IF RYAN Johnson's tour of duty with Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi propelled George Lucas's saga into a galaxy far, far away from the old-fashioned charm of the original trilogy, Solo: A Star Wars Story slingshots at lightspeed in the opposite direction.
HEAR My Voice is a short documentary-style film inspired by Co Down artist Colin Davidson's 2015 exhibition Silent Testimony, which comprised 18 portraits of people injured and/or bereaved during the Troubles.
THE 1970s gave birth to myriad fads and cultural trends – disco, Star Wars, hot pants, Speak & Spell, mood rings, punk rock – but it was also the decade when male film-makers nurtured a lurid fascination with rape revenge fantasies.
THE box office bounty brought about by the likes of The Exorcist and The Omen meant that the 70s was the golden age for mainstream movies about demonic possession and evil entities threatening the welfare of clean-cut middle America.
JOHN Stevenson's computer-animated sequel to the 2011 family comedy Gnomeo & Juliet opens promisingly with three garden gnomes congregating around a beautifully bound storybook, deliberating which pint-sized yarn to spin for our delectation.
THE real-life hijacking of an Air France flight in June 1976 by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and a subsequent rescue mission led by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), are terrific raw ingredients for an edge-of-seat geo-political thriller.
PUBLISHED in 1949, George Orwell's scarily prescient novel 1984 issued stark warnings about government surveillance, ideological manipulation and societal fragmentation to those who were willing to read and listen.
THE Barefoot Contessa may not be the greatest film from director Joseph L Mankiewicz – for that you’d be hard pushed to nominate anything other than his sublimely stylish, acid-tongued Oscar winner All About Eve – but it remains one of the most insightful slices of media-based melodrama ever to grace the silver screen.