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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...

Eye in the Sky Review – A topical, gripping and intense thriller of morals.

With Helen Mirren taking the Helm as Colonel Katherine Powell, Eye in the Sky delivers a gripping and suspense filled story of modern day drone warfare which touches on the conscience of our government, giving the director, Gavin Hood a much needed booster after his 2007 headache inducing Rendition. Hood has kept Eye in the Sky pretty simply by keeping...

Southside With You Review

Charisma is one of Barak Obama’s endearing charms – Southside With You - which tells the story of Obama and the first lady, Michelle Obama na Robinson’s, first date has this as well as a romantic charm seeping through its very pores. First-time writer/director of Southside With You, Richard Tanne, shines a blinding yet extremely simply light on this tale...

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...

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...

Miss Sloane Review

In John Madden’s Miss Sloane it's implied women of high intellect, top of their game and always one step ahead of her male counterparts have to be a woman with the traits of a cold-hearted and arrogant trout, one that views sex as a treat and hires male escort’s to fulfil her sexual necessity, that, in a nutshell, is...

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...

Zoolander 2 Review – Ridiculously Average Tired Comedy or Cult Classic?

It’s been 15 years since the man behind Blue steel, Derek Zoolander, hit the big screen but can this kind of humour stand the test of time and evolve into the new world? The answer is a big resounding no, not even the endless cameos can save this run(a)way disaster. A lot has happened in the 15 years since we...

Spotlight Review – A Hard Hitting True Story full of Passion and Grit.

For many centuries the Catholic Church has always had its dark secrets, this is a fact and has been proven time and time again, in Spotlight we embark on the true story events of one journalistic team in America to unearth the truth of the rampant paedophilia amongst its priests in Boston. Before the Spotlight team even embarked on this...

Mojave Review – Anti-Climatic and humdrum, it’s a far cry from a worthy Thriller.

Writer and Director William Monahan may be best known for his award-winning screenplay The Departed, Kingdom of Heaven and Body of Lies but Mojave is a far cry from his best work on the big screen, even the brilliant Oscar Isaac couldn’t save this one from being anything but fairly average. Mojave tells the story of Superstar Tom (Garrett Hedlund),...

Cabin Fever Review – A remake full of gore, but lacks the scare factor.

Being his first film Cabin Fever was never Eli Roth’s best movie but 14 years after the release of the original Director Travis Zariwny has taken the 2002 outing and rebooted it to what would seem to be to appeal to a new generation with hilariously bad efforts that make the first look like a masterpiece. Isn’t the whole idea...

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge Review

The Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise reaches number five with Salazar’s Revenge.  But is it time for the ol’ heave-ho, me hearties? Hang on!  Wasn’t this supposed to be called Dead Men Tell No Tales?  Yes, it was, and it still is in the States – and the line’s included in the film – but, in their infinite wisdom, Disney...

Capture The Flag Review – You Can’t Go Wrong with An Animation Lizard Can You?

When you think of Spanish animation films not many will jump to mind, not highly known for their animation skills, you might, however, remember Justin and the Knights of Valour back in 2013 so by rights you wouldn’t expect much from Capture the Flag, a Spanish 3D computer animated sci-fi adventure but you’ll be pleasantly surprised. With Capture the Flag...

A Wrinkle in Time Review

A Wrinkle in Time Review

Ava DuVernay has been making waves in the cinematic universe since wowing audiences with her outstanding directional abilities since she graced us with the stirring Selma. Her next move was the powerful documentary on African American inmates, 13. Now crossing over the line from reality into a Disney fantasy world, DuVernay takes on the adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time with a visual power to blow the mind, but the story falls...

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...

Don’t Breathe Review

Sometimes simplicity goes a long way, with Don’t Breathe we get just that in this horror/thriller which has buckets of originality in a genre that just churns out the same story over and over again. With nerve-jangling and stomach churning moments it provides a refreshing unpredictability. Coming from the director who remade Evil Dead back in 2013, which was also...

The Girl on the Train Review

Director Tate Taylor – who directed the powerfully emotional ‘The Help’ seems to have an affinity with female lead film; The Girl on the Train is no exception with three very different female personalities taking the limelight in this thrillingly tense film adaptation. Only a year ago Paula Hawkin’s novel, ‘The Girl on the Train’, was a bestselling sensation, so...

Studio 54 Review

In the late seventies, amongst the Manhattan elite comprising of mostly celebrities, the number one nightclub to be associated with was Studio 54. At its height, the hedonistic disco inferno was the place to be. Even to this day, those that were lucky enough to be let through the front doors of a former CBS TV Studio, dreamily cloud over in the excess of their memories of...

Broken Review

Everyone has those days when they don’t want to get out of bed, dreading the day ahead and it’s arduous tasks. But as a carer, those feelings don’t matter when someone is relying on you to live their life. Shaun Robert Smith’s Broken screened at this year’s Frightfest, opens with live-in carer Evie battling with herself to get out of...

Boulevard Review – Whilst Williams’s performance is deeply moving the lack of drama leaves you feeling cold.

With Boulevard, its main pulling attraction will be the fact it is being billed as Robin Williams last ever on-screen performance. Whilst his performance is very touching we can’t help feeling that the passion had already died with this flat script. Williams has certainly proved his worth in the drama arena in the past, delving deep into his dark and...

Hidden Figures Review

Whilst most may be aware of the role of importance men played in sending a man into space to lay his feet firmly on the moon, not so many know of the tremendous work of the African-American Women who played an equally important role in achieving it. Hidden Figures delves, with a delicate touch, into the story of three...

Love of my Life Review

Comedy-dramas are a blend of what’s great about both genres: the performances and story ground a film emotionally and are balanced with humour that elevates the experience, and can also move the drama to a more relatable world. Love of My Life benefits largely from its use of humour, yet the drama is not quite strong enough for the...

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

The highly anticipated follow-up to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn’t quite deliver what we were all hoping from this ultimate battle of egos but it sure does pack a mighty punch in true comic book style but is this enough to quench our thirst and keep its diehard fans happy? From the very...

The Hatton Garden Job Review

Described as the most spectacular British crime of this decade, the Hatton Garden heist surprisingly wasn’t just notorious for the theft of £14m of valuables, but perhaps more so because of the men behind the burglary. Experienced thieves, yes, but also pensioners. This somewhat bizarre crime scene has been brought to life in spoof flick, The Hatton Garden Job, where...

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...

Me Before You Review – Charmingly Cheerful and Heartbreakingly Sad.

Fans of author Jo Jo Moyes have been crying out for Me Before You to be adapted for film and at last, they get their wish, this very British and female made film isn’t your typical Rom-Com we all come to expect but hits deeper with a controversial storyline. Me Before You has already caused an outcry from disability campaigners...

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...

The Accountant Review

Never take people at face value, people are made up of many complex layers and Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant emphatically uncovers the secret layers of those who would appear dull on the surface such as Ben Affleck’s Accountant Christian Wolff. Affleck – who has come into The Accountant fully pumped from his role as Batman in Batman Vs Superman –...

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...

You Were Never Really Here Review

Since 2017’s Cannes film festival, acclaimed director Lynne Ramsey’s You Were Never Really Here has bounced off the lips of many a cinephile with riotous respect. It’s a psycho-drama that evokes the splendour of Martin Scorsese’ Taxi Driver with a broodingly paced plot, relying heavily on suggestion than any real brutality and an eerily haunting and atmospheric score from...

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