Ryan Young

Review: Isle of Dogs

Review: Isle of Dogs

In a dystopian Japanese town, dogs have become the political enemy. The scourge of Megasaki City and a threat to all they encounter through overpopulation and disease. Yet, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs is loving, heartfelt and hauntingly beautiful. If you’re familiar with Wes Anderson’s work, you’ll know it when you see it and Isle […]

 Sally Seaton

Preview: Life of the Party

Preview: Life of the Party

Melissa McCarthy is a comedy genius known for her hilarious acting roles as an overweight, clumsy, witty middle-aged woman. In her new film that hits UK cinemas this May, she is exactly that – the life and soul of a party. Starting out as a controlled house wife, newly-divorced Deanna (Melissa McCarthy) turns her wasted […]

 Stacey McMaster

Review: The Death of Stalin

Review: The Death of Stalin

The title of this film does not immediately suggest that it is going to be a comedy. When I first looked at this I thought it was going to be a historical drama rather like The Other Boleyn Girl (2008). My knowledge of Russian history and politics is sketchy to say the least – especially […]

 Emma Robinson

Angelina Jolie proves she’s better off camera than she is in front of it Review of her newest directorial role: First They Killed My Father

Angelina Jolie proves she’s better off camera than she is in front of it Review of her newest directorial role: First They Killed My Father

Netflix is a goldmine for great movies that are both entertaining and thought provoking. And Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father, which premiered on Netflix last month, is a must-watch. Based on a biographical book by Loung Ung, the film follows young Loung and her family’s struggles under the Khmer Rouge. We view the […]

 Danielle Blakeley

Preview: Cars 3

Preview: Cars 3

Lightning McQueen is racing back to the big screen this July in the well-anticipated threequel of Disney Pixar’s Cars. via GIPHY Fans of the animated film series will witness the transition of their franchise hero from rookie to old-timer as he struggles to keep his racing career alive. Owen Wilson returns as the race car […]

 Alexander Beard

Interview: Esther Johnson on making the North East’s most personal film, Asunder

Interview: Esther Johnson on making the North East’s most personal film, Asunder

The First World War was such a far-reaching and impactful conflict that the personal stories of those involved often get lost among the statistics, as do the specific regions of Britain that the war effected. It was with this in mind that respected filmmaker Esther Johnson set about creating Asunder, the story of what happened […]

 Emma Ormiston

Review: Beauty and the Beast

Review: Beauty and the Beast

It’s a tale that’s old as time but Disney’s retelling of the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast is nothing if not modern, fresh and above all enchanting.

It was bittersweet and strange watching a film that I held so dear as a child be remodelled and reworked into this live action version, however director Bill Condon did not disappoint me. Having directed the final two Twilight films, Condon was used to living up to high expectations of die-hard fans. Armed with three […]

 Danielle Blakeley

Get Out: Review

Get Out: Review

On the surface, it may appear that Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out is in many ways a standard cliché horror film. The movies opening scene is set in a traditional manner: abandoned street in the shadowy darkness with an unsuspecting victim. Thrilling jump scares, predictable plot twists and clever tension building continue to establish […]

 Danielle Blakeley

Get Out – Preview

Get Out – Preview

Jordan Peele will be making his directorial debut in the horror-thriller genre with his new film Get Out.

Set in the present, this movie has boldly set itself up to approach deep-rooted issues of race and prejudice. The racially-driven plot sees African-American boyfriend, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and white partner, Rose (Allison Williams), attending a weekend getaway in order to meet Rose’s parents. The trip finds them in a white dominated suburb where mysterious […]

 Danielle Blakeley

Fifty Shades Darker – Review

Fifty Shades Darker – Review

The well-anticipated Mr dark and mysterious recently topped the box office film charts, but it wasn’t quite the troubled billionaire protagonist that people were expecting. The Lego Batman Movie raked in £7.9 million on its opening weekend, meaning capes and comedy beat Christian Grey and his raunchy sequel to the top spot. Fifty Shades Darker earned a slightly lower £7.56 million, nearly half the amount of its Valentine’s Day predecessor, ranking it in second place.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson reprised their roles as billionaire bad boy, Christian Grey and inexperienced ‘misfit,’ Anastasia Steele, but continued to struggle with on screen chemistry in this disappointing sequel. The movie begins with the “not a hearts and flowers kind of” Christian, giving Anastasia… flowers, in a bid to swoon her back to […]

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