Trespass Against Us

Thrill The Chemical Brothers score this heartfelt, humorous drama about a community of thieves living on a caravan site in the West Country. Yep, you guessed it: Film 4. At the head of the clan stands Pa Cutler (Brendan Gleeson), a man set in his ways, convinced every word his father said was truth (and…

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Nocturnal Animals

Headline Gala In recent years we’ve all fallen in love with Jake Gyllenhaal again – at least I certainly have. He has proven time and again that he is one of the best actors working today, from his unsettling Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler, to the devastated Billy Hope in Southpaw, he is capable not only…

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Snowden

Headline Gala Edward Snowden is a figure of great controversy, bringing about enormous praise, enormous criticism, and enormous amounts of somewhere-in-the-middle. As such, he’s the perfect character for Oliver Stone to turn his camera to in another ‘rewriting of official history’, for which he’s so well known. To regard Snowden as simply a film is to ignore…

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Prevenge

Laugh Alice Lowe writes, directs and stars in Prevenge, a unique British revenge thriller that dartingly wrong-foots the viewer at every twist and blood-soaked turn. Considering the massive number of women who are currently, or have ever been, ‘with child’, it is fair to say that pregnant women is a disproportionately underrepresented group in film.…

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Your Name

Official Competition Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name is an ambitious, high-concept body-swap romance with an aesthetic beauty that places it among the best-looking animated films ever made. Taki and Mitsuha are two high-schoolers living in vastly different surroundings. He, in Tokyo, she in the rural village of Itomori. Except one day, Taki wakes up to find…

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King Lear

Showing in The Barbican from 10 November to 23 December 2016 – all the information can be found here. Gregory Doran strikes again with a gloriously heart-breaking production of King Lear. Shakespeare’s tragedy about a King’s descent into madness after he divides his kingdom and gives it away to his daughters, with its multitude of overlapping…

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Ethel & Ernest

Love Raymond Briggs’ ode to his parents is wonderfully typical of his work: touching, beautiful, and often heart-rending. Undoubtedly most of us first encountered his work with The Snowman, as either book or film, and Roger Mainwood’s adaptation of Ethel & Ernest will only make you fall in love with yet another tale from Briggs,…

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Personal Shopper

Dare Olivier Assayas reunites with Kristen Stewart for Personal Shopper, a complex and daring film about grief, modernity and the afterlife. Stewart plays Maureen, a spiritual medium whose twin brother Lewis (also a medium) suddenly dies of a congenital heart defect that she shares. Determined to remain in Paris, the city where Lewis spent his…

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Orange Sunshine

Journey Orange Sunshine takes you back to the heart of the hippy movement, where a group of free-wheelin’, drug-dealin’ young acidheads implement an unprecedented mass distribution plan for their product. The self-titled Brotherhood of Eternal Love form the focal point of William A. Kirkley’s documentary, the group of idealistic drug suppliers and smugglers whose laboratory…

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Q&A: The Tempest

Runs from: 8 November 2016 – 21 January 2017 The Tempest is a production that is two years in the making. “Why?” I hear you ask. Well, because it promises to be one of the most innovative productions of this year. Teaming up with Intel and The Imaginarium Studios (Andy Serkis’s production company, and self-professed ‘next…

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