This week’s big film
Beyoncé’s meticulous rehearsal, commitment, and tenacity become apparent, reinforcing the illusion of her seemingly effortless performances. Renaissance serves as a celebration of not just talent but also the dedication and sacrifice required to achieve excellence. It offers audiences a comprehensive look at her artistic journey, presenting a visual and auditory feast that transcends the traditional concert documentary format.
Candy Cane Lane
We Dare to Dream
Yoshiki: Under the Sky
The latest reviews
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The new releases
All the great new films which are coming to your local cinema and streaming in the next couple of months.
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Your guide to the winners of the major movie awards in the last 12 months from the Oscars to the Razzies
Meet the Movies1 team
Former Fleet Street journalist, lifelong film buff and co-founder of Movies1. When he’s not watching films he helps people at Citizens Advice and is an intrepid traveller and has visited every continent in the world – including Antarctica.
Former president of the British Critics’ Circle and teaches young filmmakers how to criticise a film for the BFI. She is also a director of Peckhamplex in London and has written biographies of Gerard Depardieu and Jeanne Moreau.
Carol has been a film critic since 1980 and has contributed to the BBC, LBC, The Times, Cosmopolitan, New Woman, 9-5, Close-Up Film and others. She also teaches drama to older people though her charity Cat’s Whiskers Community Arts.
A freelance writer, editor and broadcaster, Rich is chair of the London Film Critics’ Circle. Born in Los Angeles, he has lived in London for more than three decades and covers film, theatre and dance for BBC Radio, Shadows on the Wall and other outlets.
A film journalist since 1990, reviewing and interviewing for press and radio. Alexa is especially interested in independent and non-English-language films and is co-editor of a specialist website. She is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic.
Royal commentator, film critic, lecturer and public relations consultant. He has has done over 1,000 TV interviews, written numerous articles and is the weekly film critic for Talk Radio Europe (Spain) and Siren FM (Lincoln University).
Jonathan has worked as a film journalist for Scotland on Sunday, CNN Entertainment in New York and many radio shows. He is the Associate Director of the French Film Festival and has interviewed hundreds of stars.
Matthew Morlai Kamara
Matthew has had a love affair with movies since the 80s. His literary career began writing film reviews weekly for the independent Peckhamplex cinema in London, evolving into a film critic and digital artist.
Known for her research work on feature films, Karen’s writing has appeared in Wired, The Times, The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, among others. She is a member of BAFTA, BIFA, BFDG, FIPRESCI and LFCC.
Retired engineer and a movie junkie ever since he saw North by Northwest four times in 1960, just in time for the flowering of the French New Wave, and Ingmar Bergman, Satyajit Ray and all those great names of that time.
Former political journalist on the Glasgow Herald and for 24 years the paper’s film critic as well as one of its theatre critics, As well as reviewing films for Movies1 he also reviews theatre for the long-running website Reviewsgate.
Camila E Sotomayor
Trained as an architect and completed her PhD on the subject of material decay, drawing greatly from film-making for references. She is currently writing an illustrated children’s book on climate change and our own ageing.
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