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The Equaliser (2018)

Duration 2h 1m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Based on the TV series of the same name by Michael Slone, and to an extent on the first film. Director Antoine Fuqua Writers/Script Richard Wenk Starring Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders, Bill Pullman, Melissa Leo, Evelator Pitch: Robert McCall is an ex black ops … Continue reading

Driven (2018)

Duration 1h 53m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Inspired by real events Director Nick Hamm Writers/Script Colin Bateman, Alejandro Carpio Starring Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer, Isabel Arriaza, Michael Cudlitz, Erin Moriarty, Justin Bartha,  Corey Stoll, Elevator Pitch: Jim Hoffman (not his real name) a small plane pilot and long time drug smuggler, … Continue reading

Deadpool 2 (2018)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story The characters from Deadpool, originating in a Marvel comic Director David Leitch Writers/Script Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Eddie Marsan, (some other famous actors on the cast list, probably as … Continue reading

Hell Girl (2018)

Duration 1h 21m Rating (UK) Not released in UK Source of story An original screenplay, although echoes of “Friday the 13th” Director Lawrence Riggins Writers/Script Lawrence Riggins Starring Tara Westwood, Tom Sizemore, Diana Lu Elevator Pitch: A group of TV ghost hunters arrive at a lakeside summer camp, which has the usual group of huts … Continue reading

Nightmare Cinema (2018)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Five original screenplays Director The Thing in the Woods – Alejandro Brugués, Miran – Joe Dante, Mashit – Ryûhei Kitamura,  This Way to Egress – David Slade, Dead – Mick Garris Writers/Script Sandra Becerril, Alejando Brugués, Lawrence C. Connolly, Mick Garris, Richard Christian Matheson, David Slade Starring Mickey Rourke, Sarah … Continue reading

Hotel Mumbai (2018)

Duration 2h 3m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Closely based on real events Director Anthony Maras Writers/Script John Collee, Anthony Maras Starring Dev Patel, Nazanin Bonaidi, Arnie Hammer, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Anupam Kher, Jason Isaacs, and a lot of Indian actors who would be recognised by Bollywood enthusiasts. Elevator Pitch: On 26th November 2008 10 … Continue reading

Halloween 11: Halloween (2018)

Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story The original 1978 film (Important, despite all the others) Director David Gordon Green Writers/Script Jeff Fradley, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green (characters John Carpenter, Debra Hill Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle, Will Patton, Jefferson Hall Elevator Pitch: It … Continue reading

Overlord (2018)

Duration 1h 50m Rating (UK) 18 Source of story An original screenplay taking place during the D-Day invasion in 1944 Director Julius Avery Writers/Script Billy Ray, Mark L. Smith Starring Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbaek, Bokeem Woodbine, Jacob Anderson, Marc Rissmann, Joseph Quinn Elevator Pitch: During the D-Day invasion of Europe a … Continue reading

Tomb Raider (2018)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The video game of the same name (Tomb Raider 2013) written by Evan Daugherty and Geneva Robertson-Dworet Director Roar Uthaug Writers/Script Alastair Siddons, Geneva Robertson-Dworet Starring Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristen Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi, Nick Frost, Elevator Pitch: Lara Croft, now … Continue reading

Mortal Engines (2018)

Duration 2h 8m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A series of YA books by Phillip Reeve Director Christian Reeve Writers/Script Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens, Peter Jackson Starring Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Patrick Malahide, Elevator Pitch: In a post-apocalyptic future huge mobile cities range about the European landscape, the larger ones preying … Continue reading

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Duration 2h 00m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A 2013 novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan Director Jon M. Chu Writers/Script Peter Chiarelli, Adele Lim Starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong, Sonoya Mizuno,  Jing Lusi, Elevator Pitch: Rachel Chu is a Chinese American academic, going out … Continue reading

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Duration 2h 14m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story The story of Queen between their formatin as a band and the Live Aid pop concert. Director Bryan Singer (and Dexter Fletcher uncredited) Writers/Script Anthony McCarten Starring Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Allen Leech, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers, Elevator … Continue reading

The Mule (2018)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story A New York Times magazine article “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year Old Drug Mule” by Sam Dolnick Director Clint Eastwood Writers/Script Nick Schenk Starring Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood, Dianne Wiest, Taissa Farmiga, Laurence Fishburne, Bradley Cooper, Michael Peña, Andy Garcia, Elevator Pitch: An elderly flower farmer, Earl … Continue reading

Den of Thieves (2018)

Duration 2h 20m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Christian Gudegast Writers/Script Christian Gudegast (story Paul Scheuring) Starring Gerard Butler. Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr, 50 Cent, Dawn Olivieri Elevator Pitch: A gang of former marines with massive firepower available have a plan to rob the Federal Reserve Bank, an apparently … Continue reading

BEST FILMS OF 2018

Of the 39 films I saw in 2018 these are my ten favourites. No 1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle This is the second time I have included a list of my favourite films, and surprisingly top is Jumanji. This was a genuine pleasure having gone to see it without any real expectation of enjoying … Continue reading

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Elevator Pitch Twenty-five years after the Banks family’s original problems, the former children now adults are in trouble. Michael, a widower with three children, has tenuous employment in the bank and Jane, his sister is campaigning for worker’s security. They have no money and are about to be evicted from the family home, when magically … Continue reading

Ben is Back (2018)

Elevator Pitch A family are returning from an outing on Christmas Eve, and on arriving at their house find that there is a young man waiting in the driveway. His presence is the cause of some elation on the part of the mother and distress on the part of the husband and the elder daughter. … Continue reading

Roma (2018)

Elevator Pitch An upper class family live in the suburb of Roma in Mexico D. F. There are four children mostly looked after by the housekeeper, Cleo, who starts work before dawn and finishes well after dark. She is a rock in a family situation where the adult relationship is strained and the children are … Continue reading

Kursk (2018)

Elevator Pitch When a HP (Hydrogen Peroxide)  torpedo explodes in the forward compartment of the Kursk, Russia’s premier nulcear submarine, all but 23 of the vessel’s 118 man crew are killed. The remainder survive in the aftermost compartment and await rescue. On shore the wives wait for news and are told lies by the assembled … Continue reading

Widows (2018)

Elevator Pitch A group of robbers are killed in a firefight and explosion with the proceeds of their crime. As a result the victim, who turns out to be a crime lord goes to the widow of the gang leader to ask, with menaces, for his two million dollars back. The only means of dealing … Continue reading

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