Category Archive: Drama

Glowing blue and basking in the Moonlight

It was on the dimly lit streets of Paris following a hard day’s work where I searched for the cinema showing a midnight screening of Moonlight. It was a fittingly epic setting for… Continue reading

The turning tides of Manchester by the Sea

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Kenneth Lonergan’s muted tale of loss ripped out my heart and stomped all over it. There’s a profound sadness in Manchester by… Continue reading

The Deafening Sound of Silence

  Scorsese bares his soul in this sprawling odyssey of faith, doubt and the systematic persecution of a religious movement. Silence rattles the spiritual cage with a ferocious and drawn-out intensity. It’s a… Continue reading

A reflection on Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups (2016)

  Written and Directed by Terrence Malick Cast: Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Freida Pinto, Brian Dennehy, Wes Bentley           “Once there was a young prince whose father,… Continue reading

The Witch (2016) Review

  Written and Directed by Robert Eggers Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 32 Mins Cast: Anya Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw “Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?” Robert… Continue reading

The Revenant (2016) Review

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu Writer: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mark L. Smith, Michael Punke (novel) Certificate: 15     Running Time: 2hr 36 Mins Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck   Iñárritu’s work has captured… Continue reading

The Hateful Eight (2016) Review

Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino Cast: Samuel L Jackson, Walton Goggins, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern Certificate: 15     Running Time: 3hr 7… Continue reading

Bridge of Spies (2015) Review

Director: Steven Spielberg Writer: Matt Charman, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen  Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance  Certificate: 12A    Running Time: 2 hr 21 Mins Spielberg builds a bridge over the murky waters of… Continue reading

Irrational Man (2015) Review

Writer and Director: Woody Allen Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 35 Mins Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Jamie Blackley, Parker Posey   Irrational Man is a sumptuously gloomy comic thriller that rides… Continue reading

Jurassic World (2015) Review

Director: Colin Trevorrow Writers: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly Certificate: 12A  Running Time: 2hr 4 Mins Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio Plot:… Continue reading

Lost River and Ryan Gosling Q+A (2015) Review

Huge anticipation has been simmering for Ryan Gosling’s feature debut, Lost River (formerly known as ‘How to Catch a Monster’) since it premiered at Cannes last year. The initial negativity from ‘critics’ felt… Continue reading

Boyhood (2014) Review

Director and Writer: Richard Linklater Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater, Marco Perella Certificate: PG     Running Time: 2hr 45 Mins Plot: A family drama that follows a young boy,… Continue reading

Like Father, Like Son (2013) Review

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda Cast: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki, Rirî Furankî, Shôgen Hwang, Keita Ninomiya Certificate: PG     Running Time: 2hr 1 Min Plot: Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that… Continue reading

Noah (2014) Review

  Director: Darren Aronofsky Writers: Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel Certificate: 12A    Running Time: 2hr 18 Mins Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson Plot: A man is entrusted with the responsibility to… Continue reading

Under The Skin Q+A and Review (2014)

On March 15th 2014, HMZ Film attended a special Q+A screening of Under The Skin at the illustrious Hackney Picturehouse in East London. The screening was followed by an extensive discussion with director… Continue reading

Her (2014) Review

Director: Spike Jonze Writer: Spike Jonze Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara Certificate: 15     Running Time: 2 hr 6 Mins Plot: Set in a future world, a disenchanted writer Theodore… Continue reading

Dallas Buyers Club (2014) Review

Director: Jean Marc Valée Writers: Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 57 Mins Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner Plot: Set in 1985, electrician Ronald Woodruff is… Continue reading

12 Years A Slave (2014) Review

Director: Steve McQueen Writers: John Ridley (screenplay)  Solomon Northup (source material: 12 years A Slave) Certificate: 15     Running Time: 2hr 14 Mins Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyongo’o,  Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt Plot:… Continue reading

Gravity (2013) Review

Director: Alfonso Cuarón Writers: Alfonso Cuarón and Jonas Cuarón Certificate: 12A     Running Time: 1hr 31 Mins Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris (voice)  Plot: When a barrage of debris destroys their space shuttle, astronauts Dr Ryan Stone… Continue reading

Captain Phillips (2013) Review

Director: Paul Greengrass Writer: Billy Ray (screenplay), Richard Phillips (source material) Certificate: 12A  Running Time: 2hr 14 Mins Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed Plot: In 2009, an American cargo… Continue reading

Only God Forgives (2013) Review

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Writer: Nicolas Winding Refn   Certificate: 18     Running Time: 1hr 30 mins Cast: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Yayaying Rhata Phongam     Plot: When… Continue reading

HMZFilm attends A Field In England Q+A screening + Review (2013)

Director: Ben Wheatley Writer: Amy Jump Certificate: 15     Running Time: 1hr 26 Mins Cast: Reece Shearsmith, Michael Smiley, Julian Barratt, Richard Glover, Peter Ferdinando, Ryan Pope  Plot: During the English Civil War… Continue reading

The Iceman (2013) Review

Director: Ariel Vromen Writers: Morgan Land, Ariel Vromen Certificate: 15  Running Time: 1hr 45 Mins Cast: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, David Schwimmer, Chris Evans Plot: A seemingly devoted family man is… Continue reading

The Great Gatsby (2013) Review

Director: Baz Luhrmann Writer: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce,  Source material: F. Scott Fitzgerald (novel) Certificate: 12A    Running Time: 2hr 22 Mins Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire      … Continue reading

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013) Review

Director: Mira Nair Writers: Ami Boghani (screen-story), Mohsin Hamid (screen-story + novel), William Wheeler (screenplay) Certificate: 15    Running Time: 2hr 10 Mins Cast: Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber, Om Puri… Continue reading

The Place Beyond the Pines (2013) Review

Director: Derek Cianfrance Writers: Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, Darius Marder Certificate: 15     Running Time: 2hr 20 Mins Cast: Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, Ray Liotta       Plot: Stunt bike rider… Continue reading