Month: October 2016

Reel Good Film Club Presents: Under The Shadow at The Lexi Cinema (31 Oct)

Halloween, Mon 31 Oct, 8.30pm) – £7/£5 The Lexi Cinema The Lexi offers up a slightly alternative Hallowe’en offering – Babak Anvari’s allegory of 1980s Iran-Iraq war era oppression which drew favourable comparisons to The Babadook and left Sundance audiences impressed. A.A. Dowd writes in his review: “How many horror movies feature someone fleeing the unholy terror […]

Misc films present: HOMO SAPIENS at Prince Charles Cinema (Wed 26 Oct 2016 6:30pm)

Wednesday 26th October 18:30, Prince Charles Cinema A new film screening arranged by Misc. Films – see their Twitter and Facebook for all their latest news CLICK HERE to follow the Facebook Event for this special Premiere screening. Homo Sapiens, directed by documentarian Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Our Daily Bread), is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence […]

Film Review: Doctor Strange

Director Scott Derrickson 12A | 1h 55min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | 25 October 2016 (UK) RATING: ★★★☆☆ As the Marvel Cinematic Universe of superheroes grinds into its ‘third phase’ it is easy to feel cynical about the ‘Marvel method’ – that sense that each of these films is rigidly structured, their aesthetic finely honed […]

Film Review: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Director: Edward Zwick 12A | 1h 58min | Action, Adventure, Crime | 20 October 2016 (UK) RATING: ★★★☆☆ The Smoke Screen was quite a fan of the first Jack Reacher movie, which starred Tom Cruise as author Lee Child’s literary wandering hard nut – a former military MP who wanders around, Kung-Fu series-style, getting into […]

Film Review: Kate Plays Christine

Director: Robert Greene 15 | 1h 52min | Documentary | 14 October 2016 (UK). Also out on DVD from Dogwoof on 14 November. Playing London Film Festival 2016 RATING: ✮✮✮✮✮ In a quirk of fate that feels surreally appropriate, Robert Greene’s Kate Plays Christine is the second film about Sarasota, Florida news anchor Christine Chubbock – […]

London Film Festival 2016 review: Nocturnal Animals

Director: Tom Ford 15 | 1h 57min | Drama, Thriller | 4 November 2016 (UK) Playing London Film Festival2016 RATING: ★★★★☆ This revenge thriller hails from the director of A Single Man: fashion mogul and filmmaker Tom Ford. As you’d expect from an artist famed for his tasteful visual style, Nocturnal Animals – his adaptation […]

London Film Festival 2016 review: Creepy

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa 2h 10min | Thriller | 25 November 2016 (UK) Playing London Film Festival 2016 RATING: ★★★☆☆ Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who directed the hit film Pulse, eschews the supernatural thriller genre for something more grounded but which still hints at mysterious, dark forces at work. The danger in his new film, Creepy, […]

London Film Festival 2016 review: Certain Women

Director: Kelly Reichardt R | 1h 47min | Drama | 14 October 2016 (USA) Playing London Film Festival 2016 RATING: ★★★★☆ Kelly Reichardt films don’t come around too often, but when they do, the Smoke Screen regards them like precious stones, to be treasured. Her new three-part drama, Certain Women, adapted from Montana-native Maile Meloy’s short […]

London Film Festival 2016 review: Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

Director: Werner Herzog 12 | 1h 38min | Documentary | 28 October 2016 (UK) Playing London Film Festival 2016 RATING: ★★★★☆ It felt inevitable that the mercurial Teuton, legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog, would tackle the internet at some point, given his fascination with vanishing cultures, lost prophets, and scientific endeavours promising either great advancement for […]

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