Category: Film

Film Review: The Kindergarten Teacher – “In a study of a woman tipping into chaos and unreality, Gyllenhaal gives the performance of her career.”

Monday 8th April 2019

Helen Tope reviews The Kindergarten Teacher, showing in our cinema until Thursday, including a special Reclaim the Frame screening with intro, Q&A and poetry workshop on Tuesday.

Set in a New York school, The Kindergarten Teacher takes us into a gentle world of routine. The … Continue Reading

Film Review: RBG – “As a feminist documentary, RBG wins in on every score”

Monday 18th March 2019

Helen Tope reviews RBG, showing in our cinema until Thursday 21 March.

In a career spanning 60 years, Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg – tough, gutsy and unapologetically liberal – has become an icon. In a new documentary, RBG explores the motivation of an 86-year-old woman, still working at … Continue Reading

Film Review: If Beale Street Could Talk – “a mature, thoughtful and beautiful piece of work“

Monday 18th March 2019

Ben Cherry reviews If Beale Street Could Talk, showing in our cinema until Thursday 21 March.

Barry Jenkins is a pretty big deal in Hollywood. After some success from his debut film Medicine for Melancholy in 2008, it took a further eight years without a full-length feature to his name, … Continue Reading

Film Review: Mary Queen of Scots – “a character study of two women trying to assert themselves as leaders”

Tuesday 12th March 2019

Helen Tope reviews Mary Queen of Scots, showing in our cinema until Thursday 14 March.
A power struggle to the bitter end, Mary Queen of Scots depicts the Queen’s extraordinary fall from grace. Set between Mary’s arrival in Scotland in 1561, until her execution … Continue Reading

Film Review: Burning – “a rare work of cinema”

Monday 4th March 2019

Beau Waycott reviews Burning, showing in our cinema until Wednesday 6 March.

Lee Chang-dong’s emotionally shot and searingly tense psychological drama-mystery, Burning, is a rare work of cinema: one that asks questions to its audience throughout but unapologetically answers none of them. Rarer still, Chang-dong succeeds wholly in … Continue Reading

Film Preview: All is True – “a beautifully-crafted piece of work, and truly intelligent film-making”

Monday 4th March 2019

Helen Tope reviews All is True, showing in our cinema from Friday 8 March.

Based on the final years of William Shakespeare’s life, All is True is a literary biopic that throws away the rulebook.

Gone are the well-worn tropes of struggle and triumph. Here, Shakespeare has reached … Continue Reading

Film Review: Green Book – “a warm, funny and incredibly likeable film”

Tuesday 26th February 2019

Reviewed here by Ben Cherry, Green Book is showing in our cinema until Thursday 28 February. Thursday’s performance is sold out but there are still a few tickets remaining for tonight’s screening (Tuesday 26).

The Oscar season is officially over. The prestigious award show aired last … Continue Reading

Film Review: Lizzie – “As a piece of evocative film-making, Lizzie thoroughly succeeds”

Monday 18th February 2019

Reviewed here by Helen Tope, Lizzie is showing in our cinema until Thursday 21 February.

If you’re watching Lizzie, chances are you already know the story. On 4 August 1892, Thomas and Abby Borden were found murdered in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. Bludgeoned with an axe from their … Continue Reading