Category: Film

Film Review: First Man – “a beautifully balanced piece of work, detailing just what it took to put Man on the Moon”

Monday 12th November 2018

Helen Tope reviews First Man, showing at Plymouth Arts Centre until this Thursday (tickets available here). 

The challenge in making a film about space travel is how to make it human. Astonishing technical feats; pilots at the peak of mental and physical perfection – excellence may be laudable, but it’s … Continue Reading

Film Review: Black ’47 – “This Irish Famine era epic effortlessly combines elements of the Western genre and the revenge thriller”

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Nigel Watson reviews Black 47’, showing at Plymouth Arts Centre until this Thursday (tickets available here). 

Fenney, a Connaught Ranger, played by James Frecheville, returning to his home town of Connemara, is shocked to find it devastated by the potato famine, starvation and disease. Making things even worse the English … Continue Reading

Film Review: The Happy Prince – “Bold, vibrant and unbreakable – The Happy Prince celebrates a voice that cannot be silenced.”

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Helen Tope reviews The Happy Prince, showing at Plymouth Arts Centre until this Thursday (tickets available here). 

Oscar Wilde is a gift for film-makers – vivacious, charming and always ready with a one-liner, he could have been created for cinema. The story of his life – a meteoric rise to … Continue Reading

Film Review: American Animals– “True crime documentaries are going through a golden age and this film is another great addition to the genre.”

Wednesday 31st October 2018

Ben Cherry reviews American Animals, showing at Plymouth Arts Centre until this Thursday (tickets available here). 

Films based on a true story have always been popular. Recently, films based on a true story try to subvert the usual biopic tropes, with the characters talking directly to the audience and commenting … Continue Reading

Film Review: The Wife – “a brilliant study of ambition, talent and the ego needed to drive them forward”

Tuesday 30th October 2018

Helen Tope reviews The Wife, showing at Plymouth Arts Centre until this Thursday (limited tickets available here). 

Based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer, The Wife tells the story of Joe and Joan Castleman. Joe, a writer of international standing, has been notified that he was won the Nobel Prize … Continue Reading

Film Review: The Little Stranger “an elegant, slow-burn gothic horror”

Monday 22nd October 2018

Caroline Morley reviews The Little Stranger, showing at Plymouth Arts Centre until this Thursday (tickets available here). 

“This house works on people” muses an enigmatic Charlotte Rampling in director Lenny Abrahamson’s follow up to his 2015 critically-acclaimed film, Room. Adapted by Lucinda Coxon and based on Sarah Waters’s 2009 novel, … Continue Reading

Film Review: Cold War “Shot in beautifully-textured black and white, Cold War is a love letter to post-war Europe.”

Monday 22nd October 2018

Helen Tope reviews Cold War, showing at Plymouth Arts Centre until this Thursday (tickets available here). 

Against the backdrop of communist Poland, Cold War is a love story that travels across Europe, going behind and beyond the Iron Curtain. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida, The Woman in the Fifth), Cold … Continue Reading

Film review: The Seagull “The cast […] deliver uniformly outstanding performances, lifting the film from the faintly ridiculous to the sublime.”

Monday 15th October 2018

Caroline Morley reviews The Seagull, showing at Plymouth Arts Centre until this Thursday (tickets available here). 

At one point in Stephen Karam’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, a forlorn, lovesick Masha (Elisabeth Moss) proclaims that unrequited love only happens in novels. And indeed, this new version of … Continue Reading