Here it is, the final episode. Rebel forces are getting ready to invade the Capitol with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) at their head. ‘The Hunger Games’ has become one of the most enjoyable, popular and subtly political film franchises of recent years, while also introducing the world to the coolest movie star of our generation. This final instalment has everything fans have come to expect: running, shooting, killing, minor characters played by major movie stars and J-Law frowning at rubble.Read more
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara shine in Todd Haynes's beautiful 1950s-set Patricia Highsmith adaptation. This is the story of a young New York shop assistant (Mara) whose whirlwind romance with an older woman (Blanchett) leads both of them to question the society they’ve been born into. A keeper.Read more
The Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks dream team is back with a brilliantly old fashioned Cold War thriller. The film tells the long-forgotten story of an insurance lawyer (Hanks) who gets roped into negotiating a secret trade of prisoners between the US and Soviet governments in the late 1950s. 'Bridge of Spies' doesn’t twist like a John le Carré spy story, but it's a deeply satisfying character study that'll keep you gripped.Read more
Johnny Depp makes a thunderous return to Proper Acting in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller. He plays James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, a Boston thug who collaborated with the FBI but ended up on the Most Wanted list when he tried to evade capture. The film hasn’t drawn the kind of ecstatic reviews the filmmakers will have been hoping for, but hopefully it’ll mark the start of a shift away from daft blockbusters for Johnny.Read more
You wait years for a new Pixar movie, then two come along at once. Hot on the heels of ‘Inside Out’ comes ‘The Good Dinosaur’, a tale of adventure set in a world where dinosaurs and people coexist (that pesky asteroid never wiped the dinos out, you see). It may look a little more cutesy-pie and toddler-friendly than ‘Inside Out’, but there’s nothing wrong with that – and with Pixar, we know the animation will be top-notch.Read more
Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot in the head by Taliban militants when she was 15, is one of the world’s most famous teenagers. The contradiction of doing chemistry homework one day and jetting off to meet Hillary Clinton the next are explored in this inspiring doc from Davis Guggenheim, who directed ‘An Inconvenient Truth’. What shines through is Malala’s incredible bravery and poise, and the sense that we are watching a world leader of the future.Read more
Maggie Smith is at her most witheringly withering playing the real-life eccentric bag lady who lived in a clapped-out camper van in playwright Alan Bennett’s front garden for 15 years. Bennett first wrote about Miss Smith in a memoir, which he turned into a play in 1999 also starring Dame Maggie. This is the movie equivalent of cosying down with a hot buttery crumpet on a cold winter’s day.Read more
‘Brooklyn’ is a gorgeous adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s much-loved novel. Saoirse Ronan gives a stunning performance as a young Irish woman, Eilis, who emigrates to New York in the early 1950s. At first virtually paralysed by homesickness, Eilis slowly makes a life for herself, falling for a handsome Italian American. When a sudden death calls her back to Ireland, she’s torn between two worlds and two lovers. Which makes ‘Brooklyn’ sound all doom and swoon. It’s not – Julie Walters is hilarious as Eilis’s landlady in Brooklyn.Read more
This made-on-a-shoestring comedy – it was shot on iPhones – has been hailed as the indie film of the year by critics in the US. It’s the story of two transsexual prostitutes in LA on a mission to track down one of their boyfriend/pimps. Screwball funny, it’ll keep you laughing – then break your heart.
For some he’s a nerd hero. To others he’s a self-centred jerk. Whatever your take, Apple CEO Steve Jobs revolutionised technology in the 1980s and 1990s. This unconventional biopic written by ‘The Social Network’ scribe Aaron Sorkin and directed by national treasure Danny Boyle casts Michael Fassbender as Jobs, as he struggles to balance his personal and professional lives on the eve of three major product launches. Expect a whole lot of people in very sharp suits striding around conference centres having snappy conversations about processing power.Read more
Venue says: Monday-Wednesday lunchtime offer: £10 for a burger and a side when dining in!
Amongst the slew of burger joints popping up left, right and centre, this Charlotte Street spot looks to do things a little differently. There's Champagne, for starters, as well as cocktails with a twist and small plates including prawn ceviche and a chicken and chorizo pâté with red onion compote and toast. Still not convinced? Try the 'experimental' events on Mondays and Saturdays - your chance to tuck into things like kangaroo, alligator and ostrich. The burgers here are made with rare-breed beef from farms in Kent, Essex and Yorkshire, with Dexter, Longhorn and Red Lincoln cattle the chosen breeds. The patties are seared hot and fast on a Kopa charcoal oven, with cherry, English plum and hickory wood used to give things a little extra smoky flavour. There's variety to the burgers, too. A Bobo is pretty much your classic burger but there's one with peanut butter, a lobster and crab burger, a spicy 'capsicum' burger (a beef and chorizo patty with manchego, tomato and chilli salsa, fresh chillies, lettuce, tomatoes, charcoal-roasted red onions, Bobo sauce and jalapeno mayo) and even one with wagyu beef - coming in at a cool £20.