10 Best The Wicker Man Moments - The best moments from Robin Hardy's 1973 folk horror classic 'The Wicker Man', starring Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee. Article by Katie Doyle.
‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ at 30 – Review - After 30 years, Jack Skellington is not just the King of the Pumpkin Patch, he is the King of the Goths. 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' reviewed 30 years after its release. Article by Katie Doyle.
10 Best Films of All Time: Katie Doyle - The 10 best films of all time according to The Film Magazine staff writer Katie Doyle. List includes films that span genres, nations, eras and more.
The Whale (2022) Review - Darren Aronofsky adapts Samuel D. Hunter's stage play in an attempt to speak to the truths in each of us, Brendan Fraser a charismatic and empathetic lead. Review by Katie Doyle.
‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ at 30 – Review - Even under the thumb of Disney rule and the passing of its creator, The Muppets produced a Christmas classic in 'The Muppet Christmas Carol' (1992). Review by Katie Doyle.
Where to Start with Christopher Lee - Here is where to start with the films of Christopher Lee, a man whose personal life and acting career can be considered most extraordinary. Article by Katie Doyle.
100 Unmissable BBC Films - From the unmissable British Broadcasting Corporation film 'Billy Elliot' to 'The Power of the Dog', 'Iris' to 'His House', the 100 best BBC Films. List by Katie Doyle, Sam Sewell-Peterson and Joseph Wade.
10 Best Moments from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy - The 10 best moments from Sam Raimi's seminal superhero blockbuster trilogy, 'Spider-Man'. List includes moments from 'Spider-Man 2' and 'Spider-Man 3'. Article by Katie Doyle.
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at 75 – Review - 75 years after its release, Frank Capra's Christmas fable 'It's a Wonderful Life' (1946) still connects with those who sacrifice so much of themselves to the greater good. Katie Doyle reviews.
Where to Start with the Cinema of Peter Cushing - British screen acting icon Peter Cushing saved so many films from obscurity and shaped British horror in the 20th century. Here's where to start with the cinema of Peter Cushing. Article by Katie Doyle.
Starsky and Hutch (2004) Review - The 'Starsky & Hutch' movie reboot tried to offer nostalgia and fan service, as well as attract new fans, and with Todd Phillips at the wheel it made a fine effort. Katie Doyle reviews.
‘Spirited Away’ at 20 – Review - 20 years on from Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli releasing 'Spirited Away', it remains an incomparable masterpiece of animation and world cinema. Katie Doyle reviews.
My Octopus Teacher (2020) Review - 'My Octopus Teacher', the wildlife documentary phenomenon that has earned a nomination at the 2021 Oscars, isn't quite the runaway success of other documentaries in its genre. Katie Doyle reviews.
Get Carter (1971) – 50th Anniversary Review - Mike Hodges crime thriller 'Get Carter' at 50 - Michael Caine stars as the titular Carter in the gruesome and bloody 'Get Carter', set in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Katie Doyle reviews.
5 Reasons Why You Need to Watch Midnight Cowboy - John Schlesinger film 'Midnight Cowboy' (1969) starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight is a classic of cinema, and here are 5 reasons why you must watch it. Article by Katie Doyle.
Muppet Treasure Island (1996) – 25th Anniversary Review - 25 years on from its release, 'Muppet Treasure Island', starring Tim Curry, remains a high bar to which all subsequent Muppets movies have aimed to reach. Katie Doyle reviews.
Gone with the Wind 80th Anniversary Review - 80 years on from receiving a wide theatrical release at accessible prices, Victor Fleming's 'Gone with the Wind' is equally stunning and controversial. Katie Doyle reviews the film starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable.
Die Hard vs Lethal Weapon: The Battle for Christmas - 'Die Hard' and 'Lethal Weapon' are each action movies that have become Christmas staples to many, but which is the most Christmassy? Katie Doyle explores, judging each by clearly defined factors.
