The last 100 films that I went to see at the cinema (latest update Oct 2017)

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(in the last 7-9 months) the film choices are limited at my local cinemas but it's looking better this year with a new 6 screen just opened
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1.
Happy Death Day (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity. (96 mins.)
 
2.
Double Date (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Meet innocent Jim, terrified of girls, and on a reluctant quest to prove his manhood the night before he turns 30. He and his cocky friend Alex think they've hit the jackpot when they meet the beautiful siblings Kitty and Lulu, who seem up for anything on a wild party-fuelled night. But little do they know that the femmes fatales want to make Jim lose much more than just his virginity - Getting laid has never been so bloody difficult. (89 mins.)
 
3.
The Ritual (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them. (94 mins.)
Director: David Bruckner
 
4.
Loving Vincent (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The world's first fully oil painted feature film, brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of history's most celebrated artists. (94 mins.)
 
5.
The Snowman (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. (119 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
6.
The Death of Stalin (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Follows the Soviet dictator's last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death. (106 mins.)
 
7.
The Mountain Between Us (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness. (112 mins.)
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
 
8.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, a teenager seeks to defeat him with the help of his fellow ninjas. (101 mins.)
 
9.
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years. (164 mins.)
 
10.
Home Again (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Life for a single mom in Los Angeles takes an unexpected turn when she allows three young guys to move in with her. (97 mins.)
 
11.
Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne. (107 mins.)
Director: Simon Curtis
 
12.
Flatliners (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience - giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. (110 mins.)
 
13.
Borg McEnroe (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of the 1980s tennis rivalry between the placid Björn Borg and the volatile John McEnroe. (107 mins.)
Director: Janus Metz
 
14.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy. (141 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ A fast paced action comedy with more gadgets than Bond, eye wateringly funny at times and a great cast . Hard to believe it is over 2 hours long , so much fun if you like your action and comedy to be bloody hilarious. ” - Gary Marsh
 
15.
Wind River (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service helps to investigate the murder of a young Native American woman, and uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy. (107 mins.)
Director: Taylor Sheridan
 
16.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos. (137 mins.)
 
17.
Victoria and Abdul (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. (111 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
18.
Mother! (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. (121 mins.)
“ This may contain spoilers - As you might expect from Aronofsky, this film is full of symbolism,analogies and metaphors generally leaning towards religious fantasy concepts such as God and the circle of life. i think you will grasp this within 30 minutes of the film when the first uninvited guests arrive , the symbolism is fairly simple (it needs to be for me to get it ) and obvious as with other Aronofsky films this can get a bit monotonous and in the second half of the film it goes into overdrive which for me spoils the film down to religious mumbo jumbo. On the plus side Jennifer Lawrence is incredible as is Barden, cant say too much without giving it all away, if you liked The tree of Life you will probably like this, not really my cup of tea, but for the performances i'll give it a generous 6/10 ” - Gary Marsh
 
19.
American Assassin (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
After the death of his girlfriend at the hands of Islamic terrorists, Mitch Rapp is drawn into the world of counter-terrorism, mentored by tough-as-nails former U.S. Navy SEAL Stan Hurley. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Cuesta
 
20.
It (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting demon, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children. (135 mins.)
Director: Andy Muschietti
 
21.
Stratton (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A British Special Boat Service commando tracks down an international terrorist cell. (94 mins.)
Director: Simon West
 
22.
Patti Cake$ (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
PATTI CAKE$ is centered on aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, who is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey. (109 mins.)
Director: Geremy Jasper
 
23.
Rough Night (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Things go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriends who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami. (101 mins.)
Director: Lucia Aniello
 
24.
The Limehouse Golem (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times - the mythical so-called Golem - must be responsible. (109 mins.)
 
25.
Terminator 2 (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
26.
Detroit (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds. (143 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
27.
Logan Lucky (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina. (118 mins.)
 
28.
American Made (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair. (115 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
 
29.
Everything, Everything (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A teenager who's spent her whole life confined to her home falls for the boy next door. (96 mins.)
Director: Stella Meghie
 
30.
The Dark Tower (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. (95 mins.)
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
 
31.
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The world's top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time. (118 mins.)
Director: Patrick Hughes
 
32.
Overdrive (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Two car thief brothers, who journey to the south of France for new opportunities, wind up in the cross hairs of the local crime boss. (93 mins.)
Director: Antonio Negret
 
33.
A Ghost Story (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife. (92 mins.)
Director: David Lowery
“ Not to be confused with any horror films of a similar name. This is a thinking film, there aren't any mysterious or spooky goings on here. This really is going to resonate with people who have recently suffered a bereavement, it may be too affecting for some? You are shown an odd interpretation of an afterlife where the deceased stands over his widow covered in a bedsheet, there are some flashbacks and even distant past encounters but it basically shows some of the effects of loss and grief, legacy and inevitability. Some people will find the many still moments too boring, in fact a few people left the theatre just 30 minutes into watching, it is definitely going be on the marmite list of films. ” - Gary Marsh
 
