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Film Reviews for some of the best movie picks in the UK. Release Date order. Check out the official trailers. For further upcoming films and other useful information see our Film Extra page. Which one are you waiting for?
Director; Jake Kasdan. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale. Yeah, fun in time for Christmas. Jumanji with a modern avatar twist. Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. Surviving Jumanji will enable them to return to the real world. But that entails going on the most dangerous adventure of their lives.
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle - Fantasy Action #Jumanji UK Release Date 20 December 2017
Director; Stephen Chbosky, Starring; Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, Izabela Vidovic. 'Who Gives You The Courage To Face The World.' Based on the 2012 novel of the same name by author AJ Palacio. The heartwarming tale of August Pullman born with facial differences that have prevented him from attending a mainstream school (until now). Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade (equivalent to Year 6 in England). As his family, new classmates, and even the community struggle to find their compassion and acceptance. Auggie's remarkable journey will bring them together showing kindness is contagious.
Wonder - Heartwarming Drama #WonderTheMovie #ChooseKind UK Release Date 1 December 2017 and USA 17 November
Director; Paul McGuigan, Starring; Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham, Stephen Graham, Frances Barber, Leanne Best. Liverpool 1979, Hollywood actress and leading lady (The Big Heat & Oklahoma) Gloria Grahame finds romance and happiness with a younger man (thirty years younger) Liverpool born actor Peter Turner. What begins as a vivacious affair between the legendary 1950s actress and her younger lover soon develops into a deeper relationship. Gloria turns to Peter for comfort and strength their bond is tried and tested by circumstances outside of their command.
Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool - Love Story based on the memoir by Peter Turner # UK Release Date 17 November 2017
Director; Kenneth Branagh, Starring; Tom Bateman, Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom, Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Marwan Kenzari, Olivia Colman, Lucy Boynton, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Sergei Polunin. An extravagant trip through Europe expands into a rush to unravel a murder aboard a train - The Orient Express. Detective Hercule Poirot arrives to interrogate all passengers/suspects whilst searching for clues. Before the killer can strike again.
Murder On The Orient Express - Mystery Crime Based on the novel by Agatha Christie #OrientExpressMovie UK Release Date 3 November 2017
Director; Andy Serkis. Starring Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Dean Charles-Chapman, Tom Hollander, Diana Rigg, Ed Speleers, Stephen Mangan, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Emily Bevan, Camilla Rutherford, Amit Shah.A heartwarming love story with great chemistry between characters. Robin Cavendish (Garfield) sadly contracts polio and is paralysed from the neck down. Being told he has only months to live (at 28 years old). Refusing to give up Robin and Diana Cavendish (Foy) inspire hope and change for future generations. With the help of family and inventor Teddy Hall, Robin devotes the rest of his life to helping other patients.
Breathe - Based on the true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish #Breathe UK Release Date 27 October 2017
Director; Matthew Vaughn. Starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges. The epic looking #Kingsman follow up to The Secret Service. See how Eggsy gets on with elite secret agents from this and the other side of the pond. To battle the enemy, with headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. The action adventure will test strength and wit, as they jointly aim to save the day. Aka Kingsman 2 - World Premiere 18 September
Kingsman: the Golden Circle - Action Adventure follow up to Kingsman: The Secret Serice #Kingsman UK Release Date 29 September 2017
Director; Darren Aronofsky. Starring; Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Pfeiffer, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson, Kristen Wiig, Cristina Rosato, Jovan Adepo.Be prepared to be spooked, cleverly comedic and shocking at the same time. A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home in the middle of nowhere presuming their home to be a B&B and disrupting their serene lifestyle. An absorbing psychological thriller that needs to be experienced about love, devotion and sacrifice.
Mother! - Supernatural Drama/Horror/Thriller #mothermovie UK & USA Release Date 15 September 2017 - Seeing Is Believing
Director; Andy Muschietti. Starring; Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Owen Teague, Chosen Jacobs, Nicholas Hamilton, Jackson Robert Scott, Stephen Bogaert, Jake Sim, Megan Charpentier, Javier Botet, Ari Cohen.IT tells the horror story of seven children who begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine. A group of young children are faced with their biggest fears including Pennywise an evil clown, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries. What Are You Afraid Of? The World premiere in Los Angeles 6 September fittingly used a black carpet to add a bit more theatrics.
