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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...

Coming 2 America Review

COMING 2 AMERICA

30 years after Eddie Murphy brought Prince Akeem of Zamunda to life in the classic comedy Coming To America, Murphy reprises the role in its long and highly anticipated sequel. A sequel that wants to desperately keep alive the royal remnants of the past, with a touch of feminism throw in for good measure, it’s the lazy script forgetting...

Raya and the Last Dragon Review

Raya and the Last Dragon

Disney, once again, wins on the diversity and originality stakes. This time, in Raya and the Last Dragon, the house of mouse bangs home the message – without a sledgehammer - of hope and unity to bring about a better world but not without a few bumps in the road to give it that reality factor. Let’s face it,...

Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar Review

Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar

Teaming up for the first time since Bridesmaids, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo not only star but co-wrote this shipwreck of overblown drivel. A catastrophic comedy that would have been best cut down to a 20-minute sketch show, just so we don’t have to sit through the pain of Jamie Dornan’s excessive musical numbers for one.If ridiculous is what...

Bliss Review

BLISS

You would have thought Director Mike Cahill would be the best qualified to bring a mind-bending sci-fi caper to life with the likes of ‘I’ Origins’ under his belt, but while trying to emulate the dizzying heights of the Matrix, Owen Wilson and Selma Hayek are left floating through the void of a derivative mess.Wilson takes on the role...

The Dig Review

The Dig

Don’t be fooled by the digging and the dirt, this Netflix feature is one of those rare hidden gems just waiting to be unearthed. Quintessentially English, full of charm and tenacity Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan put in star performances in a story which wavers from its main focus for a bit of titillating forbidden romance.Set just before the...

Wonder Woman 1984 Review

Wonder Woman 1984

Never have we needed a blockbuster as much as we do right now in 2020!, Something big, bold and bloody explosive to break up the monotony some of us have had to sit through. There really is nothing like switching off with a big bag of popcorn and delving into the make-believe worlds that superheroes give us and hats...

Godmothered Review

Godmothered

A modern-day Elf for feminists, whilst enjoyable for its escapism, won’t be turning any frogs into princes any time soon. It wouldn’t be a festive period without the magic direct from the house of mouse and the promise of a “Disney Princess”. So teaming up with Bridget Jones Diary’s Sharon Maguire, expectations are high to bring home that feel-good nostalgia...

Uncle Frank Review

Uncle Frank

A drama full of mental turmoil, whilst having a bucket load of charm, threatened to drown in a subject just tad water-downed for mainstream audiences. Paul Bettany gets to flex his non-marvel acting chops in a coming-out drama during a time where anything other than heterosexuality in certain US states was more than frowned upon.Told via the narrative of Sophia...

A Christmas Gift From Bob Review

A Christmas Gift From Bob

Four years on since that furry little bundle of joy, Bob, stole the nation’s hearts in A Street Cat Named Bob, he returns for this follow-up tear-jerker to fill all our hearts with a little festive spirit and to remind us all of the power of human kindness. In the film’s predecessor, based on the real-life story of James Bowen’s...

One Night in Miami Review – London Film Festival 2020

One Night in Miami

Regina King makes her directorial debut with the latest in great black cinema, an adaptation of Kemp Powers' 2013 play marking a pivotal night in 1964. Lead by an eloquently laden dialogue-heavy storyline, its mere presence of its four leading men is nothing but mesmerizingly captivating.Set mainly in a hotel room after Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree)...

Supernova Review – London Film Festival 2020

Supernova

British director, Harry MacQueen has melancholy on point, first with Hinterland, now with a beautiful and tender love story in which dementia dictates the rules and unearths truly flawless performances from both its leading men.The film follows Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci) as they take a road trip in their cosy little campervan over the visually stunning...

Mangrove Review – London Film Festival 2020

Mangrove Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen kicks of his Small Axe Anthology with a whirlwind force of nature, a poignant, eloquent and electrically charged hotbed of British stark reality of racial tension.  As the hotbed of racial tensions bubble over in the US and UK, filmmaker Steve McQueen’s first feature in the Small Axe anthology – which consists of five films – couldn’t feel...

The Forty-Year-Old Version Review

THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION

When life gives Radha Blank lemons, she makes lemonade and sticks two fingers up those who use age to stop you doing what makes you happy.  Middle-age sometimes sneaks up and smacks you right between the eyes without you even realising and makes you question, what exactly have I done with my life? That’s the exact inspiration behind Radha Blank’s...

