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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...

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...

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)...