My trips to the cinema 2019

by MaxineTheMovieGal | created - 7 months ago | updated - 2 days ago | Public

The European internet and the British economy are about to be destroyed by old white windbags, Disney is going to rule the planet like they’ve never ruled it before, and for the first time in eons I didn't kick a year off until the second weekend. And how - last year I saw 345 films in total, 200 first-time screenings and two repeats, and have seen some of the few January releases truly worth watching either as previews or in my room. I’ve barely made progress on my personal projects or even job-seeking because of my obsession, and have faced the consequences of such with an anxiety attack that has changed the way my head’s bloodstream works until god knows when, all thanks to a print of something I could have watched any time, just on a smaller screen and not on celluloid. Let’s hope I don’t make the same mistake this year - after all, the BFI’s not running an Animation 2019 season.

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1. The Live Ghost (1934)

Passed | 21 min | Short, Comedy

A gruff sea captain, who absolutely detests the word "ghost," is having trouble manning his ship because of the rumor it's...well...haunted. He inveigles Stanley and Oliver into helping him... See full summary »

Director: Charley Rogers | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Mae Busch, Walter Long

Votes: 1,125

Laurel and Hardy Shorts 2

  • Brats (9/10)
  • Helpmates (10/10)
  • The Live Ghost (8/10)
  • Dirty Work (9/10)
  • Me and My Pal (8/10)


SCREENING: Laurel and Hardy DATE: January 12th CINEMA: BFI Southbank LOCATION: London

NOTE: These shorts were supposed to be screened in chronological order, finishing with The Live Ghost in 35mm. However, Helpmates was also screened in 35mm, and the changeover to digital caused a severe glitch in the projection before Dirty Work could be screened, and we had to wait a few minutes for the next short to start. They played The Live Ghost instead, to reassure us with that much-deserved entertainment as we waited for the digital projector to be fixed.

2. March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Opposing the evil Barnaby, Ollie Dee and Stanley Dum try and fail to pay-off Mother Peep's mortgage and mislead his attempts to marry Little Bo. Enraged, Barnaby's Bogeymen are set on Toyland.

Directors: Gus Meins, Charley Rogers | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Virginia Karns, Charlotte Henry

Votes: 5,561

★★★★★★★★★☆

SCREENING: 35mm, Laurel and Hardy DATE: January 12th CINEMA: BFI Southbank LOCATION: London SHORTS: Busy Bodies (10/10)

3. Block-Heads (1938)

Approved | 57 min | Comedy, War

Stan, who has remained faithfully at his World War I post for twenty years, finally comes home where his best friend, Ollie, takes him in, thus allowing him to discover the many conveniences of the modern world.

Director: John G. Blystone | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Patricia Ellis, Minna Gombell

Votes: 3,143

★★★★★★★★★★

SCREENING: 35mm, Laurel and Hardy DATE: January 13th CINEMA: BFI Southbank LOCATION: London SHORTS: Chickens Come Home (9/10)

4. The Raft (2018)

97 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

In 1973, five men and six women drifted across the Atlantic on a raft as part of a scientific experiment studying the sociology of violence, aggression and sexual attraction in human ... See full summary »

Director: Marcus Lindeen | Stars: Santiago Genovés, Fe Seymour, Maria Björnstam, Servane Zanotti

Votes: 521 | Gross: $0.03M

★★★★★★★★☆☆

SCREENING: Regular DATE: January 18th CINEMA: ICA LOCATION: The Mall

5. Glass (2019)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

43 Metascore

Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy

Votes: 150,964 | Gross: $111.04M

★★★★★★★☆☆☆

SCREENING: IMAX DATE: January 19th CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

6. Woody Woodpecker (1941)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The psychiatrist needs a psychiatrist after attempting to treat Woody Woodpecker.