34.
Girls Trip (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. (122 mins.)
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
“ oh dear, a film trying to achieve too much ? the humour is down in the smutty gutter most of the time, with cliché loud sisterhood antics and then it tries to be sentimental about true friendship, loyalty and betrayal. I guess I am not the target audience, lots of woman watching were in hysterics, I didn't laugh once but did cringe a lot, ” - Gary Marsh
 
35.
Annabelle: Creation (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
12 years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, where they soon become the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle. (109 mins.)
 
36.
Cars 3 (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world. (102 mins.)
Director: Brian Fee
 
37.
Atomic Blonde (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents. (115 mins.)
Director: David Leitch
 
38.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. (137 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
39.
Wish Upon (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
A teenage girl discovers a box that carries magic powers and a deadly price for using them. (90 mins.)
 
40.
Hounds of Love (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive. (108 mins.)
Director: Ben Young
 
41.
The Big Sick (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings. (120 mins.)
“ Had one of those better than expected experiences with The Big Sick at the cinema today ,I didn't have a clue what it was about beforehand ,just thought it was going to be cultural challenging Rom Com from the poster, based on a true story too, written by and starring Kumail Nanjiani as himself so I guess we cant fault his performance? . I must confess i only recognised Holly Hunter and Zoe Kazan , both because their voices are slightly annoying, but i loved them in this. It really is a refreshing new angle for the genre, well worth a look for both tears and laughs. ” - Gary Marsh
 
42.
47 Meters Down (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive. (89 mins.)
 
43.
Thondimuthalum Dhriksakshiyum (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Prasad and Sreeja enter wedlock and move to a new place to continue the rest of their lives. Unfortunate events begin to take place after Prasad, a small-time thief, robs Sreeja's gold chain during a bus journey. (135 mins.)
Director: Dileesh Pothan
 
44.
The Beguiled (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls' school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal. (93 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
45.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. (89 mins.)
Director: David Soren
 
46.
Dunkirk (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. (106 mins.)
“ Dunkirk - simply brilliant ! Nolan does it again ! genius ! Heart pumping stuff from start to finish. What I like about Christopher Nolan is he doesn't insult the audience's intelligence , The timeline and focus of Dunkirk is split into 3 points of view ; LAND, AIR and SEA and although it needs your attention the non linear flashbacks and forwards to each POV are a complex intertwining way of showing the story from those 3 perspectives, some might prefer a chronological order but I think that would lose the 3 element POV. On LAND we follow a small band of soldiers for the longest time period and their attempts to get back to England amongst the hundreds of thousands of men waiting to be rescued from the Dunkirk beaches. On the SEA we focus on one day and one of the small boats that ventures out from a small harbour to get across the dangerous waters of the English channel. In the AIR we have the perspective of a couple of Spitfire pilots where their timeline lasting one hour or more accurately until their mission fuel lasts.
This really is an epic ‘event’ film, the way this historic event is portrayed is second to none, there’s a real sense of drama and desperation about the how the soldiers try to get back home to just survive on the beach and on the limited ships trying their best to evacuate them. The spitfire pilots are on the clock, they can only stay in the air for as long as their fuel allows and you feel that clock ticking away with every scene from the sky. Of the flotilla at sea we only see one out of the hundreds of boats involved in this momentous rescue mission, but again this isn’t about too much character development, it’s there to show us a snippet in the lives of ordinary people coming to the aid of a national disaster not ignoring the obvious danger but accepting it needs to be done.
The individual character / actor performances are never too big to overshadow the event as a whole. Tom Hardy is fantastic as one of the 2 spitfire pilots that we see and is very much on the job in hand in an almost routine way, he is not trying to be a hero he is just doing the best he can. Newcomers Fionn Whitehead and even Harry Stiles show they have plenty of acting talent and deserve to be alongside some great veteran actors like Kenneth Brannagh, Mark Rylance and Cillian Murphy, who all put in great performances. Come Oscar / awards season I would expect a few best supporting actor nominations.
Another aspect of the film I really like is the lack of dialogue, especially at the start of the film , this really allows for the scene to be set and triggers our pulses racing.
Hans Zimmer as ever provides a truly atmospheric and great score that adds immensely to the mounting tension that we experience throughout the film.
Nolan never disappoints me with spectacular visuals and here again we see some large scale scenes that are of the best ever war film cinematography I can think of.
There is plenty of action mixed in with moments of tranquillity, the calm before the storm the harrowing fight for survival in the face of adversity.
As I left the theatre I couldn’t help but overhear peoples comments of ‘wow, what a great and powerful film’ I couldn’t agree more ! such a must see film, I will be going to see it again next week on the iMax screen, I already rank this as my top film of the year with another viewing I can easily imagine this becoming my favourite film of the 21st century so far. ” - Gary Marsh
 
47.
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. (140 mins.)
Director: Matt Reeves
 
48.
It Comes at Night (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge. (91 mins.)
 
49.
The House (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
After the town takes away their daughter's college scholarship, a couple start an illegal casino in their friend's house to make back the money. (88 mins.)
 
