WELL, WHAT A month it’s been in the UK. We’ve had Brexit, a new Prime Min­is­ter, some­thing ap­proach­ing a com­plete re­volt in the Labour Party (Jeremy Cor­byn was still leader as we went to press) and some truly fright­en­ing di­vi­sions crack­ing the coun­try open with con­se­quences that have shocked most peo­ple, on ei­ther side of the po­lit­i­cal di­vide. And, maybe a lit­tle tan­gen­tially, it got me thinking about why I love film. And, ac­tu­ally, why I think we all love film. At its best, it can of­fer up two seem­ingly con­tra­dic­tory things: first, a mir­ror to what is go­ing on in our so­ci­ety. Which you would hope at least gives fuel to movies from those voices cur­rently un­der­rep­re­sented or dis­af­fected in our cul­ture. And se­condly, es­capism: a leap down the rab­bit hole into a place that re­sem­bles a world so very dif­fer­ent than the one you oc­cupy. Some­times that refuge can feel es­sen­tial — I know it has for me in my life. But, ac­tu­ally, at its very best it does some­thing much more fun­da­men­tal: it uni­fies us. When you’re sit­ting in the cin­ema with 200 other peo­ple, the thing that joins ev­ery sin­gle one of you is that you’ve laid down your hard­earned cash to spend a cou­ple of hours in the clutches of the movie un­fold­ing on the screen.

And whether it’s re­al­ism, es­capism or a shared ex­pe­ri­ence, we are en­ter­ing the great­est pe­riod for movies so far this year: Doc­tor Strange, Rogue One, I, Daniel Blake, A Mon­ster Calls, Fan­tas­tic Beasts And Where To Find Them, The Greasy Stran­gler (Google it) and this month, Sui­cide Squad. We broke the first look at the squad (and Joker) in our De­cem­ber is­sue last year and the re­sponse from you lot was in­cred­i­ble. It’s fair to say we were ex­cited, too. Now it’s fi­nally here and prom­ises to be as bril­liantly bonkers and down­right fun as we imag­ined. In it, David Ayer has pushed the lim­its of the comic-book movie right to its edges. Fancy a trip down the rab­bit hole? Let’s go, then.

Il­lus­tra­tor Jock’s be­spoke type for our Sui­cide Squad fea­ture. and Terri He­witt Chris Chris’ cel­e­brate White at the award PPA House. Grosvenor Dan Jolin say good­bye to the offic af­ter 12 year Ba­nanas alof and He­len O’hara Tilda Swin­ton at hang­ing out...

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