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David Brent: Life on the Road Review

It’s been quite a few years since David Brent made an appearance, but what seems to be Ricky Gervais’s fall back character comes hurtling back at us in David Brent: Life on the Road, a kind of where are they now mockumentary which sees’s Brent still longing for Rock Star status. Written, Directed and starring Gervais himself, David Brent: Life...

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...

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...

The Boss Baby Review

Most parents will probably tell you it’s the baby that’s the boss in their household, but just to make everyone sit up and take notice Trump impersonator, Alex Baldwin has joined his Madagascar cohort Tom McGrath to voice an animation which, considering its faults is better than you’d expect in The Boss Baby.It’s with no surprise, with babies and...

Catfight Review

With a title such as Catfight, you would be forgiven for thinking you’re in for a saccharine, handbags at ten paces comedy of women with their perfectly manicured nails scratching each other’s eyes out over matters of extreme unimportance – this couldn’t be further from the mistitled vicious truth. Broken down into three role reversing chapters which come full circle...

Warcraft: The Beginning Review – Enter the world of fantastical gaming.

Here we go again with another video game to film adaptation, this time in the form of Blizzard Entertainments Warcraft (World of Warcraft), a game in which has seen more than 100 Million Players enjoy.  But can Warcraft: The Beginning beat the stigma attached to a game to film adaptations? Taking the helm on Warcraft is British Director and writer...

Aftermath Review

Arnie Schwarzenegger’s adventures in indieland continue this week with the arrival of Aftermath, based on the true story of a plane crash.  Are we about to see an Arnaissance? Now that he’s non-too-impressed with his proposed cameo in Shane Black’s Predator re-boot, Arnie Schwarzenegger may have some time on his hands - especially as Universal now appears to have shelved...

Welcome to Me Review – Subdued, Dark and Quirky but surprisingly enticing.

In Welcome to Me, Kristen Wiig, along with her unique deadpan humour plays Alice Klieg, a woman with a borderline personality disorder who wins the lottery and proceeds to buy her own TV show in a subdued yet surprisingly watchable film which has women at the very forefront of its creativity. Directed by Shira Piven, Welcome to Me doesn’t hang...

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...

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...

The Nice Guys Review – Gosling & Crowe are a formidable pair in this 70’s Detective Buddy Caper

The Nice Guys official film still

When writer and Director Shane Black teamed up with producer Joel Silver 30 years ago for Lethal Weapon it was the start of a beautiful friendship, one that has blossomed and matured into their new venture - The Nice Guys - for an explosive 70’s bromance comedy with disastrous moments that will truly make you laugh out loud. The Nice...

Blinded By The Light Review

An anger-inducing social commentary and likeable lead can't save the awkwardness and tedium of this little musical number. Bend it Like Beckham’s Gurinder Chadha is back trying to regain the form that so enamoured audiences with the Keira Knightley lead favourite. This time around Chadha relies not on Beckham and football to speak to the masses, but like Danny Boyle’s...

13 Hours Review – Michael Bay’s Big Brash Bold Statement of Explosive Action Doesn’t Quite Fuel the Political Fire.

With the official credit reading as 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Director Michael Bay takes a slight change in direction in this true story of six elite ex-military special op’s men. That is of course until we come across the massive big budget explosions and action sequences. Michael Bay, who is best known for his Transformers series has...

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...

The Upside Review

An enjoyable life-affirming movie that stays true to the heart of the original film, reiterating there’s more to Hart’s acting abilities than his Calamity Jane skit. With the increasing popularity of the remake, reboot or whatever you want to call it, there’s a certain uncertainty in whether the poor filmmakers who take on the task can do the original justice, or create something almost resembling...

The Grinch Review

It’s an age-old story that just keeps coming back to the silver screen. From the makers behind Despicable Me and The Minions, Illumination brings to life the green misery guts for a third screen outing. The first came in 1966 as a TV special but in 2000 Jim Carrey stole Christmas as the lonely miser. This year’s Christmas treat...

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...

Billy Connolly High Horse Tour Review

At age 73, famous Scottish comedian Billy Connolly took part in his High Horse Tour, an 11-night stint at the Hammersmith Apollo back in January this year. The DVD release allows us to become part of the audience at Connolly's show,laughing alongside the live audience with which it was filmed.Our first sight of Billy is unexpected. Looking slightly frail, he...

Deadpool Review – Reynolds Anti-Hero is twisted but Engagingly Lovable.

Deadpool may be a typical origin story from the world of the Marvel’s superheroes but Ryan Reynolds anti-hero and the scriptwriters bring an abundance of hilarity and gruesome violence from the opening credits where no one actor is listed but a spoof line has ironically been used to describe the cast and crew. We embark on Deadpool three-quarters of the...

Demolition Review – An emotionless melodrama which fails to connect to its audience.

With Demolition we hope for the same kind of drama and script as Director Jean –Marc Vallee’s Oscar Nominated Dallas Buyers Club and Wild. What we get is a trip into the abyss, filled with nothingness making you feel empty and cheated, leaving nothing but disappointment. From the very onset, Demolition tries way too hard on the melodrama front, almost...

Get Out Review

It’s not easy piecing together a thrilling horror which has very rarely been seen before, one that will have audiences beguiled by its mixture of humour, horror, political statements and a barrel load of suspense. Jordan Peele, in his directorial debut with Get Out, has broken out of his comedy corner and rustled up a dish of fresh, fun yet...

T2 Trainspotting Review

A lot of people have waited patiently for the sequel to Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting since last year’s planned release date. The most patient of all have waited 20 years, as Boyle himself has stated in his own words. Ultimately, the potential for success and accolade of this film rides on the shadow looming over it. If not carried out just...

Studio 54 Review

In the late seventies, amongst the Manhattan elite comprising of mostly celebrities, the number one nightclub to be associated with was Studio 54. At its height, the hedonistic disco inferno was the place to be. Even to this day, those that were lucky enough to be let through the front doors of a former CBS TV Studio, dreamily cloud over in the excess of their memories of...

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...

Birthday Review

Birthdays are generally synonymous with joy, celebration, and high spirits. And while writer and director, Chris King, titled his short film ‘Birthday’, the emotions at play are rather contrasting initially. Focusing on a young marine who gets severely wounded in combat, the 12 minute run time explores the immediate next steps in his life from hospital bed to physiotherapy with...

A Warrior’s Tale Review.

Coming from the maker’s of The Lion King II Simba’s Pride and National Treasure Book of Secrets and starring the voices of Whoopi Goldberg, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone and Milla Jovovich, A Warriors Tale hits an extremely bum note considering the talent it has behind. Sickly Sweet and Cringe worthy are the best way to describe this poorly made...

Green Room Review – Gruesomely Gripping and Brutal.

For only his second outing, Director Jeremy Saulnier has cranked up the heat in Green Room not only has he shown a flare for gruesome brutality but has landed the likes of legendary veteran actor Patrick Stewart along with Imogen Poots and Anton Yelchin to deliver a skinhead vs rockers horror that will shake you to your very core. The...

Trumbo Review – Unadulterated Filmmaking Makes for a Charismatic Watch

For any cinephile, the name Dalton Trumbo should be no stranger.  For those who don’t know, Dalton Trumbo was a 1940’s prolific and legendary Hollywood screenwriter who was responsible for the likes of Roman holiday, Spartacus and Exodus. He was also known for his strong political stance and very publicly known as a communist. As we know, being a communist...

Mile 22 Review

Mark Wahlberg and filmmaker, Peter Berg have previously made an explosive pair with their four collaborations, especially on both Deepwater Horizon and Patriots Day. The difference here lies in the fact that Mile 22 is a frivolous bit of fun for the action duo, whereas the others were based on real-life stories of heroic and heartfelt actions, Mile 22...

Wildlife Review

Packing up his acting shoes to make his directorial debut, Okja’s Paul Dano partner’s up with his real life other half, Zoe Kazan for the tragic 1950’s family drama Wildlife. Co-writing the screenplay with Kazan (an adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel) for a delicate and complex insight, focusing on the breakdown of the family unit through the eyes of...