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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.

A horror thriller fuelled by technological traps which pits six strangers against one another in a survival of the fittest scenario, Escape Room is an

From visionary filmmakers James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez comes Alita: Battle Angel (12A).

Haven’t we seen this so-so dystopian thriller before?

Film review: Glass

Monday, February 4, 2019

Does Glass provide a satisying ending to the Eastrail 177 trilogy? Mark Goodin reviews.

Based on a true story, ‘Green Book’ is an emotive, heart-warming tale of an unlikely friendship that, gradually, becomes a delight to watch thanks to two award-worthy lead performances.

New York

Pawel Pawlikowski follows his Oscar-winning Ida with the deeply romantic Cold War, a turbulent love story set against the backdrop of Europe after the Second World War.

Europe

Film Review: The Mule

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

For his second review Mark Goodin takes on The Mule featuring the legendary Clint Eastwood.

Channelling the classic humour of one of the world’s most iconic comedy duos, Stan & Ollie is a heart-warming tale of friendship and a reminder that life on the road isn’t always so easy.

United Kingdom

Vice; dir: Adam McKay; starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Jesse Plemons, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe, Tyler Perry, LisaGay Hamilton, Justin Kirk, Eddie Marsan. Cert: 15

United States

An action-packed video game like adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world, Aquaman is a welcome escape from reality - combining humour, romance and edge-of-your-seat combat scenes.

The Oscar nominations have been announced. We take a look at the contenders and the controversies.

Mary, Queen of Scots (Saoirse Ronan) explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart.

United Kingdom

Film Review: Stan & Ollie

Friday, January 18, 2019

Enjoy Woodbridge More’s new film reviewer Mark Goodin gives his view on the Laurel and Hardy biopic Stan & Ollie.

Regulars at the Heath’s famous bathing ponds extol the virtues of freshwater swimming in freezing temperatures in this life-affirming low budget documentary

London

From Yorgos Lanthimos, the Greek director behind The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, comes this period piece about Queen Anne’s complicated relationship with two of her closest aides.

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.

Funny, moving and full of action, Bumblebee is a welcome addition to the Transformers series.

It is early 18th century and England is at war with the French.

With plenty of clever little nods to the original Mary Poppins – released in 1964 – this sequel-of-sorts contains just as much magic and plenty of fantasy adventures to get lost inside.

London

Instead of making its debut at the cinema, new film Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock, is streaming via Netflix. See our review.

Writer Diablo Cody teams up once again with director Jason Reitman for this tale of a stressed mother who befriends the young nanny hired to help with her newborn daughter.

As the year draws to a close and the awards season revs up, Arts editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at a surprisingly diverse and entertaining year at the cinema and suggests these films should be on your home viewing list. How many have you seen?

United Kingdom

Have you seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse yet? See our review of the new animated superhero adventure.

Mary Poppins Returns staring Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure.

London

Staring Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke, this charming romcom based on the novel by Nick Hornby tells the tale of a British woman’s unlikely long distance romance with a jaded American rock star.

Warner Bros Pictures and director James Wan bring the action-packed adventure Aquaman to the big screen.

For an animated buddy-comedy about video game characters, Ralph Breaks the Internet tackles some pretty heavy societal issues.

Writer-director Bill Holderman’s frothy romantic comedy stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen as life-long friends, who have forgotten what it means to grow old disgracefully.

Having delivered an impressive remake of The Evil Dead and one of 2016’s most intense films with Don’t Breathe, Fede Álvarez would seem an ideal choice to helm the second instalment in the American-produced millennium series.

This popular franchise returns with some new cast members and maybe slightly disappointing for some fans - that means a new Mr Poppy!

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