Category: Film

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

Film Review: Colette – “A fascinating study of how ownership of words can shape a fortune”

Tuesday 5th February 2019

Reviewed here by Helen Tope, Colette is showing in our cinema until Thursday 7 February.

Telling the story of a literary sensation, Colette takes us to the heart of how a writer is created.

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We meet Sidionie-Gabrielle Colette as a girl about to get married. Her beloved, Henry Gauthier-Villars (known … Continue Reading

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.

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