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Film Review – ALFIE BOE: ON THE WHEELS OF A DREAM – #MANIFF2017

ALFIE BOE: ON THE WHEELS OF A DREAM

ALFIE BOE: ON THE WHEELS OF A DREAM follows the world-famous tenor as he attempts to crossover from the world of opera to contemporary rock

It’s fair to say that Alfie Boe certainly knows how to belt out a tune. Since his rendition of BRING HIM HOME at the 2010 LES MISERABLES 25th Anniversary performance at the O2 Arena, the singer’s career has grown from strength to strength, leading to four top ten albums, a sell-out 2013 UK tour and over one million album sales to his name...

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DVD Review: THE YOUNG POPE

Jude Law in THE YOUNG POPE

Dark, compelling and beautifully shot, THE YOUNG POPE is brilliant piece of experimental filmmaking

One of the year’s most talked about TV series, THE YOUNG POPE, heads to DVD and Blu Ray this week following its premiere on Sky Atlantic.

Helmed by Oscar winning Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, THE YOUNG POPE tells the fictional story of Cardinal Lenny Belardo (Jude Law) as he assumes the mantle of Pius XIII, the first American Pope in history...

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Film Review: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). Photo: Jonathan Olley. © 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Does Gareth Edwards latest addition to the Star Wars Anthology deliver?

As 2016 draws to a close, one of the most highly anticipated films of the year – ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY – finally heads to UK cinema screens this week.

Set in between Episodes III and IV of the Star Wars saga, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY follows the adventures of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a Rebellion soldier and cri...

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Film Review: INFERNO

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Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon and Felicity Jones in INFERNO.                       © 2016 – Imagine Entertainment

Scrappy and jumbled, INFERNO fails to play to its own strengths

As a fan of Dan Brown’s novels and a sucker for any movie filmed in Venice, I’ve been waiting with baited breath for INFERNO to hit the big screen. Shame then that Ron Howard’s third and (possibly) final film in the Robert Langdon series turns out to be a bit of a jumbled mess.

For those who h...

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BFI #LFF 2016: GLEASON Film Review

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Frank, harrowing and incredibly heartbreaking, GLEASON tells the story of former football player Steve Gleason and his battle with ALS

Following its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, GLEASON makes its UK premiere at the 60th BFI London Film Festival.

GLEASON tells the story of former New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason and his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a rare and incurable degenerative disease that slowly robs him of his motor functions inc...

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BFI #LFF 2016: ARRIVAL Film Review

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Denis Villeneuve delivers his biggest and best work to date with ARRIVAL

Following the superior SICARIO (2015), Denis Villeneuve returns to the big screen with his latest feature film ARRIVAL, marking his biggest and best work to date.

Based on Ted Chiang’s short story STORIES OF YOUR LIFE, ARRIVAL tells the story of linguistics professor Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) who is recruited by the US military led by Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) to assist in translating alien communications...

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BFI #LFF 2016: QUEEN OF KATWE Film Review

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Walt Disney Pictures brings together an extraordinary cast for QUEEN OF KATWE, a remarkable true story about one girl’s grace and steely determination to create a better life for herself and her family.

Based on Tim Crothers’ book THE QUEEN OF KATWE: ONE GIRL’S TRIUMPHANT PATH TO BECOMING A CHESS CHAMPION and inspired by a true story, QUEEN OF KATWE tells the story of Phiona Mutesi, an illiterate girl from Uganda who pursues her dream of becoming a chess champion.

The story begins in 2007 w...

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BFI #LFF 2016: TROLLS Film Review

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Entertaining and likeable, TROLLS is a fairytale explosion of glitter, colour and trippy beats

Following the mediocre performance of KUNG FU PANDA 3, HOME and PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR (especially when you compare it to the box office success of Disney’s FROZEN or Universal’s DESPICABLE ME), DreamWorks Animation take a big-screen gamble on the candy coloured, crazy hair toy sensation of the 1960s in their latest family-friendly animated comedy.

TROLLS follows the story of two shock-headed tro...

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BFI #LFF 2016: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA Film Review

Casey Affleck in MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Raw, emotional and utterly heart-breaking, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA is a devastating exploration of grief and redemption

Kenneth Lonergan’s highly-anticipated third film MANCHESTER BY THE SEA chronicles the effects of loss and grief in this devastating drama about one man’s painful return to his hometown.

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA follows the story of Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), an anti-social outcast who works as a janitor in Boston...

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BFI #LFF 2016: LA LA LAND Film Review

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Damien Chazelle breathes new life into the Hollywood musical with the bright and playful LA LA LAND

At the tender age of 31, Damien Chazelle has already established himself as a visionary. After wowing audiences with the sensational WHIPLASH back in 2014, the young director continues to innovate and push the boundaries of music and storytelling with his latest film LA LA LAND.

Based on the classic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s and 50s, LA LA LAND tells the story of struggling jazz pianist ...

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