5 REASONS TO GO TO THE CINEMA IN 2017

1. Awards season The awards ceremonies themselves may not be to everybody’s taste but the delayed UK release schedule means the early months of the year are packed full of Best Picture contenders. Some of the highlights this year include musical spectacular La La Land, Casey Affleck’s Manchester by the Sea and Scorsese epic Silence.   2. Sequel success Sequels aren’t always a cause …

DIRTY GRANDPA

A new low for unfunny American frat boy “comedies”. Tasteless, tactless and just plain bad. De Niro needs a new agent.  _____________________________ Release date: January 28, 2016 (United Kingdom) Director: Dan Mazer Screenplay: John Phillips Music composed by: Michael Andrews Producers: Barry Josephson, Bill Block, Michael Simkin, Jason Barrett

CREED

Pound for pound the best Rocky outing for 40-years. B Jordan packs a punch but Sly’s subtlety lands the knockout emotional blow.  _____________________________ Initial release: November 19, 2015 (Westwood) Director: Ryan Coogler Running time: 2h 13m Film series: Rocky Screenplay: Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington

RANKING ROCKY

JAMIE writes… With the world’s favourite Philly underdog returning to cinemas for possibly his final outing in Creed this month, it’s an opportune moment to look back over a franchise that has spanned 40-years and defied all expectations. 6. ROCKY V – Despite a comically cartoonish street fight between Rocky and his brilliantly named protege-turned-baddun Tommy Gunn, this is the …

SISTERS

The gags soon escalate into OTT territory, but Fey and Poehler keep the laughs coming just long enough to tolerate the madness.  _____________________________ Initial release: December 18, 2015 (USA) Director: Jason Moore Screenplay: Paula Pell Produced by: Tina Fey, Jay Roach Distributor: Universal Studios

BROOKLYN

Ronan comes of age as her elegant lead does likewise in this funny and nostalgic love story. An understated awards contender.  _____________________________ Initial release: November 4, 2015 (USA) Director: John Crowley Running time: 1h 52m Screenplay: Nick Hornby Story by: Colm Tóibín, Nick Hornby