50.
All Eyez on Me (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. (139 mins.)
Director: Benny Boom
 
51.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City. (133 mins.)
Director: Jon Watts
 
52.
Despicable Me 3 (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist. (90 mins.)
 
53.
Baby Driver (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. (112 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
 
54.
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Autobots and Decepticons are at war, with humans on the sidelines. Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. (149 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
55.
Churchill (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort. (105 mins.)
 
56.
Gifted (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Frank, a single man raising his child prodigy niece Mary, is drawn into a custody battle with his mother. (101 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ A wonderful film about a man trying to do the right thing for his niece, a gifted mathematics prodigy, who's mum, another mathematics genius committed suicide shortly after giving birth. Chris Evans puts in his best performance to date for me as uncle Frank, but little McKenna Grace steals the show as the funny kid Mary , trying to be normal with a head for high level maths. Just to complicate their lives further the grandmother sues for custody to pursue her dream of solving a famous maths problem. A Great supporting cast just makes this even more watchable. Very funny and uplifting with a sprinkle of tough decisions that will make you weep. A must see. ” - Gary Marsh
 
57.
My Cousin Rachel (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin's mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. (106 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
 
58.
The Mummy (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
An ancient Egyptian princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. (110 mins.)
Director: Alex Kurtzman
 
59.
Wonder Woman (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny. (141 mins.)
Director: Patty Jenkins
 
60.
Baywatch (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon butts heads with a brash new recruit, as they uncover a criminal plot that threatens the future of the bay. (116 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
 
61.
Colossal (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in New York City, and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon. (109 mins.)
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
 
62.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon while being pursued by an undead sea captain and his crew. (129 mins.)
 
63.
Snatched (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results. (90 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
 
64.
Miss Sloane (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price. (132 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
65.
Alien: Covenant (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape. (122 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ High hopes and moderate expectations and no prior knowledge of what Covenant was really aiming for, I had avoided all trailers and reviews. The film starts with a flashback of David(the synthetic lifeform) before the Prometheus mission, then we are off into the Covenant colonisation mission of 2104 with a next generation synth , Walter also played by Fassbender , the crew are awoken early from their 7 year plus journey by a technical problem and then get a strange message that leads them to an alternative planet. From here on in it all becomes too predictable and so deja vu you might think, hello , are they doing a star wars like retelling type sequel of Ridley Scott's Alien ? Fassbender plays Jekyll and Hyde androids and it is obvious which one is going to succeed with his master/s plan. The crew are less annoying than on other instalments, in-spite of the now obvious shortcomings in their psychological profiling for mission suitability, but still you know they are all likely to die a horrible death, to save time the gestation period is now super quick , unlike John Hurt no one here is going to have time for breakfast. Fassbender is this movie ! it's all about him and the rest of the cast are mere cannon fodder. Although there were lots of complaints about Prometheus and this was meant to rectify them, it didn't do it for me, personally I liked Prometheus it did have a different agenda but I liked that leap into another direction, Covenant is more like a U turn but lacks the style and suspense of the 1979 Alien which I guess Ridley wanted? Maybe I was suffering from Alien overload having watched all 5 films in preparation for this one , so with my xenomorph fatigue I have to say I am disappointed. ” - Gary Marsh
 
66.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not. (126 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
“ A Guy Ritchie twist on the legendary tale of King Arthur, sounds intriguing right !? Well we get off to a very bizarre start with a fantasy battle around the castle of Camelot featuring 100 foot tall pachyderms and my initial thoughts immediately say this aint going to work for me ! But when it continues and the quick editing and sharp and witty dialogue kicks in you start to recognise this as a Guy Ritchie film. There are some strange cameo performances for good measure including David Beckham but the lead actors more than make up for those shortcomings. Charlie Hunnam is great in this role and I don't understand why some people don't like him, he has a sort of Tom Hardy look about him and I don't mind that at all. I got to see a preview of the 3D format and although some films allow the effects to enhance the spectacle this is more blatant gimmickry but adds a bit more fun, if you like that sort of thing. Jude Law is good as usual and plays a mean Vortigen. Not as entertaining as some of Ritchie's previous films but not a total disaster either, a nice new look at an age old myth. Not for everyone but then what is ? ” - Gary Marsh
 
