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Spectre

Spectre-posterDirector: Sam Mendes

Writer: John Logan, Robert Wade, Neil Purvis, Jez Butterworth

Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Naomi Harris, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, Andrew Scott

Cert: 12

Running time: 148mins

Year: 2015


 


What’s the story: A voice from the dead sends Bond on a mission deep into the tentacle-like grasp of villainous global cartel Spectre. His journey forces him to face demons from his past alone as MI6 has been targeted by a new Orwellian surveillance division with full government support.

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What’s the verdict: Spectre: n. ghost, phantom.

There are many ghosts in this Spectre. Chief of all is Skyfall, whose intimidating presence is felt throughout Bond 24.

That film’s extraordinary success, it remains the only film to gross over £100m in the UK...

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The Lobster

The-Lobster-posterDirector: Yorgos Lanthimos

Writer: Yorgos Lanthimos

Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Michael Smiley, Angeliki Papoulia, Ashley Jensen, Oliva Colman, Jessica Barden

Cert: 15

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2015


 


The lowdown: The crazy little thing called love has meat in its claws in The Lobster. Colin Farrell is David, a resident of The City, where singlehood is outlawed. Recently divorced, he has 45 days to find another partner in a luxury hotel or be transformed into an animal of his choosing (the eponymous lobster). Funny and disturbing, sometimes simultaneously, think Being John Malkovich meets The Notebook with script notes by Franz Kafka.

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The full verdict: The Lobster opens with an act of donkeycide. By the end of the film you’ll understand why, if

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Suffragette

Suffragette-posterDirector: Sarah Gavron

Writer: Abi Morgan

Cert: 12

Cast: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham-Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Geoff Bell, Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep

Running time: 106mins

Year: 2015




The lowdown: Absorbing and emotional telling of the fight for women’s voting rights, likely to garner plenty of attention come awards season. Brick Lane director Sarah Gavron avoids chocolate box period cosiness, delivering a harder-edged experience than you may expect, and Carey Mulligan proves once more she’s fast becoming the actress of her generation.

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The full verdict: The opening shot of a woman’s heel sending ripples through a puddle reflecting a sweatshop laundry sets the tone. The political, social and personal status quo is soon to be forever disrupted.

Adopting the 12 Ye...

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