The House with a Clock in Its Walls

⭐⭐⭐ Based on the acclaimed 1973 young adult mystery novel by John Bellairs and Edward Gorey, The House with a Clock in Its Walls gets the Hollywood treatment with scaremonger Eli Roth on directing duties, multi-award-winner Cate Blanchett and Jack Black bringing the acting muscle whilst Owen Vaccaro takes the lead as Lewis Barnavelt. It’s 1955…

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King of Thieves

⭐⭐⭐ Inspired by the events of the Hatton Garden robbery of 2015, and not to be confused with last year’s The Hatton Garden Job, King of Thieves brings together some of Britain’s acting royal family to portray an allegedly more accurate representation of the notorious heist than last year’s offering. A group of old school…

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Marvel’s minuscule hero returns in the follow up to 2015’s Ant-Man, but this time there’s a sting in the tail as he’s paired up with Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp, subsequently making this Ant-Man and the Wasp.  Set before the disintegrating events of Avengers: Infinity War with Thanos and his giant purple naughtiness, the threat here…

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the sixth film in the high octane action franchise where the stakes and the stunts are continuously raised to keep up with the demands and visions of leading man, Tom Cruise. Christopher McQuarrie returns to the director’s chair, and is also on writing duty, as the pair piece together…

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Skyscraper

⭐⭐ Dwayne Johnson’s former Special Forces operative Will Sawyer is now a safety consultant brought in to independently assess the safety of The Pearl, Hong Kong’s, and indeed the world’s, tallest building coming in at just over 3000ft. When terrorists take over The Pearl, (for reasons not worth going into), set fire to it and…

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Swimming With Men

⭐⭐ Poor old Rob Brydon’s Eric is down on his luck. Stuck in a dead end job whilst his wife’s political career is flourishing, he convinces himself she’s having an affair. As his world begins to crumble he seeks solace from the one thing that provides him with a hint of comfort; swimming.  In the pool…

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Ocean’s 8

⭐⭐⭐ Recently released from prison, Daniel Ocean’s sister Debbie is doing it for herself as she sets out on an ambitious heist determined to come away with a huge payoff whilst also settling some personal scores. Demonstrating some of her brother‘s deviousness early on, together with her partner Lou, she recruits her all female gang.…

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Arcadia

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Arcadia is a fascinating look at man’s relationship with Mother Earth shown using archive footage from around the UK set to a modern score. An intriguing blend of folk horror and documentary combine to create an unusual, almost ethereal, story. Predominantly in black and white, we travel through the last 100 years, focusing on…

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is the fifth instalment of the 25 year old Jurassic Park franchise. J A Bayona is at the helm with returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard leading a supporting cast including Jeff Goldblum, also returning as Ian Malcolm, with Toby Jones, James Cromwell and Rafe Spall along for the…

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

⭐⭐⭐ Solo: A Star Wars Story is the second spin-off from the Star Wars world after 2016’s Rogue One. An ambitious yet obvious choice given how popular Harrison Ford’s smuggler turned resistance hero remains 41 years after we first met him. The rather daunting job of playing the young Han Solo falls on the shoulders…

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