Kit Power

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No.15 Great Pulteney: Review

No.15 Great Pulteney: Review

With frequent direct trains from London Paddington, heading to Bath for a relaxing break could be just the ticket for stressed out Londoners in search of a city break with spa facilities. Location and Decor: I arrived in Bath on a lovely sunny day dazzled by its magnificent limestone Georgian...

Ockenden Manor Spa Sussex : Review

Ockenden Manor Spa Sussex : Review

A lovely country spa just 45 mins from London, Ockenden Manor nestles on the fringe of the village of Cuckfield near Brighton. When I arrived I headed straight for the spa, a very angular modern building tucked behind Ockenden Manor. The changing area was snug and busy and well stocked...

Film Review: The Disaster Artist

Film Review: The Disaster Artist

By Anna Power James Franco directs, with genuine affection, his take on the much loved cult classic film The Room, revealing the surreal story of its enigmatic oddball director Tommy Wiseau (played by Franco), and his bromance with lead actor Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) in this dramatic rendering of a...

Film Review: Happy End

Film Review: Happy End

By Anna Power Happy End is certainly far from happy - a heavy hint of the irony to be found in this darkest of satirical tales of familial dysfunction amid the bourgeoisie. Twisted from the outset, this misanthropic tale will make you squirm and laugh and often simultaneously. Haneke’s trade...

Film Review: Wonder

Film Review: Wonder

By Anna Power Based on the novel of the same name by RJ Palacio, Wonder follows the life of August Pullman, affectionately known as Auggie (Jacob Tremblay) as he embarks on his first year of school, having been home schooled due to extensive reconstructive surgery for several years of his...

Paddington 2: Film Review

Paddington 2: Film Review

By Anna Power Following 2014’s much loved cinematic triumph Paddington, can the sequel maintain the film's authenticity, charisma and sheer joie de vivre? The simple answer is yes and with bells on. Bringing to life such a beloved and enduring character from Michael Bond’s timeless books is a weighty responsibility...

The Shining: Re-release Review

The Shining: Re-release Review

By Jim Mackney Nearly forty years have passed since The Shining was first released in 1980. It was Stanley Kubrick’s only proper foray into horror but it can be said that many of his films, A Clockwork Orange for example, have heavily flirted with the genre. This Halloween the film...

Thelma: Film Review

Thelma: Film Review

By Michael McNulty Joachim Trier’s latest cinematic instalment, Thelma, is a veritable melting pot of genres.  Part coming of age romance, supernatural mystery-thriller and straight family drama.  This is a dizzyingly tense, low-key film and a subtlety poignant observation on sexuality and repressed desire that wraps itself around you and...

Breathe: London Film Festival Review

Breathe: London Film Festival Review

By Anna Power Opening this year’s London Film Festival,  Andy Serkis’ directorial debut, a biopic of Robin Cavendish, a polio survivor and lifelong disability rights campaigner and with Jonathan Cavendish – Robin’s son, as Producer. Despite a syrupy start, wherein the couple meet and idyllically fall in love at first...

Wonder Woman – Exclusive Clip – Patty’s Vision

Wonder Woman – Exclusive Clip – Patty’s Vision

Check out our exclusive clip showing Director Patty Jenkins' vision for Wonder Woman to celebrate the upcoming digital and dvd release of this year's superhero blockbuster! Experience the wonder when Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s “WONDER WOMAN” arrives onto 4K UHD, Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download. Before she...

Trailer Alert: Wind River

Trailer Alert: Wind River

Featuring new footage Writer/Director Taylor Sheridan (Hell Or High Water, Sicario) Wind River is in cinemas on Friday 8th September. Wind River follows U.S. Fish & Wildlife agent Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) as he is forced to confront his past when he joins a rookie FBI agent, Jane Banner (Elizabeth...

Hotel Salvation: Film Review

Hotel Salvation: Film Review

By Jim Mackney Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhawan) is an allegorical film that deals with life, death, shame, and friendship. It is the first film by director, Shubhashish Bhutiani and despite the film’s small budget the piece uses this to its advantage by creating a film with a slow ambient rhythm,...

