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House of Gucci Review

House of Gucci

It’s been mere weeks since Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel hit cinemas. This time he catapults forward in time to tell the rise and fall of the fashion House of Gucci through the eyes of Patrizia Reggiani, played by Lady Gaga, the wife of the grandson of the Gucci founder and subsequent murderess. Gaga is truly the star of...

Pirates Review

Pirates Film 2021

Reggie Yates – known for his hard-hitting documentaries – makes his feature directorial debut with feel-good verve and fresh eyes on young Black men. Straying away from the negativity and pouring nothing but feel-good positivity and garage vibes into the very foundation of a throwback story.Set on New Year’s Eve 1999, the story focuses on three 18-year-old best mates,...

King Richard Review

King Richard movie

Monsters and Men director Reinaldo Marcus Green returns for this warm-hearted delve into the breakneck tenacity of the Father of iconic Tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, Richard Williams. With Venus and Serena both serving as executive producers, this is a love letter to a father who would never give up on pushing their talents via his own agenda...

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Review

Ghostbusters Afterlife review

When mentioning Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters, audiences of a certain age no doubt look back on a time filled with childhood nostalgia. Skip forward 37 years and insert Reitman’s offspring Jason – who directs and co-wrote the latest in the franchise instalment – and that nostalgic feeling comes rushing to the surface with the joyous and heartfelt next chapter that pays...

Eternals Review

Eternals

With the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase, 3 done and more or less dusted it’s time for the MCU to herald in a new era in phase 4 with a whole bunch of new faces. Directed by Oscar-winning art-house director Chloe Zhao gives this a more stylistic tinge filled with firsts but with all the blockbuster superhero humour and fanfare.This multi-cultural...

Spencer Review

Spencer Movie

Jackie director Pablo Larrain seems to have a taste for making movies about iconic female figures. With the 2016 film focusing on First Lady Jackie Kennedy in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the filmmaker turns his focus to Princess Diana (Kristen Stewart) in this self-styled “fable from a true tragedy”.It’s a Christmas weekend in 1991, the Royal...

Antlers Review

Antlers

Filmmaker Scott Cooper and producer Guillermo Del Toro delve into the world of indigenous folklore in the long-delayed horror. Delay seems to be the dish of the day, as the drawn-out convoluted story tries to build a foundation filled with multiple themes before finally transforming into an anti-climax.Keri Russell heads up the cast, taking on the role of small-town...

The French Dispatch Review

The French Dispatch

Isle of Dogs filmmaker Wes Anderson returns with another over stylised quirky offering with an A-list cast for his latest. An ode to print magazines, The French Dispatch is full of vibrant and clever compositions but it doesn’t make up for the fact the comedy and coherency of his story are woefully lacking.What some may call visionary, others will...

Dune Review

Dune review

Let’s all face it, if you didn’t know Denis Villeneuve’s version of Dune was about to be released, you must have been living under a rock. The over-hyped reboot of David Lynch’s 1984 catastrophe gathers the stars of today to revive the desert story. Thanks to the use of modern technology and cinematographer Greig Fraser’s eye for the spectacular views...

No Time To Die Review

No Time To Die

After a couple of false starts due to some kind of pandemic, Daniel Craig’s final outing as the seminal James Bond in No Time To Die is finally upon us, and boy what a way to go out. Taking on Phoebe Waller-Bridge as one of the writers alongside Neal Purvis and Robert Wade for the Craig series has had a...

The Many Saints of Newark Review

The Many Saints of Newark

After 14 years since the final episode aired of the iconic mobster series The Sopranos aired, series creator David Chase delves back into the world of dodgy dealings, murder and family betrayal once again with the prequel feature. It’s a prequel that not only veers into pointless territories but treats its audience with contempt by feeling the need to spell...

Candyman Review

Candyman 2021

Bernard Rose’s 1992 adaptation of Clive Barker’s novella gave birth to a frightening legend amongst a whole generation that preys on our fears to this very day. Nia DaCosta’s follow-up to that film injects the legend firmly in this telling with fantastical cinematography, sturdy links to the 1992 version, social commentary and a touch of tongue in cheek comedy,...

People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan Review

People Just Do Nothing Big In Japan

What works on the small screen doesn’t necessarily mean it world work on the big; none so trying words can be spoken about the BBC’s mockumentary People Just Do Nothing and their brief dalliance with fame in Japan that jeopardises not just friendships but its cult-like status.Having gone off the air back in 2018 the Kurupt FM crew consisting...

Minamata Review

Minamata Johnny Depp

Filmmaker Andrew Levitas delves into the perils and righteous fight of famed photojournalist W. Eugene Smith with a furiously calming depiction of a fascinating and compelling narrative. It’s a drama that highlights the evils of big corporate companies polluting innocent towns and their residents and their lack of scruples when big money is respected more than the lives of...

Free Guy Review

Free Guy

If you are familiar with Jim Carrey’s The Truman Show, then you already know the vibe Night at the Museum franchise director Shawn Levy is trying to portray with Free Guy. A film that stars the lovable Ryan Reynolds as an NPC (non-playable character to those not familiar with the gaming world) with all the humour you would expect...

