Top Rated Films

IT (Chapter Two) Review – The inner child in every adult

Our recent retrospective of ‘IT Chapter One‘ ended with the following thoughts on the upcoming chapter two “With IT Chapter Two coming to cinemas in few weeks time, Muschietti may achieve something truly unique in cinema. A two part horror film that honours its literary roots, while providing a modern classic of the genre”. So …

Bait Review – Tradition meets modernity on the Cornish Coast

Mark Jenkin’s Cornish fishing tale is a masterclass in cinematic art and social commentary, providing a hypnotic and salty soap opera. This is unique, captivating and utterly beautiful cinema. Mixing its grainy 16mm black and white footage with modern Cornwall in exploring the interface between tradition and change on the Cornish coast. Martin Ward (Edward …

IT (2017) – The childhood fears we never relinquish

Stephen King published his 22nd novel ‘IT’ back in 1986 to a mixed reception from critics. The novels coming of age themes sitting alongside a supernatural presence who fed on fear, captivated some and bemused others. Its 1300+ pages demanded attention and commitment from the reader. While its core themes dug deep into childhood and …

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Review

Spoiler Free Four years on from The Hateful Eight, a film that garnered very mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike. Tarantino’s ninth feature is mature, visually stunning and nuanced filmmaking. Holding your attention, despite its slower pace with cinematography, performances and script writing that sings. While submerging you in a hypnotic mix of fantasy …

The Wizard of Oz – 80th Anniversary Retrospective

For 80 years The Wizard of Oz has captivated audiences with it technicolour beauty, its light shining across countless generations. While its music and performances have entered the realms of cinematic legend. But what makes this 1939 picture a timeless classic of cinema? Is it the cutting edge use of new effects? The beautifully written …

Blinded by the Light – Review

Inspired by the teenage life of writer Sarfraz Manzoor (Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock’n’ Roll). Gurinder Chadha (Bend it like Beckham) delivers a film of warmth, affection and social commentary on 80’s Britain, that shines alongside its Springsteen rich score. Blinded by the light reimagines the story of Manzoor, taking his passion …