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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...

Moonlight Review

Despite leaving the BAFTAs empty handed, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight could still be the film to upset La La Land at the Oscars later this month.  But is the Academy brave enough to reward this spellbinding story of a young black boy growing up in Miami? Another coming of age story?  Oh, purrrr-lease…..!  Yes, Moonlight is a coming of age story,...

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...

John Wick Chapter 2 Review

John Wick is the type of action hero that cinema needs and deserves, which was demonstrated superbly in the original John Wick film. John Wick Chapter 2 solidifies this idea and provides a new standard of high-octane, gripping, gut-punching action. Any action film aims to create hair-raising thrills and blood-pumping combat scenes, though many feel flat and flashy. The world...

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...

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...

Army of One DVD Review

When dealing with a Nicholas-Cage-starring film, there’s a pretty equal chance of it being ingenious or being preposterous. Unfortunately, Army of One sits so solidly in the mundane that it doesn’t deliver what every person watching a Nicholas Cage film seeks: entertainment. Based on the real story of a man on a mission, Cage stars as Gary Faulkner, a seemingly slightly...

20th Century Women Review

Growing older is inevitable.  But in the 1970s, 60 was a long way from being the new 40, as Annette Bening discovers in 20th Century Women.  Don’t be fooled by that epic-sounding title.  20th Century Women, the latest from writer/director Mike Mills, is anything but sweeping, offering up the story of three women in a crumbling South Californian house finding...

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...

Loving Review

While Loving is part of the wave of the ‘true stories told on film’ trend we’ve seen lately, its sense of quiet and carefulness with every scene differentiates itself and makes for such a wholly understated film. A lot of films, when taking this approach, cannot maintain an engaging and engrossing picture, so to see Jeff Nichols tell this story...

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...

Hacksaw Ridge Review

With any war, one thing you’re guaranteed is a copious amount of blood and grisly gruesome scenes, with the Mel Gibson, directed Hacksaw Ridge, he, in no way shy’s away from that very fact – those with a delicate disposition do not enter this thrillingly gripping story lightly or you may find yourself reaching for a sick bag at...

Denial Review

Denial is undeniably an intriguing story which will leave you in amazement. Denial is yet another narrative based on a true story, one which hits on the sensitive issue of the Holocaust and one man’s mission to deny it and one woman’s fight to actually prove him wrong – Yes, you may scoff in disbelief but this really did happen,...

Sing Review

American animation film production company, Illumination Entertainment, made a name for itself back in 2010 with break-out film, Despicable Me. Since then, it’s profited on the popularity of the sideline stars, the Minions, and produced a sequel, a spin-off, plus other adventures away from that universe, including this summer's The Secret Life of Pets. Their seventh film in six years comes...

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...

Captain Fantastic DVD Review

Parenting is one of life’s experiences that no-one can put their finger on how to do ‘the right way’, yet ironically most parents think their way is right. Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), never outwardly vocalises a disdain with the current world and it’s appropriateness to raise children in, however, his choice to dwell with his six children in the woods...

Split Review

Split

It’s been a while since M Night Shyamalan has delivered anything as good The Sixth Sense, with each new film we sit and wait with bated breath to only be let down like plummeting off the top of the tallest skyscraper. Then finally 2017 arrives and with it Split, surely with James McAvoy taking the lead we have finally something...

Jackie Review

Jackie Kennedy was one of the most glamorous and famous women of her day. A unique first lady with style and grace, all thanks to her marriage to JFK, the catalyst to her rise in fame and stature.  Devoted wife to a President who was far from discreet in his dalliances with a certain blonde haired bombshell and loving...

Embrace Review

With the phenomena of social media and the internet at the centre of global culture, it seems crucial that the discussion of body image is addressed. The conversation has actually been happening for a very long time, but without ever really managing to break the surface of the blanket of mass media that surrounds and dictates our lives every day....

La La Land Review

The feel-good days of the Golden age of cinema and Hollywood have been lost for many years to the gluttonous money making franchises the studios churn out at the speed of a juggernaut. There is no questioning the immense excitement and buzz La La Land is creating amongst not only critics across the world but the awards institutions too. From the...

Manchester By The Sea Review

Kenneth Lonergan returns to the director’s chair with Manchester by the Sea, bringing with him an all too familiar sense of profundity regarding the human condition. Lonergan’s previous films, You Can Count On Me and Margaret have philosophised as well as debated over similar themes, normally accompanied by a myriad melancholy. He is a keen observer of the absurdity of...

A Monster Calls Review

Don’t be fooled by the clips or trailers you may have seen for A Monster Calls, aiming for one type of audience it may not be suitable for with a subtle comparison to the recent adaptation of Spielberg’s The BFG. It’s much darker than you would expect from a so-called ‘children’s’ film with its theme of loss and guilt at...

Assassin’s Creed Review

Director Justin Kurzel, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard on paper, have been seen as a dream team ever since their collaboration on 2015’s Macbeth. With the three teaming up again for the game adaptation of Assassin’s Creed excitement beyond belief murmured for something insanely amazing. We should never have held our breath for a beautiful delight as Assassin's Creed is...

Marauders Review

In an ideal world, every movie would start with at least a wee spark of creativity.  But we don’t live in an ideal world – and, in case we need a reminder, there’s Marauders …… Working out where the original idea for the film came from is a thankless task because it looks more likely that there wasn’t one in the...

Mechanic: Resurrection DVD Review

Jason Statham films are practically a genre of their own, with the same formula and conventions seeming to reoccur every time he takes the starring role. Mechanic Resurrection, a sequel to 2011’s The Mechanic, is Jason Statham’s 40th film since 1998. Statham is renowned for his no-nonsense, straight-talking, fist-to-face action hero and he reoccurs yet again in this sequel as...

London Town Review

There is no better way to end a miserable year than a throwback feel-good coming-of-age story filled with an abundance of nostalgia in the form of a number of tracks from The Clash pumping through the backdrop and veins of the narrative of the story which is based on the screenplay of The Untitled Joe Strummer Project. Set in 1979...

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...

Hunt For The Wilderpeople Review

As December approaches, selections of the top film releases of the year begin to surface. Ever since it’s theatrical release, Hunt For The Wilderpeople has been the talk of the town and no doubt will be high up on lists of critics and audiences alike. The film hails from New Zealand’s Taika Waititi, director of mockumentary horror comedy, What We...

The Birth of a Nation Review

A substantial wave of controversy has surrounded The Birth of a Nation and its filmmaker Nate Parker since it made its appearance at various film festivals over the course of the year detracting away from the actual historical story of the film and its importance. What is clearly a passion project for first time filmmaker Parker, which not only sees...

The Pass Review

It’s only been three years since playwright, John Donnelly’s The Pass opened on the stage to rave reviews, so it was only a matter of time that this socially topical play made it onto the big screen bringing with it 99% of its original stage cast. Russell Tovey takes up his role again as Jason, a closeted premier league footballer...

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