Coda Review

Coda movie

Writer/director Sian Heder’s Sundance award-winning film gives a voice to the hearing impaired in this charmingly quaint movie of one girl's plight of juggling life with her deaf family and the desire to spread her wings and fly the nest.Emilia Jones takes on the role of 17-year-old Ruby, a teenager with the weight of the world on her shoulders....

Stillwater Review

Stillwater

10 years in the making, Spotlight filmmaker Tom McCarthy finally give life to the Matt Damon led drama Stillwater. Loosely based and inspired by the Amanda Knox case, the young American woman who was acquitted having spent four years in an Italian prison after the murder in 2007 of her roommate. The film takes on the perspective of her...

Jungle Cruise Review

Jungle Cruise

The man-mountain that is Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt team up for this whimsical adventure based on a Disneyland theme park ride. Instead of hitting those racing rapids with excitement, you’re left feeling a little jaded and just a bit damp when the thrills never quite emerge.Set in the early 1900s, the story follows Blunt’s upper-class Lily Houghton, a...

Space Jam: A New Legacy Review

Space Jam A New Legacy

25 years after the original Space Jam garnered a generation of fans with Basketball legend Michael Jordan and his antics with the classic loony tunes comes its follow-up. Hoping to provide that same sense of joy, relay the importance of teamwork and a message to parents to let your kids be whoever they want to be – whilst these are...

Black Widow Review

Black Widow

Having first appeared in Iron Man 2 back in 2010 it’s taken 11 years (with a pandemic delay) for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow to finally get her own standalone film. The spotlight should firmly be on her, or so you would have thought, but for all its acrobatic female kick-ass baddery poor old Natasha Romanoff has to share that limelight...

The Tomorrow War Review

The Tomorrow War review

The Lego Movie filmmaker Chris McKay teams up with Chris Pratt on his latest generic sci-fi time travel, alien assassination actioneer that puts the fate of the world into the hands of a doting father. A two-headed popcorn filler that is part sentimental family fodder, part save humanity from the evil ancient aliens, it won’t be winning any awards...

Fast and Furious 9 Review

Fast and Furioys 9

Here we are, on the 20th anniversary of the release of the very first in the Fast and Furious franchise comes the ninth instalment. It’s given us some dreadful lows and some exceptional highs, with one thing that leaves no doubt, is the phenomenal stunts in its car chase sequences are something to behold. The question is can a...

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Review

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Review

Selma Hayek, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson return for more ludicrous, outlandish and foul-mouthed japery in the sequel to the 2017 action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Big on popcorn fodder but lacking in as many laughs as its predecessor, this explosive generic picture at least gives us an hour and ’40 minutes to switch off from the world and lose...

A Quiet Place 2 Review

It’s been a long time coming, in fact, it’s just over a year since John Krasinski’s horror baby and sequel to the critical and audience acclaimed A Quiet Place was originally due to hit the big screen. To say it was worth the wait would be an understatement, who says we need Christopher Nolan and his twisty turny theatrics to...

Rare Beasts Review

Rare Beasts

When you hear about Billie Piper’s Rare Beasts, you’ll also hear the term anti-rom-com banded about not far behind. Whilst this is, in fact, correct you’re also in for an incoherent storyline filled with neurotic women and despicable, wholly unlikeable male characters. Made for the Gen Z generation of timely conversation with a typically pretentious narrative, there are momentary...

Without Remorse Review

Without Remorse

Sicario 2 director Stefano Sollima teams up with Michael B. Jordan for the latest in franchise fodder inspired by Tom Clancy’s 1993 bestseller. It’s another generic auctioneer that’s oozing a rush job, filled with high levels of testosterone and machismo, questionable authenticity and eye-rolling predictability.Jordan takes on the role of Navy Seal John Clark, highly skilled and able to...

Chaos Walking Review

Chaos Walking

Filmmaker Doug Liman is back with a sci-fi YA adaptation that should have been firmly left on the bookshelf. A dull plodder where misogynistic men rule results in an empty husk of a story that should have kept its thoughts to itself. Set on a planet, colonised by human’s, every man is betrayed by the mere fact their thoughts are...

The Mauritanian Review

The Mauritanian

Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald, best known for ‘The Last King of Scotland’ and the 2018 Whitney Houston documentary ‘Whitney’ returns to the big screen with the real-life story of Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi. It’s a solid offering with exceptional performances from both Jodie Foster and Tahir Rahim that leaves its audience wanting a retaliation that never arrives.Based...

Judas and the Black Messiah Review

Judas and the Black Messiah

Director Shaka King tackles the true story of the slain Black Panther activist, Fred Hampton, through the eyes of the treachery within the ranks at the hands of William O’Neal. It’s a story lesser told but it’s truly affecting story bursts with electrifying performances from both Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield.In 1961, a 21-year-old Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), the...

How to Stop a Recurring Dream Review

How to Stop a Recurring Dream

It’s not an easy leap to jump from directing commercials and music video’s to feature-length films, but Ed Morris takes that leap of faith with his debut in this affecting British drama exploring themes of loss and separation lead by Bridgerton’s Ruby Barker.The story focuses on Yakira (Barker), a wayward teenage girl who has never gotten over the grief...