Category: Film

The Favourite: ‘smart, elegant and deliciously foul’

Wednesday 30th January 2019

In the cinema from 25th Jan – 7th Feb, Helen Tope reviews this week’s film, 10 times Oscar-nominated The Favourite.

A comedy of manners, The Favourite is smart, elegant and deliciously foul. Director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, Dogtooth) has form in creating absurdist worlds. Taking the formula of … Continue Reading

Film Review: Disobedience, ‘a film of rare intelligence’

Tuesday 15th January 2019

Reviewed here by Helen Tope, Disobedience is showing in our cinema from 12th – 17th January.

A film of rare intelligence, Disobedience explores a love affair that threatens to tear a community apart.

https://youtu.be/RgoKZ3zORfE

Set within an Orthodox Jewish community in North London, the sudden death of community leader Rav Krushka means … Continue Reading

Film Review: Peterloo  – “An absorbing and thoughtful slice of history”

Tuesday 27th November 2018

Nigel Watson reviews Peterloo, showing at Plymouth Arts Centre until this Saturday (tickets available here). 

After twenty years of war and the eventual defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, Britain although victorious, is in a very unstable state. The inequalities in the nation are highlighted by the fact that the House … Continue Reading

Film Review: Widows – “Another exceptional addition to Steve McQueen’s filmography”

Tuesday 27th November 2018

Ben Cherry reviews Widows, showing at Plymouth Arts Centre until this Saturday (tickets available here). 

A film by Steve McQueen is something to get excited about. Hunger, Shame and 12 Years a Slave are three of the best films of the last decade.  All three films tell human but emotionally … Continue Reading

Film Review: Fahrenheit 11/9 – “a new documentary most definitely worth its time, probing questions not just of the lunacy of the right, but also the […] shortcomings of the modern left”

Monday 19th November 2018

Beau Waycott reviews Fahrenheit 11/9, showing at Plymouth Arts Centre until this Thursday (tickets available here).

Fahrenheit 11/9 is American documentarian Michael Moore’s attempt to answer the ever-present questions of Trump’s presidency: ‘how the fuck did we get here?’, and ‘how the fuck do we get out?’. With direct (and … Continue Reading

Film Review: Bohemian Rhapsody – “As a musical celebration, it absolutely soars”

Monday 19th November 2018

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

On 13 July 1985, rock band Queen took to the stage at Wembley Stadium. Taking part in Live Aid, a benefit concert spearheaded by Bob Geldof, each act was allowed twenty minutes to … Continue Reading

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