UK trailer for Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s new suspense thriller Dark Places

27 Nov

Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult star in crime thriller Dark Places

A trailer has arrived online for the UK release of murder mystery thriller Dark Places, directed by French filmmaker Gilles Paquet-Brenner and based on a novel by Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn.

The film, investigating a long-buried murder case, features a packed cast of Hollywood’s finest including Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and Chloe Grace Moretz. Ant-Man villain Corey Stoll also pops up as the man originally locked up for the crime.

Dark Places was released in America earlier this year and is finally making its UK bow in February, with a DVD/Blu-ray release to follow in the same month alongside availability via VOD platforms.

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Review – Miss You Already

25 Nov

Poster for 2015 drama Miss You Already

Genre: Drama
Certificate: 12
UK Release Date: 25th September 2015
Runtime: 112 minutes
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Writer: Morwenna Banks
Starring: Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine
Synopsis: Two women find their life-long friendship pushed to the limit when one of them is diagnosed with aggressive cancer at the same time as the other’s life changes for the better.



Last year, John Green’s teen drama The Fault In Our Stars had audiences across the world weeping at the injustice of its heart-breaking cancer plotline. It’s the turn of the more adult crowd this year, with Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore starring in poignant dramedy Miss You Already as best friends put through major turmoil when one is diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.

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Review – Solace

23 Nov

Poster for 2015 drama Everest

Genre: Thriller
Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 25th September 2015
Runtime: 101 minutes
Director: Afonso Poyart
Writer: Peter Morgan, Sean Bailey
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Abbie Cornish, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Colin Farrell, Jose Pablo Cantillo
Synopsis: The FBI draws a psychic doctor out of retirement in an attempt to track down a serial killer who seems to be one step ahead of the cops.



In the early noughties, a story was mooted that was to be a sequel to David Fincher’s classic horrorthriller Se7en. After years in development hell, numerous script rejigs and a complete diversion from its original purpose, that film arrived this year as the distinctly uninspired and incredibly bland supernatural thriller Solace.

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Top 10 – Films not to miss in November 2015

15 Nov

Jennifer Lawrence returns to Panem for the final time in the finale of The Hunger Games

The return of an enormous young adult franchise dominates multiplex screens in November as the steady stream of awards candidates continues unabated. In between Spectre and Star Wars, it’s possible that The Hunger Games finale might struggle to find purchase at the box office, but there’s plenty for cinemagoers to see elsewhere.

Counter-programming in the autumnal blockbuster period presents a charming British comedy, a series of weighty dramas with major Oscar pedigree and the bizarre spectacle of Nicholas Hoult pissing on James Corden.

Here are ten films you should head out and see this month in UK cinemas.

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Review – Everest

10 Nov

Poster for 2015 drama Everest

Genre: Drama
Certificate: 12
UK Release Date: 18th September 2015
Runtime: 121 minutes
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Writer: William Nicholson, Simon Beaufoy
Starring: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emily Blunt, Keira Knightley, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly
Synopsis: Two companies mount expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest, but a string of unfortunate events creates an ultimately tragic disaster.



Countless books have been written about the events of the 10th and 11th of May 1996, in which eight people died on Mount Everest after being caught up in a blizzard during their attempt to summit the world’s highest peak. The story, which remains contentious to this day, is now recounted on the big screen in spectacular fashion with Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest.

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Review – Bill

5 Nov

Poster for 2015 historical comedy film Bill

Genre: Comedy
Certificate: PG
UK Release Date: 18th September 2015
Runtime: 94 minutes
Director: Richard Bracewell
Writer: Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond
Starring: Mathew Baynton, Ben Willbond, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard, Simon Farnaby, Helen McCrory, Damian Lewis
Synopsis: Untalented lute player Bill Shakespeare makes his way to London in order to seek his fortune as a playwright.



The success of the Horrible Histories comedy troupe in Britain has been nothing short of remarkable. In 2010, the show became the first children’s programme to win a British Comedy Award, beating the likes of The Armstrong & Miller Show and Harry & Paul to the sketch show gong. The team behind that show have now made their way to the big screen, with the delightfully British comedy Bill – based on a fictional imagining of Shakespeare’s lost years.

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Spectre – Everything you need to know

5 Nov

[ADVERTORIAL] The following is a guest post by Tom Duggans – a self-proclaimed Bond aficionado and lover of all things 007. He also thinks people were a little too harsh toward Quantum of Solace but let’s not open that can of worms.

Spectre is the latest James Bond film

The wait is finally over for Spectre. Bond 24 has already landed in the UK and will arrive in US cinemas this week, and it might just be the most hyped Bond film to date. Daniel Craig has developed an extremely passionate following among younger Bond fans, and if you add that to the generations of people who have always loved the franchise, it’s fair to suggest that James Bond is bigger than ever.

Early reviews for Spectre are largely positive, but of course each fan will need to decide for him/herself how it stacks up against the recent Craig efforts and the series as a whole. And in case you’ve missed some of the news and trailers leading up to the film, here are all of the major details you should know heading into the release, from the new Bond girls to 007’s latest ride.

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