67.
Mindhorn (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A has-been actor best known for playing the title character in the 1980s detective series "Mindhorn" must work with the police when a serial killer says that he will only speak with Detective Mindhorn, whom he believes to be a real person. (89 mins.)
Director: Sean Foley
 
68.
Unlocked (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A CIA interrogator is lured into a ruse that puts London at risk of a biological attack. (98 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
69.
The Promise (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris. (133 mins.)
Director: Terry George
 
70.
Sleepless (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son. (95 mins.)
Director: Baran bo Odar
“ Undercover cop crime thriller , by the numbers drug dealers and dirty cops, you can guess the twist if you can call it that early on. It's just not very believable and so familiar. Some good action sequences are just not enough to turn this around for me. ” - Gary Marsh
 
71.
Lowriders (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A young street artist in East Los Angeles is caught between his father's obsession with lowrider car culture, his ex-felon brother and his need for self-expression. (98 mins.)
“ It's about cars and family but this is no Fast and Furious ! it's also about art, street art and custom car paint jobs. I thought this was a nice change from the usual dysfunctional family drama. Set in LA County this shows the life of some of the Low Rider car fanatics where the car is a thing of beauty and cherished above all else, competition between garages can be serious and can get nasty, but respect is the name of the game, lose it and you're in for a bad ride. The cast are pretty good actors for relatively unknowns to me. There's some great cityscape cinematography and some of the soundtrack is pumping good too. ” - Gary Marsh
 
72.
Lady Macbeth (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In 19th-century rural England, a young bride who has been sold into marriage discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate. (89 mins.)
Director: William Oldroyd
 
73.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in postapocalyptic Australia in search for her home-land with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max. (120 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ Black and Chrome edition, Yes it works beautifully in black and white , just has George Miller wanted. As an old photographer I knew the colours would convert really well to black and white, the shades of grey are like filtered photographs.

With a budget of nearly £100,000,000 (or should I say nearly £100,000,000 more than the original 1979 Mad Max) you would expect this to be pretty good ?! so just as well its absolutely fantastically brilliant (and barking mad) then. Tom Hardy is becoming one of my favourite actors, he is so versatile. Charlize Theron is brilliant as usual! Nicholas Hoult (yes you might say I recognise him from something) shows he has come a long way since About A Boy and there's a great bunch of baddies. The assortment of vehicles are the real stars though, they have taken the cut and shunt to a whole new level ! wacky racers look like normal cars in comparison !. I think the 3D effects were pretty good too, not overdone and well worth seeing in this format. Doesn't really compare to the first Mad Max which looks quite dated and cheap now but does resemble the better MM Road Warrior. So if you looking for nearly 2 hours of action packed fun set in a deserted dystopian future you must go see this. Defo one for the Blu Ray list this crimbo. My new favourite of the year so far.
Update - So good in fact that I have now seen it 3 times already and enjoyed it more the second time, 3rd time in 2D not so much so if you get a chance to see it in 3D go for it !!
Further update since getting the 3D blu ray for Christmas (thanks mum, couldn't wait opened it early) it is still brilliant on the small screen at home ! ” - Gary Marsh
 
74.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage. (136 mins.)
Director: James Gunn
“ Watched as a double bill with Vol.1, so it is easier to compare the two. I really enjoyed the first film and have watched it several times already but it was great to see it again in 3D at the cinema. Does Vol.2 have the same impact ?!, well sort of, it's difficult to follow originality, the first hour is absolutely hilarious and visually fantastic and I thought this was going to become my favourite film of the year so far ! but then Kurt Russell turns up and the decline began for me. The existing characters develop closer bonds and all shine in their moments on screen with some great jokes as you would expect, however some of the new characters are a little bit disappointing. The song selection (awesome mix 2) is at times classic 1970s but some tracks I didn't recognise, still I couldn't help wag my feet to the music, Groot does some of the best dance moves and steal's the show again. So much effort has gone into making this look good a big thumbs up to the CGi guys who get a hard time these days ! There are several (5) amusing clips in the end credits making it a long watch because you get the whole 135 minutes of great entertainment ! essential viewing for this year !, I will go and see it again soon that's for sure. (9/10 1st half 7/10 2nd half) only 3 years to wait for Vol 3 !! ” - Gary Marsh
 
75.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. (121 mins.)
Director: James Gunn
“ At last a really funny Marvel film. Great fun with lots of CGi as you would expect. A must see for the summer, well there's not much else on . On a second (2D) viewing I found this even more amusing and enjoyable with the jokes coming past the special effects more noticeably. A new modern classic ? will it stay in the IMDB top 100 for long ? probably not ? Update- re-watched at the cinema as a Double bill with Vol. 2 fantastic ! ” - Gary Marsh
 
