Resistance

Rating: 4.5/5 At the time of his death in 2007, Marcel Marceau was the world’s most famous mime. But in 1938-’39, when World War II rescue drama “Resistance” takes place, Jewish-born Marcel Mangel was just 15 years old (two decades younger than actor Jesse Eisenberg who plays him here) and had not yet adopted his stage name, much…

Love Sarah

Rating: 2.5/5 Bereavement unites three generations of women in a commercial baking business which offers newfound understanding, romantic opportunities and a celebration of multiculturalism. Sarah about whom we learn from her daughter, best friend and ex lover, is only ever seen at the beginning of the movie. It’s is a well-meaning film about female friendship, and…

Master Cheng

Rating: 5/5 (Finnish with English sub-titles – although it’s mainly in English) Following the death of his wife, professional chef Cheng travels with his young son from China to a remote village in Finland to connect with an old Finnish friend he once met in Shanghai. Upon arrival, nobody in the village seems to know…

All at Sea

Rating: 2/5 Brian Cox is in good form as a grumpy retired sailor Wally. He promised his best friend of 40 years a burial-at-sea. The fact that he hasn’t got the body, a boat or any money, isn’t going to stop him keeping his word. In 48 hours he must snatch the body, win the…

Military Wives

Rating: 3/5 This movie follows a group of women in England whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan. Faced with the men’s absences, they form a choir and quickly find themselves at the centre of a media sensation and global movement. Inspired by the global phenomenon of military wives choirs, the story celebrates a band…

Dark Waters

Rating: 4/5 The movie is about Robert Bilott’s case (played by Mark Ruffalo) against the chemical manufacturing corporation DuPont after they contaminated a town with unregulated chemicals. Teflon and PFOA or C8 was the main chemical. Initially, there is conflict as the firm of lawyers he works for has Dupont as one of their clients….

Honeyland

Rating: 4/5 This movie is a Macedonian documentary film which portrays the life of Hatidze Muratova, a keeper of wild needs in the remote mountainous area of North Macedonia. She has no electricity or running water or sewerage. She takes care of her 85 year old bed-ridden half blind mother. It follows her lifestyle and…

Mr Jones

Ratin: 4/5 This movie takes place in the mid 1930’s at a time when Hitler was establishing control in Germany, and the propaganda machine of Stalin’s Soviet Union was cranking up. Gareth Jones is an ambitious journalist who travels to Moscow to try to uncover the truth behind the propaganda. Whilst there, he gets a…

Richard Jewell

Rating: 4/5 During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, security guard Richard Jewell discovered a suspicious backpack under a bench in Centennial Park. With little time to spare, he helped to evacuate the area until the incendiary device inside the bag exploded. Hailed as a hero who saved lives, Jewell’s own life started to unravel…

For Sama

Rating: 5/5 This is the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria, as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while conflict rises around her. The film focuses on a group of anti-government “rebels” who were trying to survive in Aleppo. Waad is…