Fifteen years after ‘Zoolander’, Ben Stiller is back as the ridiculously good-looking supermodel Derek Zoolander. A lengthy sequel delay didn’t work out too well for ‘Anchorman 2’, but Stiller has reassembled the gang, with Owen Wilson as tousled-haired Hansel and Will Ferrell back playing the world’s most evil fashion designer. Celebs including Anna Wintour and Kim Kardashian are rumoured to be making cameoes.Read more
It’s the role Tilda Swinton was born to play – a Bowie-like androgynous rocker. She stars as Marianne Lane, an international star who is more or less mute after a throat operation. Marianne is recuperating on an Italian island with her boyfriend (Matthias Schoenaerts) when her ex (Ralph Fiennes) barges in with his daughter. Watch for Fiennes’s hilarious, frequently topless performance as an ageing promoter.Read more
This latest installment of the Marvel franchise comes with an interesting backstory: ‘Deadpool’ was in studio purgatory and only went into production after test footage featuring Ryan Reynolds was leaked online, sparking total nerd frenzy. Now comes the film, starring Reynolds as the lycra-clad, foul-mouthed, R-rated Deadpool. Don’t take the kids.Read more
Sacha Baron Cohen is back with a new character, Nobby, a football thug from Grimsby. Unlike ‘Borat’ and ‘Brüno’, this won’t be a mock-doc but a straight-up action comedy, co-starring Mark Strong as Nobby’s long-lost brother, a top MI5 spy. The Sony hacking scandal gave us scraps of the bad taste jokes we can expect: according to the leaks, one joke involves the Queen, HIV, sex and the Pope.Read more
Bryan Cranston has picked up a Best Actor nomination for his first major post-‘Breaking Bad’ role. He steps into the suede loafers of legendary scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo, the richest writer in Hollywood until he was blacklisted and sent to prison in 1950 as a suspected communist. Watch out for Helen Mirren’s deliciously vicious turn as a viper gossip columnist.Read more
It feels like years since Tim Roth got a role worthy of his talents. But that all changes with this subtle, unpredictable story of a home care nurse working with dying patients. No, it doesn't sounds like a laugh-a-minute thrill ride, but festival reviews of 'Chronic' were full of praise for this quietly moving film, and particularly Roth's meticulous central performance.Read more
Is it a range-ridin' western? A brutal horror movie? A smart indie character study? 'Bone Tomahawk' is all three, and more. When his wife is snatched by savage cannibals, grieving husband Patrick Wilson enlists small-town Sheriff Kurt Russell and local sleazeball Matthew Fox to get her back. The bickering between these three may be funny – but when the baddies turn up, brace yourself for some truly outrageous, graphic gore.Read more
'Lawless' director John Hillcoat returns with a bruising old-school crime thriller. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Aaron Paul star as dirty cops planning a big heist. Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck are the decent cops on their tail, with Kate Winslet as – get this – a vicious, scenery-chewing Russian mob boss. Fans of James Ellroy and 'True Detective', step on up.Read more
Someone give Rebel Wilson her own film! Fat Amy, her character in the ‘Pitch Perfect’ movies is pure comedy gold, but somehow Wilson has been permanently lumbered with supporting roles. In this romcom she plays best friend to Dakota Johnson, who is newly single in New York and looking for love.Read more
Remaking ‘Point Break’ was never going to be a good idea. But the reviews of Ericson Core’s attempt have been brutal: ‘stiff’, ‘humourless’ and ‘tension-free’. Not only does the movie sideline surfing (in favour of other extreme sports like free-climbing), it's turned Keanu Reeves’s puppy-cute, doofus-y FBI agent a beefy meathead. No thanks.
Paradise by Way of Kensal Green
Venue says: Head chef Cat Ashton's menu (formerly Petersham Nurseries) is inspired from quality, seasonal ingredients and an array of global flavours.
Paradise by Way of Kensal Green might seem like a highfalutin’ name for a bar, but as the phrase comes from a GK Chesterton poem opposing the prohibition of alcohol, we’ll let the owners off. Plus it's a good-looking spot, with chandeliers, velvet drapes, peeling paint and religious iconography lending things a gothic feel. There's certainly plenty into which to get your teeth, too. The Saturday night Paradise Sessions prove a bit of a draw (it's all about hip hop, house, disco and whatnot), as do the live music nights, cult film nights, cabaret and art shows. Supper clubs are popular, too. And that's a sign, perhaps, of Paradise's culinary clout. It's recently been beefed up in no small part by its new head chef, Cat Ashton - poached from the Petersham Nurseries Café where she was head chef following Skye Gyngell's departure. The newly refurbished, 100-cover dining looks like a suitably impressive setting for her to do her thing. She's started by putting together an adventurous seasonal menu that combines European flavours with locally sourced ingredients. Expect, then, dishes ranging from roasted quail with dandelion salad, artichokes, broad beans and feta to stuffed rabbit loin with lentils, morel mushrooms, nettle purée and slow roasted turnips and a 48-day aged rib eye with a honey and tarragon butter. It certainly reads well.