Winner of 2 Academy Awards – Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Song
Directed by Shaka King, Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of William O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield), a petty car thief who is forced to become an FBI informant and infiltrate the Black Panther Party. The objective is to keep tabs on the charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya,) as the FBI grow fearful of the Black Panther’s growing support. Though O’Neal revels in his double life, soon he begins to doubt his acts against the Black Panthers and soon he is caught in a war for his soul.
**** A truly gripping Black Panther drama” – Mark Kermode, The Observer
Winner of 3 Academy Awards - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress.
Based on Jessica Bruder’s non-fiction book of the same name, and directed by Chloe Zhao, Nomadland revolves around Fern (Frances McDormand), a woman who, after losing her husband and job at the same time, choses to become “houseless.” Leaving her hometown of Empire, Nevada, Fern travels across the United States and integrates herself as part of a new community.
***** “A beautifully rendered tale of what it means to be disenfranchised in America” – Empire Magazine.
Winner of 2 Academy Awards - Best Sound and Best Film Editing
Directed by Darius Marder, Ruben (Riz Ahmed) one part of heavy metal band Blackgammon alongside his partner and lead singer, Lou (Olivia Cooke), travelling across America in a beat-up cruiser. Ruben is hiding the fact that his hearing is rapidly deteriorating. Before one concert, Ruben wakes up and cannot hear a thing. Panicked that his physical health will affect his mental health, Lou and a sponsor check him into a safe house that specialises in those who are hard of hearing, run by Joe (Paul Raci). However, Ruben struggles and tries to desperately to get his hearing back, but is his stubborn nature hurting those who support him?
Marder uses sound design, subtitles and sign language to immerse viewers into the deaf experienc.
***** “The Oscar-nominated actor gives a powerhouse performance in Darius Marder’s tale of addiction, loss, and redemption” – Tim Robey, The Telegraph
God’s Own Country (2017) director Francis Lee turns to the life and love of Mary Anning in this exquisite romantic drama.
Famed palaeontologist and fossil collector Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) lives a life of quiet alongside her ailing mother in the beach town of Lyne Regis, Dorset. One day geologist Roderick Murchison (James McArdle) visits Mary’s shop alongside his wife – the melancholic Charlotte (Saoirise Ronan.) Without much debate, Roderdick unscrupulously leaves Charlotte with Mary.
Though initially it is a strained pairing, Mary and Charlotte grow closer over time in this heated and remarkable film.
**** “An absorbing drama that sensationally brings together two superlative performers.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
The Human Voice was shot over nine days in Madrid in July and premiered to critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival in 2020. It is Almodóvar’s first work in the English language.
Madness and melancholy intersect to thrilling effect as Almodóvar reimagines Jean Cocteau’s short play The Human Voice for an era in which isolation has become a way of life. Laws of desire become the rules of the game as Tilda Swinton’s unnamed woman paces and panics in a glorious Technicolor apartment where décor offers a window into her state of mind. A short, sharp shot of distilled Almodóvar: passion, emotion, heartbreak, wit, and melodrama exquisitely bound up in a tale for our times.
This is a short film is 30 minutes, followed by a recorded Q&A
Winner of 1 Academy Awards – Best Supporting Actress
Lee Isaac Chung directs this semi-autobiographical tale about a the Yi family moving to the American countryside from California. Father Jacob (Steven Yeun) dreams of growing Korean fruit and vegetables. However, as the farm struggles, it causes tension on the relationship between Jacob and his wife Monica (Ye-ri Han.) This is worsened by the arrival of Monica’s mother-in-law (Yuh-jung Youn.)
***** “A profound, detail-perfect and soulful slice of American family life, with some of the year’s most sincere performances to date.” Terri White, Empire
From Cartoon Saloon, the team behind The Breadwinner (2017) and Song of the Sea (2015) comes another vivid and beautiful animation.
Set a long time ago, Wolfwalkers revolves around the young Robyn Goodfellow, who has moved with her father Bill, from England to a small town in Ireland. The town and its people are plagued with fear at the vicious wolves that populate the forest nearby, a fire that is stoked by the cruel Lord Protector.
When Robyn stumbles into the forest, she comes across the wild-haired and even wilder spirited Mebh. Together, they are about to discover the true magic of nature and the wolves.
***** “An exquisite Irish animation masterpiece.” – Wendy Ide, The Guardian
Winner of 2 Academy Awards – Best Make-Up & Hairstyling and Best Costume Designing
The late Chadwick Boseman puts in an astonishing, award-winning performance in his final film appearance.
Directed by George C, Wolfe, and based on an August Wilson play of the same name, this film revolves around Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) and her band who attempt to record a new album in the blistering heat of 1927 Chicago.
However, tensions rise when overconfident trumpeter Levee Green (Boseman) tries to arrogantly do his own compositions, butting heads with both Ma Rainey and the rest of the backing band.
**** “It’s the finest performance of a career that ended way too soon earlier this year.” Amon Warmann, Empire
A story of grassroots activism engineering change.
Directed by Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy, and Maeve O’Boyle, The 8th documentary traces Ireland’s campaign to remove the constitutional ban on abortion.
Though there are voices from both sides of debate, The 8th looks on the dynamic female leaders of the pro-choice campaign. It follows Ailbhe Smyth, a veteran campaigner, and “glitter-activist” Andrew Horan as they attempt to reshape the conservative, Catholic influenced Ireland into a more liberal and secular society.
Based on a series of stories by Beatrix Potter, the loveable rogue rabbit returns to the cinema.
Directed by Will Gluck, Peter Rabbit 2 sees our titular hero (voiced by James Cordon) trying his best to settle down with his nemesis turned friend Thomas McGregor (Domnhall Gleeson,) and Bea (Rose Byrne.) However, Peter just cannot help getting into mischief and suddenly finds himself in a dangerous position.
Meanwhile, Thomas faces trouble when Bea is approached by a villainous publisher who wants to take her stories of Peter and sell them.
Disney bring the magic back once more with this heart-felt imaginative piece.
Directed by Don Hall and Carlos Lopez Estrada, Raya and the Last Dragon revolves around the once prosperous land of Kumandra where humans and dragons live in harmony. When the world is ravaged by sprits called the Druun,dragon Sisu (voiced by Awkwafina) concentrates her magic and banishes the vicious creatures, bringing back the people but not the dragons. Driven by fear and selfishness, the world is split into five fractions: Fang, Heart, Spine, Talon, and Tail - all possessing a bit of an orb.
As the Druun return, it is up to Raya (voiced by Kelly Marie Tran) to find Sisu, unite the missing pieces, and eventually unite the world.
Winner of 2 Academy Awards – Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay
Based on his own stage play of the same name, Florian Zeller directs this immersive and empathetic film around the disorientating difficulties of dementia.
The Father sees Anthony (Anthony Hopkins) lives at home and is attended to by his daughter Anne (Olivia Colman,) and a live-in carer. However, Anthony is struggling with his on-going dementia. As his symptoms worsen, it puts a huge strain on his relationship with Anne and the reality around him.
**** “It’ll stay with you, for longer than you might like. I know it will stay with me.” - Benjamin Lee, The Guardian