Film & Cinema

Lion director Garth Davis’s revisionist religious drama, which attempts to wash away the stains of ill repute from Jesus’ devoted disciple, stars Rooney Mara as Mary Magdalene and Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus.

Will Gluck’s family-friendly adventure based on Beatrix Potter’s eponymous floppy-eared creation is well animated and has some good jokes, but with a woefully miscast James Corden ends up trashing the thing it is supposed to celebrate.

Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund’s Oscar-nominated and Cannes Palme d’Or winning follow-up to Force Majeure, a satire set in the contemporary art world, is something of a mixed bag.

Efforts to portay the enigmatic and misunderstood Mary Magdalene on the big screen have often proved controversial. Now a new take on the life of the apostle aims to turn sparse factual history into a story of faith and heroism.

A new documentary tells the story of the refugees who escaped the Nazi regime and found refuge in the UK through the remarkable images of photographer Lotte Meitner-Graf. Simon Parkin talks to the Norfolk filmmaker behind Through Lotte’s Lens.

Based on Jonathan Ames’ novella of the same title, British director Lynne Ramsay’s film plumbs the murky depths of the human condition on the mean streets of modern-day New York with Joaquin Phoenix both fearless and, heartbreaking.

Nuclear families go into meltdown in writer-director Brian Taylor’s deranged horror comedy, which conceives a sick and twisted battle of wits between children and their blood-crazed parents, with Nicolas Cage on manic form.

Holkham beach in Norfolk was the location for filming Annihilation, one of the most anticipated sci-fi films of 2018. But in the highest profile example yet in a revolution in the way films are being released, you won’t get to see it in the cinema.

A contemporary western set in the heart of rural East Anglia was crowned the best short film from the region at the 2017 Norwich Film Festival, and now the search is on to find a new film that is worthy of the 2018 title.

The shaming of Harvey Weinstein and the rise of the Time’s Up campaign has claimed the majority of the film headlines this year. Arts editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at this year’s Oscar ceremony and is pleased to see you can’t always predict the winner.

Hollywood’s great and good gather on Sunday for the Oscars. Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy drama The Shape Of Water leads nominations with 13 but a host of British talent is in the running too. But who are your hot tips to pick up a golden statuette?

Trivial pursuits escalate into life-or-death gambles in madcap murder mystery set in sleepy American suburbia, where middle-class couples see their love of board games take a sinister turn.

Take a sneak peek at the top must-watch movies coming to Norfolk’s cinemas this March, including Red Sparrow, Game Night, Tomb Raider, A Wrinkle in Time and Pacific Rim Uprising.

Lady Bird isn’t strictly autobiographical, but indie actress-turned wtriter/director Greta Gerwig draws on fond memories of her Californian hometown for a beautifully observed valentine to mother-daughter relationships and youthful exuberance.

The Royal Air Force was founded on April 1 1918 and it has played a leading role in East Anglian life ever since... but there have also been some fine films made in the region featuring the fliers. Derek James reports

Craig Gillespie’s biopic of US figure skating champion Tonya Harding starring Margot Robbie illuminates the 1994 attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan with a cast of unlikeable characters including her violent ex-husband and domineering mother.

A well-to-do wife learns that being a free woman is better than being a kept lady in Richard Loncraine’s comedy drama, choreographed to appeal to mature audiences who checked into The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

She has inspired people worldwide by keeping her walk to school litter free defying bullies who teased her for doing it.

Film award shows seem to be losing favour with audiences. Arts editor Andrew Clarke wonders whether its because the audience for movies is changing and the Oscars and BAFTAs are reacting by rewarding the wrong films.

Much loved Ealing comedy films are quintessentially British and retain an appeal to filmgoers of all ages. Now Sheringham Little Threatre is screening five of the best in just three days.

One ring to rule them all – and one Norfolk ring to inspire it.

Guillermo Del Toro returns to low-budget fantasy an erotically-charged Cold War love story between a mute cleaning lady, played by Sally Hawkins, and a carnivorous merman that has scooped 13 Oscar nominations.

My Generation sees the British film icon take a personal journey to remember his rise to fame in 1960s London and talks to other leading figures in the pop culture revolution of the decade.

From Beauty and the Beast to King Kong, women have been falling in love with otherworldly creatures are a cinema staple. As Oscar front runner The Shape of Water opens why are we so obsessed with monsters in love?

Parenthood and shattered childhood dreams are also key motifs of Russian film-maker Andrey Zvyagintsev’s follow-up to Oscar winning Leviathan , which has been nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards.

The Marvel Comics universe expands with a rousing standalone adventure for the eponymous African king, featuring a predominantly black cast festooned with Oscar winners and nominees teasing out tender romance and bruising rivalries.

Dramatisation of the fateful journey of self-discovery of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, who vanished in 1969 during a round the world yacht race, is touching thanks to Colin Firth’s understated nobility as the all at sea as a fearless fool.

With a season of his films in Norwich and this latest about to be released, Anna Blagrove says everyone should learn to love Wes Anderson, the quirky, whimsical, irrepressible mind behind Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The dramatisation of a failed 2015 terrorist attack on board a train hurtling from Amsterdam to the French capital, which was thwarted by the quick-thinking of three American tourists, continues Clint Eastwood films about acts of valour torn from headlines.

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