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Wonder Review

There seems to be a theme running through child targeting movies over the past few weeks, first came Paddington’s return in the highly successful sequel and now Wonder, in which sugary takes a diabetic turn, but both with the underlying message of acceptance and kindness to everyone is the key to a harmonious world. 10-year-old August Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) has...

Suburbicon Review

George Clooney’s vision to address racial issues raised in the Coen Brothers original script is an admirable stance from the actor turned director who has a long-standing relationship with the filmmaker’s, but the end result makes for a confusing mess of two different movies that repeal any kind of seamless interweave between the two stories, oil and water springs...

Daddy’s Home 2 Review

Christmas is looming, for Hollywood there’s no better time to churn out the inane sequel with a virtually unoriginal transparent plot repeating itself, lacking in intelligent humour just to get a few bums on seats and at the same time wasting any talent their big named cast may have. What we have here is yet another lazy attempt at...

Justice League Review

After the phenomenal success of Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman, there was a glimmer of hope on the horizon for the Warner Bros DC universe and a hope that Zack Synder’s Justice League could turn around its disastrous fortunes that Batman V Superman bestowed on the studio and more importantly the franchise. Whilst still trailing in the blazing footsteps of...

Ingrid Goes West Review

In a world obsessed by followers and likes via social media platforms, people often hide behind a photo telling a story of their ideal life but for so many their real life is a maze of loneliness and struggle, empty of physical and emotional attachment from a world full of vanity and self-importance. Bringing the theme to the big...

Paddington 2 Review

Those who absolutely adored 2014’s outing of Paddington’s big screen adventure have nothing to fear for the Marmalade loving Peruvian bear and his return in Paul King’s sequel, it’s doused in fun, warmth, charm and delicious animation. It has proven to be an ode to London and a loving tribute to Paddington creator Michael Bond. Related: Exclusive Paddington 2 Interviews...

Call Me By Your Name Review

Love is love no matter what gender it befalls; Luca Guadagino states this fact boldly and without repercussion in such a delightfully tender composition, elegantly sneaking up on the audience with a warmth that sings out with operatic audacity. Brokeback Mountain, this is not, the brashness of the relationship between the two men there was laden heavy with bigotry,...

Thor: Ragnarok Review

It’s been four years since the burly Norse god and friends last graced our screens, with a complete change in direction in a choice of a director with Hunt for the Wilderpeople’s Taika Waititi taking the helm, an air of anticipation arose how the third in the saga would pan out. Fear not, Waititi and his slapstick sense of...

Marshall Review

Hard hitting courtroom drama it may not be, but this biopic of Thurgood Marshall, before he becomes the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, tantalizes with entertainment as its main focus see’s the radical young Lawyer for the NAACP in one of his lesser-known cases seeking justice for the average Black American male accused of a brutal rape and attempted...

Double Date Review

Benjamin Barfoot’s directorial debut, Double Date went down a storm at this year’s Horror Channel Frightfest, boasting bloodthirsty gore, lots of fun and frivolity, the sacrifice of a virgin and a shockingly frightening female experience that would put any man off dating for life. Alex (Michael Socha) and Jim (Danny Morgan) are polar opposites of each other, Whilst Alex is...

Boy Review

Before Taika Waititi hit the big time with the wonderful Hunt for the Wilderpeople and subsequently taking the helm on the latest venture of the Thor franchise with Thor: Ragnarok, he made his debut in his first full feature film having written, directed and starred in Boy, a film drenched in Waititi’s hallmark wonderfully warming wit and touching connectivity...

The Mountain Between Us Review

The Mountain Between us review

Pretentious audiences turn away now; there is nothing to see here but a simple yet predictable survival love story which is pure unadulterated entertainment. Despite the picture being tipped for a number of awards during awards season, an award-winning film will not lay on its dusty mantel in a vehicle that relays heavily on its powerhouse leads to add...

Goodbye Christopher Robin Review

A.A. Milne, a poet, playwright and writer, rose to a new level of fame when the beloved series of Winnie the Pooh books were born, taking, reluctantly, with him the real Christopher Robin, his son, the real inspiration behind the worldwide phenomenon which has lasted for many years after its creation. Christopher Robin may have been real but he...

Victoria and Abdul Review

It’s not very often we see an actor reprise a role they so dutiful thrived in twenty years previous, except Dame Judy Dench, who excelled as the cantankerous Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown only to regally accept Stephen Frears offer to return to clad the black mourning dress for the comedic and delightful final twilight years of the formidable...

American Assassin Review

If we’ve seen it once we’ve seen it a million times before, an action thriller doused in revenge, American Assassin has that hum drum expectation of forward guessing and a lack of intelligence for its audience, a watchable piece of entertainment, Michael Cuesta has infused the explosive impact of nuclear ferocity in a hope to drown out the monotony...