Director: Walter Lantz | Stars: Mel Blanc, Sara Berner, Margaret Hill-Talbot, Danny Webb

Votes: 856

Woody Woodpecker: A Celebration

  • Bird Gone Wild: The True Origins of Woody Woodpecker
  • Woody Woodpecker (9/10)
  • Pantry Panic (9/10)
  • The Barber of Seville (10/10)
  • Bird Gone Wild: The History Of Woody Woodpecker's Laugh And Voice
  • The Loose Nut (8/10)
  • The Reckless Driver (9/10)
  • Bird Gone Wild: The Woody Woodpecker Story (5/10)
  • Woody the Giant Killer (7/10)
  • Termites From Mars (8/10)
  • Woody Woodpecker 2018 series clips


SCREENING: Q&A (Matthew Snead) DATE: January 20th CINEMA: BFI Southbank LOCATION: London

7. Destroyer (2018)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

A police detective reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make peace.

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 16,821 | Gross: $1.53M

★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

SCREENING: The Studio DATE: January 25th CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

NOTE: This may have been a 10am screening, but it's still worth noting I was the only one who attended.

8. The Mule (2018)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

A 90-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran turns drug mule for a Mexican cartel.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Patrick L. Reyes, Cesar De León, Gustavo Muñoz

Votes: 69,212 | Gross: $103.80M

★★★★★★★★☆☆

SCREENING: Recliner DATE: January 25th CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

9. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

71 Metascore

When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.

Director: Dean DeBlois | Stars: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 70,994 | Gross: $160.80M

★★★★★★★★★★

SCREENING: Q&A (Cressida Cowell, Brad Lewis & Dean DeBlois), Film Funday DATE: January 26th CINEMA: BFI Southbank LOCATION: London

10. Capernaum (2018)

R | 126 min | Drama

75 Metascore

While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawsar Al Haddad

Votes: 24,537 | Gross: $1.66M

★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

SCREENING: Advanced DATE: February 1st CINEMA: Picturehouse Central LOCATION: West End

11. Tremble All You Want (2017)

117 min | Comedy, Drama

Virgin twenty-something girl is neat, talented and professional, although almost too much of all these. She is an office lady who still romanticizes a school-mate, but has the opportunity ... See full summary »

Director: Akiko Ohku | Stars: Kanji Furutachi, Anna Ishibashi, Hairi Katagiri, Takumi Kitamura

Votes: 399

★★★★★★★★★☆

SCREENING: Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme DATE: February 2nd CINEMA: ICA LOCATION: The Mall

12. Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura (2017)

129 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Not only is Kamakura-based Masakazu Isshiki a mystery novelist, but he is also a good detective himself. His wife Akiko and he are acquainted with all manners of creatures and gods who are ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Masato Sakai, Mitsuki Takahata, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Min Tanaka

Votes: 816

★★★★★★★★☆☆

SCREENING: Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme DATE: February 3rd CINEMA: ICA LOCATION: The Mall

13. Her Love Boils Bathwater (2016)

125 min | Comedy, Drama

A strict, but caring mother has an awakening when she is told she has cancer and it is terminal. She has a few months. She needs to complete her tasks in that short time frame. She needs to... See full summary »

Director: Ryôta Nakano | Stars: Rie Miyazawa, Hana Sugisaki, Aoi Itô, Yukiko Shinohara

Votes: 1,175

★★★★★★★★★☆

SCREENING: Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme DATE: February 3rd CINEMA: ICA LOCATION: The Mall

14. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

65 Metascore

It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

Director: Mike Mitchell | Stars: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish

Votes: 36,501 | Gross: $105.81M

★★★★★★★★★☆

SCREENING: Regular DATE: February 8th CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

15. Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

53 Metascore

A deactivated cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali

Votes: 146,987 | Gross: $85.71M

★★★★★★★★☆☆

SCREENING: Recliner DATE: February 8th CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

16. Penguin Highway (2018)

Not Rated | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

82 Metascore

A fourth-grader, Aoyama-kun, investigates the mysterious reason behind the sudden appearance of penguins in his village, which is somehow related to a power from a young woman working at a dental clinic.

