My top 10 movies of 2019

Of the films I've watched this year (sadly missed out on many including Little Women and Hustlers), here's my top 10. 10. Stan & Ollie (PG) Handled with sensitivity and care by director Jon S. Baird and performed with skill and astonishing attention to detail by Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie is a fitting... Continue Reading →

The Courier (18)

Director: Zackary Adler Starring: Olga Kurylenko, Gary Oldman, Amit Shah, Alicia Agneson, William Moseley and Dermot Mulroney Run time: 1h 39m ⭐⭐ Opening with a frenetic montage of newspaper headlines and television reports that barely give you a chance to find out that Ezekiel Mannings (Oldman) is a very naughty boy with links to organised... Continue Reading →

The Courier (2019) Film review

Director: Zackary Adler Starring: Olga Kurylenko, Gary Oldman, Amit Shah, Alicia Agneson, William Moseley and Dermot Mulroney Run time: 1h 39m ⭐⭐ Opening with a frenetic montage of newspaper headlines and television reports that barely give you a chance to find out that Ezekiel Mannings (Oldman) is a very naughty boy with links to organised... Continue Reading →

21 Bridges (15)

Director: Brian Kirk Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, Taylor Kitsch, Keith David, Stephan James and J.K. Simmons Run time: 1h 39m ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Chadwick Boseman swaps Black Panther (watch out for a cheeky reference within the first few moments) for the blue of the NYPD in 21 Bridges, a cop thriller about cop killers. Following in his... Continue Reading →

The Aeronauts (PG)

Director: Tom Harper Starring: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel, Phoebe Fox, Anne Reid, Tim McInnerny, Vincent Perez, Robert Glenister and Tom Courtenay Run time: 1h 40m ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Inspired by real events, director Tom Harper brings a big balloon to the big screen and combines fact with fiction to dizzying effect in The Aeronauts, a... Continue Reading →

Gemini Man (12A)

Director: Ang Lee Starring: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong, Douglas Hodge, Linda Emond, Ilia Volok and Ralph Brown Run time: 1h 57m ⭐⭐ Will Smith is Henry Brogan, an assassin with a very particular set of skills. After a job very nearly results in an innocent child being killed, he re-evaluates... Continue Reading →

Rambo: Last Blood (18)

Director: Adrian Grunberg Starring: Sylvestor Stallone, Yvette Monreal, Paz Vega, Óscar Jaenada, Sergio Peris-Mencheta and Adriana Barraza Run time: 1h 29m ⭐⭐⭐⭐ The fifth and allegedly final film in a franchise that’s spanned four decades finds Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Stallone) enjoying the peace and tranquillity he’d found at the end of the previous instalment,... Continue Reading →

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (U)

Directors: Will Becher and Richard Phelan Starring: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Kate Harbour, David Holt, Chris Morrell, Richard Webber, Simon Greenall, Emma Tate and Andy Nyman Run time: 1h 26m ⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Kings of stop-motion technique, Aardman, return to the big screen with A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon and their superior use of clay-mation. Featuring... Continue Reading →

Killers Anonymous (15)

Director: Martin Owen Starring: Gary Oldman, Jessica Alba, Tommy Flanagan, Elliot James Langridge, Rhyon Nicole Brown, Michael Socha, Tim McInnerny, Elizabeth Morris and MyAnna Buring Run time: 1h 35m ⭐ Gary Oldman’s mysteriously named 'The Man' heads up a support group for assassins called Killers Anonymous. It’s a safe place where select teams of contract... Continue Reading →

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (12A)

Director: David Leitch Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Eddie Marsan, Eiza González, Cliff Curtis, Eliana Sua and Helen Mirren Run time: 2h 17m ⭐⭐⭐ From the ludicrously spectacular The Fast and the Furious films, two of the most popular characters team up for their own adventure. Dwayne Johnson as Security Service Agent Luke... Continue Reading →

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