IT - Supernatural Horror/Thriller #ITMovie You'll Float Too UK Release Date 8 September 2017 Based on Stephen King's book 1986 of the same name.
Director; Kathryn Bigelow. Starring; John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jason Mitchell, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie. Detroit tells the story of one of the horrid moments during the civil unrest. Unfolding in Detroit in the summer of 1967 when rioting and disquiet starts to tear apart the city. In the following days, a report of gunshots alerts the Detroit Police, Michigan State Police and the Michigan Army National Guard to search and seize part of the nearby Algiers Motel. Several policemen forcefully interrogate guests to obtain confessions. Sadly three unarmed men are gunned down while unsuspecting guests are brutally beaten.
Detroit - Historic Crime Drama/Horror #DETROITmovie UK Release Date 25 August 2017 Based on the real life riots in Detroit 1967
Director; David Leitch. Starring; Charlize Theron, Sofia Boutella, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Roland Møller, Toby Jones, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Johannes Haukur Johannesson, Bill Skarsgård, James Faulkner, Barbara Sukowa, Sam Hargrave. Sent on a near impossible MI6 mission Lorraine (Theron) uses all her deadly skills to survive travelling into the heart of Berlin. As the wall is about to fall the mission to recover an invaluable dossier whilst taking on a savage espionage ring. Partnering with station chief David Percival (McAvoy) who helps guide her through the lethal game of spies. Stylish, raunchy, action-packed thriller with killer heels! Payback goes Atomic.
Atomic Blonde - Dazzling Action Thriller #AtomicBlonde UK Release Date 9 August 2017 Based on the novel series 'The Coldest City' by Anthony Johnston.
Directed by Luc Besson. Starring; Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Dane DeHaan, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Kris Wu, Sam Spruell, Elizabeth Debick, Sand Van Roy, Diva Cam Mâatri, Rutger Hauer, Herbie Hancock, Mathieu Kassovitz, Alain Chabat, Emilie Livingston, Alexandre Nguyen, Aymeline Valade. Sci Fi action adventure set in the 28th century whereby special operatives Valerian (Dane) and Laureline (Cara) work jointly to maintain order in the human territories. Under orders from the minister of defence, they set out on an assignment to Alpha. Valerian and Laureline must uncover the dark force that endangers the city and also jeopardizes the future of the universe. Huge budget and much anticipated (here) for the costume as well as the special effects and filming.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - Based on the French Science Fiction Adventure Comics Books Valerian and Laureline #Valerian UK Release Date 4 August 2017
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Starring; Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, Larenz Tate, Mike Colter, Kofi Siriboe, Deborah Ayorinde, Kate Walsh, Lara Grice, Janeline Hayes. Girls Trip is a fun look at four life-long friends Ryan, Sasha, Lisa and Dina who revive their friendship on a trip to New Orleans for the annual Essence Music Festival. Full of partying, dancing, drinking and all sorts of wild weekend capers.
Girls Trip - American Comedy #GirlsTrip UK Release Date 26 July 2017
Director; Christopher Nolan Starring; Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Mark Rylance, Kevin Guthrie, Jack Lowden, Fionn Whitehead, Bobby Lockwood, Aneurin Barnard, Cillian Murphy, James D'Arcy, Adam Long, Barry Keoghan, Elliott Tittenson, Brian Vernel and Charley Palmer-Rothwell. This is an epic all action film, hard to watch yet harder to look away. 'May 1940 when Germany advanced into France cornering Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk.' It captured the Britishness it wasn't about the whole war. It doesn't tell the whole story it highlights incredibly heroic bits that we can grasp.
Director; Matt Reeves Starring Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notar. The third chapter in the franchise - War for the Planet of the Apes, Caesar along with his apes enter a deadly conflict constrained with an army led by a merciless Colonel. Caesar reluctantly seeks revenge after the loss of many apes. Up against the Colonel a heroic battle decides the fate of both humans and apes and the destiny of the planet.
