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The Sense of an Ending Review

With a title such as The Sense of an Ending, big expectations lay ahead, not even the greatest performances can make up for less than satisfying ending, building to a crescendo which forever hovers in the air never making that crashing descent of closure it so truly needs. With a screenplay adapted from Julian Barnes prize-winning novel of the same...

High-Rise Review – Confusing and weird, this tall tale collapses into a heap of mess.

High-Rise is an adaptation of the 1975 book of the same name, a certain buzz has surrounded this film for most of the year.  With a host of stars such as Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and more expectations are high but there is a disappointment in store. Opening up High-Rise we see a dishevelled Dr. Robert Laing (Tom...

Freeheld Review – A Tough and Highly Relevant Story.

Freeheld tell's Laurel Hester’s story when it grabbed the national headlines in the states back in 2005, when all this dying woman wanted was for her partner to receive her pension in order to remain financial stable after her death but because she was in a same sex relationship she was denied her dying wish. Laurel and her partner, Stacie’s story...

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...

Black Mass DVD Review

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger was once one of the most wanted men on the FBI’s list, Black Mass, directed by Scott Cooper tells only a small part of this man’s life and his ‘Special’ relationship with the FBI and how it all started to go wrong for this once notorious Irish gangster. Johnny Depp takes on an amazing transformation in Black...

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...

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...

Fences Review

Diversity has finally hit the Oscar’s this year with a number of exceptional films such as Moonlight, Hidden Figures and Fences all getting a spot in the limelight with their nominations. Fences for one is one of the strongest contenders for its powerhouse performances from its cast alone. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name – which...

Dog Eat Dog Review

Dog Eat Dog is the latest directorial effort from Paul Schrader, who is perhaps most famous for penning such classics as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Yakuza. The Martin Scorsese directed Taxi Driver contains Travis Bickle’s infamous monologue in which he proclaims “All the animals come out at night - whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies. Sick,...

Bad Neighbours 2 Review – Bad Taste Galore Delivers Hilarious Stupidity.

Rogen and Efron are back in Bad Neighbours 2 bringing with them the entire inappropriate laugh out loud, disgusting humour and high jinx provided in the first and knocked it out the park with a female overload of stupidity and crafty stunts that will make your jaw hit the floor. As sequels go Bad Neighbours 2 doesn’t fly far from...

Captain America: Civil War Review – Marvel prove they are the masters in epic superhero blockbusters.

In Captain America Civil War, Marvel, yet again, proves they are the masters on the Superhero battlefield. Leaving their nearest opposition for dust and laughing in their face. Marvel show all of the other contenders exactly how it should be done with EPIC force. The Avengers seem to have been part of the big screen for a lot longer than...

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...

Their Finest Review

Morale boosting movies for the home front, romance and a scene-stealing ham actor.  But do they turn Their Finest into British film making’s finest hour and a half? You’ll excuse the literary reference.  New release Their Finest is based on Lissa Evans’ book, Their Finest Hour And A Half, all about the efforts of the Ministry Of Information to make...

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...

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...

East Side Sushi Review

Freshness counts for everything when it comes to sushi.  And, even if you’re not keen on the cuisine, it’s hard to dislike digital release East Side Sushi. According to the opening captions of East Side Sushi, “A good sushi chef can pick up his knives and go anywhere, like a samurai warrior.”  The words are taken from Sushi, the first...

Personal Shopper Review

When technology becomes a supporting role opposite Kristen Stewart in possible one of her best performances yet we get a thrilling, spooky and anxiety filled art-house classic that speaks directly to a modern society which could see a return to form for director Olivier Assayas. Personal Shopper isn’t a horror in the conventional sense but deals with the supernatural with...

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...

Golden Years Review

When you mention Nick Knowles, script writer and executive producer of film doesn’t ultimately spring to mind. However, with Golden years, the DIY SOS presenter is exactly that and he hasn’t done too bad a job however even with a meagre budget it didn’t turn out too great either. Even behind the camera, in the Director’s chair, BAFTA award winning...

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,...

Paterson Review

Whilst most critics are raving over Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, the attraction for me simply wasn’t there as the quiet artful and beautiful tones hardly resonated failing to rise the simplest of pleasures within my soul. Set in present-day Paterson, New Jersey over the period of a week, Paterson see’s Adam Driver – Star Wars: The Force Awakens own Kylo Ren-...

Elle Review

Can you make a comedy about rape?  Controversial director Paul Verhoeven has, in the shape of Elle.  How much you laugh at it depends on your sense of humour. The screen is completely dark.  Then animalistic, rutting noises slowly emerge, sounds of pain.  People are having sex, but it doesn’t sound a pleasant experience and we soon realise why.  The...

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years Review

Becoming famous is besmirched as easy and frivolous these days. In a world full of reality stars, vloggers with millions of subscribers, and viral videos giving the everyman 15 seconds of fame, it doesn't take much to be a sensation. It's so subconscious to the current population and the concept of being famous has changed dramatically at an increasing...

T2 Trainspotting Review

A lot of people have waited patiently for the sequel to Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting since last year’s planned release date. The most patient of all have waited 20 years, as Boyle himself has stated in his own words. Ultimately, the potential for success and accolade of this film rides on the shadow looming over it. If not carried out just...

Phantom Thread Review

It’s almost criminal that Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread is Daniel Day-Lewis’s swansong. The award winning actor has taken method to levels of extremity and immersed himself into character after character with a passionate realism that embroils audiences to his pictures. In his final bow, Lewis brings to life Reynolds Woodcock’s 1950’s style and grace with an artist’s flair of confidence and disdain; giving a master class in believability in...

Now You See Me 2 Review

The four horsemen are back in Now You See Me 2 with a story that doesn’t fall far from the tree but with a copious amount of CGI which will boggle the mind and at a pace which feels like you’re in a speeding car. There is nothing wrong with a few twists and turns, in fact, a good thriller...

Norm of the North Review – An overwhelmingly dull animation that should have stayed on the cutting room floor.

As animations go, Norm of the North tries way too hard to be cute and fails miserable as it blunders its way to the end credits where at this point you’ll be gauging your eyes out and wishing for a quick death. Norm of the North is a cute talking Polar Bear (Voice of Rob Schneider), who at an early...

Inferno Review

Inferno - the last in Dan Brown’s Trilogy - See’s the return of our beloved Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon in a picture which even he can’t save from draining on the soul with a drawn-out and drama-less chase through the beautiful landscapes of Florence and Istanbul. Whilst not completely terrible – despite what else you may read – Inferno...

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Review

Robin Williams 1995 fantasy adventure, Jumanji, were players are sucked into a board game, was very much a part of a whole generations childhood, so when the announcement came that it was being rebooted for the new millennial’s, trepidation run amok amongst its plethora of loyal fans. Fear not, Welcome to the Jungle does not disappoint in delivering the...

The Post Review

Steven Spielberg’s multi-layered rich visitation to the era of 1971, when women were still second-class citizens who had no place in the world of journalism; and the US Government where barefaced lying to their citizens, is a timely stirring masterpiece and a reminder of how far we have come. But those hurdles still loom large in our society. Related: The Post London Press Conference with Meryl...

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