In his deeply personal black and white marvel ‘Roma’, director Alfonso Cuarón dives into his Mexican boyhood with this absorbingly rich tribute to the resilient women who raised him – before expanding to gradually reveal the social and political canvas of 1970s Mexico City.
This is the story of two women, Carol (Cate Blanchett, staggering) and Therese (Rooney Mara, equally so), who meet on either side of a Manhattan department store counter and must choose to face or ignore their feelings for each other. Adapting Patricia Highsmith’s novel, director Todd Haynes examines gay desire and repression through the prism of ‘Mad Men’-era New York.
Young actor Lewis MacDougall impresses in JA Bayona's adaptation of Patrick Ness's book about an imaginative boy who conjures a writhing, ent-like tree-monster to help him deal with his mother's worsening cancer.
This entertaining and feelgood coming-of-age dramedy sees Jennifer Aniston excel as a former pageant queen whose plus-size, teenage daughter enters a pageant as a protest. Even better: it's all soundtracked by Dolly Parton.
Two very different American tourists visiting Spain get wrapped up in flings and three-way-relationships in this seductive drama starring Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz.
Years after one of them was abducted and abused, three former friends from the predominantly working class Irish neighbourhood of South Boston find themselves caught up together in an arena of distrust, hatred and betrayal after the murder of one of their teenage daughters.
This 1960s-set, US civil-rights drama works brilliantly as both expert historical re-creation and a powerful reflection of what’s happening in the world right now. Fittingly, ‘Selma’, unlike so many great-man biopics, lures us into a web of unsettled arguments and shifting strategies as Dr Martin Luther King Jr (David Oyelowo) makes his landmark 1965 Alabama march a reality – at a terrible cost.
Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón once again proves his dexterity at turning his hand to different genres and subjects with this thrilling adaptation of a PD James novel/ Set in Britain in 2027, it’s a sort of sci-fi movie, but it’s the film’s nervous and energetic verité style, and creepy familiarity – not any wild vision of the future – that make it so involving.
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne star in this comedy from the director of ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ as a happy, thirtysomething couple with a kid. They move into a new house, only to discover that a fun-loving fraternity – presided over by a swaggering Zac Efron – are moving in next door. The couple fluctuate between grumbling and cringey attempts to be down with the kids. It’s not long before the resentment escalates into full-on war.
Richly entertaining and blackly funny but told with sincerity and heart, the Coens hit the trail with six darkly comic mini-Westerns, loaded with typically dazzling wordplay and an uneasy nod toward death.
There are plenty of smart ideas and bravura visuals in this maudlin and ponderous tale of aliens coming to Earth, adapted from a Ted Chiang short story. Amy Adams is strong and sombre, and the film offers strange, gripping stuff that does what great sci-fi should: shows us new perspectives on our own world.
Peter Jackson's big-budget adaptation of Tolkien's literary epic has everything you could want: a bucolic idyll inhabited by hobbits, wizards, an evil ring, a quest to destroy it and Sean Bean. Even better, the next films in the series, ‘The Two Towers’ and ‘The Return of the King’ are also streaming on Netflix, too. Movie marathon, anyone?
This gutsy ‘Star Wars’ prequel about a group of galactic misfits on a heist mission feels like it shouldn't have been as good as it is. But with a snarling villain, nostalgic pleasures and politics in a murky shade of grey, director Gareth Edwards delivers a satisfying, gritty addition to the ‘Star Wars’ canon.
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