Lady Bird

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Lady Bird is a coming-of-age story of a high-school senior (Saoirse Ronan) and her turbulent relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf).

A well written hilarious screenplay and directed film by Greta Gerwig. The performances are sublime. Ronan’s character is likeable and relatable. A perfect film for teenagers.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Lady Bird is in cinemas February 15

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The Shape of Water

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Set in Baltimore in 1962, The Shape of Water follows a mute custodian (Sally Hawkins) at a high-security government laboratory who befriends a captured humanoid-amphibian creature (Doug Jones).

A beautiful fantasy drama with an outstanding cast and production design makes The Shape of Water a mesmerising film. Director Guillermo del Toro (Crimson PeakPan’s Labyrinth) has outdone himself creating an original fable that will melt your heart and will leave a lasting impression.

A heart-warming and visually stunning film that’s a must-see.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

The Shape of Water is in cinemas now!

 

I, Tonya

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I, Tonya follows the life of figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) and her connection to the 1994 attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver). The film features interviews with the characters in mockumentary-style set in the modern day, as well as fourth wall breaking.

I, Tonya is a biopic like no other. It’s entertaining with engaging performances from Margot Robbie and Allison Janney who plays LaVona Fay Golden, Harding’s mother. The screenplay by Steven Rogers is excellent with hilarious moments. The costumes and productions design is striking creating a working class vs elitist society.

Outrageous, wickedly funny and enjoyable biopic worth watching.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

I, Tonya is in cinemas now!

Molly’s Game

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The true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), who becomes the target of an FBI investigation of the underground poker empire she runs for Hollywood celebrities, athletes, business tycoons, and the Russian mob.

An impressive directorial debut from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The Social Network). Though the movie stretches out, the writing is exceptional and the acting is superb.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Molly’s Game is in cinemas now!

Phantom Thread

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Last year Daniel Day-Lewis announced he was retiring from acting. The three-time Oscar winner’s decision was a shock for movie lovers and fans of Day-Lewis. His last film Phantom Thread won’t disappoint his admirers.

Set in London’s fashion industry in the 1950’s, renowned fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) who falls in love with a young waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps). The couple’s relationship alternates between affection and distance until they finally learn to live with one another’s differences.

Daniel Day-Lewis leaves his final film on a high note and gives the best performance of his career. He and co-star Vicky Krieps give remarkable character-driven performances. Both actors work well together and share a beautiful and intense chemistry. The supporting cast is solid with Lesley Manville in tow as Cyril, Reynolds’ sister.

Writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) delivers a masterpiece. Phantom Thread draws you in from beginning to end with Day-Lewis and Krieps’ intoxicating romantic tension. Anderson achieves a well-paced and steady narrative with dialogue is excellently written with a touch of humour.

Serving as his own director of photography, Anderson’s cinematography is visually stunning along with its exquisite and lavish production design and costumes.

An elegant and engaging drama, Phantom Thread is one of best films of the year and of the award season. Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps give compelling performances. The film draws you in with their characters complex love story.  As Day-Lewis’ last film, this won’t disappoint his fans. A must see.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Phantom Thread is in cinemas now!

Stronger

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Based on the memoir of the same name by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter. Stronger follows Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), who loses his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing and must adjust to his new life.

Jake Gyllenhaal gives a likeable performance and emotionally draws you in with his character. He is surrounded by a solid ensemble cast. Director David Gordon Green manages strong and touching performances from his cast.

Though predictable, Stronger is an uplifting film. Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an excellent performance. Worth a look.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Stronger is in cinemas February 15

The Post

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The Post depicts the true story of The Washington Post journalists and their attempts to publish the Pentagon Papers, classified documents regarding the 30-year involvement of the United States government in the Vietnam War.

The film features a well-rounded cast led by Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Streep is a standout as conflicted owner and publisher of The Washington Post Katharine Graham who lacks confidence in her ability as a woman to lead the newspaper and overruled by more assertive men who advise or work for her.

Hanks is brilliant as The Post’s editor in chief Ben Bradlee who risks his and Katharine’s careers to expose the U.S. government secrets.

Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List) directs this compelling drama about journalism and integrity. The direction is outstanding as Spielberg manages character-driven performances from his cast. The screenplay by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer is brilliantly written and draws you in from beginning to end with its excellent and well-detailed narrative.

The cinematography by Janusz Kamiński is perfectly shot with great editing by Michael Kahn and Sarah Broshar accompanied by a great music score John Williams makes The Post a perfect film.

One of best films about journalism and one of my favourite movies of the award season, The Post is a must see. An intriguing story about risking your job and freedom to help bring long-buried truths to light that audiences will find entertaining and captivating.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

The Post is in cinemas now!