Aleyha Ahmed

I write about films and am particularly interested in foreign language films and independent British cinema.

Tim Burton might have missed the mark with Big Eyes

Tim Burton might have missed the mark with Big Eyes It’s the 1960s and no one wants to buy ‘lady art’, not least from a withering divorcee and single mother, or so starts Tim Burton’s latest offering, Big Eyes. Based on a true story, the film centres around artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and her new realtor husband Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) who, with his knack for selling and compulsion for artistic fame, ends up taking credit for her paintings and successfully making them into a comme


Well, who isn’t excited about a big blockbuster Biblical epic to hit our cinemas right splat-bang around Christmas time. We were so excited about Exodus: Gods and Kings, that we just couldn’t wait until Boxing Day, so sent the lovely Aleyha Ahmed to give you her first thoughts on the film. What’s it about: Set in Ancient Egypt, at a time when Pharoahs wield godlike power and the Hebrews are brutalised slaves of the empire, Exodus: Gods and Kings tells the Biblical story of Moses (Christian Bale

Get Santa

Well its the 1st December, which means our cinema screens will officially be kicking off the festive season with some family fun movies for you all to enjoy! This Friday sees the release of Get Santa, so we sent Aleyha Ahmed to give us her thoughts. Happy Movie Monday y’all! What’s it about: We think we know how this one goes; Santa is in a quandary and unless the kids get the grown ups to believe in him again, Christmas is going to be cancelled. But in Get Santa the problem interrupting Christ

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I – It’s the taking part that counts

A muttering, foetal Katniss Everdeen confronts us from within the dark underbelly of District 13 in the opening shots of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I catapulting us into an unequivocal new era for The Hunger Games saga. From these first scenes, the tone is set for a grittier exploration into the dirty tactics of war and the casualties suffered by those unwillingly swept up in its path.

Nightcrawler: How far would you go to make the headlines?

Nightcrawler follows one man’s quest to claw his way up the career ladder, from a life of petty crime to the world of ‘nightcrawling’, a blood sport where stringers capture footage of graphic crime scenes, their motto – “if it bleeds, it leads” – to sell on to news channels. It is in this insalubrious world, bolstered by the media’s thirst for ratings, Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) excels, scheming his way to success.

Interstellar – A quest for the human spirit

Set in the near-future where an agricultural crisis has brought the world to its knees, Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is a widower who lives on a farm with his two kids, daughter Murph (Mackenzie Foy) and son Tom (Timothée Chalamet), and his father-in-law, Donald (John Lithgow). Though a farmer by default due to a “blight” that has affected the food supply on Earth, Cooper was once a pilot, an engineer and an explorer – a past life he often dreams about.