New to Netflix: The Midnight Sky – The sky was the limit for Clooney’s sci-fi film; but it was brought back to Earth by unremarkable acting and a confused narrative

Augustine (George Clooney) is a scientist with a terminal illness left behind on Earth to face the effects of a mysterious global catastrophe. But when his isolation is interrupted by the impending return of a group of astronauts, he must race against time to warn them of the danger. It’s been four years since George … Continue reading New to Netflix: The Midnight Sky – The sky was the limit for Clooney’s sci-fi film; but it was brought back to Earth by unremarkable acting and a confused narrative

New to Disney+: Soul – ‘Inside Out for adults’ offers the same comedic and beautiful introspective look at what makes people tick

A teacher (Jamie Foxx) desperately fighting for his chance to become a jazz musician is transported out of his body. He must find his way back to himself with the help of a soul still finding her way (Tina Fey) in the ‘Great Before’ – the place where all souls learn about what makes them … Continue reading New to Disney+: Soul – ‘Inside Out for adults’ offers the same comedic and beautiful introspective look at what makes people tick

New to Netflix: Mank – A pandora’s box of cinephile references and indulgent cinematography trades real sentiment for glamour

Laid up in bed and against the clock to finish the screenplay for Citizen Kane, washed-up screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) reminiscences on his fall from celebrity against the backdrop of a 1930s Hollywood struggling to survive the threat of the Great Depression and changing social attitudes. Maybe it’s social upheaval in the US. … Continue reading New to Netflix: Mank – A pandora’s box of cinephile references and indulgent cinematography trades real sentiment for glamour

New to Netflix: Trial of the Chicago 7 – Court procedural delivers witty dialogue and weighty moments with machine gun-pace

In August 1968, the Democratic National Convention in Chicago was transformed into a political powder keg as peaceful demonstrations turned into riots pitting police against protesters. Eight men were singled out as the ringleaders of the fracas, and the world watched on as this rag-tag group of counter-culturalists faced the wrath of the federal government … Continue reading New to Netflix: Trial of the Chicago 7 – Court procedural delivers witty dialogue and weighty moments with machine gun-pace

New to Netflix: Calm with Horses – Gritty Irish crime drama balances light and dark in an intense cinematic ride

Douglas 'Arm' Armstrong (Cosmo Jarvis) finds himself caught between his role as the imposing enforcer for the feared drug-dealing Devers family and his love for his estranged partner (Niamh Algar) and child (Kiljan Moroney). Torn between the two families, Arm's loyalties are tested when he is asked to kill for the first time. Calm with … Continue reading New to Netflix: Calm with Horses – Gritty Irish crime drama balances light and dark in an intense cinematic ride