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The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case Review – Refreshing Creepy Supernatural Scares.

Back in 2013, Director James Wan brought us The Conjuring, a horror based on one of the real life stories of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren – it had the largest opening for an original horror movie and has been one of the highest grossing horror films to date next to The Exorcist. 2016 see’s Wan deliver us a...

The Magnificent Seven Review

If you’re not a fan of the Western, Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the classic The Magnificent Seven - which is lead by the standard righteous performance of Denzel Washington – has just enough fun and frivolity to keep you rooting for the rogue yet good guys till the end. Fuqua - who has worked alongside Washington before in Training Day...

Chi-Raq Review

It’s been a fair few years since Spike Lee has created anything of any note; a filmmaker who is known for his controversial social and political stance brings his filmmaking prowess in what is probably his finest piece of work in some time with Chi-Raq. Films don’t come much sexier, politically fierce and layered with feminism as much as Lee’s...

Darkest Hour Review

Just a mere seven months after Brain Cox took the lead as Winston Churchill in Churchill, which covered the 96 hours before the Invasion of Normandy during World War II another Churchill based production is upon us with Darkest Hour. This time Gary Oldman dons the prosthetics in his finest hour in what could be construed to be the prelude to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, but without the wrought...

Deepwater Horizon Review

There's always the conversation when Hollywood turns a real-life event into an epic blockbuster or Oscar-worthy drama: how much is true to life and how much has it been embellished or even completely rewritten for the entertainment of the masses? Then there's the issue of what the film industry decides to adapt, a lot of the events being sensitive subjects,...

Kickboxer: Vengeance Review

The WWE’s “ The Animal” Dave Bautista and three-time UFC champion Georges St-Pierre, clash with the “Muscles from Brussels” Jean-Claude Van Damme and newcomer Alain Moussi in this revamp of cult classic Kickboxer. A reboot that is fairly functional as a throwback to the old school Martial Arts movies of the 1980s. But is lacking the dramatic punch associated with...

A Warrior’s Tale Review.

Coming from the maker’s of The Lion King II Simba’s Pride and National Treasure Book of Secrets and starring the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone and Milla Jovovich, A Warriors Tale hits an extremely bum note considering the talent it has behind. Sickly Sweet and Cringe worthy are the best way to describe this poorly made...

X-Men: Apocalypse Review – New blood fails to satisfy the franchise thirst.

With Bryan Singer back at the helm of X-Men: Apocalypse huge expectations were in place for the next chapter of one of the most stable of comic book franchises. But in it's 2 and a half hour running time what we get is way too many characters to keep up with and a massive void of satisfaction. X-Men: Apocalypse starts...

The Colony Review

1973 saw Chile in the midst of a Chilean Coup; under the leadership of the fascist regime of General Pinochet, the Chilean People were ready to take a stand. The Colony, which is based on true events, sets itself smack bang in the middle of this uprising with horrendous outcomes but does it try just a little too hard? The...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows Review

One thing is for certain when it comes to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows; it’s not about making a movie full of entertainment and gusto than making a movie as it’s a sure fire way of making a large amount of cash from the disillusioned kids of today. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows is...

The Purge Election Year Review

There is certainly one thing that The Purge Election Year will do and have the series of films die-hard fans whooping for delight in yet another blood-spattered offering in a genre that quite frankly needs a bomb up its backside to make them worthwhile watching again. It’s the same old story for The Purge Election Year as it brings nothing...

Nerve Review

It’s not very often when a film actually ties your stomach in knots and makes you feel every last second of what’s playing out in front of you. Nerve ticks both those boxes. It, without a doubt, lives up to its name. Nerve is based on a hugely popular young-adult novel by Jeanne Ryan and captures the very essence of...

Finding Dory Review

13 years after the huge box office success back in 2003 of Finding Nemo comes it’s adorable and message driven sequel in the form of the that lovable forgetful fish Dory, in Finding Dory. Filled with delightful cuteness and lashings of laughter Pixar, have yet again, hit the animation jackpot. Even though the base storyline doesn’t venture further than Finding...

The Wannabe Review

Gangsters and mobsters are the subject of a whole host of classic films throughout cinema. A world far from the average, these crime bosses and their ‘families’ were cool, powerful, and menacing. The idea of watching these people’s stories on screen was compelling. These archetypes aren’t fairytale, though. Many were derived from real people and were telling their true stories. The...

Gold Review

There’s nothing quite as frustrating, as a five-star performance from your lead than a film that leaves you feeling so flat even an air pump couldn’t lift the air from underneath you. Unfortunately for Matthew McConaughey, Gold is filled with nothing but hot air that is not even worthy of a bronze. Donning the balding sweep over and pot belly...

