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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...

Doctor Sleep Review

Stands on its own merits with a balancing act that stays faithful to the madness of The Shining but injects an air of horror mastery. Almost 40 years after Stanley Kubrick gave us his adaptation of Stephen King novel The Shining, filmmaker Mike Flanagan unleashes his sequel to the much–loved classic with Doctor Sleep.  Apprehension and expectation lay heavy amongst...

Sorry We Missed You Review

Ken Loach is back on his socialist horse three years after I, Daniel Blake hit right at the heart of austerity Britain. Once again he shouts loud for the working class grafters hit hard by poverty, trying to earn a living in a battered and divided country with relentless passion.The story focuses on one young family in a docu-soap...

The Beach Bum Review

McConnaughey goes deeply method in a sleazy hedonistic adventure of messy misadventure. Spring Breakers filmmaker, Harmony Korine returns to the big screen with the chameleon of acting Matthew McConnaughy. Korine yet again pushes buttons in a sleazy hedonistic adventure of responsibility in a haze of sunshine drenched beaches accompanied by sex, drugs and alcohol-fuelled irresponsibility.Anyone would assume McConnaughy’s Moondog is...

Zombieland: Double Tap Review

10 years down the line Ruben Fleischer reunites the old-team for the sequel zombie comedy which stays faithful to its predecessor with hilarious stupidity. It’s been ten years since Ruben Fleischer’s zombie comedy Zombieland became a bit of a sleeper hit, making this picture into somewhat of a cult movie. Now Fleischer has reunited the same team and gun-toting cast...

Official Secrets Review

Deceit and corruption amongst political leaders is far from a new revelation, those who possess power in Government have been abusing their positions for hundreds of years up to the present day. The unsung heroes who are brave enough to call out the deception are very rarely heralded but Eye in The Sky director Gavin Hood once again takes...

Gemini Man Review

Sharply clinical action sequences and digital technical prowess fails to ignite the thrills. Filmmaker Ang Lee ventures into the digital de-ageing trend of modern cinema with this Will Smith offering, it’s a trend that comes with a fine line of balance to mix realistic visuals with a gripping and a well thought out script. Well, if you are hoping this...

Joker Review

Phillips and Phoenix deliver a shattering and fresh new take on an age-old character, a character study of the birth of the supervillain with darkly disturbing vigour. “Put on a Happy Face” is the war cry for the invisible, the ones suffering from depression and the lonely outcasts of society who are simply classed as that just for being a...

IT Chapter Two Review

A perfect casting can't defeat the curse of a repetitive narrative and an overzealous need for detail. Director Andy Muschietti is back to unfurl the second half of Stephen King’s classic novel, 27 years after the Loser’s club first encounter with the freakishly frightening clown of Derry, Pennywise. Even in adult form and problems of their own in their grown-up...

The Informer Review

Predictable cliché heaven but immensely thrilling, sucking you into every minute of the action. We’ve come to that point in the summer where blockbusters have more or less been and gone. Smaller budgeted films now get their chance to spend some time at the mid-year box office, director Andrea Di Stefano - who steps into the helm for his second...

Good Boys Review

In all its r-rated glory, there is simple pureness of innocence hidden in plain sight. When describing Good Boys, a tween Superbad wouldn’t be too far off the mark. What will come as no surprise is the r-rated swear-fest comes from the men behind said film and who also brought you the likes of Sausage Party and Pineapple Express, Seth...

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood Review

Tarantino's love letter to Hollywood is rife with heady brilliance and controversy that will suck you in and spit you out. Ever since the announcement of Tarantino’s ninth and penultimate film, assumptions this would be focused on the infamous Manson Murders of the late 60’s early 70s’, where rife. It’s worth remembering this is a Tarantino fairytale, a love letter...