Reviews

Released: Out now Certificate: 15 Director: Sophia Takal Writer: Sophia Takal and April Wolfe Cast: Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Cary Elwes, Caleb Eberhardt Distributor: Universal Forget everything you know about the two previous Black Christmases. Aside from the setting (a sorority house during winter break) and the vaguest possible plot outline (some girls get killed),
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Released: 22 Nov (cinemas), 29 Nov (Netflix) Director: Jérémy Clapin Cast: Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d’Assumçao Distributor: Netflix If you like this, try… The City Of Lost Children Guillaume Laurant is best known for his Jean-Pierre Jeunet collaborations, including this genre one. Adapted from a novel penned by co-screenwriter Guillaume Laurant (Amélie), I
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Released: 26 November Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi Cast: Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Taichi Saotome, Masato Sakai, Rikiya Koyama, Ayane Sakura Distributor: Anime Limited If you like this, try… Gurren Lagann
 Hiroyuki Imaishi directed this beloved anime mecha series for studio Gainax, with a similar tone. The opening of Promare establishes that the sudden combustion of various people across
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi4LMpSDccc   Released: 22 November 2019 Certificate: U Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Cast: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Evan Rachel Wood, Stirling K Brown Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures If you like this, try… Moana Another Disney tale that sees a brave young woman embark on a perilous journey to a faraway
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Released: 23 October 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Tim Miller Writer: David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes, Billy Ray Cast: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna Distributor: 20th Century Fox If you like this, try… Terminator 2: Judgment Day Sarah Connor has come a long way across the three films but none are
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Released: 25 October 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Justin Dec Writer: Justin Dec Cast: Elizabeth Lail, Anne Winters, Charlie McDermott Distributor: STX International If you like this, try… Final Destination 5 The sneaky conclusion to the Final Destination franchise proves that you really can’t cheat death! Writer/director Justin Dec reworks and updates a Final Destination style
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Released: 18 October 2019 Certificate: U Director: Will Becher, Richard Phelan Writer: Mark Burton, John Brown Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Amalia Vitale Distributor: StudioCanal If you like this, try… Chicken Run Aardman’s best sees a group of plucky hens team up with a cocky rooster to break out of their enclosure. Considering the huge
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Released: 25 October Director: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon Cast: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard Distributor: Universal If you like this, try… The Addams Family (1991) This film is likely to give you a hankering after the live action version, with Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston. The Addams family’s first feature-length animated
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Released: 15 November 2019 Director: Mirrah Foulkes Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman, Benedict Hardie Distributor: Picturehouse Entertainment If you like this, try… The Company Of Wolves Angela Carter and Neil Jordan’s fantasy horror is startling and ripe with imagination. There are shades of Angela Carter’s feminist fairy tales in Australian director Mirrah Foulkes’s debut feature
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Released: TBC Director: Shahad Ameen Cast: Basima Hajjar, Yagoub Alfarhan, Abdulaziz Shitan If you like this, try… Daughters Of The Dust Julie Dash’s seminal debut tells the story of a group of three generations of Gullah women with surreal flourishes. This exquisitely crafted and fiercely feminist debut feature from Saudi filmmaker Shahad Ameen toys with
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Released: TBC Director: Jayro Bustamante Cast: María Mercedes Coroy, Sabrina De La Hoz, Margarita Kenéfic Distributor: TBC If you like this, try… Atlantics Mati Diop’s haunting debut feature gives a powerful voice to those swept away in desperate sea crossings and the lovers they leave behind. Poetic justice is served up in Jayro Bustamante’s supernatural
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Released: TBC Director: Fabrice du Welz Cast: Laurent Lucas, Benoît Poelvoorde, Martha Canga Antonio Distributor: TBC Director Fabrice du Welz concludes his Ardennes based trilogy, following Calvaire and Alleluia, with a nightmarish fairy-tale that recalls the striking rural magnificence of Terrence Malick’s Badlands. After the claustrophobic menace and quite frankly bleak backdrops of the aforementioned
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Released: TBA Certificate: TBA Director: Jean-François Laguionie, Xavier Picard Writer: Jean-François Laguionie, Anik Le Ray Cast: Enrico Di Giovanni, Thomas Sagols Distributor: TBA If you like this, try… Moomins On The Riviera The Prince’s Voyage co-director Xavier Picard also made this outing for Tove Jansson’s creations. In 1999, Jean-François Laguionie, a French animator with directing
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Released: 27 September 2019 Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett Cast: Samara Weaving, Mark O’Brien, Andie MacDowell, Henry Czerny, Adam Brody Distributor: Fox “Fucking rich people!” screams Grace, long after she’s come to terms with the fact that the family she’s just married into are trying to sacrifice her to an entity who they believe demands
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Released: 18 September Certificate: 12A Director: James Gray Cast: Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox If you like this, try… First Man Damian Chazelle’s poignant and creative take on Neil Armstrong’s mission to the moon is an emotional journey. At each point of his journey into deep space, astronaut Roy McBride
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Released: TBC Certificate: TBC Director: Rose Glass Writer: Rose Glass Cast: Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Frazer, Lily Knight It is not every day that a new film arrives with as many hopes hanging over it as there were over Rose Glass’ Saint Maud. If the introduction of a new voice in the UK landscape
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