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2018 – Rewind and Re-View

Time thwarted us and we didn’t get chance to write up a review of 2017. We weren’t going to allow a second year to pass without forcing our opinion of how the year in cinema shaped up on the cinema-going public.

2018 may have seen politicians outdo themselves in dumb-fuckery and the world was put on final notice regarding climate change. But, amidst the wreckage there were pleasures to be had. Many of them found within the dark confines of your local picture house.

Here are some of the most notable moments. But, to match the mood of the year, we’ll open on a downer…


WORST FILM OF THE YEAR – You Were Never Really Here

Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of Jonathan Ames’ novel is not bad in the sense that it is poorly made...

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Into the Woods

Into-The-Woods---posterDirector: Rob Marshall

Writer: James Lapine (screenplay), Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine (original musical)

Cast: James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Daniel Huttlestone, Johnny Depp, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lilla Crawford

Cert: PG

Running time: 125mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Stephen Sondheim’s 1986 fairytale mash-up musical comes to the big screen courtesy of the Mouse House. Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Red Riding Hood converge in the woods along with a baker and his wife, on a quest to break a witch’s curse and have a child. A high wattage cast dive into the meta-panto spirit and it’s all gorgeously mounted, though younger audience members may flag before the finish line.

Into-The-Woods---James-Corden,-Emily-Blunt,-Daniel-HuttlestoneInto-the-Woods---Meryl-Streep

The full verdict: Into the Woods’ journey t...

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Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow - Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt - posterDirector: Doug Liman

Writers: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth

Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Cert: 12

Running time: 113mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: Tom Cruise returns to sci-fi – the genre that gave him hits with Minority Report, War of the Worlds and (arguably) the Mission: Impossibles – for Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers. Cruise is a cowardly lion who literally becomes a locked-n-loaded tin man, reliving the same day over and over every time he is killed in action battling an invading alien horde. Classic sci-fi movies, computer games and attractive London locations meld for an undemanding Saturday night actioner from the director of The Bourne Identity.

EDGE OF TOMORROWEdge of Tomorrow - Emily Blunt, battlefield

The full verdict: It’s not just Major Cage, Tom Cruise’s ve...

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The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises - poster, MiyazakiDirector: Hayao Miyazaki

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki

Cast: Hideaki Anno (Japanese language), Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Werner Herzog, Stanley Tucci (English language dub)

Cert: PG

Running time: 126mins

Year: 2013

 

The lowdown: Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki has declared The Wind Rises, his 11th feature film, to be his last. Miyazaki has made this claim six times before, but this latest work seems like the grace note of a remarkable career. His themes of nature, love, war, pacifism and, above all, flying form the core of this fictionalised (romanticised) account of aeronautical engineer Jiro Horikoshi and his dream to build Japan’s finest plane...

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