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Film Friday

Film Friday

A weekly Movie Moment that brings the Bible to life.

Film Friday: Wings of Eagles

Back in 1981 Chariots of Fire brought us the true tale of Olympic athletes Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell. The dramatic and stirring Wings of Eagles brings us a partly …

Film Friday: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

What’s wrong with this picture? This is not in fact a scene from The Great Escape. It’s from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. And yet it is also from The …

Film Friday: Military Wives

Military Wives With their husbands away serving in Afghanistan, chalk and cheese organisers, Kate and Lisa, form a choir to help lift the spirits of the wives left on the …

Film Friday: The Two Popes

A tale of two leaders, Benedict and Francis. When conservative Pope Benedict invites the radical soon-to-be-Pope-but-doesn’t-yet-know-it Francis to the Vatican the two find they have more in common than they …

Film Friday: A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

Mr Rogers is an entertainer like no other. He cares for people, children in particular, and he demonstrates this in his most popular children’s show. Generations have grown up learning …

Film Friday: Emma

Emma sees herself as a matchmaker, a smart and witty young woman who is determined to marry off her best friend Harriet to the best man possible. Just one problem, …

Film Friday: Dolittle

The creature-conversant doctor falls into despair and becomes a scruffy recluse following the loss of his beloved wife. It’s the need of a small animal which brings him out of …

Film Friday: Jojo Rabbit

First up we have to recognise this is a satirical fable. A story about a little boy in the Hitler Youth in Germany towards the end of World War 2, …

Film Friday: 1917

This is an extraordinary film, following two first world war soldiers through the chaotic trenches, across a corpse-strewn no man’s land and into bombed and burning villages, on a mission …

Film Friday: Cats

I’ll admit from the outset. I’m not a fan of cats. The animals I mean, those purry furry things that leave little filthy foul pies of splodge on your lawn. …

Film Friday: Joker

Joker is a bleak, strange, violent film, and one that (if nothing else) reminds us that the world can be a dark and difficult place. Arthur Fleck struggles to connect …

Film Friday: Little Women

Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale of family, sisterhood, love and creativity hits the big screen once more. For the fifth time since 1918. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March crash …

Film Friday: The Family Man

High flying businessman Jack Campbell meets an unusual stranger on Christmas Eve and tells him he has everything he could possibly need in his life. So the stranger promises to …

Film Friday: Last Christmas

Kate works as a professional elf in a Christmas shop, with her boss who loves the festive season so much she has nicknamed herself Santa. Kate however is totally self-absorbed, …

Film Friday: Knives Out

When mystery writer Harlan Thrombey is found dead in his study there is a houseful of family members all ready to claim they had a perfectly wonderful relationship with him, …

Film Friday: After the Wedding

Isabel is managing an orphanage in India when she hears of a generous benefactor, Theresa, who would like to support her work. So she travels to New York only to …

Film Friday: James and Johnny

I see that an unofficial teaser trailer for the new James Bond movie has appeared, No Time to Die. 57 years on and the superspy is still grabbing our attention, …

Film Friday: The Aeronauts

‘I believe the answer lies in the stars.’ ‘To predict the weather could save hundreds of thousands of lives.’ Amelia and James take to the skies in a hot air …

Film Friday: Sorry We Missed You

When Ricky finally gets a job, after a long stretch out of work, he thinks he has landed on his feet. Driving for PDF deliveries he is self-employed, his own …

Film Friday: Official Secrets

It is 2003 and Katharine Gun works for British Intelligence, translating secret documents. When she comes across a memo about blackmailing small UN states to vote for the UK-US invasion …

Film Friday: Ad Astra

Roy McBride is an astronaut, like his father before him. And one day, whilst working on a sky-scraping antenna, a global power surge suddenly throws catastrophe his way. When he …

Film Friday: Maleficent 2 – Mistress of Evil

Maleficent, the evil God Mother who once put sleeping beauty Aurora into a deep sleep, has now reformed. She is a changed woman, and she and Aurora get on just …

Film Friday: Judy

In the last six months of her life Judy Garland, desperate for money and work, leaves the US and comes to London to sing at The Talk of the Town. …

Film Friday: The Goldfinch

When 13-year-old Theo and his mother visit a New York art gallery they are caught in a terrorist attack, a bomb blast which buries Theo in a carpet of ash, …

Film Friday: Mrs Lowry and Son

Laurie Lowry lives with his ageing mother. He has always lived with her. And she is very much a controlling force in his life. He paints of course, late at …

Film Friday: Sully (Miracle on the Hudson)

My wife and I saw this film again this week, the true story about the miraculous landing of commercial flight 1549 on the Hudson river, after the plane was hit …

Film Friday: Downton Abbey

There is big news at Downton – the King is coming to tea! Great excitement and trepidation fill the corridors of the stately home. But Barrow the butler seems a …

Film Friday: Pavarotti

This documentary film tells the life story of world famous tenor Pavarotti, his formative years singing with his father, his marriage and family, and his incredible rise to global stardom. …

Film Friday: Spiderman – Far From Home

Spiderman has a problem. He knows he has the ability to help people and rescue them, but he just wants to be your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman, he doesn’t want to …

Film Friday: Amazing Grace

Back in 1972 Aretha Franklin returned to the church of her upbringing and recorded a gospel album – Amazing Grace. It went on to be her biggest selling album. On …

Film Friday: Yesterday

In the film Yesterday Jack Malek is a failing singer-songwriter on the verge of giving up, then something strange and extraordinary happens. One night Jack has a road accident and …

Film Friday: Blinded by the Light

Javed Kahn has kept journals and written poetry all his life, he longs to be a writer but is not sure he is up to the job. Encouraged by his …

Film Friday: Aladdin

When street thief and bumbling smooth guy Aladdin gets hold of a magic lamp containing a wise-cracking, three-wish-granting genie, he has little problem working out what he wants. He wants …

Film Friday: Rocketman

If there is one thought that both films Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman have in common, it’s surely this – that fame and money and popularity cannot provide a deep sense …

Film Friday: The Keeper

When German prisoner of war Bert Trautman turns out to be a rather handy goalkeeper he is invited to help out the local team, St Helens Town. However this does …

Film Friday: Tolkien

When young John Ronald Tolkien needs a scholarship to continue his Oxford studies he goes to Professor Wright to try and convince him that he loves languages… Tolkien has already …

Film Friday: Wild Rose

60 Minutes on a Stage is not Real Life. When Rose-Lynn Harlan comes out of prison, after a year-long sentence, she has her heart set on getting to Nashville and …

Film Friday: The White Crow

Rudolph Nureyev is a brilliant ballet dancer in the making. He acquires the nickname the White Crowe, which means someone who stands out from the crowd. Oddly he is not …

The Power of a Good Story

I love a good read/watch/listen… a story told in a compelling fashion. That’s one of the reasons why I love films. I love twists and turns, sudden jolts of laughter, …