Les Miserables Review

Les miserables

Ladj Ly's feature directorial debut clings to the provocative nature of La Haine with empathy and ferocity. It may have the same title as Victor Hugo’s infamous story, but this French drama, apart from being set in the same area of Paris as a section of his novel, is in no way yet another adaptation. Doused in timely themes of...

Tenet Review

Tenet

Christopher Nolan's mind-bending melting pot of confusion is a visually epic phenomenon, but its vagueness and headache-inducing storyline leave a sour taste. It’s the film that both Warner Bros and cinemas across the globe have pinned their hopes on to breathe life back into the pandemic hit planet earth. With Christopher Nolan’s insistence this needs to be seen on the...

How To Build A Girl Review

How to Build A Girl

Caitlin Moran’s witty wordsmith wonder unleashes a whirlwind of ambitious thunder in Beanie Feldstein with a joyful trip to the 90s' sticking one finger up at sexist journalistic practices. Another of Caitlin Moran’s wordsmith wonders finds itself adapted in the name of Entertainment, at times semi-autobiographical, Beanie Feldstein’s Johanna takes a step into the 90s’ to unshackle the chains of...

We Summon the Darkness Review

Despite the title, there is nothing supernatural about this fluffy horror, just a bit of a murder spree of predictable boredom. You don’t have to look far for one of the most deceiving titles to hit feature films. You might expect a harrowing story of devil worshippers performing ritualistic routines to conjure up demon spawn for their own pleasure. What transpires...

The Hunt Review

Despite its controversy and its Bone Tomahawk style violence, it has nothing to say, but it says it way too loudly. Initially set for release last year, all marketing and the film’s release were pulled due to the controversy that arose from the trailers use of gun’s and the term “deplorables” coinciding with the mass shooting’s in America. Subsequent criticism...

My Spy Review

Dave Bautista gets outsmarted by a child in an action-comedy that doesn't reinvent the wheel but delivers some cracking gags that will leave you smiling. There comes a time in most burly actor’s life where they will find themselves paired up with a young child actor that inevitable runs rings around them. Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista’s time have...

Onward Review

Tom Holland and Chris Pratt make for a killer combo in Pixar's latest tear-jerking animation that will have you ugly crying. Pixar’s fascination with death has certainly been a winner for the animation studio after its success of Coco and Inside Out. If it isn’t broken don’t fix it seems to be the order of the day as Tom Holland...

The Invisible Man Review

Leigh Whannell kicks off the re-envisioned Monster Universe with a hyper-intense modern-twist on a classic story. These days it’s not hard to trip over a reimagining, remake or whatever you want to call it at your local cinema.  Universal Pictures are taking advantage of their catalogue of classic monster movies and sprucing them up for modern-day audiences, the latest to...

The Call of the Wild Review

Harrison Ford stars in The Call of the Wild, a shaggy dog tale that will melt your heart with a CGI dog that finds his home in the snowy mountains of Canada.  An adaptation of Jack London’s book of the same name, the fifth in a long line of remakes dating back to 1923, sees Harrison Ford lose his tough...

Spies in Disguise Review

Pure, honest to god entertainment oozes out of every feel-good moment. Who knew Will Smith as a pigeon would be a winning formula? Troy Quane and Nick Bruno make their directorial debut with an animated Bond gone wrong. Pairing together the voices of big Willy himself, Will Smith, and the newest Spider-Man, Tom Holland for the long in development fun-sized...

Playing With Fire Review

The physical comedy could be just the remedy to wash down all those Christmas leftovers, but let's face it, it’s not going to burn the house down. Pair a big tough ex-wrestler with a few mischievous kids together in a slapstick comedy and anyone would think you are on to a winner but there is no smoke without fire. John Cena’s...

Le Mans ’66 Review

Buckle up and enjoy the ride, this one comes with a complete full-service history that corners like it's on rails. Soaked in blood, sweat and greasy oil, James Mangold takes pole position in the latest of a long line of sporting films that will grip hold of the speed senses.  Based on the true story of Ford Vs. Ferrari in...

Last Christmas Review

Last Christmas movie review photo of actors

For all its unoriginality there is something inherently likeable in this fondue mess. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, well almost thanks to Bridesmaids and A Simple Favour filmmaker Paul Feig. Combining the much-loved back catalogue of George Michael and Wham, the wholly predictable and cheese-laden script - co-written by Emma Thompson - isn’t enough to make you have faith...