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Mrs Lowry & Son

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • UK
  • 1h 31min
  • Directed by: Adrian Noble
  • Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall, Wendy Morgan

LS Lowry (Spall) is a meek Salford rent collector dominated by his bedridden mother Elizabeth (Redgrave), but his secret passion for painting is about to bring him success. Hesford’s clichéd script feels more like a stage or radio play but Spall and Redgrave manage to bring substance to the bickering; still, it’s glum…

The Corrupted

  • 2019
  • USA
  • 18
  • Directed by: Ron Scalpello
  • Cast: Sam Claflin, Timothy Spall, Naomi Ackie

Set against the run up to the 2012 London Olympics, an ex-convict tries to win back his estranged family.

Finding Your Feet

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • UK / Canada / Australia
  • 1h 51min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Richard Loncraine
  • Cast: Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley
  • UK release: 23 February 2018

Snobbish Sandra (Staunton) is disturbed to find that her husband Mike (Sessions) has been having an affair with best friend Pamela (Lawrence) but her free-spirited sister Bif (Imrie) helps her loosen up. Familiar but pleasant comedy-drama for mature audiences with a dash of daring.

Early Man

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 29min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Nick Park
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Selina Griffiths, Johnny Vegas, Mark Williams, Gina Yashere, Simon Greenall
  • UK release: 26 January 2018

Gormless caveman Dug (Redmayne) and his clan are menaced by Bronze Age invader Lord Nooth (Hiddleston), until twinkle-toed defector Goona (Williams) joins them to help them unite. Deliciously daft prehistoric fun from Park and his team on top form, with winning human touches, plenty of sight gags and painful puns.

The Party

  • 4 stars
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 11min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sally Potter
  • Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones
  • UK release: 13 October 2017

Janet (Scott Thomas) is throwing a party to celebrate her promotion to Shadow Health Minister, but as friends arrive, secrets emerge and it all starts to unravel. Potter’s most accessible and uproarious film yet runs to a succinct 71 minutes but expertly takes the pulse of the nation.

The Journey

  • 3 stars
  • 2016
  • UK
  • 1h 34min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Nick Hamm
  • Cast: Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Toby Stephens, John Hurt
  • UK release: 5 April 2017

While sharing a limousine, Ian Paisley (Spall) and Martin McGuinness (Meaney) banter, bicker, vent grievances and struggle towards common ground. Fictional account of the Northern Ireland peace process with fine performances; sometimes crass but effective and entertaining.

Away

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 1h 52min
  • PG
  • Directed by: David Blair
  • Cast: Timothy Spall, Juno Temple, Matt Ryan, Hayley Squires, Terry Stone, Joanna Roth, Susan Lynch
  • UK release: 7 October 2016

Ria (Temple) and Joseph (Spall) head to Blackpool to get away from Ria's pimp boyfriend Dex (Ryan). Spall is mesmerising and Temple is magnetic and convincing, but despite the good intentions and superb acting it's underwritten and has nothing very original to say.

Denial

  • 3 stars
  • 2016
  • UK / US
  • 1h 49min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mick Jackson
  • Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall

Deborah Lipstadt (Weisz) is a historian and lecturer who faces a libel suit after she derides controversial author David Irving (Spall) for his views on the Holocaust. This dramatisation of a 1996 court case has some compelling stretches, but Hare’s script lacks insight and it’s little more than a dry reconstruction of…

Stanley a Man of Variety

  • 2016
  • UK
  • 1h 24min
  • Directed by: Stephen Cookson
  • Cast: Timothy Spall

A prisoner starts to hallucinate different lives and personalities.

Mr Turner

  • 5 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 2h 30min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mike Leigh
  • Cast: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson
  • UK release: 31 October 2014

Portrait of the last 25 years of the life of painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (Spall). A work of great beauty, wit and poignancy, presenting the artist as unapologetically gruff but sympathetic and spectacularly eccentric. Leigh's latest demonstrates a command of his craft to rival that of his subject.

Upside Down

  • 2013
  • 1h 49min
  • Directed by: Juan Solanas
  • Cast: Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst, Timothy Spall

Two worlds, two people, one love.

Love Bite

  • 2012
  • UK
  • 1h 27min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Andy De Emmony
  • Cast: Ed Speleers, Jessica Szohr, Timothy Spall, Luke Pasqualino, Kierston Wareing
  • UK release: 9 November 2012

Brit werewolf comedy.

The Rise

  • 2012
  • UK
  • 1h 48min
  • Directed by: Rowan Athale
  • Written by: Rowan Athale
  • Cast: Timothy Spall, Matthew Lewis, Iwan Rheon

A terrific heist thriller with a distinctly British sensibility, Taking the Rise marks an impressive first feature from writer/director Rowan Athale. There are echoes of The Usual Suspects and Jackpot as bloodied and battered ex-con Harry Treadaway faces interrogation from skeptical police officer Timothy Spall.

