Category Archive: Drama

A Ghost Story that will never die

There isn’t anything quite like this beautifully crafted ode to life, love and legacy. It’s one of the strangest but most affecting things i’ve seen in a long time. David Lowery has crafted… Continue reading

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