Director: Hiroyasu Ishida | Stars: Kana Kita, Yû Aoi, Landen Beattie, Christine Marie Cabanos

Votes: 749

★★★★★★★★☆☆

SCREENING: Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme DATE: February 9th CINEMA: ICA LOCATION: The Mall

17. Tonight, at the Movies (2018)

109 min | Fantasy, Romance

An assistant director and film fan gets his wish come true when his favourite heroine, a princess from an old film, appears in the real world.

Director: Hideki Takeuchi | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Kentarô Sakaguchi, Akira Emoto, Tsubasa Honda

Votes: 524

★★★★★★★☆☆☆

SCREENING: Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme DATE: February 9th CINEMA: ICA LOCATION: The Mall

18. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)

TV-PG | 113 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A boy in Malawi helps his village by building a wind turbine after reading about them in a library book.

Director: Chiwetel Ejiofor | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maxwell Simba, Felix Lemburo, Robert Agengo

Votes: 12,853

★★★★★★★☆☆☆

SCREENING: Q&A (Chiwetel Eijofor) DATE: February 13th CINEMA: BFI Southbank LOCATION: London

19. Instant Family (2018)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

A couple find themselves in over their heads when they foster three children.

Director: Sean Anders | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Gustavo Escobar

Votes: 53,065 | Gross: $67.36M

★★★★★★★★☆☆

SCREENING: Regular DATE: February 14th CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

20. The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)

PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Family

66 Metascore

A band of kids embark on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace.

Director: Joe Cornish | Stars: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Denise Gough, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor

Votes: 9,541 | Gross: $16.79M

★★★★★★★★★☆

SCREENING: Regular DATE: February 15th CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

21. Amélie (2001)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta

Votes: 658,219 | Gross: $33.23M

★★★★★★★★★★❤

SCREENING: 35mm DATE: February 16th CINEMA: Prince Charles Cinema LOCATION: London

22. Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

57 Metascore

Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

Director: Christopher Landon | Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma

Votes: 34,702 | Gross: $28.05M

★★★★★★★☆☆☆

SCREENING: Gallery DATE: February 20th CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

23. On the Basis of Sex (2018)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

59 Metascore

The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston

Votes: 14,193 | Gross: $24.62M

★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

SCREENING: Regular DATE: February 22nd CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

24. Cold Pursuit (2019)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

A grieving snowplow driver seeks out revenge against the drug dealers who killed his son. Based on the 2014 Norwegian film 'In Order of Disappearance'.

Director: Hans Petter Moland | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Micheál Richardson, Michael Eklund

Votes: 35,634 | Gross: $32.14M

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

SCREENING: Regular DATE: February 22nd CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

25. Before Sunrise (1995)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Andrea Eckert, Hanno Pöschl

Votes: 241,428 | Gross: $5.54M

★★★★★★★★★★❤

SCREENING: 35mm DATE: February 25th CINEMA: Prince Charles Cinema LOCATION: London

26. Before Sunset (2004)

R | 80 min | Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Vernon Dobtcheff, Louise Lemoine Torrès

Votes: 210,988 | Gross: $5.82M

★★★★★★★★★★❤

SCREENING: 35mm DATE: February 27th CINEMA: Prince Charles Cinema LOCATION: London

27. Fighting with My Family (2019)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.

Director: Stephen Merchant | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Florence Pugh

Votes: 36,911 | Gross: $22.96M

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

SCREENING: Recliner DATE: February 28th CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

28. Captain Marvel (2019)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

64 Metascore

Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law

Votes: 347,663 | Gross: $426.83M

★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

SCREENING: XPlus Laser, Recliner DATE: March 8th CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

29. Ray & Liz (2018)

108 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Photographer Richard Billingham returns to the squalid council flat outside of Birmingham where he and his brother were raised, in a confrontation and reconciliation with parents Ray and Liz.