76.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Another chance to see this at the cinema ! why would I miss that ? this is the greatest SciFi horror film ever made. ” - Gary Marsh
 
77.
Prometheus (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone. (124 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Fantastic prequel, answers so many questions on the saga that exploaded onto our screens over 30 years ago. Update -Still looks great on the cinema screen but does suffer from a few flaws that set it aside from the first 2 Alien films. But what a great double bill at the cinema ! ” - Gary Marsh
 
78.
Finding Fatimah (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Shahid struggles to find love in the Asian community due to the stigma of his divorce, several years prior. (99 mins.)
Director: Oz Arshad
“ This is a very low budget film , in fact I would guess that the supporting cast of "actors"? paid to be in it. This could have been better if they just played it as a straight romcom but it was spoilt by the farcical characters around the main leads. ” - Gary Marsh
 
79.
The Belko Experiment (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In a twisted social experiment, eighty Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company's intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed. (89 mins.)
Director: Greg McLean
“ Just another bad day at the office ! I do like psychological experiments, after all that's life !
This film has its moments, some very graphic some quite amusing but not much we haven't seen before. A dark satire of the rat race at work.? ” - Gary Marsh
 
80.
The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. (127 mins.)
Director: Niki Caro
“ An interesting film based on a true story from Warsaw Poland during the second world war. The Zabinski zookeepers were the Schindler's of Warsaw and rescued hundreds of Jewish people from the ghetto using the zoo to hide them under the noses of the Germans. Jessica Chastain is in top form as the titular character (Anatonia Zabinski) and distracts Daniel Bruhl's nasty German Zoologist Lutz Heck who has plans for the animals and her. A good supporting cast of actors and animals make this a more unusual war story and well worth going to see. ” - Gary Marsh
 
81.
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her determined driver, and their boss, eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. (127 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
 
82.
Their Finest (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them. (117 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
“ I guess I am going to be a little biased about this British movie, but I thought it was really well made, a great cast and quite emotional and funny at times. It is a movie about the making of a second world war propaganda film that is raised to a high level of importance when it is decided it could help the USA to join the war in Europe. As an insight into war time film making alone it had my interest, add in some ; drama, romance , tragedy and English humour and you are on to a winner !? Gemma Arteton is great in the lead role that highlights the often overlooked importance of women during the war. Bill Nighy is also very good in a role that is almost himself? Sam Claflin puts in a good turn too . As we all know, when the going gets tough, a cup of tea will fix it and there is a lot of tea drunk here. A new look at war time Britain , well worth going to see. ” - Gary Marsh
 
83.
I Am Not Your Negro (2016 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House. (93 mins.)
Director: Raoul Peck
“ It's not a pretty story,.. I am not really aware of the depths of racism in the US and have little knowledge outside of a few other documentary's, news coverage and biographic/historic movies of the era. Coming from a very white British background and living in a white world it is hard for me to put myself in the shoes of the oppressed American black people, this documentary seems it might be trying to be educational for people like me but it just comes over a bit too one sided, that of hatred towards black people. There are lots of 1960s movie clips, some make sense but others need more explanation and that is lacking for me. It would have been nice to hear what Marlon Brando or Charlton Heston had to say in the chat show clip but we only get one white persons perspective. The news clips of more recent events just highlight/ or suggest how little progress has been made in the last 50 years and there isn't much mention of the improvements made or give any hope that things are going to get better any time soon, so I am left wondering what was the real point of it all, it might just stir up more hatred ? The film flashes back and forth in time and might have been more coherent if it had been in chronological order?. Should this have been made decades ago? is this just cashing in on recent injustices or is it now more relevant than ever ?? ” - Gary Marsh
 
84.
The Handmaiden (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her. (144 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ The Handmaiden is a reboot with a difference !, it takes the British (BBC)costume drama mini series 'Fingersmith' and turns it into an Asian art movie. The film is also broken down into 3 parts , part 1 is the con, with part 2 showing you flashbacks of part 1 but from different angles that are plot reveals and of course part 3 the outcome. The story if you didn't know is a fairly simple plot within a plot to con money from a wealthy family. The uncle is a collector of erotica and has been grooming his niece for something special. The maid, (really a pickpocket (fingersmith) ) is in cahoots with a conman who wants to marry the niece to inherit her wealth, we then get into some Hitchcockian twists and turns, it’s quite funny in places too. The cinematography is quite special in places, there are some great location shots and sensual close ups. Ok, let’s not beat about the bush, it is borderline pornography really, isn't it ? It is quite mesmerising to see 2 beautiful women together when it is done so well, some might say that this is the cherry on top of the cake? but it is quite explicit too , so not to everyone's taste. The costumes and sets are quite stunning and just add that extra layer of sumptuousness to the cake. Acting performances are pretty flawless too, something you rarely see these days. You should really go and see it to find out what happens, a must see for film fans. ” - Gary Marsh
 