War For The Planet Of The Apes - Science Fiction/Action/Drama #WarForThePlanet UK Release Date 14 July 2017
Director; Patty Jenkins Starring; Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Ewan Bremner. Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment bring us an epic action adventureof Diana before she was Wonder Woman. The princess of the Amazons, an invinsible warrior. Diana hears of the massive struggle in the outside world from an American pilot who crashes on their beautiful shores. She leaves her sheltered home, confident she can stop the threat. Battling alongside man 'in a war to end all wars', Diana is set to unearth her full powers and her fate.
Wonder Woman Epic Action Adventure #WonderWoman UK Release Date 2 June 2017
Director; Jonathan Levine Starring; Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Joan Cusack and Christopher Meloni. A somewhat reckless Emily (Amy) convinces her mother – Linda (Goldie) to tag along with her to Paradise. After being dumped on the eve of her exotic trip by said boyfriend. Emily and Linda decide the only way to survive their differences and enjoy the trip is to work together as mother and daughter. An unlikely, hilarious fashion as they struggle through the adventure of a lifetime.
Snatched - Action Comedy #SnatchedMovie UK Release Date 19 May 2017
Director: F. Gary GrayStarring; Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood with Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron. Following 2015’s Fast & Furious 7 Dom and Letty are honeymooning. Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been absolved. The team are enjoying a normal life until Dom is pulled into the world of crime against his allies. Set on the streets of NYC the shores of Cuba and the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea. The team will traverse the globe to put a stop to the chaos and rebuild their family.
Fast & Furious 8 aka The Fate Of The Furious - Action Thriller #F8 UK Release Date 12 April 2017
Director: Barry JenkinsStarring: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris,Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland,Janelle Monae, Ashton Sanders, Alex R Hibbert, Jaden Piner, Jharrel Jerome, Duan Sanderson, Shariff Earp. Patrick Decile. Based on the play by Tarell Alvin McCraney ‘In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue’ Critically acclaimed coming-of-age film about a young black man finding his way through life in a rough neighbourhood in Miami. The film starts with Chiron as a boy and is split into three parts featuring “Little,” “Chiron” and “Black” the names used to refer to the same character that is shown from childhood on through adolescence to adulthood.
Moonlight Drama/Coming Of Age #Moonlight UK Release Date 17 February 2017
Director: Denzel WashingtonStarring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney. Based on the Screenplay – Fences by August Wilson Set in 1950’s Pittsburgh Troy Maxson (Washington) empties other people’s dustbins for a living. The drama is set mainly in his backyard and kitchen. Powerful domestic performances by Denzel Washington and Viola Davis as Rose who despairs at his inability to move on from his dream of becoming a major league baseball player. Their son has aspirations of becoming an American Football Player but Troy crushes his dreams not believing he will get past the white establishment.
Fences - American Drama #FencesMovie UK Release Date 10 February 2017
Director: Mel GibsonStarring: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Hugo Weaving, Sam Worthington, Ryan Corr, Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey, Richard Pyros, Rachel Griffiths. Based on a true story where Army Medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) is labelled a coward during World War II for refusing to carry or use a gun on grounds of his religious belief. During one of the bloodiest battles in Okinawa, miraculously he saves 75 men without ever firing a gun. Heroically carrying the men to safety and propels himself to be viewed as one of America’s Greatest Heroes receiving the Medal Of Honour. Hacksaw Ridge received a ten-minute standing ovation during its world premiere in Venice. Loved this film loved loved it. #HacksawRidge
Hacksaw Ridge - World war II Action Drama #HacksawRidge UK Release Date 27 January 2017
Director: Pablo LarrainStarring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt, Richard E Grant. Natalie Portman is Jackie First Lady in the White House and follows historical moments in 1963 where she had to deal with President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, it shows her strength, her dignitycoping with the loss of her husband and how she faced the World during such a tragic time in American and World history. #JackieFilm
Jackie - Biographical Drama #JackieFilm UK Release Date 20 January 2017