Ma Ma Review – Quirky Melodrama of Life, Death and True Love.

Penelope Cruz takes center stage in Ma Ma, a story which focuses on one woman fighting a brave battle with Breast Cancer almost on her own. Ma Ma takes a Cruz and strips her of her voluptuous and stunning image to show a more vulnerable and laid bare yet beautiful woman. Ma Ma may be written and directed by Julio...

The Commuter Review

If there is one thing, you can guarantee from a Liam Neeson action thriller it’s the cliché plot and the predictability of its outcome hurtling at high speed throughout the storyline. Although The Commuter is a fun Friday night pleaser, it refuses to budge that gear stick as Neeson begins to make his final bow in a genre that has graced his career. Neeson teams up yet again for his fourth collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra, in a surprisingly fun yet forgettable race against...

Chicken Review – Beautifully Gut Wrenching.

Every now and again British Independent films produce a beautiful little gem that needs to be shouted about from the rooftops, and in Chicken, we have just that. Low budget but huge on heart and exceptional performances from its virtually unknown cast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1e-d57_7kg The feature length directorial debut for Joe Stephenson, Chicken is already causing a stir and has had the...

Miss You Already DVD Review

Miss You Already, Surprisingly, is a tale of two lifelong friends who have never left each other sides which isn’t as humdrum and mundane as you would expect! With Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore taking the helm as mentioned best friends, this will tug at the heartstrings as well as make you laugh and smile. Miss You Already tells the...

Lady Macbeth Review

Titles can be deceptive, despite the title here, Lady Macbeth isn’t the wife of Shakespeare’s tyrannical ruler who slowly delves deep into the realms of madness, however, this production is a cunning minx of murderously intoxicating drama, and utterly absorbing filmmaking at its finest. The true subject of this beguiling period piece is in fact director William Oldroyd and screenwriter...

Up For Love Review

You may know the face of Jean Dujardin from the 2011 award winning film The Artist, the black and white silent film which won the hearts of critics and audiences alike worldwide. Now Dujardin is back as a pint-sized charmer in Up For Love, it may be quirky but it doesn’t hit the same buttons as The Artist. In Up...

Dirty Grandpa Review – Hilariously Filthy and Offensive, De Niro is the epitome of a Dirty Grandpa.

If the thought of constant profanity, pure filthy sexual language and a nearly naked Zac Efron offends you look away now, get on those running shoes and run for the hills as Dirty Grandpa is full of it. In Dirty Grandpa, Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is your straight-laced, preppy lawyer, following in Daddy’s footsteps at his law firm when Granny dies,...

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 Revenant Review – Gruesomely Brilliant, DiCaprio gives the Performance of his Career.

Awards season is well under way and The Revenant is right up there with the best of them, already this film has nabbed itself three Golden Globes for Best Drama, Best Director for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio performance. This is only the beginning; if DiCaprio doesn’t win an Oscar for his amazing portrayal of Hugh...

The Light Between Oceans Review

M.L. Steadman’s novel The Light Between Oceans became an instant hit when published back in 2012, A classic romantic story set after the first world war which has a theme of deep rooted love, loyalty and the question of right and wrong playing on the moralistic values of an impossibly difficult situation. Writer and Director Derek Cianfrance – known for...

Everybody Wants Some Review – Jocks, Parties and Pussy! Welcome to the hilarious side of early 80’s America.

With Everybody Wants Some, acclaimed Writer and Director Richard Linklater has given us a slightly autobiographically story of his college years, where baseball, parties, and pussy are the only things that young men think about. Back in 1993 Linklater brought us Dazed and Confused, a story about small town high school life in the 70’s, he has since gone on...

Bridget Jones’s Baby Review

What the Romantic Comedy has been crying out for in a while is a return of good old fashioned slapstick and the dominance of one leading lady - one who most women can relate to. Finally, after 12 long years, that woman is back in a glorious return to form in Bridget Jones's Baby. The strong presence of women is...

David Brent: Life on the Road Review

It’s been quite a few years since David Brent made an appearance, but what seems to be Ricky Gervais’s fall back character comes hurtling back at us in David Brent: Life on the Road, a kind of where are they now mockumentary which sees’s Brent still longing for Rock Star status. Written, Directed and starring Gervais himself, David Brent: Life...

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...

Urban Hymn Review

The riots that took place in London and several other English cities in August 2011 were a shock to everyone, especially those living and working close to the events. Many people were confused what caused them; why were people looting high street shops and setting buildings on fire? An escalation of events after a protest following fatal police shooting of...

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