85.
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before. (136 mins.)
Director: F. Gary Gray
“ As a follow up to Spectre I think this is a weak Bond film and Dwayne Johnson is just not right as 008 ?!, it makes a change to have a female super villain with Charlize Theron as 'Cipher' out for world domination, henchman Dom has a car made from indestructium so don't bother shooting at him ! ..ok, I must confess I have enjoyed most of the Furious films because they are crazy silly but entertaining. They started out as street racers and graduated into international super-criminals but the incredible stunts became their trademark and that is what I enjoyed, with the latest (last ?) movie the real stunts are lacking for most of the time and so "nothing new here" then its climax of being chased by a nuclear sub is just too silly, I mean, they didn't even have snow tyres ! There are plenty of laughs but again nothing new apart from the baby who stills the show. Helen Mirren takes a break from the Queen Vic to sort out her boys (Statham and Evans) and adds a signpost for what is to come later, in this predictable formulaic sequel. I guess if you like the franchise you will probably like this too but there was too much CGI and not enough exciting stunts for me. Maybe it was trying to be too clever and it went over my head? ” - Gary Marsh
 
86.
A Quiet Passion (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognized artist. (125 mins.)
Director: Terence Davies
“ A biography about Emily Dickinson a 19th century poet. At times this is quite amusing due to the witty and sharp conversations between the "educated" Dickinson family and friends, but for me it just goes too far and becomes too pretentious or overly intellectual ? maybe just my ignorance ? the dialogue from Emily becomes more of a diatribe as she gets older and bitter, too clever for her own good ? The film drags a bit and I know it was late and I had already seen 2 other movies, but I did nearly nod of for a intellectual overload nap. The acting was quite intense at times I assume the historians had a lot material to work from so maybe the character portrayals were accurate? If you are a big fan of highbrow poetry this might be right up your street ? not quite the passion I was expecting. ” - Gary Marsh
 
87.
Raw (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her. (99 mins.)
Director: Julia Ducournau
“ What are you hungry for ?.. well, a film about a French vegetarian vet family doesn't sound promising to start with?, as we know the French will eat anything and French vegetarians are rarer than rocking horse *beep* The film starts with Justine going off to start at a veterinarian college where her vegetarian mother and father graduated and her sister currently resides. The college has a rather aggravating and distasteful initiation where the rookie students are subjected to a bloody baptism and forced to eat raw meat among other hazing antics. What follows is quite surprising, as Justine gets a taste for meat she spirals out of her golden child character into a wild child like her sister. This is one of those films where I am glad I didn't see a trailer because I am sure it would have given the game away? Anyhow without spoiling it, this turns into a great, albeit weird horror, the ending is slightly signposted early on but still a good reveal. ” - Gary Marsh
 
88.
The Boss Baby (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his 7-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. (97 mins.)
Director: Tom McGrath
“ This was a film where I caught the trailer and thought , why not !? As it turned out it was a lot funnier than I expected, as with most good animated films these days the jokes are at multiple levels to suit the whole family, although this maybe too scary in places for the very young ? Of course it is completely silly and totally bonkers, but the switching between "reality" and imagination is very well done and there are some quite original ideas played out, along with some classic cartoon shananigans. There are also some great actors voices behind the crazy and likeable characters. If you need a little laugh give it a try. ” - Gary Marsh
 
89.
Going in Style (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. (96 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
“ This is an old heist movie without the good old fashioned caper humour. Three old actors who no longer need to act, they are really convincing as old people. On the plus side the older people in the audience found everything funny , so at least I know there's a chance I might get my sense of humour back in 10 or 20 years time?. ” - Gary Marsh
 
90.
Power Rangers (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A group of high-school students, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world. (124 mins.)
Director: Dean Israelite
“ As usual I went into the cinema with low expectations, having not seen any trailers I wasn't sure how big budget this was going to look. Incredibly I found it to be quite entertaining. There is a lot of characterization to start with, a bit like Breakfast club with a few of the soon to be rangers meeting in detention, you know the usual bunch of misfits?. Dean Israelite's last film Project Almanac was another teen scifi and very low budget in comparison, Power Rangers is most definitely not found footage fodder ! As well was the good character development there are some good funny bits too, almost self deprecating?. Obviously it will be compared to Transformers , but to be honest even though it is a bit silly at the end it's a lot better than most of them. The only (easily) recognisable actor Elizabeth Banks is the villain Rita who is a bit like the wicked witch of the west on steroids, so it suited her quite well. This movie very much appears to be the first in a series for this new? franchise.? Better than expected but not for this genre haters. ” - Gary Marsh
 
91.
Another Mother's Son (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Based on the true story of Louisa Gould, the drama is set during World War II on the Nazi-occupied island of Jersey... (103 mins.)
 