Director: Damien ChazelleStarring: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling,John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sonoya Mizuno, Jessica Rothenberg, Callie Hernandez, Finn Wittrock, Tom Everett Scott and Josh Pence Grown-up modern day musical a film about L. A. hopes and dreams, love and lots of auditions. Mia is an actress and Sebastian a jazz musician, both searching for a break in Los Angeles, both enchanted by the bygone era of Hollywood. It’s a must-see film that you’ll be happy to see over and over again, it will inspire, remind and bring hope not just for the actor or dancer in you it’s transferable to everyday life. Deserving of the many awards and nominations. #LaLaLand
La La Land Romantic Drama #LaLaLand UK Release Date 13 January 2017
Director: Kenneth LonerganStarring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges. Lee Chandler works as a janitor in a run down part of Boston, originally from Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts he only returns to see his older brother Joe and Joe’s son Patrick, out of the blue he gets summoned to be told of his brother’s death shocking enough he then hears Joe has unexpectedly left him as sole guardian to his teenage nephew Patrick, haunted by the past (which unravels as the film continues) he reluctantly takes leave from his job and moves back to his hometown to do his best in caring for the teenager, Patrick wants him to stay there with him and Lee wants to take Patrick away as he struggles with all the doubts that he has and feelings of grief he also has to deal with his past including the small community and his wife Randi. Laughter and Tears! #ManchesterByTheSea
Manchester By The Sea Drama #ManchesterByTheSea UK Release Date 13 January 2017
Fantasy Emotional Drama Release Date: 1 January 2016 UK Director: J. A. BayonaStarring: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, James Melville, Lily-Rose Aslandogdu, Geraldine Chaplin, Based on an original idea by the late children’s author Siobhan Dowd whose final story was about a boy whose mother was dying of cancer sadly the author ran out of time to write it. The book ‘A Monster Story’ was then bravely and brilliantly written and later adpated to a screenplay by Patrick Ness. Buy book on Amazon 12-year-old Conor carries a lot on his young shoulders, his beloved mother has a terminal illness, his father doesn’t show any signs of caring and has relocated miles away, he struggles to like his overbearing grandmother and he has to contend with attacks by the local school bully. One night he gets a surprise visitor a giant tree ‘Monster’ who appears at his bedroom window. The unlikely ‘Monster’ helps Conor through a difficult journey enabling courage, faith and truth. #AMonsterCalls
A Monster Calls Fantasy Emotional Drama #AMonsterCalls UK Release Date 1 January 2017 Book on AMAZON
Director: Morten TyldumStarring: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia ‘Fall In Love In Space, Then Everything Goes Wrong’ ‘Awoken from suspended animation 90 years too soon. Jim (a mechanical engineer) and Aurora ( a writer) try to discover why their hibernation pods wake them 90 years early, on route to a new life on another planet along with 5,000 other passengers aboard the space ship who remain asleep. Returning to sleep is sadly not an option. As they try to uncover the reason for the malfunction, they begin to fall in love … and then face the imminent collapse of the ship and why they were awoken too soon. #PassengersMovie
Passengers Science Fiction Action and Romance #PassengersMovie UK Release Date 23 December 2016
Director: David Yates and written co produced by J. K. RowlingStarring: Eddie Redmayne. Katherine Waterson, Colin Farell, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ron Perlman, Zoe Kravitz, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight ‘A New Era Of Magic Begins.’ Based on the book of the same name a prequel of the Harry Potter series and first of five films. Newt Scamander (Redmayne) arrives in New York, in the year 1926, after documenting splendid magical creatures during a worldwide trip, what should have been a brief stopover in New York, becomes a bit more of a situation as some of the fantastic beasts have escaped plus his magical case has been misplaced.
Fantastic Beasts Fantasy Action Drama #FANTASTICBEASTS UK Release Date 18 November 2016
Director: Gareth EdwardsStarring: Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelson, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen The first of three anticipated Star Wars (standalone) films from Disney set to be released in between the main Star Wars follow on releases. Great action movie not just for Star Wars fans although it is a key event in the storyline bringing a group of ‘unlikely heroes together on a mission to steal the plans of the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction.’.
