A couple (Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler) need money to send their daughter to college, so they open an illegal casino in a friend’s (Jason Mantzoukas) house.
Based on the true story of a black police officer who in the 70s ran an operation to infiltrate a newly formed chapter of the KKK.
A big-name country music star (Bradley Cooper) runs into a talented, unsigned singer (Lady Gaga). The two fall in love, he helps her in her rise to fame while she helps him deal with his booze and drug addiction.
Ben Affleck plays a forensic accountant who works mostly for criminals. When asked to do a ‘clean’ job for a big tech company trying to find some misplaced funds, he uncovers some dirty secrets and has to go on the run.
I’ve made a couple of changes to the site based on email requests and a few ideas I’ve been meaning to implement for a while.
In 18th century England, two cousins (Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone) vie to be favourites in Queen Anne’s (Olivia Colman) court.
An overlooked gem. The modern spoof movie was killed by those people making cheap digs at pop culture (Epic Movie, Date Movie and the like) but Top Secret! comes from a time when there was an appetite for layered, timeless, shamelessly low-brow comedy.
A candid look into the lives of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, both Japanese artists living in New York and suffering for their art. Noriko is a talented artist but for whatever reason her husband’s work is what has gained traction in the art world. His destructive behaviour and her lack of recognition makes for a strained relationship.
The story of the ‘miracle on the Hudson’ - when Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger landed an A320 with double engine failure on the Hudson river with no fatalities. How on earth was this a decade ago?
Another recent favourite of mine that has stood the test of a revisit. The screenplay is tight and watching everything unfold is even more satisfying the second time around.
Holds up remarkably well to second viewing. Every joke works, the plot is tight and the thumping Cliff Martinez soundtrack sets an unusual but welcome tone.
Short but so sharp and so devastating. Up there with Casablanca as one of the greatest romantic screenplays ever written. Brief Encounter is less exotic, mostly happening at Carnforth station, but David Lean’s whirlwind romance is still just as captivating 65 years on.
A plus-sized teenager with a pageant-obsessed mother surprises everyone when she decides to take part in an event herself.
A mysterious force causes people to commit suicide when they lay eyes on it, so everyone has had to resort to living blindfolded.
I swear this is one of the best films of last year. An end to end thrill ride where every single scrap of action serves only to drive the plot forwards.
I’ve got an itch to break out some old favourites and today I figured we might as well strap in for four hours and have another look at this. My wife hasn’t filed for divorce yet.
A three hour epic that never outstays its welcome. Mann gives so much room for all the characters to breathe that it makes Heat one of the best cat-and-mouse noir films ever made.
I wanted to see the single tracking shot into the nightclub again. It’s one of the best 3 minutes ever put to film; crime can give you so much wealth, luxury and fame but you still have to go in through the back door.
This is a “classic” that I’d never gotten around to watching, but after seeing The Post it felt like perfect timing.
Spielberg, Hanks and Streep team up to make a thinly veiled jab at the scary times we live in.
Releasing an animated film to compete with Disney right in the middle of one of their most successful periods was a bold move. Luckily it paid off both financially and artistically for Fox. It’s a wonderful piece of animation that, apart from the weird flashes of CGI, has survived the last 22 years rather well.
This is my second viewing of Girls Trip and I found it funnier than the first time, and the end even duller than the first time.
Stephanie, a widowed mother (Anna Kendrick) befriends Emily, a mysterious, stylish, confident lady (Blake Lively) who begins to take advantage of her generosity. When Emily goes missing Stephanie does some digging and a web of secrets begins to unravel.
Yes yes I’m very late to the game on this one. You can’t watch everything!
Filmmaker Will Allen looks back on 20 years he spent in a cult, led by mysterious retired actor ‘Michel’.
A girl meets a guy in NYC and travels to Singapore to meet his family. Things get interesting when she finds out he comes from a mega-rich background and his family are famous on the island.
A sequel to the 2008 hit. Meryl’s dead and her daughter runs through some ABBA songs, alongside extended-1979-flashback-Meryl (Lily James). We get the back story about how she met and shagged the three guys that may be her daughter’s father.
When dogs are outlawed by corrupt officials on mainland Japan, they are sent to an island used for refuse disposal. A boy crash lands on the island looking to rescue his dog, and is helped by other dogs along the way.
A deep-sea rescue mission awakens ‘The Meg’, a giant shark thought to have been extinct for 2 million years. It gets very bitey and only Jason Statham can save the day. From the director of Cool Runnings (I don’t know why but it seems worth mentioning).