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Monsters in the Shadows

There are many reasons why Jaws (1975) is the very best film about a man-eating shark. Famously, the mechanical shark used on set...

Disability in Film

Can you think of a film character with a disability? I imagine you went for Forrest Gump with Tom Hanks, or Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man. ...

Sequels: Part 2

Last week I wrote about the curse of the lazy sequel, the sequel that exists only to make money, not to make enjoyable cinema. This week,...

Unequal Sequels

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again reaches Oswestry in late September, the screenings are already starting to sell out and if you liked the...

A Scary Thought....

A few months ago my fellow columnist, Michael Hudson, asked whether comedies still retain the ability to make us laugh years after their...

The Big Attraction of Small Films

Tom Cruise is currently blazing his way across the screen in Mission Impossible: Fallout, we’ve had Avengers: Infinity War recently, and...

Seriously funny.

A confession: I really don’t find American comedians funny. Well, that’s not entirely true, I’ve always loved Steve Martin and Bill...

The queue starts here.

I strongly suspect that by the time this column is published our rare heatwave will be over (and as a parent I know without fail that the...

Gerald & Nathan

What makes a film star successful? Certainly talent and a natural screen presence account for something. But success in the world of...

Will Downton Dan leave us shaken and stirred?

It was announced recently that Daniel Craig will be returning in the 25th James Bond film, due to be released in 2019. It’s widely...

My beef with sacred cows.

The Deer Hunter, that epic Vietnam war movie starring Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep was released 40 years ago. Remember the Russian...

The Voice.

Later this month Kinokulture Cinema will be screening Wes Anderson’s charming and quirky animated feature Isle of Dogs, a film that...

Ser-sha-shing!

Ok, first things first: Saoirse Ronan’s name is pronounced Ser-sha, to rhyme with inertia - a beautiful, unusual name for a beautiful and...

What's up, doc?

When I was young, the idea of going to a cinema to watch a documentary was bizarre. Cinema was for Star Wars and Ghostbusters. ...

Plenty of road left.

The Leisure Seeker is coming to Kinokulture Cinema next week, continuing a tradition of American road movies about as long as Route 66...

Tall tails and lead roles.

Dogs, universally acclaimed as the world’s greatest animal (Certainly in our house anyway), do seem to feature in some great films. Some...

Insufficient ambiguity.....

Executing a daring plan to steal gold bars from a security truck in the middle of traffic clogged Turin, Michael Cain and his gang of...

Adaptations & Expectations.

My youngest children have just completed a family rite of passage, having finished reading all the Harry Potter novels. This of course...

More than Maggie & Judi.

1996’s The First Wives Club is unlikely to be remembered as one of the great films of our time, but it is remembered for one of the great...

Its not funny anymore.

Is there any genre of film that ages more quickly than comedy? Cultural attitudes change over the years, and what was once thought funny...