Certain Women (2016)

Directed by Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women is another classic example of the post-Oscars season when random, non-genre specific films rise to the top of the pile and find late limited releases in screens all over the place. This particular picture first made waves way back at the beginning of last year when it debuted at…

The Fits (2015)

Welcome to the immediate post-Oscars cinematic landscape, otherwise known as the time where big releases are limited and one way or another, pictures made back in 2015 find their way on to the big screen for short, odd runs in British theatres. This year sees the turn of The Fits, a feature film debut for…

The 89th Annual Academy Awards: Head vs. Heart

This Sunday marks the annual ceremony in Hollywood where the biggest, most prestigious prizes are given out to celebrate what the assorted members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences deem to be the best selection of films and performances over the past year in cinema. Though I often end up agreeing with…

Moonlight (2016)

With less than a week to go to the big day, I can now officially say that I have seen all of the films nominated for Best Picture. The final nominee to hit British screens this week is Moonlight, the main contender, according to critics anyway, to steal the prize from the picture that many…

Hidden Figures (2016)

There are many different kinds of films that I have special affection for, musicals being one, Disney animations being another and modern Westerns also being held in high esteem. Another genre of movie that seems to get me every single time is that of the ‘secret history’ story, those movies that shine a light on…

Fences (2016)

Next up on my whistle stop tour of Oscar nominated pictures is Fences, a big screen adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning 1983 play. Both starring and directed by Denzel Washington, the film is coming in to the Academy Awards ceremony with four nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, so…

20th Century Women (2016)

Though this time in my cinematic year is usually taken up by all of the films that have been nominated for acting and Best Picture awards at the Oscars, 20th Century Women, a partially autobiographical story of director Mike Mill’s early life, had been on my radar of interest for some time. Filled with performers…