Forgotten Film Friday: They Live

Forgotten Film Friday: They Live

By Michael McNulty Roddy “Rowdy” Piper substitutes his spandex for a flannel shirt and some special shades in John Carpenter’s, cheesier than a croque monsieur, cult classic, sci-fi action thrill ride, They Live. Hitting the big screen in 1988 and scripted under a Carpenter pseudonym, They Live is based on...

Bushwick: Film Review

Bushwick: Film Review

By Michael McNulty Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott deliver a dud in action thriller Bushwick. Lucy, Pitch Perfect’s Brittany Snow, emerges from a New York subway in Bushwick, with her boyfriend, off to visit Grandma. When a burning man runs through the ticket hall, the two realize something is amiss....

First Look Trailer: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

First Look Trailer: The Killing of a Sacred Deer

FIRST TRAILER FOR THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER BRIMS WITH SUSPENSE STEEPED IN SUBURBAN GREEK TRAGEDY.   From Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER, DOGTOOTH), starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman. - IN UK CINEMAS NOVEMBER 17 - Horror Yorgos Lanthimos Style and we can't wait. Watch this...

Top Five Edgar Wright Films

Top Five Edgar Wright Films

By Jim Mackney Edgar Wright appeared seemingly fully formed in 2004 with Shaun of the Dead and has continued to make exciting and engaging cinema ever since. Wright’s films bristle with energy and are composed with visual clarity and a strong focus on wit. Edgar Wright is a thrilling filmmaker...

The Untamed: Film Review

The Untamed: Film Review

By Michael McNulty Director of Heli, Amat Escalante’s latest offering is a strange cocktail of genres, part social-realist drama and part erotic, magical sci-fi. Set in the Mexican city of Guanajuato, The Untamed draws inspiration from a homophobic newspaper clipping about a gay hospital worker who was murdered. Centring on...

Everything Everything: Film Review

Everything Everything: Film Review

By Anna Power There’s no doubt that this best-selling teen romance novel now brought to the screen is a film of two distinct halves. The first is a very pleasant teen love story, which charms and captivates, the second sees the onset of a plot about to take a nose...

Forgotten Film Friday: Wake In Fright

Forgotten Film Friday: Wake In Fright

By Michael McNulty Wake in Fright is a film with a more storied history than most. Credited as the film that kick started the Australian New Wave, it was nominated for a Palme d’Or and is one of only two films to have ever been screened twice at Cannes. Directed...

Quest: Documentary Review

Quest: Documentary Review

By Michael McNulty Although Quest is not an overtly political film, it is moored in the choppy waters of America’s racial, social and political tensions. Jonathan Olshefski never takes a stand or pushes an agenda, instead he provides an intimate portrait of a struggling family trying to survive. Centring on...

Final Portrait: Film Review

Final Portrait: Film Review

By James Mackney Films about artists and the process of creating art, especially portraiture, can be a risky prospect. There is a fine line between creating an engaging piece of cinema and with that of making the audience feel like they too are sitting in the subject’s chair for hours...

The Odyssey: Film Review

The Odyssey: Film Review

Wyndham Hacket Pain @WyndhamHP For all our dreams of packing our bags and travelling around the world for the most part they remain just that – dreams. Of course we have friends who have gone to exotic countries on their gap years, or who have had a holiday of a...

Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D – Film Review

Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D – Film Review

Wyndham Hacket Pain @WyndhamHP A lot has changed since Terminator 2 was first in cinemas. The channel tunnel opened, Friends had its first and last episode, James Cameron went on to make the two highest grossing films of all time, and Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected as Governor of California twice....

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

By James Mackney Spider-Man: Homecoming signals the second attempt by Sony Pictures to re-boot the Spiderman franchise in 15 years. I admit to feeing somewhat exhausted by the franchise, having seen all bar one of the Spider-Man films, and this latest instalment in the line-up left me cold and frustrated....

Forgotten Film Friday: Shotgun Stories

Forgotten Film Friday: Shotgun Stories

By Michael McNulty Jeff Nichols firmly established himself as a talented director with his 2011 psychological thriller, Take Shelter, and his 2012 coming of age story, Mud. But, his first film, the often overlooked slow burn feud thriller, Shotgun Stories, released in 2007, is where it all began. The imaginatively...

