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    Godzilla – savage and spectacular

    The monster is reborn in spectacular style, writes Ruth Allen. GODZILLA (3D) (Run time: 119mins; Director: Gareth Edwards; Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston). Synopsis: An epic rebirth to Toho’s...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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    The Wind Rises – beautiful and mesmerising … but heart-breaking

    Evocative and “dreamy”, The Wind Rises will mesmerise, writes Ruth Allen. THE WIND RISES (Run time: 126mins; Director: Hayao Miyazaki; Voice Cast: Hideaki Anno, Mioro Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Stephen Alpert, Morio Kazama). Synopsis: Jiro dreams...

    • Posted 3 years ago
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    Frank Sidebottom … a poignant portrayal

    From the alter ego of Chris Sievey, Frank Sidebottom, to the Two Faces of January, we move from the “memorable and poignant” to the “claustrophobic, amoral world” of Patricia Highsmith, writes Ruth Allen. FRANK (Run time: 96mins; Director: Lenny...

    • Posted 3 years ago
  • The Book Thief … haunting

    The Second World War is the theme that unites both of these new films. The Book Thief is a haunting tale of “the need to retain humanity”, writes Ruth Allen. Stalingrad is “a gruelling and vivid portrayal”. THE BOOK...

    • Posted 3 years ago
  • Her … switched on to emotion

    Beautiful and insightful, cross-genre Her will be “two hours you won’t want to end”, writes Ruth Allen. HER (Run time: 125mins;  Director: Spike Jonze; Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and the voice of Scarlett...

    • Posted 3 years ago
  • Blue is the warmest colour … a haunting love story

    Grabbing all the Cannes headlines last summer, Blue is the Warmest Colour has had it’s shares of controversy but is essentially a “genuinely passionate” love story, writes Ruth Allen. BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR (18)  (Run time:...

    • Posted 4 years ago
  • Gravity … it’s jaw-dropping

    Gravity is the big pull this November – it sets a new “jaw-dropping” standard for 3D, writes Ruth Allen. Synopsis: Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut...

    • Posted 4 years ago