Rogue One Sci Fi Action Star Wars Standalone Collection #RogueOne UK Release Date 16 December 2016
Director: Clint EastwoodStarring: Tom Hanks, Anna Gunn, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Ann Cusack, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany, Mike O’Malley, Jamey Sheridan, Jerry Ferrara, Molly Hagan, Sam Huntingdon, Max AdlerBack in January 2009, a US Airways flight made a jaw dropping emergency landing in the Hudson River, New York. All 155 passengers and crew survived and were helped from the aircraft and river as swiftly as the flock of geese that had flown into the path and disabled both engines causing the accident. In the eyes of the media and public around the world Cap. Chesley Sullenberger otherwise known as Sully (Tom Hanks), deserved a medal, but the film tells ‘the Untold Story’ that the pilot Sully, surprisingly faces investigation that has threatened his career.
SULLY Based on a true story Drama/Biograpy #SULLY UK Release Date 2 December 2016
Director: John MaddenStarring: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy, John Lithgow, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sam Waterston English Director John Madden takes on gun control ‘sometimes as outsider’s view can be valid’ an American director would have more easily become a target but there is no real hidden messages intended just a topical film, it’s main content on lobbying with a strong female lead in a not so likeable but powerful role, most people will love it but there will no doubt be people that dislike it too, in particular those against gun-control. Whatever your view you can’t take away the performance brought by Jessica Chastain as the brilliantly timely and powerful career driven D.C. power broker who is up against the toughest opponent of her career. A political thriller full of energetic lobbying, and unfavorable political tactics from both sides.
Miss Sloane French-American Political Thriller #MissSloane UK Release Date 9 December 2016
Director: Amma AsanteStarring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Jack Davenport, Jessica Oyelowo, Jack Lowden, Arnold Oceng, Charlotte Hope, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Merveille Lukeba, Anastasia Hille, James Northcote, Karl Farrer, Terry Pheto, Solomon Taiwo Justified. ‘The true story of a love that inspired the world’ When Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland – modern Botswana, and Ruth Williams, a London office clerk married in 1948 there was fierce opposition from their families and also the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, apartheid and the empire – their love was strong enough to overcome all hurdles and their strength amazed their nation and inspired the world.
A United Kingdom BBC Films, Ingeniuos Media Drama and Romance based on a true story #UnitedInLove UK Release date 25 November 2016
Director: Tom FordStarring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Aaron Taylor – Johnson, Michael Shannon, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Sheen Based on 1993 novel ‘Tony and Susan’ by Austin Wright. Susan (Amy Adams) a Los Angeles art-gallery owner, unhappy with her wealthy second husband who is often away Susan discovers dark truths about her first husband (Jake Gyllenhaal) shocked by his novel Nocturnal Animals a twisting violent thriller that she understands to be a threat and tale of revenge. ‘When you love someone you have to be careful with it.’
Nocturnal Animals Psychological Thriller #NocturnalAnimals UK Release Date 18 November 2016
Science Fiction Drama Release Date: 7 November 2016 UK 11 November USA Director: Denis VilleneuveStarring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark O’Brien, Tzi Ma Based on short story ‘Story Of Your Life’ by Ted Chiang Physics professor (Renner) is paired by the government with Louise Banks (Adams) a linguist who has persuaded US Army Colonel Weber (Whitaker) to allow her access to one of the twelve spaceships that have landed worldwide to attempt to communicate with the aliens. They discover the aliens are able to communicate using visualization they battle to understand the meanings before being able to ask the aliens ‘What is your purpose on this planet?’ ‘The Secret To Our Survival – Only She Can Uncover’ #WhyAreTheyHere
Arrival Science Fiction Drama #WhyAreTheyHere UK Release Date 7 November 2016
Director: Edward ZwickStarring: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Robert Knepper, Aldis Hodge, Patrick Heusinger, Danika Yarosh, Holt McCallany Sequel to 2012 hit Jack Reacher returns (Tom Cruise) to uncover a huge military conspiracy, after telling Major Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders) he then discovers she has been arrested for espionage. Setting her free both now on the run in a bid to uncover the conspiracy without getting killed in the process.
Jack Reacher Never Go Back Action, Adventure, Crime #JackReacherMovie UK Release Date 22 October 2016