colin firth

Uncovering Curiosities: Michael Winterbottom’s GENOVA

  Michael Winterbottom’s career in film and television has been a real rollercoaster of expectations. As a filmmaker, Winterbottom takes his audience to places they least expect, often subverting expectations and genre tropes. His 2008 film, [...]

January 20, 2022

Notebook Reviews: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

John Madden – 1998.  Shakespeare In Love is very enjoyable period romantic comedy-drama with an excellent cast. Both Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow deliver strong performances in the lead roles, but the stand-out turn is from Ben [...]

January 14, 2022

Worth A Watch: THE MERCY Starring Colin Firth & Rachel Weisz

Based on a remarkable true story, The Mercy sees Colin Firth star as amateur sailor, Donald Crowhurst. He decides to take part in a competition to circumnavigate the globe solo but as soon as he sets-off (well, actually before) he releases that [...]

September 10, 2021

Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan turned 68 years old on 16 May 2021. Suave, debonair, charismatic and a great actor, Pierce Brosnan has the perfect combination of what makes a true movie star. Brosnan spent the best part of the ’80s and early ’90s alternating [...]

May 16, 2021

2020 BFI London Film Festival Review: SUPERNOVA

Supenova is a rich character drama with a pair of wonderfully emotive performances from Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci. The pair really impress in this exceptionally well-honed drama from writer-director Harry Maqueen (Hinterland). The plot of [...]

October 13, 2020

MAMMA MIA! Pierce Brosnan Sings ABBA’s SOS

Phyllida Lloyd’s Mamma Mia! is an excellent jukebox musical that pulls on ABBA’s music and the 2008 film’s classy cast give it their all. Movies In Focus was originally cynical of the film, but i grew to appreciate Mamma Mia. Yes [...]

June 2, 2020

Not For Me: MARY POPPINS RETURNS Trailer

Of course I enjoyed Mary Poppins when I was a kid, but I have no interest whatsoever in watching Mary Poppins Returns. That ship has sailed for me – I’m too old and grumpy to care about this, but it’ll likely hit $700 million [...]

March 6, 2018

MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN

Movies In Focus started out a cynic, but grew to appreciate Mamma Mia. Yes it’s silly, but it really does work as a piece of entertainment and the cast fully commit to proceedings. Heck, I’ll even admit to owning the soundtrack – just for [...]

May 20, 2017

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE Trailer

It looks like business as usual in this first trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, with Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges all come along for the franchise payday [...]

April 25, 2017

Not Sold On Matthew Vaughn’s KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

Layer Cake, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class have given Matthew Vaughn a free pass for life from Movies In Focus. The first official marketing materials from the Colin Firth top-lined Kingsman: The Secret Service (formally simply The Secret Service) [...]

May 20, 2014

New Pic As Filming Begins On Nick Hornby’s A LONG WAY DOWN

Filming has started on the big screen adaptation of Nick Hornby’s 2005 novel, A Long Way Down. The Pascal Chaumeil directed film has a stellar cast including former James Bond Pierce Brosnan, Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, Sam Neill, Tony Collette, [...]

September 19, 2012

Baftas 2010

In recent years the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (or BAFTA) has come into its own as an award show. In the past it was seen as a poor relation to the Oscars, but with a switch in date – that has set the BAFTA before its [...]

April 9, 2012

Review: Colin Firth In Supernatural Drama GENOVA

Michael Winterbottom’s feature is a slow moving family drama with shades of the supernatural. Lecturer Joe (Colin Firth) relocates to the Italian city of Genova with his two daughters Kelly and Mary (Willa Holland Perla Haney-Jardine) following [...]

April 5, 2012