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SWITCHCast Episode 28: The Shape Of Water, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, The Commuter, Swinging Safari, Mary And The Witch's Flower, The Final Year
Charlie, Jess, Brent and Jake discuss the week's films, discuss how actors without a disability are cast in roles that require them to portray one, and ask why 'Black Panther' has become Marvel's fastest-selling movie in history?
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Faces, Places - The empathy engine
FACES, PLACES
The empathy engine
Reinforcing the ability of art and artists to form connections and provide windows into the lives of people who are just like us, and also not at all, this is a moving tribute to the act of creation.
I, Tonya - So much more than an ice skating movie
I, TONYA
So much more than an ice skating movie
So much more than a figure skating movie, this is about endurance and watching someone get up every day to live in a world and compete in a rigged sport - and Margot Robbie's performance is gold.
The Shape Of Water - A modern fairytale for the adults
THE SHAPE OF WATER
A modern fairytale for the adults
This may not be the kind of fairytale you should read to kids in bed at night, but it’ll still leave you with those long-lost childhood feelings of astonishment and reverence.
Mary And The Witch's Flower - More magic required
MARY AND THE WITCH'S FLOWER
More magic required
This is not a terrible time at the cinema, but is also not a particularly memorable one. Perhaps they should have used some of the Witch’s Flower to put a little more magic into this film.
The Commuter - Jump on board this slow train for mild action only
THE COMMUTER
Jump on board this slow train for mild action only
What should be an awesome, tension-filled thrill ride is nothing more than a mildly excitable trip on a commuter train. While the stakes are high, you’re never really sure if they’re real.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure - Dead end
MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE
Dead end
‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ is a long and straight road to a predictable conclusion that will leave no one asking any more questions. What a dead end.
The Post - Streep and Spielberg strike gold in portrait of a complex woman
THE POST
Streep and Spielberg strike gold in portrait of a complex woman
There’s a brazen sort of electricity pulsing through the film that is hard to disregard; a boldness that is so intrinsic to its very nature that it becomes impossible to disentangle it from the film.
Darkest Hour - Third time's the charm for Churchill
DARKEST HOUR
Third time's the charm for Churchill
Misgivings aside, ‘Darkest Hour’ is still a tremendously exciting, surprisingly entertaining and at times genuinely moving film. Gary Oldman’s performance is both rousing and detailed.
Take Every Wave - A beautifully-filmed skim across the surface
TAKE EVERY WAVE
A beautifully-filmed skim across the surface
This slick portrait won’t provide many surprises for surfing fans, but the footage of Hamilton’s often-astounding wave riding is awe-inspiring, whether you’ve seen its like before or not.
All The Money In The World - No amount of recasting could save this film
ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
No amount of recasting could save this film
This is one of history’s most fascinating stories. While wonderfully acted and beautifully shot, ‘All the Money in the World’ is a superficial look at “the value of money” and the cost of family.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Disturbingly funny and brilliantly acted
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Disturbingly funny and brilliantly acted
This is one of the most moving films of the year - Martin McDonagh’s films are always a breath of bittersweet fresh air, and Frances McDormand’s finest performance since the Oscar-winning ‘Fargo’.
Pitch Perfect 3 - Are the Bellas still aca-awesome?
PITCH PERFECT 3
Are the Bellas still aca-awesome?
The film is at its best when it loses focus on the Bellas competing around three-quarters of the way through the film and just becomes wildly fun - but the bulk is messy and unoriginal.
Call Me By Your Name - Beautiful beyond words
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Beautiful beyond words
Luca Guadagnino has made a film of enormous humanity, a statement on the nature of love that sends shockwaves through you, especially with the powerhouse performance from Timothée Chalamet.
Coco - An authentic, joyful animated masterpiece
COCO
An authentic, joyful animated masterpiece
Its passion, integrity and charm make it an instant Disney Pixar classic. You’ll be sucked in by its loveable characters, wondrous world, and a small boy who loves music more than anything else.
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle - Jack Black <i>is</i> the reason to see this movie
JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
Jack Black is the reason to see this movie
The appeal of ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ is witnessing big-name stars act like their teenage counterparts - but Jack Black is the reason to see this movie.
Breathe - A long exhale
BREATHE
A long exhale
Robin Cavendish lived a remarkable life and is a source of inspiration and hope, but there is something about ‘Breathe’ that sort of falls short, turning the breath into more of a yawn.
Just To Be Sure - A baffling French film
JUST TO BE SURE
A baffling French film
'Just To Be Sure' doesn’t seem to know what it is. Not quite a comedy, not quite a drama, but it is French. Take from that what you will.
The Greatest Showman - An aggressively awful musical experience
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
An aggressively awful musical experience
This is a film of enormous ambition but no vision to guide it or idea how to harness its energy. Creating an original musical is hard, but Jackman’s passion project is exactly how not to do it.
Downsizing - Honey, I shrunk my ability to be a decent human being
DOWNSIZING
Honey, I shrunk my ability to be a decent human being
An unfunny, unilluminating, caustically toothless, visually uninspiring and intellectually facile attempt at mansplaining the world’s problems.
Paddington 2 - Trust and bear-lieve, it’s a paw-fect sequel
PADDINGTON 2
Trust and bear-lieve, it’s a paw-fect sequel
Whimsically traipsing onto screens with this year’s most delightful, most ecstatically enjoyable, most preposterously joyous cinematic experience, ‘Paddington 2’ might just be perfection.
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70 years of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre - The film that knows what gold does to men's souls...