Edward Scissorhands (1990) Review - Thirty years on from the release of Tim Burton's iconic 'Edward Scissorhands', does it remain the fresh serving of alternative entertainment it once was, or is it a relic of a laughable by-gone era? Katie Doyle reviews.
Mad Max Movies Ranked - The four 'Mad Max' movies, from the original starring Mel Gibson in 1979 to 2015's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy ranked from worst to best. Article by Katie Doyle.
Katie Doyle’s “Movies I had a Religious/Spiritual Experience With” Part 5: The Exorcist - "inspiration has come from the most unexpected of places - the 1973 horror film, The Exorcist. God really does work in mysterious ways." - Katie Doyle in Pt. 5 of her Religious/Spiritual Experience series.
The Exorcist (1973) Retrospective Review - Arguably the most famous and influential horror of all time, William Friedkin's 'The Exorcist' (1973) starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair and Jason Miller, reviewed by Katie Doyle.
10 Best British TV Comedy Film Adaptations from the Past 30 Years - Which British TV comedies have made the most seamless transition into feature films in the past 30 years? Katie Doyle trawls the good and the ugly, from Mrs. Brown to Ali G, for this top 10 list.
7 Moments from ‘Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager’ That Will Give You Chills - The very best, most emotional and inspirational moments from football documentary 'Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager' (2018), from Gabriel Clarke. Article by Katie Doyle.
Examining Controversial Depictions of Jesus Christ in Cinema - As one of history's most influential figures, depictions of Jesus Christ have caused controversy and discord since the days of the early church, and the same goes for cinema. In this piece Katie Doyle examines cinema's most provocative interpretations of the Easter Story.
The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Review - 'The Death of Stalin' screenwriter-director Armando Ianucci tackles the bane of the English classroom's Charles Dickins, in his adaptation of 'The Personal History of David Copperfield' starring Dev Patel. Katie Doyle reviews.
Little Women (2019) Review - "Little Women will be the Greta Gerwig movie that will establish her as one of the most important filmmakers of the 21st century". Katie Doyle reviews 'Little Women' (2019) starring Saoirse Ronan and an ensemble of talent.
5 Christmas Movies Rewritten According to Brexit and UK Politics - As the UK enters another General Election, Katie Doyle rewrites five Christmas classics of cinema to fit the modern political discourse in this entertaining piece.
Katie Doyle’s 5 More of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History - 5 (more) of the best character introductions in movie history as chosen by The Film Magazine's Katie Doyle. This list includes an unlikely Muppets movie character and a few stone cold classics.
Little Women (1994) Retrospective Review - Gillian Armstrong's 'Little Women' (1994) starring Winona Ryder is one to "watch during the lazy nights of Christmas and New Year’s Day, underneath a throw with a hot chocolate: man or woman, brothers or sisters" according to Katie Doyle.
Yesterday (2019) Review - He's woken up in a world where The Beatles don't exist and it's up to him to reintroduce the music to them. Himesh Patel and Lily James star in Danny Boyle's 'Yesterday'. Katie Doyle's review.
Help! (1965) Retrospective Review - The Beatles' 2nd movie, 'Help!' (1965), is a gem of British surrealist comedy with a problematic backdrop that can't go unseen in the contemporary landscape. Katie Doyle reviews.
A Hard Day’s Night (1964) Retrospective Review - "With the likes of 'A Hard Day’s Night', their music and joie de vivre of their early days will never die." Katie Doyle's review of 'A Hard Day's Night' starring The Beatles.
Katie Doyle’s ‘Movies I Had a Religious/Spiritual Experience With’ Part 4: Becket/A Man For All Seasons - In Part 4 of her series 'Movies I Had a Religious/Spiritual Experience With', Katie Doyle uncovers what it means to be an English Catholic through 'Becket' (1964) and 'A Man for All Seasons' (1966).
The Muppets Movies Ranked - All 8 'The Muppets' movies released theatrically have been ranked from worst to best by our Muppets aficionado Katie Doyle.
