Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them review – An intriguing opener to J. K. Rowling’s new beastie universe

There is a lot to enjoy here. So why after two viewings am I not fully convinced?

★★★☆☆ (GOOD)


The first screening of Fantastic Beasts was ruined by mistakingly booking for a 3D showing. The light loss from wearing the darkened 3D glasses is heightened due to many of its scenes being played out in fairly dark settings.
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The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures or iHo review – A fiercely argued debate in a time of global crisis

A stunning, thought provoking and urgent family drama on a global scale

★★★★★ (UNMISSABLE)


The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures or iHo is a stunning new dysfunctional family drama by Tony Kushner.
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Half a Sixpence review – A bit too much flash and not enough wallop

This Chichester Festival Theatre transfer is entertaining and full of energy but needs more depth to really resonate

★★★☆☆ (GOOD)


“Why do you have a pen and notebook?”, my thirteen year old niece enquired as we waited for the show to start. I explained that I was writing a review. “The seats are comfortable,” she advised, “the smartly dressed people”, (the front of house assistants), “are very nice and I have a good view of the stage”. So far, so good then.
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Arrival review – An alien presence provokes us to consider our own world

A thoughtful and provocative adaption of Ted Chiang’s science fiction short novel ‘Story of Your Life’

★★★★☆ (EXCELLENT)


‘WHY ARE THEY HERE?’ the Arrival poster proclaims and it’s a question that Amy Adams’ linguist Dr. Louise Banks is tasked to answer.
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Nocturnal Animals review – A perfectly styled psychodrama

Tom Ford’s second feature seduces us into a world where style is very much a part of the substance

★★★★★ (UNMISSABLE)


It’s just under seven years since the release of Tom Ford’s award winning directional debut A Single Man. Does his skill in creating the perfectly fashioned cinematic frame overstay its welcome in this second film, an adaption of the 1993 Austin Wright novel Tony and Susan?
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I, Daniel Blake review – A poetic cry for help

A timely, powerful and urgent look at the harsh realities of modern Britain

★★★★☆ (EXCELLENT)


I, Daniel Blake is a poetic cry for help that everyone must see. It’s a passionately made film by Ken Loach, one of our greatest political directors, who continues his longterm collaboration with the brilliant naturalistic screenplay writer Paul Laverty. Continue to full review >

Doctor Strange review – A magically surreal adventure into the Strange

Marvel launches an exciting new chapter in their Cinematic Universe with a film role that Benedict Cumberbatch was born to play

★★★★☆ (EXCELLENT)


Marvel Studios have found just the right balance of humour, action and plotting in this engaging 115 minutes of origin story Superhero fun. Continue to full review >