Ten films to look out for in 2018!

New year, new films!

2017 was a thrilling year for new movies, with CGI production and film storylines only increasing in quality. However, as a new year begins, there are already signs that 2018 will be another amazing year for movies and films across the world. Here are PFS’s top TEN films to watch out for in 2018.

10. Venom  Release Date – 5 October

If you know about Spiderman, you will know about Venom!

Sony is finally launching its spin-off collection of Spider-Man movies in 2018, with currently three movies planned for release. Venom is the first and features Tom Hardy as the leading villain! Spider-man fans and comic book readers have been asking for this for many years now, and with only 9 months to go until its release, we cannot wait!!!

9. The Purge: The Island  Release Date – 6 July

Who doesn’t love Purging?

This will be the fourth installment in James DeMonaco’s horror-dystopian premise, which goes with the idea where all criminal activities are suspended for 12 terrifying hours each year. This particular movie takes place before the three other Purge films on Staten Island,  and will aim to give the viewers an insight into how the Purge became one of America’s most popular cultural events.

8. Tomb Raider  Release date – 16 March

Tomb Raider is the third adaption of the video game. Directed by Norwegian Roar Uthaug, and featuring Alicia Vikander, this film will join the latest of many rebooted video games. Let’s hope this film will better the other two, which were… Interesting, let’s just say!

7. Peter Rabbit  Release Date – 16 March

If you don’t know about Peter Rabbit,  you haven’t lived!

Peter Rabbit is the latest adaption of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious and sneaky rabbit who attempts to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden to try to get his hands on…  Can you guess it? Carrots!! This film features some huge actors and actresses, including Margot Robbie, Matt Lucas, and James Corden! Can’t Wait!

6. Bohemian Rhapsody  Release Date – 28 December

A Classic Reborn!!

Queen were one of the most iconic and popular band’s of the 20th century. Releasing three days after Christmas 2018, this biographical drama film will be written by Anthony McCarten and will focus on the 15 year period of the band. Queen band members Brian May (guitarist) and Roger Taylor (drummer) are also serving as the film’s music producers.

5. Ocean’s 8  Release Date – 22 June

Sandra Bullock and Rihanna lead an all-female cast in a spin-off and a sequel to Steven Soderbergh’s trilogy of films which first came out between 2001 and 2007. The film also includes a number of guest cameos from star actors and celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Zayn Malik, and Serena Williams! Who will they be robbing this time?!

4. Avengers: Infinity War  Release Date – 27 April

The beginning of the end…

This highly anticipated film features Thanos, (the villain from The Guardians of the Galaxy) who is invading planet Earth, and the Avengers are divided… Infinity War will be split into two films, with the second half releasing in 2019!

3. M:I 6 – Mission Impossible  Release Date – 27 July

This will be the 6th installment of the Tom Cruise action film franchise that first kicked off in 1996. Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who also successfully directed the last Mission Impossible  (Rogue Nation), the film also will see the return of familiar actors such as Simon Pegg (who plays Benji) and Alec Baldwin (Alan).

2. Mary Poppins Returns  Release Date – 21 December

Emily Blunt returns in this childhood classic film who takes the grown-up children of Michael Banks on a joyride and exciting adventure! Colin Firth and Meryl Streep also feature in this sequel!

1. Incredibles 2  Release Date –  13 July

How long have we waited for this?!

Everyone’s favorite family of animated superheroes is back – and about time too! The first film was released back in 2004, with fans of all ages asking Disney for a sequel for years! The film will also reveal baby Jack-Jack’s new and emerging superpowers, with the film also featuring Incredibles regular Frozone (voiced by Samuel Jackson)!

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Land of Mine – Review

Released – 2015    IMDb Rating – 7.8/10   Genre – Drama, History, War, Action

Portsmouth Film Rating – 

Land of Mine is a dramatic, tough and shockingly violent film about an event that occurred around the end of the second world war. Once the Germans had surrendered in 1945, thousands of Nazi soldiers were ordered to clear thousands of mines that were planted throughout the Danish coastline. Not only was this highly dangerous and a potentially suicidal mission but was also something commanded by the Danish authorities as a punishment for their defeat.

Nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, Land of Mine is not only a powerful war movie but is also a thrilling and fascinating watch.

Directed and written by Martin Zandvliet and starring Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, and Joel Basman, Land of Mine is an oppressively and enthralling tense drama which follows a squad of German soldiers, many of them young and teenage boys, as they clear the beaches.

