The Shape Of Water (2017)

With just twelve short days until the pinnacle of the cinematic calendar, the 90th Academy Awards, all of this year’s most celebrated motion pictures are coming thick and fast though the screens of British movie theatres. With a remarkable thirteen Oscar nominations to its name, Guillermo Del Toro’s latest offering, The Shape Of Water, arrived…

Loveless (2017)

There were two main choices for my viewing pleasure this week, Russian picture Loveless or the Donald Crowhurst biopic The Mercy starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz. At this time in the cinematic calendar, it is always wise to follow the releases that have nominations attached to them, so Colin and Rachel have been set aside…

Phantom Thread (2017)

The release of a new Paul Thomas Anderson film is always an occasion to mark in the diary of any cinephile, but it would be fair to say that 2017’s Phantom Thread arrived with an extra weight of anticipation and interest on its shoulders. It marks the final feature film in the esteemed, record breaking…

Downsizing (2017)

Growing up in the era of films like Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, The Borrowers and The Indian In The Cupboard, there has always been a place in my heart for a ‘tiny person’ narrative. Though the trope doesn’t seem to be as widely used in fantasy and science fiction anymore, it’s for that very…

The Post (2017)

If you were to ask somebody to put together a team that epitomised the magic and might of modern Hollywood, the chances are that the names Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks would rank high among the nominees. One of the world’s greatest actresses, one of the world’s most beloved actors and one of…

Coco (2017)

If there were ever such a thing as a Pixar dip in form, then in my opinion, it has taken place over the last two years. Looking back, the last time I was really bowled over by a feature from the famed animation studio was 2015’s masterpiece Inside Out, with both The Good Dinosaur and Finding…

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

From the second that the trailer for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri dropped some nine long months ago, it had been a film that was right at the top of my most anticipated list. From the cast to the premise to the off kilter sensibility, I was absolutely certain that Three Billboards was going to…