When Harry Met Sally (1989) Retrospective Review - On its 30th Anniversary, Katie Doyle takes a retrospective look at just why When Harry Met Sally has been dubbed the greatest rom-com of all time.
Who’d Have Thought That ‘Paranormal Activity’ Would Be Actually Terrifying? - Could it be possible that the original 'Paranormal Activity' (2007) was actually a feminist movie ahead of its time? And was it actually scarier than we remember? Katie Doyle guides us through it, here.
Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001) Review - 2001 football Mockumentary 'Mike Bassett: England Manager' starring Ricky Tomlinson has some "deliciously witty writing" and is "the perfect cure to World Cup years, be it tears of joy or disappointment", according to Katie Doyle's review.
The Breadwinner (2017) Review - 2018 Oscar nominee 'The Breadwinner' is "a carefully crafted concoction of direction, art and voice-acting [that] squeezes heartbreak, wrath, terror and joy from every frame" according to Katie Doyle's review of the animated movie.
A Retrospective Look at The Passion of the Christ and Its Artistic/Cultural Merits - In this eye-opening piece of analysis, Katie Doyle takes an in-depth look at 'The Passion of the Christ' as a piece of art and a cultural phenomenon, flagging issues regarding discrimination and the movie's post-9/11 politics.
Katie Doyle’s ‘Movies I Had A Religious/Spiritual Experience With’ Part 3 - Terry Gilliam's 'Brazil' and Martin McDonagh's 'In Bruges' are the subject of Katie Doyle's 3rd piece in her "Movies I Had A Religious/Spiritual Experience With" series, in which she dissects the morality of each film and their profound effects on her.
The Evil Dead (1981) Retrospective Review - Sam Raimi's 'Evil Dead' (1981) is the "heart and charm" of horror filmmaking according to Katie Doyle in her retrospective review of the horror classic, available here.
Star Trek Movies Ranked - All 13 'Star Trek' feature-length cinematic releases have been ranked from worst to best by Katie Doyle, here.
Top 5 Moments from ‘The Dark Crystal’ (1982) - Katie Doyle counts down the Top 5 moments from the Jim Henson and Frank Oz cult classic 'The Dark Crystal' (1982).
The Dark Crystal and Why 80s Nostalgia Can Be Good - Katie Doyle presents why she feels the reemergence of 'The Dark Crystal' via Netflix signifies the positive side of this decade's 80s nostalgia trip.
Dirty Books (2016) Short Film Review - Katie Doyle considers Zachary Lepierre's 2016 short film 'Dirty Books', starring Noah Bailey, to be "made of some sensational parts" in her movie review.
Katie Doyle’s ‘Movies I Had A Religious/Spiritual Experience With’ 2.5 – The Miracle Maker - Katie Doyle has revisited her 'Movies I Had A Religious/Spiritual Experience With' series to bring a small Easter-themed update, with 'The Miracle Maker' the case study.
This World We Live In (2017) Short Film Review - "It is movies like 'This World We Live in' that we need more than ever" according to Katie Doyle in her review of Gage Oxley's LGBT+ short film about a young man's battle to uncover his sexuality in an oppressive society.
1984 (1984) Review - '1984', Michael Radford's adaptation of George Orwell's famous novel, "is an important film because of its ageless quality" according to Katie Doyle in her review.
Spirit of ’45 (2013) Review - Ken Loach's documentary on the development of social standards and the National Health Service in the UK, 'Spirit of '45', has been reviewed by Katie Doyle.
Katie Doyle’s ‘Movies I Had A Religious/Spiritual Experience With’ Part 2 - In Part 2 of her 'Movies I Had A Religious/Spiritual Experience With' series, Katie Doyle outlines three more films that have had a profound effect on her faith and spirituality.
