Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

2016/ UK, USA Director: David Yates Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller Words: R. Topham Watching all two and a bit hours of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, you start to wonder if JK Rowling has inadvertently created a wizarding version of the global phenomena which was Pokemon…

Hunt For The Wilderpeople

2016 – New Zealand Director: Taika Waititi Starring: Julian Denninson, Sam Neill, Rachel House, Ocscar Kightley Words: R. Topham Taika Waititi’s latest frivolous endeavour stars new found gem Julian Dennison as problem child Ricky, whose difficult upbringing in the city forged a passion for hip-hop and aversion to the prospect of family life, whereas his…

Captain Fantastic

2016 – USA Director: Matt Ross Starring: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Kathryn Hahn, Frank Langella Words: R. Topham Let’s not sugarcoat this – Captain Fantastic sounds like a coming-of-age comic book hero who’s still growing into his suit and hasn’t had his first kiss yet. Alas, Viggo Mortensen is no caped crusader in his latest drama,…

The Childhood Of A Leader

2015 – UK, France, Hungary Director: Brady Corbet Starring: Robert Pattinson, Stacy Martin, Liam Cunningham Words: R. Topham On paper, the origin story of a fictitious fascist leader loosely inspired by Mussolini sounds very straight-to-DVD, and, as a (kind of) adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s story of the same name, there was a real danger it…

Ghostbusters

2016 – USA Director: Paul Feig Starring: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Chris Hemsworth Words: R. Topham From the theme song to the iconic one liners, the original Ghostbusters was one of the 20th century’s most recognisable hits. But the dedication and wrath of the film’s fans only became disturbingly evident when…

Mustang

2016 (UK) Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven Starring: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu Words: R. Topham “It’s like everything changed in the blink of an eye. One minute we were fine, then everything turned to shit.” A multi-award winning, Oscar nominated tale of five orphaned sisters from a small village in suburban Turkey, Mustang…

Dheepan

2015/ France Director: Jacques Audiard Starring: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby Words: R. Topham An insightful, touching and surreal journey, the film follows the eponymous hero, real name Sivadhasan, and his pretend family, ‘wife’ Yalini and nine year old ‘daughter’ Illayas, on their journey to security after they flee from the civil war in Tamil,…

View From The Night- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

2016/USA Director: Zack Snyder Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Gal Godot Words: R. Topham For some time, Marvel films have been ruling the roost, so when the first trailer for the live action showdown of the world’s greatest heroes (who are most notably DC comics based) was released, it seemed auspiciously…

Deadpool

2016/ USA, Canada Director: Tim Miller Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Karan Soni Words: R. Topham Deadpool breaks so many rules it’s basically rewritten the book, creating a whole new genre of comedy/action/superhero/spoof movie in the process. Taking over and improving on the craic we saw in Ant-Man, it is a completely unique, game-changing experience…

Youth

2015/ Italy, UK, France, Switzerland Director: Paolo Sorrentino Starring: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz Words: R. Topham Imagine if Wes Anderson made an As Good As It Gets style drama, and you’ll picture something similar to Youth. It is up there with the most emotionally reflective films about the depths of the life you’ll ever see….

The Danish Girl

2015/ UK, Germany, USA Director: Tom Hooper Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard Words: R. Topham A much anticipated biopic about the life of Lili Elbe, an early twentieth century transgender woman and one of the first to attempt gender reassignment surgery, The Danish Girl details a poignant journey through the social construction of gender norms,…

Carol

2015/ USA Director: Todd Haynes Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara Words: R. Topham I saw ‘starring Cate Blanchett’ and was sold immediately. But labelling Carol Aird the ‘role of her career’ seemed somewhat of a grand statement following her unbelievable performance as the lead in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. More than ten years after the…