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James' Favourites

These films bring me joy, make me think, and create wonder. Maybe they'll do that for you too.

Amazing Grace (2006)

7.5/10
Director: Michael Apted
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Benedict Cumberbatch, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon...

The incredible true story of William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd), who fought for years, along with other anti-slavery campaigners, to ban the trans-At... Read more

Apocalypse Now (1979)

8.5/10
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Sam Bottoms, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Laurence Fishburne, Har...

A flawed masterpiece, intended as the definitive Vietnam film, based on Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'. With Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Dennis... Read more

Casino Royale (2006)

8/10
Director: Martin Campbell
Starring: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo G...

The new Bond is not only blonde, but he does an awful lot of running. Daniel Craig has chipped off the suave, sophisticated facade of previous Bonds,... Read more

Dunkirk (2017)

8/10
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy

In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces... Read more

Get Out (2017)

7.7/10
Director: Jordan Peele
Starring: Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Stephen Root, Caleb Landry Jones, Allison Wi...

Just because you're invited, doesn't mean you're welcome. Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girl... Read more

Hell or High Water (2016)

7.6/10
Director: David Mackenzie
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster

After years of estrangement, Texan brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) decide to rob the branches of the bank threatening to foreclose... Read more

Hidden Figures (2016)

7.8/10
Director: Theodore Melfi
Starring: Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Mahershala Ali, Taraji P Henson, Jim Parsons, Octa...

In the early 1960s, Katherine (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy (Octavia Spencer), and Mary (Janelle Monae) are three black women working at NASA, doing the... Read more

Hot Fuzz (2007)

7.9/10
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Bill Bailey, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Paddy Considine, Steve Coogan, Kennet...

The lads that brought us zombie spoof 'Shaun of the Dead' turn their attentions to the British bobby in this cameo-packed mickey-take of the cops-and-... Read more

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

7.9/10
Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Briana Shann, Hayley Squires, Dave Johns, Dylan McKiernan

British cinemas social realist enters his eighties with a second Palme d'Or to his name after the Cannes Jury this year awarded his feisty new film... Read more

In Bruges (2008)

7.9/10
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clemence Poesy, Jeremie Renier, T...

Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are two hitmen whose last job didn't go so well, prompting their boss (Ralph Fiennes) to send them to the beautiful... Read more