Katie Doyle’s ‘Movies I had a Religious/Spiritual Experience With’ Part 1 - A person's faith can have a profound effect on their cinema watching experience and, sometimes, the cinema watching experience can have a profound effect on a person's faith. Katie Doyle's journey through cinema has been bullet pointed by such moments. In this piece, the first of two articles, she outlines three movies she had a spiritual experience with.
‘Dr Terror’s House of Horrors’ – A Curious Outing Into British Horror - 1960s British Horror is the home of Katie Doyle's thoughts this Halloween, courtesy of her experience with Amicus Productions’ first Portmanteau: 'Dr Terror’s House of Horrors'.
Star Trek Beyond (2016) Review - 2016's 'Trek' offering, 'Star Trek Beyond', as directed by Justin Lin, has been reviewed by resident Trekkie Katie Doyle, here.
Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World (2016) Review - 'Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World' (2016), a documentary feature that told the story of the legendary artist David Bowie, has been reviewed by Katie Doyle.
A Woman’s Vengeance (1948) Review - 'A Woman's Vengeance' (1948) has been reviewed by Katie Doyle. See where this "stylish melodrama full of huge characters" ranks on our 24 point scale.
Three Days In Auschwitz (2015) Review - 'Three Days In Auschwitz' (2015) has been reviewed. See what Katie Doyle makes of Phillipe Mora's documentary, here.
What’s Wrong With the Original ‘Spider-Man’ Trilogy?! - "These movies came at a time when people needed them" in Katie Doyle's special look at Sam Raimi's 'Spider-Man' trilogy (2002-2007).
Goosebumps (2016) Review - Katie Doyle has reviewed the live-action incarnation of R. L. Stine's 'Goosebumps' series: 'Goosebumps' (2016) starring Jack Black.
Through Hardships Untold – Farewell Goblin King - Katie Doyle has written an ode to David Bowie, with a specific focus placed on the importance of his work on 'Labyrinth' (1986) both personally to her, and to the world as a whole.
It’s Not What You Watch, It’s How You Watch It - In Katie Doyle's latest contemplative piece, she writes about how important the ways you watch film can be to your reception of it, and offers a few examples from her own past.
It’s A Wonderful Life: The Truest of Christmas Films - Tis the season for a Christmas rant. Katie Doyle presents hers in the form of her latest piece: 'It's A Wonderful Life: The Truest of Christmas Films', here.
Why I Actually Like ‘The Phantom Menace’ - 'Why I Actually Like The Phantom Menace' by Katie Doyle.
The Film Mobcast Ep. 7 – Best of 2015, Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Disney & More - In the December 2015 episode of The Film Mobcast podcast, hosts Joe and Katie are joined by new guests Michelle and Sophie as they discuss the best of film in 2015, their favourite Disney moments, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Batman v Superman, Star Wars and much more!
Katie’s Favourite Disney Movies - See which three animated Disney movies Katie Doyle considers her favourites and why, here.
Song of the Sea (2014) Review - Oscar-nominated animation 'Song of the Sea' (2014) has been reviewed by Katie Doyle, here.
Brazil (1985): A Cut Above the Rest - Read about why Terry Gilliam's 'Brazil' (1985) is "a cut above the rest" in Katie Doyle's opinion, here.
A Dozen Summers (2015) Review - "A Dozen Summers" - a British comedy set for cinematic release on August 21st 2015 - has been reviewed by Katie Doyle here.
A Psychedelic Revisit of Yellow Submarine - "A Psychedelic Revisit of Yellow Submarine" by Katie Doyle takes a fond look back at The Beatles' 1968 animated adventure "Yellow Submarine".
A Celebration of the Animated Classic “The Prince of Egypt” - A celebration of "The Prince of Egypt" (1998) by Katie Doyle. Discover just what you were missing from the 'original' non-Disney animated feature, here.
In Memory of Christopher Lee – An Analysis of The Wicker Man (1973) - Katie Doyle has dissected the importance and brilliance of the 1973 version of The Wicker Man starring the recently passed Christopher Lee, and has paid a fitting tribute to the actor, here.