BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE
2018, 20th Century Fox, 141 min, USA, Dir: Drew Goddard

Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption … before everything goes to hell. Writer-director Drew Goddard’s thriller stars Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Nick Offerman and Chris Hemsworth.


MARJORIE PRIME
2017, FilmRise, 98 min, USA, Dir: Michael Almereyda

Adapted from Jordan Harrison’s play, this moving look at the intersection of human memory and artificial intelligence has Lois Smith reprising her stage role as the title character. In the early stages of dementia, 86-year-old Marjorie lives in Long Island with her daughter, Tess (Geena Davis), and son-in-law, Jon (Tim Robbins). At Jon’s suggestion, Marjorie has been provided with a holographic version of her late husband to slow her memory loss - but the presence of a re-creation of her father doesn’t sit so well with Tess. Co-starring Jon Hamm.


BABY DRIVER
2017, TriStar Pictures, 112 min, UK/USA, Dir: Edgar Wright

The breakout hit of the year, Edgar Wright’s BABY DRIVER is the heist film we’ve long dreamed of. Effortlessly paying homage to its revered predecessors while magnificently catapulting the genre forward,

BABY DRIVER is a true stick of cinematic dynamite, unlike anything we’ve seen before. BABY DRIVER tells the story of the best getaway driver in the business, the always cool, music encyclopedia, Baby. After being coerced into working for a notorious crime boss, Baby is partnered with a rogue’s gallery of professional criminals as they embark on a doomed heist. In order to survive, Baby must draw on every driving skill at his disposal - and his ever-present iPod.

With a cast to die for, BABY DRIVER is a technical marvel that is crisply shot and masterfully edited; it also contains one of the greatest soundtracks committed to film. The result is a pulsating revelation and a reminder how brilliant cinema can be when it’s so effortlessly executed – BABY DRIVER is an exhilarating joyride from start to finish.


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