The Limehouse Golem Review

Forever portrayed as a shadowy and squalid place, yet again, late 1880’s London plays home to the murderous glow of mysterious and brutal killings in Juan Carlos Medina’s The Limehouse Golem. Delving into the murkiest setting of murders, on street and stage lays the tale of a Jack the Ripper-esque killing spree leading down a labyrinth of revenge. Based on...

Logan Lucky Review

Steven Soderbergh may have bought himself out of his own self-imposed retirement to give audiences an A-plus hillbilly heist with an all-star ensemble cast in Logan Lucky, and whilst having its fun moments, fails to reach a high-speed momentum needed to give it a rocket boost to drag itself out of its crawl through the mud of West Virginian...

Detroit Review

The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty’s Kathryn Bigelow has a certain type of skill in her arsenal to take human trauma and horror and evoke the deepest of emotions with such a subtle passion, her latest offering of Detroit only empowers that stockade with rich and powerful performances from a cast embroiled in respect for the retelling of...

The Hitman’s Bodyguard Review

Doused in Muthf***ers, The Hitman's Bodyguard is a no-brainer, no literally, Patrick Hughes venture into the world of high octane, tongue in cheek entertainment is an all-out romp of fun in which you can switch off for a couple of hours and just sit back and enjoy it for what it is. This venture wouldn’t be as hilariously funny without...

Atomic Blonde Review

Doused in 80’s pop culture, a fierce female fighting machine, and kickass choreographed fight sequences; Atomic Blonde is all about atheistics as Charlize Theron flaunts her deadly womanly wiles through the tail end of the Cold War with brutal force against any man that dares to step in her way. Dubbed the female John Wick, and rightly so with said...

Dunkirk Review

The hype is real for Christopher Nolan’s much anticipated Dunkirk, it’s a spectacular and very British film of epic proportions, of thundering dread that rains down like an apocalyptic bomb with its relentless bombardment of emotive fear and the realisation of the horrors our grandfathers and great grandfathers went through just to survive. Nolan’s Dunkirk is a far cry from...

War for the Planet of the Apes Review

In the final showdown of Ape versus Human, Andy Serkis’s Caeser stands strong in an epic blockbuster of swinging action, humanised humour and a tender heart of morality that could teach human’s a thing or two – a fitting end to possible one the best trilogies to grace our screens. In the third and final chapter, set two years after...

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

It seems reboots of Spider-man are ten a penny but this time around, Sony has opened its doors to the advice and guidance of Marvel to enhance its Spidey senses in the hope of injecting life back into our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man and Holy Avengers they’ve made a triumphant return with an excitable and charming schoolboy hero and a...

Okja Review

The Cannes audience may have booed Okja back in May, but they got it wrong. This story of a genetically modified porker is much more than another pig in the city. The Okja of the title is a pig, but this is no ordinary porker.  She’s the genetic creation of the Mirando Corporation – not to be confused with Monsanto...

Despicable Me 3 Review

Illumination are back with their lovable minions with a side of evil turned good guy Gru in the third outing of the funtastic Despicable Me, but this time it’s an all-out extended family affair with a soupcon of 80’s flair for any nostalgic parent. Despicable Me 3 is still full of fun, silliness and adorable cuteness, but what made this...

All Eyez On Me Review

Tupac Shakur was quite frankly, not only a great rapper but a poetic lyricist, but in this acquainted biopic, poetic justice doesn’t roll with a smooth tongue but with a disjointed bounce that breathes an air of exasperation and disenchantment. At the helm of Tupac’s rise and tragic fall at such an early age, is music video veteran Benny Boom...

The Book of Henry Review

Six months into 2017 and the Razzies look set to have a clear winner for worst movie of 2017 come award season; The Book of Henry more than deserves the title for its trudging baffling plot which spirals into a detached and directional cesspit of incoherent confusion. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was yet another child genius movie, and...

The Lego Batman Movie – DVD Review

The follow up the plastic phenomenon that was The Lego Movie arrives on DVD this week.  Can the ever-serious Lego Batman deliver the laughs again? How times change.  When The Lego Batman Movie swooped into cinemas at the start of the year, everybody had a downer on DC movies – and who could blame them after Bats V Supes and...

Gifted Review

A far cry from his superhero stardom Chris Evans ditches his Captain America persona, finally throwing away the tight lycra suits, only to be upstaged by the ten-year-old McKenna Grace in a super saccharine formulaic concoction designed to tug on the tear ducts with a subtle charm in Gifted. Breaking free from his web like grip on his Andrew Garfield...

Berlin Syndrome Review

Holiday romances aren’t all they’re cracked up to be in Berlin Syndrome. If you were lucky enough to see last year’s German single-take sensation, Victoria, the early scenes of Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome will feel decidedly familiar.  A female tourist from another country, filled with wonderment and excitement.  The hint of vulnerability that goes with a woman travelling alone.  And...

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