92.
Ghost in the Shell (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. (107 mins.)
Director: Rupert Sanders
“ Seen in iMax 3D and then 2d.
If you haven’t seen the 1995 anime you really should see this live action intelligent, complex and visually stunning interpretation , if you have seen the anime you should see this as a great new film and not some insult to the classic, there’s room for both and this might actually get more people interested in the previous film too if you just stop slagging it off. GITS Anime –ok it was good but its also nice to have a live action option., it does annoy me that the so called “true” fans will knock this fantastic display of movie making because it somehow spoils the original 1995 film, this movie can stand on it’s own or side by side with the anime and shine a light on the a great piece of scifi history they are.
Ok no more references to the anime, and avoiding any spoilers regarding the plot.
Scarlett Johansson is looking great , near soft porn she looks so naked, maybe too great ? no! We want more and the way she moves is very convincing as a robot, she also brings out the true existential dilemma of being part robot and part human that is after all what is at the heart of this story.
Pilou Asbæk, I suppose he likes working with Scarlett after playing along side her in Lucy, here he is Batou the one who’s got her back covered, a friend , one of the Section 9 team of crack operatives, each with their own cybernetic enhancements.
The Cityscapes are as breathtaking as they were in Blade Runner plus some because technology has moved on ! and as with dogs licking their balls , its because they can that matters ! Skyscrapers have been plucked from Shanghai and squeezed into Hong Kong and it may well look like this in 30 years time. The holographic advertisings are fantastic and as an added bonus we get to see this wonder of futureworld in daylight too. Was it just my imagination or does one of the cars look like an upgraded Delorean with a flux converter powered by trash ?
The Matrix and the concept of being plugged into the grid was influenced by the original Ghost in the Shell, so it’s only fitting that some of the live action is going to appear familiar to the great filming and CGI effects invented back then, So don’t think this has ripped off the Matrix but had some payback.
Takeshi Kitano (Aramaki) – I guess he doesn’t speak English but everyone understands what he says in Japanese and he understands what they say in English, hmm what’s that all about?, this is one of the few things that irritated me ! were they just trying to avoid the over westernisation ?
I have already seen this film twice , first time was in iMax3D and this is a truly superb experience to have and the additional (~£5) cost is justified and worthwhile, the 2D version still looks good but is less immersive and not as sharp, I’ll check out the standard 3D version next week just for completeness of course. I hope they put an extended cut together with loads of extras on the BluRay that will be on my Christmas prezzie list for sure, if I can wait that long ! ” - Gary Marsh
 
93.
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love. (129 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
“ 26 years after the very successful Disney Animation we get another live action remake to add to the Disney stable. Some recent reboots have missed the mark and this one is sure to get a divided opinion. Personally I think it has been done very well, the 1991 innovative animation has been replaced with bang up to date CGI. There is an all star cast, (mostly in disguise) lead by the lovely Emma Watson who puts in one of her better performances. Luke Evans is absolutely fantastic as the obnoxious Gaston as is his side kick LeFou played by Josh Gad. It has carried over the original songs with a little twist here and there. There isn't much change to the story so you obviously know what is going to happen, but it is played out so well that it makes its own mark on this classic tale. There is more humour aimed at the older child in us all, there is even a gay joke, a first for Disney? The sets and costumes are superb , no expense spared ? and the special visual effects are great , the 3D effects are not in your face they just give some added depth to the scenery and action. It will be interesting to see the next Disney reboot if this is anything to go by. ” - Gary Marsh
 
94.
The Lost City of Z (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s. (141 mins.)
Director: James Gray
“ I managed to avoid all trailers and reviews of this film, so had no idea what it was about, I even considered it might be a Zombie film !,
obviously it's not. It's actually a fascinating true story of the early 20th century explorer Percy Fawcett who went from ridicule to acclaim through his exploration and insight of Amazonia. It highlights how a man can be driven by the need for recognition and the sacrifice required to get it, this also appears both as a selfish desire and a honourable determination to succeed at all cost. The film has 3 main settings , South America, England and the first world war's western front , The Somme. These locations all present completely contrasting images of Fawcett's life, and there are some stunning examples of great cinematography in all 3, at home life is tranquil and pretty uneventful, the jungle offers danger, excitement, adventure and wonder and the horrors of war are only briefly seen so as not to distract from the main theme of the film. Charlie Hunnam does a steady job in the role as Major Percy Fawcett the Victorian born man with more modern insight but it's Robert Pattinson hiding behind a serious beard that shines through in a more subtle role as Percy's friend and fellow man of arms Henry Costin. There are also some good supporting performances from Sienna Miller (Mrs Fawcett ) and Angus MacFadyen as the pompous James Murray. It does have a few flaws but still well worth going to see even if its just for the history lesson and stunning cinematography. ” - Gary Marsh
 
