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Our film critic, Ben Peyton, heads to the cinema to review the latest blockbusters 

Ben Peyton is a former actor (a regular in The Bill) and now a full-time husband, dad and film critic living in Surrey. You can visit Ben at his website and follow him on Twitter.

Knives Out

It’s the 85th birthday of hugely successful thriller author, Harlan Thromby (Plummer). Celebrating in his huge gothic mansion all sorts of colourful characters are in attendance, most of them members of his family. Read Ben’s full review here.

Gemini Man

Will Smith is Henry Brogan, an assassin with a very particular set of skills. After a job very nearly results in an innocent child being killed, he reevaluates his life and decides to retire before he loses his touch. Read the full review here.


The smash-hit drama putting Judy Garland’s life under the microscope. Reviewed here.

Ready or Not

On the day of her wedding to Alex (O’Brien), Grace (Weaving) is given the opportunity to walk away from her intimidating family-to-be. She doesn’t. Read Ben’s full review here.

The Kitchen

With all the subtlety of a sledgehammer, Etta James tells us that New York in 1978 is a man’s world as we’re quickly introduced to the three female leads. All are married to gangsters and all are, in their own way, victims.Ben Peyton reviews The Kitchen in full here.

Ad Astra

Brad Pitt shines in the latest space flick from James Gray. Set in the near future, in a world that isn’t too hard to imagine, tourist trips to the Moon, courtesy of Virgin Galactic of course, are an everyday occurrence. Ben Peyton reviews Ad Astra here.

Shaun the Sheep

The Kings of stop-motion technique, Aardman, return to the big screen with A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon and their superior use of clay-mation. Read what our reviewer, Ben Peyton, has to say on the film here here.

Night Hunter

Seasoned cop, Marshall (Cavill) is on the hunt for a serial killer suspected to be involved with the disappearance of dozens of young girls. Ben Peyton reviews latest blockbuster, Night Hunter here.

Dora the Explorer and the lost city of gold

American educational television show Dora the Explorer is 19 years old. The actual character is seven years old, but for the purposes of her first live-action movie and to make her accessible to all ages, she’s become a 16-year-old played by 18-year-old Isabela Moner. Keeping up? Read more here.

Fast & Furious

From the ludicrously spectacular The Fast and the Furious films, two of the most popular characters team up for their own adventure. Ben Peyton checks it out here.

Toy Story 4

Almost 25 years since we first met Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep, Jessie and the rest of the gang in the original Toy Story, and nearly a decade on from the last instalment, those clever people at Pixar bring us the much-anticipated Toy Story 4. Ben Peyton checks it out here.


Ben Peyton heads to see new film, Yesterday. Will it be an endearing and entertaining new rom-com around the music of the fab four, or is Yesterday destined to be old news?

Spider-Man: Far from home

Spinning into the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the epic events of Avengers: Endgame comes Spider-Man: Far From Home, the first of Marvel’s offerings since big, bad, purple baddy Thanos himself got snapped. Ben Peyton heads to the cinema to find out more.


Dave Bautista’s gruff, grizzled grumpy cop, Vic, is a man on a mission. Fuelled by revenge, he’s been hunting criminal Teijo (Uwais) for several months and finally begins to get somewhere when an informant tells him of an upcoming drug deal that Teijo’s overseeing. Ben Peyton reviews Stuber.

The Lion King

2019 marks the silver anniversary of The Lion King animation, and so Disney present us with the gift of another remake of one of their most beloved films. Taking pride of place on the silver screen is director Jon Favreau’s computer generated vision of this African adventure, with The Lion King.

The Angry Birds 2

Based on the phenomenally successful mobile phone game of the same name, The Angry Birds return in a sequel to 2016’s hit animation.