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So Bad It’s Good: Romance in the Outfield: Double Play - "Comparing this movie to Hallmark is offensive to Hallmark - their films are basically 'Citizen Kane' compared to this." Jacob Davis on 'Romance In the Outfield: Double Play' and "knowing why a film doesn’t work is key to understanding why others do."
Top 10 Alfred Hitchcock Films - 10 best Alfred Hitchcock movies, as chosen from the Master of Suspense's 50-plus releases, by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Review - After success with 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz', Edgar Wright took to North America with his off-kilter adaptation 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' (2010). Christopher Connor looks back in this retrospective review.
Comfort and Joy (1984) Review - Two rival ice cream gangs and the radio presenter stuck in the middle of it all. That's the premise for Bill Forsyth's 1984 comedy 'Comfort and Joy', a landmark of Scottish cinema according to Mark Carnochan.
Disney Renaissance Movies Ranked - All 10 movies of the Walt Disney Animation renaissance period, from 'The Little Mermaid' to 'Tarzan' via 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'The Lion King' ranked from worst to best by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Out (2020) Pixar Short Film Review - "Hilarious, heartwarming and sweet", Disney Pixar short film 'Out' marks the animation studio's first openly LGBTQ+ narrative. Rebecca Seghini reviews the film now available on Disney Plus.
A Manchester Legend Immortalised in Black and White: A Reflection on Control’s Portrayal of Ian Curtis - Forty years on from the premature death of one of the UK's great music artists, Ian Curtis of Joy Division, Leoni Horton analyses Anton Corbijn's 2007 biopic 'Control', a movie about the man and the city that helped make him.
Uncorked (2020) Review - Netflix wine movie 'Uncorked', from director Prentice Penny and starring Mamoudou Athie, "gets so much right" and puts across the "almost magical power of food and drink". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
Calm with Horses (2019) Review - Irish gang drama 'Calm with Horses' (2019) is a stunning visual presentation with an atmospheric and moody score. Barry Keoghan and Cosmo Jarvis star. Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews.
The World’s End (2013) Review - The Cornetto Trilogy came to an end with 'The World's End' (2013), with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright offering perhaps their most underrated film. Christopher Connor reviews.
The Full Monty (1997) Review - A BAFTA and Oscar winner, 'The Full Monty' is "not just a northern comedy about men who take their clothes off". Robert Carlyle and Mark Addy star in Peter Cattaneo's South Yorkshire classic. Annice White reviews.
Blood Junkies (1993) Review - Once thought lost to an underhanded "distributor", the story of how Scottish cult horror movie 'Blood Junkies' (1993) found a release is probably even more interesting than the film. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Billy Elliot (2000) Review - "It’s been twenty years since Billy Elliot burst onto cinema screens, and its portrait of the North East remains just as moving and inspiring today." Angel Lloyd reviews 'Billy Elliot' (2000).
A Field in England (2013) Review - Ben Wheatley's 'A Field In England' (2013) is a film "like nothing else" from "one of the most distinctive, original and prolific British filmmakers working today" according to Sam Sewell-Peterson in this review.
Hot Fuzz (2007) Review - The midpoint of The Cornetto Trilogy, 'Hot Fuzz', finds Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost firing on all cylinders. Christopher Connor reviews.
Wuthering Heights Films Ranked - The 4 English language feature film adaptations of Emily Brontë’s "Wuthering Heights" ranked worst to best in terms of artistic merit, and critical/popular reception, by Annice White.
Sweet Sixteen (2002) Review - Ken Loach and Paul Laverty film 'Sweet Sixteen' (2002), telling the tale of a non-educated delinquent in small-town Scotland, packs a tremendously heavy punch. Mark Cornachan reviews.
Adult Life Skills (2016) Review - 'Adult Life Skills' (2016) starring Jodie Whittaker has "a certain dressed-down appeal" that indicates writer-director Rachel Tunnard "could be one to watch". Sam Sewell-Peterson reviews this film about tackling grief and growing up in your 20s.
So Bad It’s Good: Pitching Love and Catching Faith - "Just forget that was motivation because nothing matters, everything withers and dies, this movie has sapped any meaning from life. Kiss or no kiss, that’s the only question." Jacob Davis on 'Pitching Love Catching Faith' (2015) for the So Bad It's Good series.
Good Time (2017) Review - 2017 Safdie Brothers release 'Good Time' starring Robert Pattinson "is a relentless barrage of anxiety and violence", a thriller shot in 35mm with an "unsettling, naturalistic aesthetic". Leoni Horton reviews.
