The Shape of Water (Cinema Review)

15 – 123mins – 2018


MUTEY AND THE BEAST

As we enter awards season, Guillermo del Toro’s allegorical fairy tale is a strong contender for swimming away with all the glory, garnering a staggering 13 Academy Award nominations – for a strictly adult-only dark fantasy, no less! I was fortunate enough to attend a Cineworld Unlimited Screening on Tuesday evening, ahead of The Shape of Water‘s UK theatrical roll-out on February 16th, although I must confess my appreciation for this Oscar frontrunner was not without impediments.

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Arrival (Cinema Review)

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12A – 116mins – 2016


 

STORY OF YOUR LIFE

Measured in tone and tempered in pace, this intelligent first contact science fiction drama – adapted from Ted Chiang’s short story by screenwriter Eric The Conjuring 2 Heisserer and directed by Denis Sicario Villeneuve – is definitely more Interstellar than Independence Day in its elegant and awe-inspiring execution. Released this coming Friday in the UK, I was granted an Unlimited Card exclusive early screening last night courtesy of Cineworld.

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Doctor Strange (Cinema Review)

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12A – 115mins – 2016 – 3D


 

THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION

“Leave behind everything you thought you knew…”

A career-ending car accident sees astonishing-but-arrogant New York neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Black Mass Cumberbatch) traverse the globe in search of revolutionary and non-traditional healing techniques to cure his damaged hands. In Kathmandu, Nepal he is introduced to The Ancient One (Tilda Trainwreck Swinton), a master of the mystic arts who harnesses the desperate doctor’s spiritual powers to unleash his full potential.

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