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Emma

Classic literature enthusiasts should warm to this latest engaging instalment of Jane Austen’s Emma. Living on a beautiful country estate with her draft-obsessed father (Bill Nighy), Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy) is vain, snobbish and well-meaning in her way. She enjoys match-making, and although declaring married life is not for her, shows a keen interest in […]

Seberg

Kirsten Stewart portrays the downward spiral of actress Jean Seberg as she is hounded, spied upon and humiliated by J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI as part of an operation aimed at discrediting the American civil rights movements of the 1960s. Returning to the U.S. after becoming a star of French New Wave cinema, her passion for […]

Apollo 11

With the 50th anniversary of the most momentous journey ever undertaken looming, director Todd Douglas Miller decided the timing for a documentary on the subject couldn’t be better. What he and American archivists weren’t expecting was to stumble upon a cache of unprocessed 65mm footage of Apollo 11’s launch, as well as more than 11,000 […]

Booksmart

Beanie Feldstein, who delighted in Lady Bird, is back in high school. This time, it’s the last day before graduation. Both she and her bestie Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) have completed a brilliant academic year and have the world at their feet. Only trouble is, after being delivered some home truths, they realise they haven’t lived […]

Red Joan

What drives a person to commit an act of treason? For Physics student Joan (Sophie Cookson), it begins at Cambridge in the 1930s where the shadows of war are threatening. Although she attends socialist group meetings mainly because she is drawn to an exotic Russian, Sonya (Tereza Srbova) and her handsome and charismatic cousin, Leo […]

mid90s

It’s Summertime in LA and troubled 13-year-old Stevie (Sunny Soljic) comes across an intriguing collection of older boys who spend their days skateboarding, hanging around the local skateboard shop, smoking, drinking, partying with girls (when they could be bothered), and getting filmed by the aspiring film-maker amongst them. One of the group is only slightly […]

Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines is set in a post-apocalyptic future where mobile, or ‘traction’ cities scour the earth, plundering its remains and each other. None is bigger or more powerful than London, which has crossed what remains of the English Channel (Brentering?) and is roaming the continent in search of prey to feed its hungry machine. But […]

Lean On Pete

Newly arrived in Oregon with his single, mischievous father (Travis Frimmel), a troubled youth named Charley (Charlie Plummer) finds meaning and belonging in a job caring for an ageing racehorse called Lean On Pete. Whilst the horse’s gruff owner Des (Steve Buscemi) and jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help fill a gap in his family life, […]

Book Week

Frustrated high school teacher and once-successful writer Nicholas Cutler (Alan Dukes) finally has a new publishing deal on the horizon. He has one week to do some minor rewrites, stay out of trouble, and participate in the odd media puff piece. Sounds easy enough, but with a reputation for drunkenness, recklessness, and cantankerousness, an evening […]

American Assassin

An amateur with a score to settle, Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), trains himself in the art of counter-terrorism. His efforts pique the interest of CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan), who recognises his potential. Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton), under whose tutelage he is placed, sees more than just potential, however  – […]