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Film Eye is a magazine dedicated to critically acclaimed films - a guide to the best films on release. Each issue showcases one film and is available in cinemas showing the film, as well as online and on our free app.

The Big Short

Magazine issue number: 34
The Big Short
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The Big Short

Magazine issue number: 34

The Big Short is an exhilarating ride through the fraud, negligence and stupidity that led to the 2008 financial crisis. It centres on a group of rogue investment bankers, played by BRAD PITT, STEVE CARELL, RYAN GOSLING and CHRISTIAN BALE, who foresaw the collapse in the US housing market and attempted to make a profit from it. Director ADAM McKAY, best known for the Anchorman comedies, has crafted a ‘wildly entertaining’ satire (Tim Grierson, Screen International) that is ‘one of the funniest and yet most sobering’ movies of the year (Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times). It has been nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Slow West

Magazine issue number: 33
Slow West
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Slow West

Magazine issue number: 33

Slow West is a darkly comic fable starring Oscar-nominee MICHAEL FASSBENDER as a grizzled gunslinger escorting a young Scottish aristocrat (KODI SMIT-McPHEE) across America’s Wild West in search of the girl he loves. This movie is ‘inspired and inspiring... inviting you to imagine what life then and there might actually have felt like’ (Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice). ‘Impeccably crafted’ (Justin Chang, Variety), it has been likened to the films of the Coen brothers and looks likely to achieve cult status. It won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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The Voices

Magazine issue number: 32
The Voices
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2.2 / 5
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The Voices

Magazine issue number: 32

The Voices is a laugh-out-loud dark comedy, psychological thriller and horror movie that almost defies description, but has been called ‘a demented delight’ (Sara Stewart, The New York Post). Directed by MARJANE SATRAPI (whose Persepolis won the Cannes Jury Prize and was Oscar-nominated), it stars RYAN REYNOLDS as the likable anti-hero with a seriously messed-up alter ego, and GEMMA ARTERTON and ANNA KENDRICK as his love-interest victims. Like a hilarious cross between Hairspray and Psycho, The Voices is a ‘loopy, ghastly, funny, morbid and unforgettable 100 minutes’ (Eric D Snider, Film.com) and ‘an instant cult classic’ (David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews).

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Wild

Magazine issue number: 31
Wild
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Wild

Magazine issue number: 31

Wild is an uplifting rite-of-passage movie based on Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir. Oscar-winner REESE WITHERSPOON stars in a breathtakingly honest portrayal of the author hiking the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on an inspiring journey of self-redemption. This is ‘a ruggedly beautiful and emotionally resonant saga of perseverance and self-discovery,’ said Justin Chang in Variety. Witherspoon has been nominated for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award for her performance. Both she and LAURA DERN (Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Jurassic Park), who plays Cheryl’s mother, Bobbi, have been nominated for Oscars.

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Whiplash

Whiplash

Whiplash

Whiplash is a ‘dazzling, exhilarating’ thriller (Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph) about the disturbing relationship between a young jazz drummer and a demanding tutor at a New York music conservatory. Andrew Neiman (MILES TELLER) is determined to be the next Buddy Rich while Terence Fletcher (J.K. SIMMONS), who conducts the school’s prestigious studio band, believes in pushing his students to breaking point in order to bring out their best. ‘Exquisite and painful’ (Betsy Sharkey, The Los Angeles Times), it won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and has been nominated for Oscars for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. J.K. Simmons won the Golden Globe and has also been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher is a dark and engrossing drama based on real events. It depicts the ill-fated relationship between troubled multi-millionaire John du Pont (STEVE CARELL) and US wrestling champions Mark Schultz (CHANNING TATUM) and his brother Dave (MARK RUFFALO) after he entices them to move to his country estate to train for the 1988 Olympic Games. This ‘insidiously gripping’ psychological thriller is anchored by ‘three supremely accomplished  performances’ (Justin Chang, Variety) and was nominated for Golden Globes for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

Birdman

Birdman

Birdman

Birdman is the fantastical, genre-defying depiction of actor Riggan Thomson (MICHAEL KEATON), who is famous for portraying the film superhero of the title, as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. This latest from director ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful) is an ‘expertly delivered black comedy’ (Derek Malcolm, Evening Standard). ‘Beautifully performed and smartly scripted’ (Mark Adams, Screen International), it is a ‘breathtaking technical achievement’ (Richard Corliss, Time Magazine) and has been nominated for seven Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay.

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything is the moving and elegant dramatisation of the relationship between renowned physicist Stephen Hawking (EDDIE REDMAYNE) and his first wife, Jane (FELICITY JONES). Based on her memoir, it charts the progression of his career from Ph.D student to internationally-acclaimed author, his motor neurone disease and their 25-year marriage up to its dissolution, including the birth of their three children. Above all, it's a love story that avoids sentimentality. The central performances are ‘remarkable’ and ‘there’s meticulous craft throughout’ (Trevor Johnston, Sight & Sound), such that it is destined to be a contender for Oscar and BAFTA nominations.