Stuber (2019) Review - New Michael Dowse buddy cop movie 'Stuber' starring Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani is "an enjoyable but far from groundbreaking funny actioner that will come and go about as quick as an Uber driver's illusive 5-star rating". Joseph Wade reviews.
I’m a 90s Kid and I Watched Jurassic Park for the First Time This Year - "Hi, my name is Annice and I have never seen Jurassic Park." How a 90s kid somehow missed out on seeing Steven Spielberg's dinosaur-sized blockbuster hit until nearly 30 years later.
Where to Start with Studio Ghibli - With over 20 feature film releases to date, where do you start with Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli? Sam Sewell-Peterson offers our ultimate Ghibli guide.
Shaun of the Dead (2004) Review - In watching 'Shaun of the Dead' - one of the best loved British comedies of the contemporary era - it's easy to see why the Cornetto Trilogy has proven so popular, and why Wright, Pegg and Frost have had exciting careers. Christopher Connor reviews.
What We Did on Our Holiday (2014) Review - 'What We Did on Our Holiday' (2014) is proof you should never judge a book by its cover, this David Tennant and Rosamund Pike starring drama "smashing audience expectations" set by its trailers. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Dearly Departed (2020) Short Film Review - "Imagine a mixture of 'Waitress' and 'The Sixth Sense', and you’ve got Elise Martin and Jess Bartlett’s entertaining new short", 'Dearly Departed' (2020). Beth Sawdon reviews.
Goodfellas (1990) Review - 'Goodfellas' at 30 – Martin Scorsese’s Mob epic starring Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci remains both one of his greatest achievements and one of the best films of a storied genre. Christopher Connor reviews.
Whisky Galore! (1949) Review - 'The Ladykillers' director Alexander Mackendrick makes his directorial debut with cult Scottish film 'Whisky Galore!', a film about an island's love for Whisky that doesn't quite stand the test of time. Mark Carnochan reviews.
Star Wars Movies Ranked Worst to Best Star Wars Live-Action Movies Ranked - Star Wars movies ranked. All 11 live-action releases from the 'Star Wars' franchise, from 'A New Hope' to 'The Rise of Skywalker', 'Rogue One' to 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' ranked from worst to best.
Every Star Wars Lightsaber Fight Ranked - Every Lightsaber duel from the live-action 'Star Wars' movies ranked from worst to best, featuring Empire Strikes Back, The Phantom Menace and Rise of Skywalker. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Back to the Future Movies Ranked - Which of the three 'Back to the Future' films, from Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, is the best? Find out in our Back to the Future edition of Ranked, as written by Annice White.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Review - Eliza Hittman film 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always', succeeds at telling the tale of a teenage girl seeking abortion in the United States through empathy and authenticity. Pagan Carruthers reviews.
The Elephant Man (1980) Review - David Lynch film 'The Elephant Man' (1980), starring John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins, "maintains its poignant sting" some 40 years later. Angel Lloyd reviews.
Real-Time: Examining How the Safdie Brothers Experiment with Naturalistic Cinema - Are Josh and Benny Safdie, The Safdie Brothers, the quiet revolutionaries of contemporary cinema? Leoni Horton examines their exploration of naturalistic filmmaking thus far, looking at the likes of 'Uncut Gems' and 'Good Time'.
The Battle of the Sexes (1960) Review - Peter Sellers stars in Charles Crichton's almost perfect 1960 comedy 'The Battle of the Sexes', set in Scotland's capital city Edinburgh. Mark Cornachan reviews.
Pirates of the Caribbean Movies Ranked - Johnny Depp excels as the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow for five 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies from Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer, ranked here from worst to best by Charlie Gardiner.
Judy (2019) Review - "A biopic of the year", Rupert Goold's Judy Garland movie 'Judy', starring Renée Zellweger as icon of the stage and screen Judy Garland, is "simply spectacular". Francesca Militello reviews.
Love Wedding Repeat (2020) Review - All-star Netflix film 'Love Wedding Repeat' (2020), starring the likes of Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn, Eleanor Tomlinson and Aisling Bea, is a rom-com with no rom and no com. Annice White reviews.
Brassed Off (1996) Review - A cultural phenomenon in the 1990s, Mark Herman's 'Brassed Off' (1994) starring Pete Postlethwaite, Ewan McGregor and a range of recognisable British talent, is a remarkable piece of cinema. Joseph Wade reviews.
Superhero Bust: The Future of the Superhero Genre - Have we seen the pinnacle of the superhero movie mountain? Gillian MacLeod looks at the facts, analysing the genre in conjunction with a prominent film theory in this special superhero movie essay.