The Breadwinner

The Breadwinner
Director: Nora Twomey

Release Date: 25th May 2018
StudioCanal

It’s easy to read about bad news elsewhere in the world, all those atrocities a few too many plane journeys away. You can feel a little, but it’s just a series of figures and statistics to absorb maybe when you’re flipping through the news on a bus ride to work. The problems within Afghanistan are often talked about, but it takes a family animation to make it feel real. The Breadwinner takes us to ground level, makes those numbers people, giving us a look at those numbers, facts, and statistics in a way we can all feel.
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Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story 
Director: Ron Howard 

Release Date: 25th May 2018
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 

I used to love going round to my friend’s house as a kid, and watching the original Star Wars Trilogy, pretty much every weekend, usually with some Super Star Wars on the SNES afterwards for good measure. One character in particular stood out from the others of course, we all find out faves, and that was the wise cracking gunslinger Han Solo. He was introduced in A New Hope with already years of adventure under his belt, and as a kid imagining those adventures was part of the fun in living Star Wars outside of the VHS tapes and video-game cartridges. Of course a prequel movie can never live up to those daydreams, for we’ve already made our past, and that’s something that can never be changed.

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A Fistful Of Dollars

A Fistful of Dollars
Director: Sergio Leone 

Release Date: September 1964
Constantin Film

Manchester Home recently had a few showings of A Fistful of Dollars, the classic 1964 Western directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood. It’s not uncommon to see golden oldies given limited runs on the big screen, and they offer a way for those who were there to enjoy a heavy dose of nostalgia, and for those who weren’t a chance to see them as intended. These films are often still entertaining, though time has also provided an educational aspect, and A Fistful of Dollars has plenty to teach. Filmmakers should make notes.  Continue reading

Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2
Director: David Leitch

Release Date: 15th May 2018
20th Century Fox

Here we are, number two, who didn’t see that coming? The success of one, both commercially and critically, was a surprise to many, maybe even Deadpool included, and with a guarantee of butts in seats this time round, there is more, more, more of the fourth wall breaking foul-mouthed assassin to enjoy. Plus more explosions, feelings, plot, X-Men, and everything else they can stuff in. And some of that more is more suffocating than being trapped head first in Deadpool’s groin.

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Mary And The Witch’s Flower

Mary And The Witch’s Flower
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Release Date: 4th May 2018
Studio Ponoc 

Studio Ghibli, known for classics such as Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro, have closed their animation studio doors (well, they did until Miyazaki recently decided to make one more film…) but the spirit lives on through Studio Ponoc, with Mary And The Witch’s Flower being the first foray away from the gaze of Miyazaki. It looks like Ghibli, it sounds like Ghibli, it moves like Ghibli, but does it feel like Ghibli?
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A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place
Director: John Krasinski

Release Date: 5th April 2018
Paramount Pictures 

A Quiet Place sets the rules before the show even begins, the simple rule of STFU (as can be seen in the promos which pull positive comments from the press, namely ‘Scary’, ‘Thrilling’, ‘Fantastic’ and ‘Unrelenting’. Now figure it out). Though of course, if the showing I was at had to live by the rules of silence, we’d all be dead. Oh well.
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Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories 
Director: Andy Nyman & Jeremy Dyson 

Release Date: 6th April 2018
Lionsgate Films 

Do you have a ghost story to tell? Have you locked eyes with the unknown? Heard sounds from below? Felt an unbelievable chill run down your spin? We all have tales to tell, and Ghost Stories delves deep into such creep shows, putting to test ‘the brain sees what it wants to see’.

Just how much does our brain want to see all that?
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