Director Zandvliet uses sound – and sometimes the lack of it – to expertly portray the tensions going through the soldiers in the challenging situation. Roland Møller features as a brutal and tough Danish sergeant and is terrific throughout, and ultimately becomes the young soldiers’ protector.

Land of mine is a powerful and emotionally moving film and will leave you on the edge of your seats. Follow the journey of the German soldiers as they struggle to return home once their troubles are complete.


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Ten films to watch during the Christmas holidays!

Ho Ho Ho! Santa Claus is comingggg to town!

Santa Claus is coming to town!

With Christmas around the corner, and the weather making it impossible to venture outside, here are our top 10 films to watch during the Christmas holidays, meaning you can stick the kettle on, get comfy and enjoy some classic films!

10. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

At number 10 is a Christmas classic! Released in 1993, this film follows the life of Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween Town. Bored of doing the same thing every year for Halloween, Jack stumbles onto the joys and beauty of Christmas, before facing the task of showing his fellow friends of bats, ghouls and goblins the magic Christmas time brings! Not only is the Nightmare Before Christmas a family-friendly film, it is a must-watch classic during the festive holidays!

Jack Skellington of Halloween Town

9. Elf (2003) – IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

If you haven’t watched Elf, have you ever really enjoyed Christmas?!

Elf is a fantastically funny film, starring comedic genius Will Ferrell. Buddy is an elf who finds himself out of place in the North Pole due to his size and sets off to the big bad New York to find himself. Not only will this film have you falling around in laughter, it is also a film that will allow you to appreciate the good things you have in life!

Will Ferrell as Elf

8. A Christmas Carol (2009) – IMDb Rating: 6.8/10 

This is a classic Christmas film, and the latest in a series of remakes and adaptions over the years. This version features the superb Jim Carrey. Not only is this film perfect for all ages, it will also teach you about the magic Christmas brings, as well as making you acknowledge your family and friends over materialistic goods.

A Christmas Carol

7. The Snowman (1982) – IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

This is another absolute classic and a must-watch Christmas film!

A young boy makes a snowman on Christmas Eve, which comes to life and takes him on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. This film is famous for featuring the all-time classic Christmas song ‘Walking in the Air’ and is a perfect film for anyone wanting to get into the Christmas spirit!

The Snowman is an absolute Christmas Classic!

6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) – IMDb Rating: 6.1/10

This film is based on the book by Dr. Seuss and is about the magical land of Whoville, which exists inside a snowflake! All the Whos (The citizens of Whoville) love Christmas, but the Grinch is a nasty creature who despises the festive period and attempts to steal the holidays. Find out what happens, as this film is a classic for all ages!

The Grinch

5. The Santa Clause (1994) – IMDb Rating: 6.4/10

Is Santa Claus real?

Scott Calvin (played by the legend Tim Allen) tries to break it to his 6-year-old son that Santa Claus is not real, only to accidentally kill the actual Santa Claus. Follow Scott’s amazing journey as he steps into Santa’s shoes to save Christmas! This is another classic festive film, and will have you glued to your tv’s!

Is Santa Claus real?!

4. The Polar Express (2004) – IMDb Rating: 6.6/10 

This film is a wonderfully animated adventure film, featuring the North Pole!

A young boy jumps on a train to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus and instead finds himself on a journey of self-discovery and magic. Not only will this film leave you excited for Christmas, but also shows you that the wonder of life never fades for those who always believe!

The Polar Express

3. Miracle on 34th Street (1947) – IMDb Rating: 7.9/10 

As the saying goes- Old is always Gold!

Will the real Santa Claus please stand up? This film is another classic – and will have you glued to your tv’s to find out who is the real Santa and hypnotized by the magic Christmas brings. Whilst there have been many remakes and adaptions to this film, the plot remains the same throughout!

Will the real Santa Claus please stand up?

2. Frozen (2013) – IMDb Rating: 7.5/10 

Let it gooo!

Join Anna, Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven on a journey involving lots of snow, mystical trolls, and a hilarious snowman called Olaf. Whilst this may not be a direct Christmas film, this will have the whole family enjoying the festive spirits and bringing lots of laughter!

Olaf the Snowman

1. Home Alone (1990) – IMDb Rating: 7.5/10 

If you haven’t watched Home Alone, you’re in for a real treat!

When eight-year-old Kevin is left home alone for the Christmas holidays, he finds himself in heaven; eating what he wants, watching what he wants, and more importantly – doing what he wants! However, when two sloppy burglars attempt to take advantage of what they think is an empty house, Kevin must grow up and defend his household! This film is a Christmas time classic – and a family favorite!

Home Alone!



