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Writer-director Ari Aster’s twisted family portrait offers up creeping dread that will sends beads of sweat trickling down your spine by peeling away the layers of darkness and deceit that condemn one grief-stricken family to a grim fate.

Documentary stitches together the life of Alexander McQueen, tortured genius of working class origins, openly gay trailblazer, who challenged the fashion establishment, from his awkward teenage years to global catwalk stardom.

French enfant terrible Francois Ozon returns to the sexually charged delights of his earlier films for this heated psychological thriller of a disillusioned young woman and relationship with her therapist and his twin.

A bone-chilling horror movie will debut in cinemas this week, following a family which unearths the grim reality of their ancestors.

With an ominous new threat on the horizon, The Avengers must reunite to prevent the Mad Titan Thanos from collecting six magical infinity stones that will grant him almost unimaginable power.

For all its visual flair and dazzling set-pieces, Collin Trevorrow’s fourth segment of the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World (2015) failed to match the nerve-shredding tension of Steven Spielberg’s seminal first instalment.

Splicing the creative DNA of Steven Spielberg’s Lost World sequel with the rumbustious 2015 reboot Jurassic World, should roar and rampage but despite some great set-pieces this muscular fifth instalment is too tame to really thrill.

Ross Lynch delivers a chilling performance as the teenage Jeffrey Dahmer in this biographical drama written and directed by Marc Meyers, adapted from a graphic novel by John Backderf about the formative years of the serial killer.

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Ivo Marloh’s film didn’t live up to expectations.

Curiosity, it’ll get you every time.

Film review: McQueen

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Michael Joyce thinks the rags to riches story will only appeal to superfans.

Since its publication in 2011, E. L James’ 50 Shades of Grey and its sequels have inspired a seemingly endless slew of films and books, parodying its raunchy prose to varying comedic effect.

Straight from the James-Bond-spoofing credits - complete with an emotive soundtrack, tongue in cheek credits and Deadpool himself being showered in gold paint, you know that this sequel isn’t taking itself too seriously.

Writer-director Bill Holderman’s frothy romantic comedy stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen as life-long friends, who have forgotten what it means to grow old disgracefully.

Real life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt star in this tense thriller about a family forced to live in silence due to an invasion of alien creatures that hunt by sound.

With Ron Howard stepping forward to replace departing directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and reports of substantial reshoots among its production difficulties, it would be fair to say that the expectation for the latest Star Wars spin-off was less than ecstatic.


Following the surprise success of the original two years ago, Ryan Reynolds brings the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ back to the big screen for Deadpool 2.

The Last Jedi propelled George Lucas’s saga into a galaxy far, far away from the old-fashioned charm of the original trilogy, but this Han Solo origins story directed Ron Howard slingshots at lightspeed in the opposite direction.

Raja Gosnell, director of Beverly Hill Chihuahua, collars a buddy cop movie, which is essentially Miss Congeniality on four legs, with dysfunctional canines replacing the beauty queens.

Terry Gilliam’s modern twist on the 17th classic is flawed but wonderfully wacky.


With its self-aware humour and ultra-violent fight sequences, Deadpool was one of the biggest hits of 2016, grossing $783,112,979 worldwide and becoming the highest grossing R-rated comedy in box office history.

Ian McEwan’s Booker Prize-nominated novella, a moving portrait of doomed love, set against the ravishing backdrop of the titular stretch of shingle in Dorset, comes to the big screen, starring three-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan.


David Leitch’s sequel is rollicking, gleefully irreverent and saved by its potty-mouthed humour, but generic and dull action proves you can have too much of a good thing.

The hijacking of an Air France flight in June 1976 by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and a subsequent rescue mission led by Israeli forces are terrific raw ingredients for an edge-of-seat geo-political thriller.


Mother doesn’t know best - she is teetering on the precipice of a nervous breakdown in Jason Reitman’s beautifully crafted and bittersweet portrait of modern parenthood starring Charlize Theron.

Along with Coralie Fargeat’s feature-length debut Revenge, James McTeige’s Breaking In is the latest female led, hard-bitten thriller to grace cinema screens this month.

With a body-confident self-empowering message at its heart, Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ is a much-needed lesson about the importance of learning to love yourself.

There is an early scene in I Feel Pretty when the film’s protagonist Renee (Amy Schumer) watches Big (1988).

Following 2009s Fantastic Mr Fox, American filmmaker Wes Anderson again delves into the world of stop motion animation.

Unless you have been living with your head under a rock for the past year you will know that Avengers: Infinity War is one of the biggest films of 2018, if not the biggest.

Superhero blockbusters don’t get much bigger than ‘Infinity War’, and considering it is second most expensive movie ever made, the latest in the Avengers franchise is up there with Marvel’s best.

Silence really is deafening in ‘A Quiet Place’ - one of the best horrors of recent years.

It’s the beginning of the end for the series that began a decade ago with a next-to-last film that has all the CGI action sequences you’d expect but struggles to fit in all the characters from the sprawling Marvel franchises.

Jessie Buckley delivers a searing lead performance as a guilt-riddled twenty-something who becomes embroiled in the hunt for a serial killer in debut writer-director Michael Pearce’s deliciously creepy psychological thriller.

From Damien Chazelle’s drama Whiplash (2014) to Joel Edgerton’s dark revenge thriller The Gift (2015) and Jordan Peele’s chilling social thriller Get Out (2017), Blumhouse Productions has produced some of the best films of the last four years.

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