95.
Life (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars and now threatens all life on Earth. (104 mins.)
Director: Daniel Espinosa
“ I might be biased but this is brilliant ! A great Space SciFi without Matt Damon ! it can be done ! ok we don't get any disco music but the team of astronauts need to science the *beep* out of the Life brought back from Mars. I found the tension lasted from the opening scene right through to the final one, I was on the edge of my seat for 95 minutes. Avoiding spoilers it is difficult to say too much, such as about how good the special effects are but they are quite spectacular. The cast is surprisingly good too especially Ryan and Jake but great support just impresses even more. I enjoyed this so much I will definitely be going to see this a few more times in the coming weeks. ” - Gary Marsh
 
96.
Get Out (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
It's time for a young African American to meet with his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare. (104 mins.)
Director: Jordan Peele
“ Not sure why this is listed as horror? mystery thriller satire maybe more apt ? Anyway its a film with some great moments and some great lines too, cant say too much without spoilers!. Daniel Kaluuya is the only actor I recognise (previously as Parking Pataweyo in a comedy sketch show) who shows great potential for the future. Its not really scary enough to be a horror and has some funny moments but you wouldn't call it comedy that's for sure, in fact if anything the funny bits spoilt it for me. It works quite well as a satire and doesn't need the silliness. It reminded me a bit of the 1980s film Society and obviously the Stepford films, but you get that from the trailer anyway. That said it still turns out to be a really good thriller with a few almost unpredictable twists and turns. A must see. ” - Gary Marsh
 
97.
Free Fire (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival. (91 mins.)
Director: Ben Wheatley
“ As Ben Wheatley films go this will be up there as one of my favourites. It has a late 1970s setting shot almost entirely in one location, and old disused umbrella factory/ warehouse in Boston USA. It's a dodgy weapons deal for the IRA, although that isn't overly played. It becomes a Mexican standoff / shootout where it is a case of survival of the fittest or the one who can be shot the most before bleeding to death. There is a great ensemble cast who are all fantastic as an odd bunch of criminals. Plenty of laugh out loud moments and a few grimaces too. ” - Gary Marsh
 
98.
Aby (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Aby is aspired to fly and make an aeroplane by his own without any formal engineering education. The movie depicts how the hero struggles to make his dream come true and the obstacles he faces on his way to success and achieve glory. (133 mins.)
Director: Srikant Murali
“ This is a heart warming story of (an autistic?) boy who dreams of flying and how he struggles but overcomes all of the obstacles thrown at him. He has a rough time growing up with an abusive drunken father and escapes this by pretending to fly. He grows up into an intelligent and shy man and continues to pursue his dream of flying, along the way he has his childhood sweetheart supporting him along with his love rival for her. Very amusing in places as well as some quite dramatic moments too. ” - Gary Marsh
 
99.
Viceroy's House (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, but meets with conflict as different sides clash in the face of monumental change. (106 mins.)
Director: Gurinder Chadha
“ An interesting look at the period after the second world war where India has gained independence and how the handover from Empire to eventual partition is played out from the perspective of the Viceroy's household. Not quite Upstairs Downtstairs or Downton Abbey but comparisons are likely to be made just because of the cast. Some might argue it paints a nicer image of history but this is not really a film about the millions of people affected by partition its a snapshot of life in and around the house that Lord Mountbatten and his family lived in at time he was the last Viceroy of India. Yes there is a fictional(downstairs) story of romance between conflicting religions to give some idea of the feelings between these groups. Gillian Anderson puts in a great performances as the frightfully posh but down to earth Lady Mountbatten and Hugh Bonneville does his thing, also some good supporting cast performances help make this a better film than it could have otherwise been. Not just a history lesson. ” - Gary Marsh
 
100.
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden. (118 mins.)
“ Jordan Vogt-Roberts said he wanted to make Apocalypse Now meets King Kong and I think he has done just that, with the inevitable consequences. With the 1970s Vietnam era setting and the iconic helicopters flying into the sunset this sets the scene of the predictable carnage to follow and why not !? Like other Kong films there are some annoying characters that you hope get killed asap, here for me it was Samuel Jackson as Colonel Packard, just a bit over the top for me ! On a lighter note John C Riley does a great job as the crazy WWII pilot Marlow who has survived 28 years on the island but with Packard's interference you wonder if he will survive another 28 hours. If you are looking for an action packed popcorn movie then this is not a total waste of 2 hours of your time, just don't expect too much in terms of character development or intelligence or any real standout acting performances. I've seen it twice already first in 3D and again in 2D, if you want to make the most of it, for what it is, a visually stunning CGI blockbuster event, go see it on the big screen in 3D, don't listen to the critics, make your own mind up. ” - Gary Marsh