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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...

Risen Review – A light-hearted biblical tale which lacks any real urgency.

In Risen, Director Kevin Reynolds has created the age old timeless story of Jesus and his resurrection after death from the viewpoint of his Roman aggressor. Risen see's that hat falling firmly on the head of a very stiff and unconvincing Joseph Fiennes as he spends most of the film with a vacant look on his face and staring off...

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Review

In Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, director Ang Lee tries something radically different. But why make a film that nobody can see in the way he intends?  When the latest film from a director like Ang Lee gets a limited distribution, the immediate question is “why?”  Especially when you know that Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk got the thumbs down...

The Weekend Review

Films suffer from a lot of stereotyping, even more so in comedies. As you refine the genre and go from British comedies then focus on urban British comedies, it means there are fewer films on offer to break this practice. So when something comes along that seems to have really paid attention to how real young people act, behave, talk,...

Free Fire Review

British director Ben Wheatley has never shied away from controversy or dividing audiences.  Has he hit the target with his latest, Free Fire? Ben Wheatley likes his single locations.  First, there was a field (A Field In England), then a tower block (High-Rise) and now a disused warehouse in Free Fire, which was also the movie that closed the London...

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...

Passengers Review

So much potential surrounded Passengers, an unconventional space age love story, Chris Pratt bringing the humour and Jennifer Lawrence with her sultry feminine wiles with a feminist twist. Even with Michael Sheen as a robotic barman caused a gif stir amongst social media lovers. The Avalon, a vast spacecraft with so much empty space and monotonously dull colours, is headed...

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),...

Supersonic Review

The highs, lows and infamous fall-outs and loss of band members throughout the career of Oasis have been highly documented over the years. Supersonic brings all of what makes Oasis the biggest rock n roll band in British history together to give us an intimately funny and nostalgic journey into a not so secret chronicle of the band. Coming from...

Baywatch Review

Cue the slo-mo and skimpy red cossies – Baywatch is back!  But you might wonder why …… It’s not so long ago that a certain Guy Ritchie made a film called The Man From UNCLE.  The resemblance to the original TV series was fleeting, to say the least: the secret agent double act kept their names, but anybody expecting a...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Review

With J.K. Rowling stepping back into the magical limelight not just as the wizarding world creator but first-time screenwriter for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them she has recreated everything that is much loved from the pages of the magical and charming Harry Potter. The quirky yet timid Newt arrives in New York with his battered brown case full...

Allied Review

Robert Zemeckis has brought us some cinematic classics over the years from Back To the Future to Forest Gump, so expectation may be high for his wartime spy thriller Allied with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard at the helm. So it pains to say that this transportation into World War II has less fizzle than an unexploded bomb. Brad Pitt...

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...

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,...

Grimsby Review – Prepare to be hilariously horrified

When you think of Sacha Baron Cohen and his past creative ventures of Ali G, Borat and Bruno you know you’re in for one hell of a non-PC, vulgar, stereotyping yet hilarious ride. By no means does Grimsby disappoint in any of these areas. If your faint of heart or easily offended walk away now. With Grimsby, we see a...

Imperium DVD Review

Daniel Radcliffe in Imperium may be a role that will shock you right out of your underwear, but even with a shaven head and his neo-nazi appearance, it’s still hard to shake off his Harry Potter persona even with a superbly intelligent performance that fools his white supremacist brethren. Radcliffe plays Nate Foster, a straight-laced FBI agent who lacks the...

Trespass Against US Review

Trespass Against Us directed by Adam Smith contrasts a familiar story with that of an unfamiliar setting – which breathes fresh life into a very recognizable crime story. A stellar cast that includes the likes of Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson and Sean Harris enhances the composition of every scene considerably. As far as set-ups go, Trespass Against Us presents us with...

Mum’s List Review

Warning! If there is one thing Mum's List will do is tug hard on those heartstrings and keep on tugging until you’re completely exhausted. A true story based on the novel by St. John Greene about his struggles with his young family and memories of losing his wife and soul mate to cancer. Directed and adapted for the big screen...

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...

Midnight Special Review – A Creeping Chase Story which will Transport you to another world.

The Question that comes to mind with Midnight Special is what genre of film can we fit this into, Is it Sci-Fi or is it a mystery thriller? What isn’t in question is how extremely good this tale of mystery, family protection and just so happens to be a chase movie really is. From the moment the Midnight Special opens...

Brotherhood Review

Noel Clarke’s Brotherhood is being dubbed as the first British trilogy, the third and final film in the Hood series of films, Kidulthood and Adulthood. A film that has been 10 years in the making which see’s the film evolve into more of a gangster genre film than an actual Hood movie, proving the script has come of age...

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 Girl With All The Gifts Review

The aptest setting for a zombie film is a post-apocalyptic world - The Girl with all the Gifts, which is based on the novel by M.R. Carey – A familiar yet dystopian future which seems too close to the present world we live in today. The common formula for any given zombie is one who has no brains as they...

Mortal Engines Review

Dystopian YA novel adaptations seem to be a trend that will not go away, The Hunger Games set a precedent that most fail to live up to and as each year passes the imagination disintegrates into dust. The latest that falls into that category comes from the Lord of the Ring’s Peter Jackson and first time director Christian Rivers...

Ralph Breaks The Internet Review

Five years after Ralph wrecked all animations in its path, Disney has returned the muscular meathead head and his best friend Vanellope for an overstuffed exploration inside the internet with smile-inducing humour and heart with a dash of social relevance. John C. Reilly returns as the voice of bad-guy turned good, Ralph, along with Sarah Silverman’s Vanellope. Where Ralph is...

Green Room Review – Gruesomely Gripping and Brutal.

For only his second outing, Director Jeremy Saulnier has cranked up the heat in Green Room not only has he shown a flare for gruesome brutality but has landed the likes of legendary veteran actor Patrick Stewart along with Imogen Poots and Anton Yelchin to deliver a skinhead vs rockers horror that will shake you to your very core. The...

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