Room on the Broom

  • 2012
  • UK
  • 25min
  • U
  • Directed by: Jan Lachauer/Max Lang
  • Cast: Simon Pegg, Gillian Anderson, Rob Brydon, Timothy Spall, Martin Clunes, Sally Hawkins, David Walliams

Charming kids' tale about a witch who lets too many creatures onto her broom, much to the annoyance of her cat.

Reuniting the Rubins

  • 2010
  • UK
  • 1h 37min
  • Directed by: Yoav Factor
  • Written by: Yoav Factor
  • Cast: Timothy Spall, Rhona Mitra, Asier Newman, James Callis
  • UK release: 21 October 2011

A lawyer approaching retirement has to gather his wildly different grown-up children for one last holiday with their ailing grandmother.

Wake Wood

  • 2011
  • Ireland / UK
  • 18
  • Directed by: David Keating
  • Cast: Eva Birthistle, Ella Connolly, Brian Gleeson, Timothy Spall

After she was fatally injured by a dog, parents are given the opportunity to spend three more days with their deceased daughter.

Alice in Wonderland

  • 3 stars
  • 2010
  • US
  • 1h 48min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Tim Burton
  • Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall

A sequel of sorts that takes in elements of both Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, this finds Alice (Wasikowska) as a teenager returning to Underland, which has long since fallen into the tyrannical grip of the Red Queen (Bonham Carter). Dark and visually arresting, yet not…

Jackboots on Whitehall

  • 3 stars
  • 2010
  • UK
  • 1h 31min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Edward McHenry, Rory McHenry
  • Written by: Edward McHenry, Rory McHenry
  • Cast: Ewan McGregor, Rosamund Pike, Alan Cumming, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Richard E Grant, Pam Ferris, Richard O'Brien, Richard Griffiths, Hugh Fraser, Tobias Menzies, Stephen Merchant

World War Two set comedy drama featuring puppets. Has been described as a British Team America.

The Damned United

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • UK
  • 1h 37min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tom Hooper
  • Cast: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Jim Broadbent

Broadly entertaining if highly sanitised adaptation of David Peace's justly acclaimed novel 'The Damned United', which allows us to see the world from the tormented perspective of football manager Brian Clough during his 44 turbulent days in charge of Leeds United during 1974.

From Time to Time

  • 2009
  • UK
  • 1h 35min
  • Directed by: Julian Fellowes
  • Written by: Lucy M Boston, Julian Fellowes
  • Cast: Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Carice van Houten, Alex Etel, Eliza Bennett, Hugh Bonneville, Kwayedza Kureya

When 13-year-old Tolly realises he can travel back and forward throughout the centuries, he digs up a host of family secrets everyone thought were consigned to the grave.

Heartless

  • 2009
  • UK
  • 1h 53min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Philip Ridley
  • Written by: Philip Ridley
  • Cast: Jim Sturgess, Joseph Mawle, Noel Clarke, Clémence Poésy, Nikita Mistry, Timothy Spall

Unhinged horror set in East London.

Enchanted

  • 2 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 1h 47min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Kevin Lima
  • Written by: Bill Kelly
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, Susan Sarandon

Two fairytale characters struggle to find each other and make it in the 'real' world in this mix of live and animated action (à la Who Framed Roger Rabbit). Enchanted is one of the nastiest, most insidious children's films adults will have the displeasure of seeing this year. Chock full of pseudo-Christian ideas, Waspish…

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • US / UK
  • 1h 56min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Tim Burton
  • Written by: John Logan
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Jayne Wisener, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Michelle Kelly, Ed Sanders

Stephen Sondheim's landmark 1979 Broadway musical is given the Burton treatment with Depp as the murdering butcher single-mindedly determined to avenge the kidnapping of his wife and daughter. With Mrs Lovett (Carter) as the emotional lynchpin of the piece, Rickman as the perfect pantomime villain and daring production…

Death Defying Acts

  • 2 stars
  • 2007
  • UK / Australia
  • 1h 37min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Gillian Armstrong
  • Written by: Tony Grisoni, Brian Ward
  • Cast: Guy Pearce, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Saoirse Ronan

Freely mixing historical fact with fictionalised biography, this film turns on a fascinating premise: a battle of wits and wills between world-famous escapist and skeptic of all things supernatural Harry Houdini (Pearce) and a Scots con-woman posing as a psychic (Zeta-Jones). Interesting as all that sounds, though, Death…

Intimacy

  • 2001
  • UK / France
  • 2h
  • 18
  • Directed by: Patrice Chereau
  • Cast: Kerry Fox, Mark Rylance, Timothy Spall

An erect penis, cellulite, vivid oral sex, regular but urgent intercourse in an emotional vacuum between unhappy strangers in a grubby London flat on a dirty carpet. Chereau's brave English-language debut (adapted from Hanif Kureshi's short stories) jauntily flaunts it all. 'Intimacy' offers much more than a reassuring…