A film that rises above the ordinary

A film that rises above the ordinary

It’s a busy period as Oscar® nominations hit UK screens, including two historic biopics – one literary, one showbiz. By contrast, Robert Guédiguian’s latest story from his native southern France is an emotionally packed account of family tragedy, recrimination and reconciliation. Colette (dir. Wash Westmoreland, cert. 15) stars Keira Knightley as Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, first seen […]

Review: Body Worlds / Briefs: Close Encounters ★★★★★

Review: Body Worlds / Briefs: Close Encounters ★★★★★

Briefs: Close Encounters ★★★★★ By Peter May Christmas is fast approaching and the Briefs boys have returned on fine form once more. Set in a Spiegeltent amongst Leicester Square’s new mini Winter Wonderland they have taken up a residence over the festive season. The Briefs Factory, an all-male burlesque troupe, stormed into London from Australia […]

Review: Tap Dogs ★★★

Review: Tap Dogs ★★★

By Peter May   Tap suggests a light touch however that isn’t exactly what Tap Dogs offers. It is high energy throughout and includes a talented cast of six male tap dancers. They all work their way through some incredibly complex tap skills guaranteed to leave the audience in awe.  When they start tapping, it’s […]

Behind every good man there’s a Wife

Behind every good man there’s a Wife

If acting with the eyes is the way to a prize, then Glenn Close is well on the way to awards for her performance as The Wife (cert. 15), adapted by Jane Anderson from Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel. Swedish director Björn Runge sums up the story, set in the 1990s, as “truth as the key […]

A truly original project

A truly original project

Heaven Paul Poulton Project & Jeannie Poulton is an original. He puts himself completely into whatever he does, and that varies considerably – he has recently written the commentary ‘Genesis for Ordinary People’ and an Exodus follow-up. His hallmarks include integrity, passion and character. Though his budget must be slim, he gets a quality mix […]

A new perception on modern marriage

A new perception on modern marriage

Crazy Rich Asians (dir. John M Chu, cert. 12A) is an unusual romcom as the enamoured couple have already been together a year in New York when Nick Young (Henry Golding) asks Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) if she wants a break somewhere east. He means further east than Queens. Nick is to be best man […]

Remembering Saint Mungo

Remembering Saint Mungo

The life of St Mungo [‘the dear one’], patron saint of Glasgow, whose coat of arms [bell, bird, fish, tree] recalls his miraculous deeds, is the stuff of legend. His tomb in the crypt of Glasgow’s eponymous cathedral [he died in 614AD] was a major centre of Christian pilgrimage until Scotland’s Reformation. Son of a […]

Win a copy of the new Mary Magdalene DVD

Win a copy of the new Mary Magdalene DVD

Mary Magdalene (dir. Garth Davis), an extra-biblical story of how Mary (Rooney Mara) came to be a follower of Jesus (Joaquin Phoenix), builds on the premise that his disciples all expected the Kingdom of God to be a political and, if necessary, violent rejection of Roman rule. In that, Judas (Tahar Rahim) is the leading […]

Exploring missed opportunities

Exploring missed opportunities

In Edie (dir. Simon Hunter, cert. 12A), Sheila Hancock puts in a bravura performance as elderly widow Edith, driven by a past moment into attempting to climb Suilven, a remote Scottish mountain.It’s an enterprise unwise for the unfit, let alone an 83-year-old with creaky joints. The story deals with regret, a poor marriage, and a […]

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