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6th December
written by Adam

When 19th century balloon pilot Amelia Rennes (Felicity Jones) partners with budding meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) in an attempt to beat the world’s record for height reached in a gas filled balloon their personal safety is not guaranteed; how high will they actually go, and at what cost? Directed by Tom Harper and Written by Harper and Jack Thorne, this oddly metered film measures out well balanced performances right down the fairway for both Jones and Redmayne, but stalls out with rather droll banter while terrestrially bound. Meanwhile, in flight the real action takes hold, hand wringing and breath holding moments do their best to keep audiences locked in for the death defying ride with impressive cinematic scope and CGI creation. And, scoring by Steven Price further amps up the tension to new levels with well crafted composition. Worth the matinee effort for the visual spectacle factor, otherwise a rental will suit just fine. The Aeronauts is rated PG-13.

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28th November
written by Adam

Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is tasked with the investigation surrounding the suspicious passing of Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), patriarch of the Thrombey family; but, getting straight answers out of the greedy and combative family members may prove to be his toughest match yet. Motives, actions, consequences, and who will be the heir to the Thrombey estate, all will be revealed!Written and Directed by Rian Johnson, this entertaining whodunit plays with force and tenacity as it twists and turns revealing secrets, heavy doses of ironic humor, and an incredibly well chosen ensemble of heavy hitters. Creative cinematography, often reaching to canted or low angle shots, and, thoughtful editing make this easily re-watchable romp visually interesting. And, sharp writing at the top of the list breathes a healthy lung full of life into a genre that has largely sat dormant and uninspired for years; Rian has clearly crafted a film that stems from a love of pithy sleuthing, and, rings all the bells for fans of the classic detective archetype. Not to be missed while we’re all gathered this family holiday season, Knives Out is rated PG-13.

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22nd November
written by Adam

A semi biographical window to Shia LaBeouf’s experiences growing up as a child and early adult actor in Hollywood, struggling to reconcile a strained relationship with his father while dealing with his own mental health issues, this is his story. Directed by Alma Har’el and Written by Shia LaBeouf this time shifting journey is a horrifying, torturous, and therapeutic work that despite its rough nature, comes across remarkably relatable and accessible to the viewer; an assist to empathy and an applaudable explanation to LaBeouf’s destructive behavior as a young adult. Dancing in a neighboring lane to the works of Harmony Korine (Gummo, Spring Breakers), this visual game of chicken may prove challenging for some, but, with an all star ensemble of heavyweights, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, and LaBeouf himself, this metric ton of talent loads the deck with an unbeatable hand. Absolutely worth the watch, if anything as one of the year’s most accessible arthouse flicks. Honey Boy is rated R.

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