It has been a long time waiting for director Joe Cornish’s follow-up to ATTACK THE BLOCK.
It is director Ang Lee’s birthday. His top 5 films:
- CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
- EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN
- LIFE OF PI
- RIDE WITH THE DEVIL
THE NIGHT COMES FOR US ★★★★½
D: Timo Tjahjanto (May the Devil Take You, Headshot, Killers).
S: Joe Taslim, Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Sunny Pang.
Bar a couple of scenes where henchmen seem to be waiting their turn to have the sh*t kicked out of them, the fight sequences are phenomenal.
Out to own today:
My top 5 favourite films from the London Film Festival 2018:
- WOMAN AT WAR
The best film of the festival:
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
STAN & OLLIE ★★★☆☆
D: Jon S. Baird (Filth).
S: John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan, Nina Arianda, Shirley Henderson.
The melancholic swansong of blockbuster entertainment careers is complimented by spurts of sharp banter. Bar the occasional flourish, this feels like a TV movie of the week. The make up on John C. Reilly is distracting.
D: Georgia Parris.
S: Bobbi Jene Smith, Phoebe Nicholls, Madeleine Worrall.
A family melodrama, which at times feels skilfully economic and at others clumsily forced. The refreshing move was to incorporate Bobbi Jene Smith's dancing. Georgia Parris is a director to watch.
It is actor Ken Watanabe’s birthday. His top 5 films:
- ISLE OF DOGS
- LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
- UNFORGIVEN 
A PRIVATE WAR ★★★½☆
D: Matthew Heineman (City of Ghosts).
S: Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci, Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Tom Hollander.
Rosamund Pike impresses as war correspondent Marie Colvin, though the direction and editing do not match the power of her performance. The film is a deeply affecting recognition of journalistic bravery, empathy, and conviction.
CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? ★★★★☆
D: Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl).
S: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Jane Curtin.
Literary forgery shenanigans and loneliness. Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant, playing to their strengths, are an engagingly unruly double act.
It is actor Viggo Mortensen's birthday. His top 5 films:
- A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
- CAPTAIN ALATRISTE
- CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
- ON THE ROAD
- THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK ★★★★★
D: Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, Medicine for Melancholy).
S: Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Diego Luna, Ed Skrein, Pedro Pascal, Brian Tyree Henry, Teyonah Parris, Regina King, Dave Franco, Colman Domingo.
A cinematic cry of anguish. The best film of 2018?
THE SISTERS BROTHERS ★★★★½
D: Jacques Audiard (Dheepan, Rust and Bone, A Prophet, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Read My Lips, A Self-Made Hero, See How They Fall).
S: Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed.
Director Jacques Audiard is a cinema master. He continually brings a fresh spin to the genres he touches. This Western's humour, rapid gunplay, chase structure, and thematic resonance are combined unusually and winningly.
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