70 YEARS OF THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE
The film that knows what gold does to men's souls...
John Huston directed his greatest film with his father as the star, commanded an unforgettable performance by his friend Humphrey Bogart, and captured the stunning backdrop of Mexico.
Sweet Country - An outback western based on true events
WIN SWEET COUNTRY
An outback western based on true events
Win one of ten double passes to see 'Sweet Country' in cinemas.
Underwater love - Seven films to watch before 'The Shape of Water'
UNDERWATER LOVE
Seven films to watch before 'The Shape of Water'
'The Shape of Water’ is being hailed as the merman-mute woman Cold War romance movie that you never knew you needed. Dive in and check out seven other films that explore aquatic relationships.
Diving into the surfing documentary - Exploring the tubular genre and five of its most radical films
DIVING INTO THE SURFING DOCUMENTARY
Exploring the tubular genre and five of its most radical films
The genre is about travelling with friends and documenting the experience on film, emphasising the good times—sun, sand, bronzed dudes, pretty girls, beer, bonfires.
Most anticipated films of 2018 - Must-see movies for the coming year
MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS OF 2018
Must-see movies for the coming year
2018 is already looking like another year full of great releases, so here are some of the big films to be excited about in the next 12 months.
Boxing Day Movies 2017 - The year's biggest films bursting onto cinema screens
BOXING DAY MOVIES 2017
The year's biggest films bursting onto cinema screens
Take a look though our collection of Boxing Day films, and let us know if you agree with our reviews of these highly-anticipated movies.
The Florida Project - An authentic slice of life
THE FLORIDA PROJECT
An authentic slice of life
It’s simply a snapshot of real lives and we’re granted the honour of witnessing such unsung beauty and vitality. In a word, ‘The Florida Project’ is authentic.
The best of 2017 - Our top five films of the year
THE BEST OF 2017
Our top five films of the year
What a huge year for movie lovers. There have been ups and downs, but we’ve been gifted with some of the finest films in a long time. We share our top five films - with controversial choices aplenty.
Titanic - Celebrating the 20th anniversary of an icon
TITANIC
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of an icon
As a feat of filmmaking, it’s one of the greats. As a throttling emotional experience, it’s still one of the most potent. And as a document to this singular historical event, it is without peer.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi - A bold new vision for the legendary saga
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
A bold new vision for the legendary saga
The film is an absolute blast, endlessly entertaining and genuinely surprising, and the finest Star Wars film in decades. Director Rian Johnson has crafted something distinct and idiosyncratic.
Saturday Night Fever - Disco’s not dead!
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
Disco’s not dead!
The impact ‘Saturday Night Fever’ has had on pop culture is immeasurable. 40 years on, its music remains unstoppable, and is still one of the most purchased film soundtracks of all time.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Spielberg's sci-fi classic 40 years on
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
Spielberg's sci-fi classic 40 years on
The film is a classic filled with childlike wonder and deep melancholy, a symphony of colour, light and determination in the face of the impossible.
Wonderstruck - A magical and melancholy experience
WONDERSTRUCK
A magical and melancholy experience
This is the best kind of children’s film, one that speaks to their experiences without ever patronising them. It’s a magical, imaginative, technically daring and uncompromising film.
In This Corner Of The World - A heartbreaking and beautiful animated film
IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD
A heartbreaking and beautiful animated film
Katabuchi’s previous anime films are better known in the West among anime nerds - but the incredibly moving and sobering ‘In This Corner of the World’ should be the film to change that.
Wonder Wheel - Inert and boring
WONDER WHEEL
Inert and boring
Not a single character is likeable, nor can they provoke an ounce of empathy. This 100 minutes felt like forever with not even Kate Winslet to save you from ‘Wonder Wheel’s’ mind-numbing boredom.
Ancien And The Magic Tablet - A confusing young adult anime
ANCIEN AND THE MAGIC TABLET
A confusing young adult anime
This is a gorgeous-looking film, with a soft storybook visual style. It's a story about family and coming to terms with the past, as well as teens learning to make their own way through the world.
Radiance - Sweetness spoils a beautifully shot romance
RADIANCE
Sweetness spoils a beautifully shot romance
The film looks terrific. Naomi Kawase makes use of natural autumnal magic-hour light. Unfortunately, the writing doesn’t support the visuals, with thin characterisation and glacial pacing.
The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always The Densest Shade Of Blue - A film drowning in its own quirkiness
THE TOKYO NIGHT SKY IS ALWAYS THE DENSEST SHADE OF BLUE
A film drowning in its own quirkiness
Ideally, this is a film watched while in a depressed or existential mood in a big city. Otherwise, most viewers will find it lyrical but fairly tedious, if not outright yawn-inducing.
Snow Woman - Kiki Sugino's ghostly Japanese tale
SNOW WOMAN
Kiki Sugino's ghostly Japanese tale
Kiki Sugino directs, co-writes and plays the titular lead in her third directorial feature. This is a beautiful, poetic and nuanced film. Highly recommended and well worth seeking out.
Shot Caller - A terrifying look at the U.S. prison system
SHOT CALLER
A terrifying look at the U.S. prison system
‘Shot Caller’ is a tense, terrifying look at the U.S. prison system and a great showcase for Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s often underrated acting abilities.
BOX OFFICE week ending 10 January 2018
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JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
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PITCH PERFECT 3
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STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
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THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
5
ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
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COCO
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THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
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FERDINAND
9
PADDINGTON 2
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DOWNSIZING
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