Vic van Allen (Ben Affleck) and Melina van Allen (Ana de Armas) are a wealthy couple with a young daughter, struggling in a seemingly loveless relationship, only held together by the bond of marriage and messiness of a potential divorce. Melinda is an attractive and daring woman that insists on pushing the boundaries with multiple affairs, but these infuriate her husband, who begins to take stern action. An unusual thriller that could have been much better than what eventually transpired.
It’s the summer of 1969 in Los Angeles, California, and a fading television star named Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), tries his hand at gaining success in the movie business, along with his long-time friend and stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). The pair begin to slog their way through an industry that is quickly becoming alien to them, while later becoming unwittingly entangled in the infamous Charles Manson family saga in the process. In a year of top tier releases, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood may be the best of the bunch.
In the summer of 1991, a reclusive and sheltered teenage boy called Daniel (Timothee Chalamet) comes of age during the wild few months he spends on Cape Cod in the United States, gaining money from selling marijuana to anybody that would buy the product. Daniel falls in love for the first time and spends the majority of his time partying, before eventually realising that he is in over his head. Hot Summer Nights was released in 2017 and stands out as one of the finest releases of that year.
Jeffrey Dahmer (Ross Lynch) is a young student, seemingly struggling to get to grips with his time in high-school and the problems it can present along the way. Not only this, but his family home is in turmoil too, with an extremely temperamental Mother (Anne Heche), and pretty uninterested Father (Dallas Roberts), going through the early stages of a divorce. Overall, a watchable film that blends various different genres but probably doesn’t warrant a second viewing on the whole.
A group of Russian exiles in Paris, France, come together to try and collect a ten-million-pound inheritance from the Bank of England, by grooming a destitute, out of sorts, young girl named Anna Koreff (Ingrid Bergman), to eventually pose as heir to the Russian throne. The group, fronted by General Sergei Pavlovich Bounine (Yul Brynner), do such a convincing job that the girl quickly believes that she is the real Anastasia all along. Their ultimate fate is to be decided by the Empress (Helen Hayes), who is extremely skeptical of the situation. A classic cinematic release, dating back over sixty years, that received more than one Oscar nomination.
Junior (Tye Sheridan) is a boy growing up on Long Island, seeking to find a father figure to replace the one that abandoned him shortly after birth as well as doing his best to please the rest of his family. Spending a large amount of time at his uncle’s bar, Junior begins to listen closely to all the patrons and their stories, learning on a daily basis before leaving for Yale University and becoming a writer. An easy to watch and relaxed drama that is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.Continue reading
Charismatic but troubled rancher Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) inspires fear and awe in those that are around him. When he finds out that his brother George Burbank (Jesse Plemons) has fallen in love and married a woman with an older son, Phil torments the pair mercilessly, but exposes his own frailties in the process. A decent drama that has been receiving a large amount of praise. The Power of the Dog is now streaming on Netflix.Continue reading
Less than one year since man first walked on the Moon, Apollo 13 should have been just another routine space flight, until the immense void of outer space had its say. Stranded hundreds of thousands of miles from Earth in a semi-destroyed spacecraft, astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) must fight a desperate battle to survive and reach their homeland, in this race against time drama. A solid cast lead this must-watch Sci-Fi for any space lovers out there.Continue reading