Director: Richard Billingham | Stars: Richard Ashton, Jamie-Lee Beacher, Michelle Bonnard, Sam Dodd

Votes: 686

★★★★★★★★★☆

SCREENING: Regular DATE: March 13th CINEMA: Picturehouse Central LOCATION: West End

30. Everybody Knows (2018)

R | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister's wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín, Eduard Fernández

Votes: 20,587 | Gross: $2.66M

★★★★★★★★☆☆

SCREENING: Silver Screen DATE: March 14th CINEMA: Picturehouse LOCATION: Greenwich

NOTE: My returning anxiety tried to prevent me from seeing this twice. I meant to see this on Tuesday, but I couldn’t sleep well enough to make it even though I did so early. It happened again the night before this screening, and I decided that was the last straw, so I drank two shots of coffee for the first time. It worked, and I went to see the film almost feeling as though this never happened.

31. Vita & Virginia (2018)

110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

It's the fascinating true story about the love affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.

Director: Chanya Button | Stars: Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones

Votes: 487

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

SCREENING: BFI Flare DATE: March 22nd CINEMA: BFI Southbank LOCATION: London

32. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin, Akihiro Miwa

Votes: 286,864 | Gross: $4.71M

★★★★★★★★★★

SCREENING: 35mm, Studio Ghibli Forever DATE: March 24th CINEMA: Prince Charles Cinema LOCATION: London

33. Us (2019)

R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker

Votes: 140,126 | Gross: $175.01M

★★★★★★★★★★

SCREENING: Recliner DATE: March 26th CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

34. 3 Faces (2018)

100 min | Drama

78 Metascore

Three actresses at different stages of their career. One from before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, one popular star of today known throughout the country and a young girl longing to attend a drama conservatory.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei, Maedeh Erteghaei

Votes: 2,095 | Gross: $0.07M

★★★★★★★★☆☆

SCREENING: Regular DATE: March 29th CINEMA: Picturehouse Central LOCATION: West End

35. The Ground Beneath My Feet (2019)

108 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Lola controls her personal life with the same ruthless efficiency she uses to optimize profits in her job as a business consultant. But when a tragic event forces the past back into her life, Lola's grip on reality seems to slips away.

Director: Marie Kreutzer | Stars: Valerie Pachner, Pia Hierzegger, Mavie Hörbiger, Michelle Barthel

Votes: 268 | Gross: $0.02M

★★★★★★★★☆☆

SCREENING: BFI Flare DATE: March 29th CINEMA: BFI Southbank LOCATION: London

36. Red Cow (2018)

90 min | Drama

Red Cow is a coming-of-age film that takes place in the days leading up to the assassination of Rabin and depicts the life of Benny, 16, orphaned from mother at birth and the only child of ... See full summary »

Director: Tsivia Barkai | Stars: Avigail Kovari, Gal Toren, Moran Rosenblatt, Dana Sorin

Votes: 78

★★★★★★★★☆☆

SCREENING: BFI Flare DATE: March 30th CINEMA: BFI Southbank LOCATION: London

37. Knife+Heart (2018)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

69 Metascore

Paris, summer 1979. Anne is a producer of cheap gay porn. When Lois, her editor and companion, leaves her, she attempts to get her back by making a more ambitious film with the flamboyant Archibald.

Director: Yann Gonzalez | Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Nicolas Maury, Kate Moran, Jonathan Genet

Votes: 2,010 | Gross: $0.03M

★★★★★★★★☆☆

SCREENING: BFI Flare DATE: March 31st CINEMA: BFI Southbank LOCATION: London SHORTS: Intro (title unknown)

38. Missing Link (2019)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

68 Metascore

Mr. Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend.

Director: Chris Butler | Stars: Hugh Jackman, David Walliams, Stephen Fry, Matt Lucas

Votes: 6,951 | Gross: $16.65M

★★★★★★★★☆☆

SCREENING: Masterclass/Q&A (Chris Butler), BFI Future Film free preview | Regular DATE: April 3rd | April 10th CINEMA: BFI Southbank | Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: London | Bluewater

39. Pet Sematary (2019)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

57 Metascore

Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.

Directors: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer | Stars: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jeté Laurence

Votes: 53,346 | Gross: $54.72M

★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

SCREENING: Regular DATE: April 4th CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

40. Shazam! (2019)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

70 Metascore

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM - this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam.

