‘Hidden Figures’ Review

[Sidenote: I saw this before the Oscars] Based on the remarkably untold true story of the black women behind some of the most important calculations in NASA’s space race, Hidden Figures is a brilliantly entertaining and inspiring film that is a great tribute to the work and the women whose story it depicts. The film…

‘Fences’ Review

[Sidenote: I saw this before the Oscars] Another of the big awards film’s finally makes it to UK screens, and brings along an acting masterclass. Based on August Wilson’s award-winning play, Fences details the life of Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington), a sanitation worker, and his relationships with his family as they are put through the trials…

‘Moonlight’ Review

[Sidenote: I saw this before the Oscars] Barry Jenkins’ critically acclaimed coming of age story should be celebrated not only for its cinematic achievement, but for its depiction of minorities not seen enough on film. Based loosely on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, the film follows Chiron, a young black boy struggling…

‘Lion’ Review

The latest film based on a remarkable true story is a more recent affair with an inherently modern twist. It is at once a classic yet contemporary tale, extraordinary and emotional. The film follows the story of Saroo, a young Indian boy who becomes separated from his family. It depicts his struggles as he searches…

‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Review

Mel Gibson’s return to directing (and apparent return from Hollywood jail) is an unbelievable true story of faith, strength and morality in what would appear to be a landscape absent of these principles. The film centres around Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a conscientious objector in WWII who enlists as a medic. During training, both his…

‘La La Land’ Review

It’s garnering unbelievable acclaim and being nominated for every award out there, and now it has finally arrived on our screens. Damien Chazelle’s follow up to the phenomenal Whiplash really is as good as everyone says it is, bringing something we haven’t seen for a long time on the cinema screen and injecting it with…

‘Manchester by the Sea’ Review

There’s a lot of awards buzz surrounding Kenneth Lonergan’s new drama, and it is all entirely deserved. This portrayal or grief and coping is a quiet powerhouse that will pull you in and take hold of your emotions, not letting up until its final frame. The film centres around Casey Affleck’s Lee Chandler, a handyman whose…