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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...

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...

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...

Live By Night DVD Review

Ben Affleck’s rollercoaster career has hit the heights and plumbed the depths.  So where does his gangster flick, Live By Night, fit in? Related: The Films of Zoe Saldana Nearly five years ago, Ben Affleck was riding high on the success of his Iran hostage thriller, Argo.  It went down well with critics and audiences and there was more to come...

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword Review

It’s unceremoniously tanked in the States, so what kind of reception can Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword expect as it arrives this week? Do you know your Uther Pendragons from your Mordred's?  If King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword is anything to go by, director Guy Ritchie certainly doesn’t.  Not that it’s prevented him from making his...

Alien: Covenant Review

Back in 2012 Ridley Scott ventured back into his Alien world with what was meant to be a prequel to the Alien franchise and left us feeling a little underwhelmed, five years on Scott is back at the helm with Alien: Covenant, a sequel to the aforementioned prequel which still falls before the first Alien film, injecting a much-needed...

Remembering The Man DVD Review

A real-life gay love story set in 80s Australia was one of the most moving cinematic experiences of last year.  But can a documentary about the same couple cause a spike in tissue sales?   Just under a year ago, cinema audiences clutched their tissues as they watched Holding The Man, the deeply moving true story of two gay Australians, Timothy...

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...

Mindhorn Review

From The Mighty Boosh to Mindhorn, Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby team up yet again to both write and star in a tale of a once worshipped, now washed up 80’s actor Richard Thorncroft aka Mindhorn poking fun at the fame game with hilarious and pitiful sympathies. As you would expect from the Mighty Boosh duo, Mindhorn is an out...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

The a-holes are back with a big bang of colour and euphoric family bickering that falters with a little whimper, riding the tails of the first in order to make Vol. 2 an eggtastic success with the scene-stealing baby Groot and an emotionally touching shocker that tugs lightly at the heart strings as well as taking you by surprise. If...

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...

The Promise Review

Irish screenwriter and director, Terry George is no stranger to adapting a real-life tragedy for a quietly epic cinematic experience. The Hotel Rwanda director, with The Promise, brings to life the atrocities the Armenian people faced at hands of the former Ottoman Empire only to dilute the story with a tragic and convoluted yet unconvincing love story. Let it be...

The Pyramid Texts Review

Stripped back and laid bare, the film adaptation of BAFTA award-winning writer Geoff Thompson’s stage play, The Pyramid Texts, is nothing less of a powerhouse of raw human emotion with an exceptional performance from its lone front man, James Cosmo. The Pyramid Texts is laced beautifully together with bouts of poetic dialogue that tear deep into a single man’s soul...

Salt And Fire DVD Review

Take an ecological disaster, missing luggage and a tablet with possibly the longest battery life in the world, and what have you got?  The latest from auteur director Werner Herzog. Herzog’s career reaches its fiftieth anniversary next year: his first feature, Signs Of Life, was released in 1968.  During that time, he’s directed titles that frequently find their way onto...

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...

Fast and Furious 8 Review

Fast and Furious

The longevity and success of the Fast and Furious franchise tell you one thing, the studio and filmmakers certainly know their audience so why mess with something that works so darn well, Fast and Furious 8 with all its glorious flaws, cheese and complete insanity is ludicrously blistering entertainment. Faces have come and sadly gone from this series of films...

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...

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