Director: David F. Sandberg | Stars: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer

Votes: 166,462 | Gross: $140.37M

★★★★★★★★★☆

SCREENING: XPlus Laser, Recliner DATE: April 5th CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

41. Honeyland (2019)

87 min | Documentary, Drama

86 Metascore

The last female beehunter in Europe must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland, when a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood. This ... See full summary »

Directors: Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov | Stars: Hatidze Muratova, Nazife Muratova, Hussein Sam, Ljutvie Sam

Votes: 344 | Gross: $0.21M

★★★★★★★★★★❤

SCREENING: Q&A (Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov), Frames of Representation DATE: April 13th CINEMA: ICA LOCATION: The Mall

42. Wild Rose (2018)

R | 101 min | Drama, Music

80 Metascore

A troubled young Glaswegian woman dreams of becoming a Nashville country star.

Director: Tom Harper | Stars: Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello, Jane Patterson, Lesley Hart

Votes: 2,960 | Gross: $1.62M

★★★★★★★★★☆

SCREENING: Regular DATE: April 14th CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

NOTE: My history with this film......sure is intriguing. I planned to see this at LFF, but late in September came the announcement of Vox Lux’s UK premiere. This was the only chance I had to see that in cinemas, and I couldn’t get my Wild Rose ticket refunded or sold until the morning before its premiere. When I saw it on opening day, the sound system broke around the 55-minute mark, turning the audio quiet and fuzzy for a moment before following with a deafening, endless boop sound that sent the whole audience out of the screen. It was eventually cancelled, and we all got refunds. Swapped my ticket and saw the whole thing on Sunday with a smaller crowd but no technical f-ups whatsoever.

43. Pond Life (II) (2018)

100 min | Drama

Summertime, 1994. In a quiet mining village just outside Doncaster, a rumour stirs about the legend of a giant carp in the nearby decoy ponds. Trevor takes watch one night at the water's ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Buckhurst | Stars: Tom Varey, Esme Creed-Miles, Angus Imrie, Gianlucca Galluci

Votes: 70

★★★★★★★★★☆

SCREENING: Q&A (Bill Buckhurst, Esme Creed-Miles, Daisy-Edgar Jones, Ethan Wilkie, Tom Varey & Richard Cameron) DATE: April 16th CINEMA: Picturehouse Central LOCATION: West End

44. Greta (2018)

R | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

54 Metascore

A young woman befriends a lonely widow who's harboring a dark and deadly agenda toward her.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Jane Perry

Votes: 14,251 | Gross: $10.52M

★★★★★★★☆☆☆

SCREENING: Recliner DATE: April 19th CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

45. Excuse My Dust (1951)

G | 82 min | Comedy, Musical

Joe, inventor in an American Small town of 1895 has problems with his new invention, a car, driven with a gasoline motor. Everybody is making fun about his "crazy invention", only his girl ... See full summary »

Directors: Roy Rowland, Buster Keaton, Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Red Skelton, Sally Forrest, Macdonald Carey, William Demarest

Votes: 291

★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

SCREENING: 35mm DATE: April 25th CINEMA: BFI Screening Rooms LOCATION: Stephen Street

NOTE: Watched this with several BFI employees during my first day of work experience and discussed how it holds up and what people saw in Red Skelton afterwards.

46. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

PG-13 | 181 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos' actions and restore balance to the universe.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth

Votes: 529,431 | Gross: $858.15M

★★★★★★★★★☆

SCREENING: Gallery DATE: April 26th CINEMA: Showcase Cinema de Lux LOCATION: Bluewater

47. Styx (I) (2018)

94 min | Drama

78 Metascore

"Styx" depicts the transformation of a strong woman torn from her contented world during a sailing trip.

Director: Wolfgang Fischer | Stars: Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Kelvin Mutuku Ndinda, Inga Birkenfeld

Votes: 1,787 | Gross: $0.07M

★★★★★★★★☆☆

SCREENING: Regular DATE: April 28th CINEMA: Picturehouse LOCATION: Greenwich

48. Dead End (1937)

Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir