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Mary Poppins Returns Review

If you are going to wait long enough for a sequel, over fifty years will just about do it. Disney has dug deep into their vaults to recreate some classic on-screen magic, bringing its 1964 favourite live-action/animation hybrid, Mary Poppins, back to life with eye-popping colour and emotive storytelling all whilst maintaining its loyalty to its original. Set some 20...

Vice Review

Filled to the brim with eye-opening power plays delivered with excellence.  It’s a Vice that just kept on giving with frequently witty scenarios and liberal intelligence. In his latest, director Adam McKay takes a leaf out of his own structural efforts from The Big Short and planted them seamlessly into his latest ‘biographical’ move. He delves into the world of...

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Review

If it wasn't for Zac Efron embodying every inch of Ted Bundy's charismatic persona with a stunningly mesmerizing performance we'd be left with a forgettable affair. Better known for his documentary work on Irish gangster Whitey Bulger and the West Memphis Three, Joe Berlinger takes a stab at turning another true crime story into Hollywood movie fodder. Having worked on...

Wild Rose Review

Drenched in realism, unconventional turns and a wee belter in its leading lady, Jessie Buckley. Just rip the lyrics out of the heart of this film and you’d be on to a country winner. Is it a path worth taking? That country road to stardom, to live out your dreams with no regard to the life you’ve reluctantly been lumbered...

Dragged Across Concrete Review

A smouldering slow burn which drags and fizzles out without an explosive ending. Filmmaker S. Craig Zahler isn’t one to shy away from gratuitous violence; in 2015’s Bone Tomahawk you needed a hell of a strong stomach. He followed that up with Vince Vaughn in Brawl in Cell Block 99 in 2017 and he gave us much of the same...

Little Review

Fundamentally flawed but it has some wicked one-liners that cut close to the PC bone leading to an ultimately timely message. For anyone thinking isn’t this just Tom Hank’s Big but in reverse, gender-swapped and spruced up for a contemporary feel, you wouldn’t be far wrong. At the tender age of just 13, the film’s star Marsai Martin is the...

Avengers: Endgame Review

Epic and spectacular, an emotional rollercoaster that none of us will ever forget. For the past 11 years, Marvel’s Avengers characters of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and so many more have dominated the box office worldwide as well as opening up a pathway for a jubilant fandom igniting an...

Shazam Review

A popcorn frenzy, it has bundles of fun, entertainment and charm, it’s a welcome way forward if you are suffering from Superhero fatigue. Warner Bros. DCEU has taken a battering over the last few years, never quite living up to the hype of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, it’s struggled to hit the right cord that goes head to head...

Detective Pikachu Review

Pays service to the Pokémon fan base but it's Ryan Reynolds Pikachu that injects the fun. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past twenty odd years, the latest big screen incarnation of the Pokémon phenomenon could wash right over your head. Over the years a number of films and TV shows have tried to give life to...

Dumbo Review

Bringing it up to date for today’s audiences has left this feeling flat; the magic has left the circus. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it! These wise words couldn’t have been any truer for Tim Burton’s live-action reboot of the 1941 Disney classic. The latest in a trend of classic remakes leaves it’s heart at the door in favour...

Greta Review

Trashy, predictable and lifeless, there just aren’t any thrills to be had with this thriller, although Isabelle Huppert makes for one special psycho. In Neil Jordan’s latest, confusion reigns supreme, mostly from the fact this 90’s style thriller doesn’t quite know which route it really wants to take. On the one hand, Jordan seems to want to recreate the glory...

At Eternity’s Gate Review

Dafoe is mesmerising as Van Gogh; Schnabel delivers some masterful strokes the emptiness can become quite deafening. Vincent Van Gogh, an eccentric, bold and sensitive human being is the perfect subject for any film interpretation of his life. That’s why in the space of two years we’ve had not one but two films circling the twilight years of the artist....

A Wrinkle in Time Review

A Wrinkle in Time Review

Ava DuVernay has been making waves in the cinematic universe since wowing audiences with her outstanding directional abilities since she graced us with the stirring Selma. Her next move was the powerful documentary on African American inmates, 13. Now crossing over the line from reality into a Disney fantasy world, DuVernay takes on the adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time with a visual power to blow the mind, but the story falls...

Five Feet Apart Review

Commendably highlights the issues of Cystic Fibrosis sufferers, you’ll learn a thing or two about this illness as well as be sappily charmed. If there is one guarantee you could take from any teen romance where terminal illness is the villain of the piece, it’s the emotional rollercoaster any filmmaker is going to embed in its very foundations, take Josh Boone’s...

Pet Semetary Review

A creepy 21st-century remake. A resurrected classic that turns out to be a comedy of grisly errors. Stephen King has certainly been the godfather of horror for many years, and in recent years his novels have been getting the much-revered cinema treatment as audiences thirst for a revival in decent horror pictures. Now 30 years after Pet Semetary was made for...

Benjamin Review

Through all its Shoreditch hipster pretention there is a fine balancing act of witty inelegance. For those of us who can remember as far back as 2000, Simon Amstell presenting on Popworld was a staple diet for any youth. Amstell, after years on the circuit, is finally making his feature debut in which he brings his trademark awkwardness and bumbling stammer into...

You Were Never Really Here Review

Since 2017’s Cannes film festival, acclaimed director Lynne Ramsey’s You Were Never Really Here has bounced off the lips of many a cinephile with riotous respect. It’s a psycho-drama that evokes the splendour of Martin Scorsese’ Taxi Driver with a broodingly paced plot, relying heavily on suggestion than any real brutality and an eerily haunting and atmospheric score from...

Us Review

Freakishly fun but ultimately clunky and frightening, Lupita Nyong'o is a complete a badass. After the stand-out success of Get Out, audiences have been waiting with bated breath to experience what else lies in Jordan Peele’s arsenal and his latest Us proves the actor turned director was not a one-hit wonder. A thinking person’s horror that doesn’t flow as smoothly...

Roman J Israel Esq Review

It’s hard to fathom Dan Gilroy’s awkwardly titled Roman J Israel Esq. is only his second stint as director, his first coming from the intense drama stylings of Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The writer/director has kept to the intellectual script that’s doused in a characterisation study, bringing in another A-list name in Denzel Washington and extracting, as he did with Gyllenhaal, a career best with...

On The Basis of Sex Review

This is in no way groundbreaking stuff but it does rile up frustration on behalf of women everywhere with a clenched fist. Deep Impact’s Mimi Leder follows the trend in the latest biopic that turns real-life struggles of women at the front line of fundamentally crucial work into a fascinating introduction to modern history. We’ve recently seen it in ‘A Private...

Tully Review

Post-natal depression is no laughing matter. Even in 2018 we hardly hear the cries of those mothers finding it a struggle to cope with day to day life after the birth of their bundle of joy. It’s a struggle many men dismiss as poppy-cock (as experienced from a fellow male critic at this particular screening); as they turn a blind eye to carry on with their conventional lives without the upheaval to their...

What Men Want Review

Except for ticking the right diversity boxes and a few funny moments, this isn't even what women want let alone what men want. In the wake of our current climate, the gender flip movie is becoming ever more prevalent. The latest in this unoriginal trend, What Men Want, takes Mel Gibson’s 2000 What Women Want in which, after an accident...

Captain Marvel Review

captain marvel review

A no-nonsense, punchy and fierce introduction to Captain Marvel - Who runs the world? GIRLS! Finally, The MCU has followed Warner Bros DC lead with delivering its first female lead superhero film despite the dummy throwing of certain fanboys for this particular comic book adaptation. Leading the charge with our own real-life feminist hero in Brie Larson, a woman who...

Aladdin Review

Filmmaker Guy Ritchie embarks on a whole new world in Disney’s latest live action remake of a movie that is close to the hearts of a whole generation of film fans. Delivering a film that isn’t as wholly terrible as you might have expected thanks to the charismatic charm of its leading cast. Reimaging Ron Clements and John Musker’s...

A Star is Born Review

Now on its fourth remake, A Star is Born heads into a new generation with Bradley Cooper not just at the helm of this gut-wrenchingly emotional and epic version but also having a hand in co-writing the script and taking a rough and mentally damaged role. The history of this story goes as far back as 1937, it later...

Bohemian Rhapsody Review

Marred by creative differences and challenges, Bryan Singer’s Bohemian Rhapsody has taken a few knocks to its iconic status. More a respectful nod to the Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, than a band biopic, the anthem epic soaring renditions and the frivolous birth of iconic songs play out like a playful puppy than hard-hitting, in-depth drama. This one is unashamedly...

Sorry To Bother You Review

Just five months after the US release of Boot’s Riley’s brash anti-capitalist Sorry To Bother You it has finally arrived in the UK. Due to the weariness from overseas distributors this film has been a long time coming, whatever the reason you wish to believe, once seen, it’s not hard to understand why this completely surreal, marmite movie took...

Johnny English Strikes Again Review

There comes a time when filmmakers and studio’s alike need to make that decision, enough is enough. The latest comes from Rowan Atkinson’s haphazard calamity spy, Johnny English in the third film in the franchise. What we have here – yet again – is Mr Bean dressed up in an abundance of confidence, a flash suit with as much...

Mortal Engines Review

Dystopian YA novel adaptations seem to be a trend that will not go away, The Hunger Games set a precedent that most fail to live up to and as each year passes the imagination disintegrates into dust. The latest that falls into that category comes from the Lord of the Ring’s Peter Jackson and first time director Christian Rivers...

Spider-man: Into The Spider-Verse Review

All we needed was another Spider-Man movie... or so we thought. After losing count on how many time’s Peter Parker stories can be told for the modern audience, The Lego Movie’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller have injected a delightful originality to the animated story of Miles Morales’s incarnation of Spidey that could have spouted the same old origin...

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