Welcome to our new Review Roundup! In this weekly programme, we’ll be taking a look at the latest releases and ensuring that we only suggest the best!
Penguin Bloom (M) | BOOK TICKETS
Based on a true story, Naomi Watts stars as Sam Bloom, a mother whose world is turned upside down after a near-fatal accident leaves her paralyzed. Struggling to adjust to the situation her and her family form an unlikely friendship with a baby magpie they name Penguin. Profound and heart-warming, Penguin Bloom offers a life-affirming story held by a towering performance from Watts.
“It’s a credit to Watts’s performance and Ivin’s understated direction that this woozy vision of emotional and physical healing sings.”
– Time Out
“The Bloom family’s willingness to share their story could boost your spirits and serve as a very effective reminder of what we can overcome with the people we love.”
Only The Animals (MA15+) | BOOK TICKETS
Elegantly structured and darkly funny, Dominik Moll is at the height of his filmmaking powers in Only The Animals. A masterfully spun slow-burn thriller that inspects the secret connections of a lonely farmer, an unfaithful husband and wife, a lovelorn waitress and an African con artist to expose a world of greed, lust, betrayal, desperation and murder spanning the wintery French highlands to the sun-kissed streets of Sierra Leone, led by an astonishing performance by Denis Ménochet (Inglorious Basterds).
“An ingenious feat of narrative construction which leads us down the garden path then backtracks up it bit by bit”
– Daily Telegraph
“The film’s constituent parts… interlock like the workings of an intricate and malign musical box, creating dashes of melodrama, erotic obsession and even soap opera, and all superbly performed”
“Edgy, elusive and enthralling at the outset, Moll flirts with Rashomon-style perspectives in a remote French farming community to bracing effect”
– Screen International
“A film that doesn’t ask you to keep up so much as it encourages you to sink into the mystery and go along for the ride”