Rafe Spall

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The Ritual

9 Oct 20173 stars

Rafe Spall heads up a somewhat successful woods-based horror from David Bruckner

If you go down to the woods with a horror movie, you want to be sure of getting some decent surprises. Adapted from a 2011 novel by British writer Adam Nevill, American director David Bruckner's shocker has the atmosphere, style and sturdy…

Rafe Spall loved working with dinosaurs on Jurassic World 2

9 Oct 2017

Film gossip

Rafe Spall admits it was "freaky and wonderful" to get to work with the giant prosthetic dinosaurs on 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'. The 34-year-old actor has joined the cast of the upcoming sequel as a new character that is yet to be named and…

Rafe Spall and Toby Jones set for Jurassic World sequel

8 Nov 2016

Film gossip

Rafe Spall and Toby Jones are being eyed for roles in the 'Jurassic World' sequel. Details of the upcoming blockbuster - which will see Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return - are being kept tightly under wraps, but according to Variety…

Swallows and Amazons

15 Aug 20163 stars

Arthur Ransome's classic 1930 novel remains a relevant, entertaining source for timeless childhood adventure

Do children still read Arthur Ransome these days? Whether they do or not, parents bent on bringing their children up nicely will probably feel they ought to take the offspring to a very attractive and charmingly nostalgic trip down memory lane, when the…

Lucky Rafe Spall

28 Mar 2015

Film gossip

Rafe Spall feels "unbelievably lucky" to be an actor. The 'X + Y' star is grateful to have a career in the movie business as he is such a film fan himself, although he admits he often forgets how fortunate he is after a long day of filming. He…


24 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Moving drama with Asa Butterfield and Rafe Spall

The story of a young maths prodigy with autism, Morgan Matthews’ film could be viewed as a juvenile Rain Man. At least that would be the case if a Hollywood studio had made it. But actually, this British tale of the difficulties of adolescence and…

Get Santa

2 Dec 20144 stars

Christopher Smith's festive film shows both a dark side and refreshing compassion

From the director of Severance and Triangle comes a heartwarming and very funny Christmas tale about a father who, after his release from a two-year prison sentence, has to learn the virtue of reliability...

Interview: Rafe Spall on Black Mirror: White Christmas

25 Nov 2014

Rafe Spall, Oona Chaplin and Jon Hamm star in feature-length episode of Charlie Brooker's TV sci-fi

Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror has presented some truly original tales. Resembling an evil relation of The Twilight Zone or Tales From the Unexpected each show is a self-contained story and like the best sci-fi it uses the genre to present a warped…

What If

18 Aug 20144 stars

Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan make a cute couple in an unexpectedly charming rom-com

Crass, ten-a-penny rom-coms have devalued the genre. Where's the charm these days? The warmth? What happened to 'the Lubitsch touch'? Despairing traditionalists should eagerly welcome What If (previously entitled The F Word), a sweetly engaging 21st…

I Give it a Year

4 Feb 20131 star

Abysmal, humourless newlyweds comedy starring Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall and Anna Faris

Nat (Rose Byrne) is a shallow, uptight career girl. Josh (Rafe Spall) is an insensitive, laddish boor. For reasons we don’t glean, since it all happens during the opening credits, they get married, and proceed to be vile to one another, until, within…


12 Oct 20113 stars

Surprisingly adept Shakespeare-themed historical romp from blockbuster director Roland Emmerich

(12A) 129min Director Roland Emmerich is long established as the king of the apocalyptic blockbuster with a career defined by gung-ho event movies Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow. It is quite a surprise to witness him diving…

One Day

12 Aug 20113 stars

Director of An Education tackles David Nicholls' novel

(12A) 108min Following An Education, Danish director Lone Scherfig attempts to conjure the same magic on another slice of hit Brit lit – David Nicholls’ One Day. Fans of the book have already been protesting that the casting of Anne Hathaway as…


24 Aug 20104 stars

(15) 96min (4Digi) On the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s 1979 landslide election victory a black man (Clint Dyer) is picked up off the streets of Brixton under the notorious suspicion law and interrogated by two white police officers (Ralph Brown and…

The Scouting Book For Boys

10 Mar 20103 stars

(15) 93min One hazy summer in a sleepy Norfolk holiday park, David (This is England’s Thomas Turgoose) and Emily (Holliday Grainger), constant companions by default of being the only teenagers there, spend the days mucking about under the permissive…