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Department Q: The Absent One, Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Pilou Asbaek, Danica Curcic, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Johanne Louise Schmidt, Marco Ilso, Beate Bille, Peter Christoffersen, Soren Pilmark, Michael Brostrup

It is perhaps one of the quirks of cinema that a film can achieve much on the big screen and yet its two follow ups seem to drift away from the limelight without even being seen by anyone, such is the precarious nature sometimes of producing a modern noir that might seem unpalatable to anyone outside of the fan or the seriously interested viewer.

Ghost In The Machine, Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * *

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara, Tawanda Manyimo, Peter Ferdinando, Anamaria Marinca.

There are many moments that don’t live up to their hype, that sink below the horizon quicker than the sun in an Arctic winter and become more unpalatable than a road side dinner that has been recently squashed under the tyres of an articulated lorry. No matter how good they seem as a two minute tease, the truth is they soon lose their passion and the average person soon finds themselves bored, whilst the cinematic lover suddenly finds a reason to flick through the mental notes to never see the film again.

Life, Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating *

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Olga Dihovichnaya, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada, Naoko Mori, Alexandre Nguyen, Camiel Warren-Taylor, Hiu Woong-Sin.

It has been mooted, suggested beyond all possible doubt in some quarters, that there simply are no new ideas out there, that everything is basically a re-hash, a do-over, a chance for art to keep repeating itself over and over again. Whilst this may be in some cases a false premise, that the world will always find an interesting new angle in which to demonstrate the greatest of humanity’s crowning glory, imagination, in many ways the doom laden soothers are right, there is nothing new under the sun and by poking at the impossible creature, we are not exactly creating new Life, we are sucking the soul out of it.

CHiPs, Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 5/10

Cast: Michael Peña, Dax Shepard, Jessica McNamee, Adam Brody, Ryan Hansen, Justin Chatwin, Kirsten Bell, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rosa Salazar, Maya Rudolph, Adam Rodriguez, Richard T. Jones, Ben Falcone, Jane Kacmarek, Angelique Kenney, Vida Guerra, Mara Marini, Isaiah Whitlock Jr, Kelly Richardson, Jackie Tohn, Arturo del Puerto, Katie McCabe, April Martucci, Carly Hatter, Erik Estrada.

Get Out, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson, Betty Gabriel, Lakeith Stanfield, Stephen Root, Lil Rel Howery, Ashley LeConte Campbell, John Wilmot, Julie Ann Doan, Rutherford Cravens, Geraldine Singer, Jeronimo Spinx, Ian Casselberry, Trey Burvant, Richard Herd, Erika Alexander, Yasuhiko Oyama.

A man enters a world that is as strange as it is uncomfortable, one where alienation is dressed up in smiles, style and a welcoming handshake, this is the experience of many around the world, the stranger in a strange land, not one to fit in, but one whose very existence is deemed to be a boost to the community in a very different way than may have been expected.

Hidden Figures, Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glenn Powell, Kimberley Quinn, Olek Krupa, Dane Davenport.

John Wick: Chapter Two, Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * *

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, Common, Claudia Gerini, Lance Reddick, Laurence Fishburne, Tobias Segal, John Leguizamo, Bridget Moynahan, David Patrick Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz, Elli.

An assassin is only good as the silence he leaves behind, the job based on the ability to disappear into the shadows like a whisper of a ghost, an unseen hand able to take another’s life without even breaking sweat; an assassin must live in the stillness, be a spectre at a victim’s wake.

Sing, Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Matthew McConaughy, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Jennifer Saunders, Jennifer Hudson, Garth Jennings, Peter Serafinowicz, Nick Kroll, Beck Bennett, Jay Pharoah, Nick Offerman, Leslie Jones, Rhea Perlman, Laraine Newman.

In a world obsessed with celebrity, with instant fame and the self gratification of not having to climb to the top of your profession without hard work and tears, the animated film Sing is a refreshing pastiche wrapped up in the soft fabric of feel good cinema.

The Great Wall, Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating *

Cast: Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Defoe, Andy Lau, Pedro Pascal, Hanyu Zhang, Lu Han, Kenny Lion, Eddie Peng, Xuan Huang, Ryan Zheng, Karry Wang, Cheney Chen, Numan Acar, Johnny Cicco, Vicky Yu, Bing Liu.

There are times when you do have to wonder what studio heads are up to when they allow certain ideas to get past the initial rejection stage of films not being worthy enough to go on the big screen.

The Space Between Us, Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carlo Gugino, Britt Robertson, Janet Montgomery, Trey Tucker, Scott Takeda, Adande Thorne, Sarah Minnich, Ryan Jason Cook, BD Wong, Lauren Myers, Morse Bicknell, Beth Bailey, Peter Chelsom, Anthony Jarvis, Jenny Gabriele, Colin Egglesfield.

We are all products of our environments, some are harsher than others, some are more pliable and interesting, yet we all have hardships to overcome, we all have to jump through hoops to get ahead, to not stand still and feel as though we are nothing but a vicious experiment gone wrong.