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“I Am Only Human After All” workshops in full flow!

Over the last few weeks, Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) have been hosting community workshops within university buildings. These workshops aim to work with individuals who have been neglected and ignored within our society. Now five weeks in, the workshops have been going in full flow, with a packed class-room every week!

The workshop’s main goal is to use film and photography to help break down social barriers and unite diverse cultures and bring people from all ethnicities, races and ages together for a good cause. Coordinated by Aysegul Epengin, who is not only the founder of PFS but a PhD student at the University of Portsmouth, these workshops not only help people discover and learn new skills and talents, but hope it can bring light to people’s lives, with the individuals being referred by charities such as the Salvation Army, Recovery Café and Empowering2change.  These individuals have battled with homelessness, substance misuse, and multiculturalism, and this project hopes to help people move on from past troubles by educating them to gain new skills.

One session was about photography skills. Each member of the project was asked to bring still images of landscapes or holiday memories with them from the last workshop, and this task was heavily participated in by all members. Aysegul discussed each photo, citing its positive and negative elements, and how this could be improved in the future. Not only were all the members highly passionate towards this task, but this showed that despite the society ignoring these individuals due to their past dilemmas, the community have come in to help.

I am Human After All is a project that will be running for 20 weeks until the 25th of April, and is a free course for adults. PFS’s chair Cecelia Young said: “At the end of the project, we hope the people involved will gain a sense of achievement in making the film, be more confident, be more reflective in public, gain a feeling of being accepted and being clearly human.”

This project helps the unfortunate to tell their story, and help others to tell theirs using film and photography, and those wanting to take part should get in touch with the PFS at info@portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk

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Wednesday 6 December, 7pm 110min | PG | UK | 1981

A young boy joins a group of renegade dwarves on an unpredictable journey through time in this humorous fantasy. Particularly amusing are the boy’s encounters with various historical figures. Terry Gilliam’s breakout hit movie established him as a daring visual stylist with a dark sense of humour and an affinity for dreamers, outcasts and adventurers.

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Wednesday 29 November, 7pm 112min | 15 | Belgium | 2015

God exists and lives with his family in Brussels! We all know about the son but he also has a daughter. She decides to follow in the footsteps of her more famous brother and create her own Testament. A surreal, subversive, and funny look at Biblical themes through a modern, and refreshingly original, lens.

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Wednesday 22 November, 6pm168min | 18 | Korea | 2016

 A gripping and sensual tale of a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but who is secretly involved in a conman’s plot to defraud her of her large inheritance. The new film from director Park Chan-wook, the Korean genius behind the classic revenge thriller Old Boy.
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Wednesday 15 November, 7pm 118min | PG | Japan | 2016

After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to fInd child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife. A quiet but moving story of life, love and family. From award winning writer/director Hirokazu Koreeda.

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Community Film-making in Portsmouth

I Am Only Human After All:                                                                                                                                       Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) is using film to help break down social barriers and unite diverse cultures.  In partnership with Urbond, an organisation standing for a cohesive city, PFS is creating a documentary featuring several vulnerable individuals who will tell their story and reflect on their experiences in Portsmouth, both good and bad.

A variety of short films and documentaries will be produced with people who have been neglected in our community.  The project called I Am Only Human After All will premiere at a red carpet event in 2018 and be available on YouTube.  The individuals are being referred by the Salvation Army, Recovery Café and Empowering2change, organisations who support our vulnerable citizens struggling with issues such as homelessness, substance misuse, young care issues, people in recovery, youth with diabetes, and multiculturalism.

The project is being coordinated by Aysegul Epengin, founder of the Portsmouth Film Society and PhD student at the University of Portsmouth.  The short films will be created by Portsmouth Film Society and film study students in cooperation with the University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, the primary supporter of the Portsmouth Film Society’s weekly screenings.

PFS has run similar courses in the past and we are delighted to receive the Awards For All, Big Lottery, which is making this project possible.  PFS’s chair Cecelia Young said: “At the end of the project, we hope the people involved will gain a sense of achievement in making the film, be more confident, be more reflective in public, gain a feeling of being accepted and being clearly human. “

Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) is a member of the British Film Institute (BFI) and Cinema For All (British Film Societies Federation).

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Wednesday 8 November, 7pm 100min | PG | Germany/France/Poland | 2016

This sweeping biographical lm focuses on the incredible life and exceptional achievements of Marie Curie, Nobel Prize-winning physicist and chemist, during her most turbulent years as she challenged the French academic establishment and social mores with her scientific hypotheses and unconventional love life.
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