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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.

Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney (Mark Ruffalo) uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths.

Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Elisabeth Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding.

Margot Robbie is unrecognisable as she transforms into Harley Quinn, leading a gang of not-to-be-messed-with women in the rollercoaster ride that is ‘Birds Of Prey’.

The inspirational story of friendship, love, and support on the home front.

The pair must race against time to deliver a message that will stop 1,600 fellow troops from walking into a deadly enemy trap.

Robert Downey Jr electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle.

‘One last time’ is the recurring theme behind ‘Bad Boys For Life’, the action-filled fast-paced sequel that’s hit cinemas 25 years since the original.

Lady Bird ddirector Greta Gerwig has assembled a stellar cast of Hollywood’s brightest young stars. Saoirse Ronan as eldest sister Jo March and Florence Pugh as Amy both have Oscar nominations for their performances.

Bombshell is a tough but depressingly realistic depiction of sexual harassment in the media industry.

The inexplicable return of Emperor Palpatine has stunned the surviving members of the resistance, who under the stewardship of General Leia Organa (The late Carrie Fisher) must now deal with this ominous new threat, as well as facing off against the evil First order.

Bombshell (released on January 17) stars Academy Awards winners Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman and Academy Award nominees John Lithgow and Margot Robbie.

With the same hilarious body swap antics that made the last film such a hoot, The Next Level doubles down on this success by adding more characters and freshens things up by switching their roles.

Little Women is a timely update on the classic tale of female empowerment with a stellar cast including Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep and Florence Pugh.

Will Smith and Spider-Man’s Tom Holland make for an unlikely duo in eye-popping animated action-comedy Spies In Disguise.

Awards season is just around the corner. Here is a run down of the leading titles which will tempt us away from our televisions and into the cinema.

Film Review: Knives Out

Friday, December 27, 2019

Rian Johnson has always delivered a fresh, enjoyable spin on a variety of genres; he offered us a sun-dappled twist on the noir style with his debut Brick, a deliciously dark take on Science Fiction with Looper and reinvigorated the Star Wars franchise with the divisive The Last Jedi.

Based on the true story surrounding the 1966 Le Mans endurance race, Matt Damon and Christian Bale star as team mates recruited by the Ford motor company to challenge Ferrari’s dominance of the famous 24-hour event.

Full of epic lightsaber battles and eye-popping cinematography, The Rise of the Skywalker is a fittingly thrilling finale to the Star Wars saga, which began 42 years ago.

When career con man Roy Courtney (McKellen) and his associate Vincent set their sights on recently widowed Betty McLeish and her millions, a con of jackpot proportions presents itself.

Martin Scorsese returns to the genre he knows so well, reuniting with Robert De Niro for this American gangster epic telling the tale of real life mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran.

Opportunistic thieves are in the wrong place at the wrong time, sparking a night-time police manhunt through the streets of Manhattan, in Brian Kirk’s propulsive action thriller.

Edward Norton’s career has had its ups and downs, as he has steered an often fractious course through Hollywood, but you can never say he’s lacked ambition.

Full of unexpected twists and turns, Knives Out is a brilliantly witty, stylishly-filmed and extremely funny murder mystery.

The critics have described Last Christmas as: “bad” (Mark Kermode) “neither romantic or funny” (New York Post) “worst film of the year” (The Guardian) “wince-making” (The Telegraph).

It has been, one could argue, over a decade since Eddie Murphy has appeared in a film worthy of his considerable talents.

Brass Eye creator Chris Morris returns to the big screen with his second full length feature, which stars Anna Kendrick and Marchánt Davis in the lead roles.

A daredevil pilot and a weather scientist land themselves in an epic fight for survival in a new adventure film which sees them exploring the world in a hot-air balloon.

Film Review: The Joker

Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Joker has never had a definitive origin story.

Pitt is an engaging screen presence as always, but isn’t suited to such an understated role. (Seek out Ryan Gosling’s performance in last year’s First Man for a much better example of a brooding astronaut.)

Children’s movies keep getting smarter - and Abominable, the latest eye-popping adventure from DreamWorks and Pearl Studios is no exception.

Joaquin Phoenix delivers a career-best performance in Joker - a bloody, battered and bruised portrayal of a misunderstood man whose pained existence in a fractured and cruel world leads to worryingly nonchalant outbursts of violence.

The debut feature from Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz sees Shia LaBeof continue his run of strong, edgy turns and features a star-making turn from Zack Gottsagen.

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