The Transfiguration: DVD Review

The Transfiguration: DVD Review

By Wyndham Hacket Pain @WyndhamHP In the last couple of years, almost as a reaction to the overproduced and sickly Twilight franchise, there have been a number of vampire films that have reimagined the genre in a more realistic and creative way. With Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lover’s Left Alive and...

First Look: Mother Trailer

Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence star in Darren Aronofsky's Mother out on September 15th. Creepy as you'd expect from the director of Black Swan the couple have some unusual houseguests in the form of Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris resulting in some very weird visions and dreams for Jennifer Lawrence...

Tom of Finland: Film Review

Tom of Finland: Film Review

Wyndham Hacket Pain @WyndhamHP Tom of Finland beings in the Second World War, where Touko Laaksonen (Pekka Strang) is serving as an anti-aircraft officer and is exploring his sexuality. After the war ends Laaksonen returns to the house he shares with his sister Kaija (Jessica Grabowsky) and begins to draw...

A Ghost Story: Film Review

A Ghost Story: Film Review

Wyndham Hacket Pain @WyndhamHP A Ghost Story follows Casey Affleck, an independent musician, and his wife Rooney Mara who live together in a small suburban house. They have an ordinary life and are a very normal couple until one day Affleck is killed in a car crash outside their home....

Forgotten Film Friday: Angels With Dirty Faces

Forgotten Film Friday: Angels With Dirty Faces

By Michael McNulty “Whad-da-ya hear, whad-da-say, ” Warner Brother’s 1939 gangster offering saw James Cagney earn the first Oscar nomination of his career. Directed by Michael Curtiz, Angels with Dirty Faces is a gangster film that’s morally conscious. The film opens as a young Rocky Sullivan and friend, Jerry, hang...

Top Five US Indie Comedies

Top Five US Indie Comedies

By Michael McNulty Let’s be honest, independent film has become a term that’s murkier than an unattended fish tank. But, hey, forget that noise and leave that conversation for another time – perhaps after having watched one these films. To celebrate the release of US Indie Comedy The Big Sick...

Hounds of Love: Film Review

Hounds of Love: Film Review

By Michael McNulty The sun baked streets of Perth shimmer in the December heat. A group of teenage high school girls play netball. Their movement to the leering eyes of John (Stephen Curry) and Evelyn White (Emma Booth), who sit spying on them from the sweaty interior of their car,...

Proud Mary: New UK Trailer

Proud Mary: New UK Trailer

A first look trailer for Proud Mary is out. Taraji P. Henson is Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad. Proud Mary comes...

Wish Upon: Film Review

Wish Upon: Film Review

Wyndham Hacket Pain @WyndhamHP There is something enjoyable about watching the slightly cheesy horror films that enter the cinemas each summer. Dating back even before the original Friday the 13th this brand of slightly crude but ultimately entertaining movies have been a welcome addition to our viewing calendars. More recent...

Forgotten Film Friday: Brute Force

Forgotten Film Friday: Brute Force

By Michael McNulty With Orange is the New Black’s, albeit slightly disappointing, season 5 now well and truly behind us, you may find yourself thirsting after another prison set drama. Look no further. Here to satisfy your needs is Jules Dassin’s 1947 film, Brute Force. Set in Westgate Penitentiary, a...

Scribe: Film Review

Scribe: Film Review

By Michael McNulty Thomas Kruithof debut feature film, Scribe, has all the trappings of a taut, American, political thriller. It’s a tense, dark, paranoia flick and although it may, at times, find itself a little lacking it still a good run for your money. Scribe opens as Duval (François Cluzet),...

TLE Meets: Michael Showalter – The Big Sick

TLE Meets: Michael Showalter – The Big Sick

By Anna Power Excited about upcoming US indie comedy smash The Big Sick coming to UK cinemas? You should be. It's feel-good, laugh out loud charm is a real treat for film lovers. Director Michael Showalter answered some questions on working with Kumail Nanjiani and race and its place in...

BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Brand New Trailer

BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Brand New Trailer

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD...

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