Review: Ferdinand (U)

For younger kids this Christmas, Ferdinand is a so-so adaptation of Munro Leaf and illustrator Robert Lawson’s classic picture book about a bull who’s scorned by his peers for preferring flowers to fighting.

Harrogate Film  Festival managing director Adam Chandler with Everyman Cinemas Anna Coates and  Chelsea Talbot.

Harrogate Film Festival's BAFTA accreditation hopes

Harrogate Film Festival is to return next year with a popcorn box full of exciting and events and a special guest starn with the aim of winning BAFTA accreditation.
NOSTALGIA. Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi.  PA Photo/Film Frames Industrial Light & Magic/Lucasfilm Ltd.

Review: Star Wars Episode V111: The Last Jedi (12A)

As the end credits roll on Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, replete with a poignant on-screen tribute to “our princess Carrie Fisher”, a bell tolls on nostalgia-steeped memories of George Lucas’s epic space saga.


Movie interview: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

As Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens, featuring Carrie Fisher’s final performance, the cast and crew speak to Laura Harding.

Mitchell Kezin with veteran film director John Waters. Picture: Jeff Henschel

Film interview – Mitchell Kezin on his film Jingle Bell Rocks! which screens in Leeds

Canadian film maker Mitchell Kezin first began collecting Christmas records back in the 1990s but, he says, the idea for a documentary on the subject didn’t occur to him until much more recently.

STAR: James Franco as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist which he also directs.  Picture: PA Photo/Warner Bros Entertainment Inc./Justina Mintz.

Franco brothers on working together in their new movie The Disaster Artist

As brothers James and Dave Franco finally star together, they speak to Laura Harding about new film The Disaster Artist.

TABLE TALK: Steve Coogan, Laura Linney, Richard Gere and Rebecca Hall.

Movie Review: The Dinner (15)

Writer-director Oren Moverman, who crafted the tautly paced dramas The Messenger and Rampart, makes a rare misstep with this plodding and unsatisfying morality tale, which begs and pleads with us to put ourselves in the place of the conflicted characters.

SURVIVORS: Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany in Stronger.

Film Review: Stronger (15)

On April 15 2013, hundreds of lives were irrevocably altered in Boston when two homemade explosives detonated close to the finish line of the city’s marathon.

CULT MOVIE: James Franco as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist.

Review: The Disaster Artist (15)

Independently financed to the reported tune of six million US dollars, romantic drama The Room premiered in 2003 and has subsequently gained a cult following as one of the worst films of all time.

PARENTAL LOVE: Jacob Tremblay and Julia Roberts in Wonder.

Review: Wonder (PG)

Lovingly adapted from the award-winning 2012 novel by RJ Palacio, this exquisitely calibrated drama eschews mawkish sentimentality but still has us weeping uncontrollably by the end credits.

CLASSIC TALE: Dan Stevens as Dickens and Christopher Plummer as Scrooge. Picture: PA Photo/Thunderbird Releasing Ltd

Dan Stevens talks about his role in The Man Who Invented Christmas

The actor steps into the shoes of Charles Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas. He spoke to Laura Harding.

SATIRICAL: A scene from the recent film The Death of Stalin.

Yvette Huddleston: The importance of satire in turbulent times

A few months ago I happened across the 1976 movie Network – it was on one of the many digital viewing platforms we have available to us these days – and decided to watch it.

CHEMISTRY: Annette Bening as Gloria Grahame and Jamie Bell as Peter Turner in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. Picture: PA Photo/Lionsgate Films

True romance

Jamie Bell and Annette Bening talk to Georgia Humphreys about their roles in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

PARENTHOOD: Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in Daddy's Home 2.

Review: Daddy’s Home 2

Progress takes a back seat in Daddy’s Home 2, a spectacularly unfunny sequel to the fairly mirthless Mark Wahlberg/Will Ferrell Christmas 2015 comedy.

SHOWDOWN: Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carrell as Bobby Riggs. Picture: PA Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Melinda Sue Gordon.

Review: Battle of the Sexes(12A)

There could hardly be a better time for a movie called Battle of the Sexes.

DOUBLE-ACT: : Jamie Bell as Peter Turner and Annette Bening as Gloria Grahame in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool.
Picture : PA Photo/Lionsgate Films.

Review: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (15)

Based on a true story, this handsome drama charts a star-crossed romance across class, age and cultural divides, conducted in the shadow of terminal illness.

War story: Benedict Cumberbatch as Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing in the film The Imitation Game. (PA/Studio Canal).

The Leeds warship that helped break the Enigma code

It’s 75 years this week since Bletchley Park received the codebooks that helped break the Enigma code. Hugh Sebag-Montefiore looks at the role played by HMS Aubretia.

Armando Iannucci, who will be at the Kings Hall, Ilkley, on Tuesday.

Armando Iannucci: The music behind the satire

Armando Iannucci is one of the country’s leading satirists but next week he’s in Yorkshire to talk about something different – his passion for classical music. Chris Bond spoke to him.

SLO-MO: Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot in Justice League. PA Photo/Warner Bros.

Review: Justice League (12A)

There’s no getting round the fact that DC can’t seem to get it together when it comes to expanding its iconic roster of superheroes into a coherent cinematic universe. Justice League, though, marks another slow-motion leap backwards.

SOUL MATES: Annette Bening as Gloria Grahame and Jamie Bell as Peter Turner in Film Stars Dont Die in Liverpool.. Picture: PA Photo/Lionsgate Films.

Review: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (15)

The strange, true story of faded Oscar-winner Gloria Grahame’s late-in-life romance with a young Scouse stage actor is the subject of Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

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