original.


Film review: Happy Death Day 2U

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Mark Goodin delves into the world of horror with his latest review.

More of a sci-fi comedy with thriller traits thrown in than straight up horror, Happy Death Day 2U is an inventive subversion of typical slasher movies.

Mark Goodin takes on an adaptation of a Japanese cyberpunk manga for his latest review.

With a badass female superhero at the heart of this action-adventure-romance, Alita: Battle Angel is one of the most visually stunning movies in years.

Starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly in the title roles, this film from Scottish director Jon S Baird tells the story of the final tour of comedy double act Laurel and Hardy.

Film Review: Green Book

Friday, February 8, 2019

An unlikely friendship is the subject of the latest film review from Mark Goodin.

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