Monday, November 23, 2020

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Daddy’s Home 2 Review

Christmas is looming, for Hollywood there’s no better time to churn out the inane sequel with a virtually unoriginal transparent plot repeating itself, lacking in intelligent humour just to get a few bums on seats and at the same time wasting any talent their big named cast may have. What we have here is yet another lazy attempt at...

Florence Foster Jenkins Review – A Frivolous True Story with a Huge Heart!

In 1940’s New York, Florence Foster Jenkins was a prominent and very significant bold character on the Arts scene. An eccentric socialite who was a beacon that attracted a following and one that was convinced she had the voice of an angel... In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth; Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) tells the story of...

Embrace of the Serpent DVD Review

Accounts of many of the Amazonian cultures are few and far between, making it very difficult for us to know anything about such a large part of our world and the people who live there. Colombian director, Ciro Guerra, brought the Amazon to the cinema in 2015 with Embrace of the Serpent: a film inspired by 2 scientists' travel diaries...

Anthropoid Review

Jamie Dornan films are like buses, His face hasn’t graced the big screen since Fifty Shades of Grey kicked up a storm now just a week after the release of The 9th Life of Louis Drax, and Dornan takes the joint lead alongside Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) in an epic war story Anthropoid. Directed and co-written by British filmmaker Sean...

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...

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...

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...

The Lego Batman Movie – DVD Review

The follow up the plastic phenomenon that was The Lego Movie arrives on DVD this week.  Can the ever-serious Lego Batman deliver the laughs again?How times change.  When The Lego Batman Movie swooped into cinemas at the start of the year, everybody had a downer on DC movies – and who could blame them after Bats V Supes and...

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...

Trespass Against US Review

Trespass Against Us directed by Adam Smith contrasts a familiar story with that of an unfamiliar setting – which breathes fresh life into a very recognizable crime story. A stellar cast that includes the likes of Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson and Sean Harris enhances the composition of every scene considerably.As far as set-ups go, Trespass Against Us presents us with...

Assassin’s Creed Review

Director Justin Kurzel, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard on paper, have been seen as a dream team ever since their collaboration on 2015’s Macbeth. With the three teaming up again for the game adaptation of Assassin’s Creed excitement beyond belief murmured for something insanely amazing. We should never have held our breath for a beautiful delight as Assassin's Creed is...

Friend Request Review – Run of the Mill, Social Media Teen Horror.

German director Simon Verhoeven, with Friend Request, has taken a leap away from his normal comedic route and gone with a ‘horror’ thriller to flap his directorial chops, not doing a bad job but unfortunate for him this story has been told time and time again and it’s getting a bit old. Friend Request, much like last year’s Unfriended takes...

Zoolander 2 Review – Ridiculously Average Tired Comedy or Cult Classic?

It’s been 15 years since the man behind Blue steel, Derek Zoolander, hit the big screen but can this kind of humour stand the test of time and evolve into the new world? The answer is a big resounding no, not even the endless cameos can save this run(a)way disaster. A lot has happened in the 15 years since we...

Okja Review

The Cannes audience may have booed Okja back in May, but they got it wrong. This story of a genetically modified porker is much more than another pig in the city.The Okja of the title is a pig, but this is no ordinary porker.  She’s the genetic creation of the Mirando Corporation – not to be confused with Monsanto...

Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back) Review

Suicide isn’t usually a laughing matter but for his feature film directorial debut, writer and director Tom Edmunds delves into the subject with a respectful nod and light-hearted dark humour full of quintessentially British problems.William (Aneurin Barnard) is a struggling writer, essentially cut off from the world, lonely and failing to see the purpose of his life. Having made...

Boy Review

Before Taika Waititi hit the big time with the wonderful Hunt for the Wilderpeople and subsequently taking the helm on the latest venture of the Thor franchise with Thor: Ragnarok, he made his debut in his first full feature film having written, directed and starred in Boy, a film drenched in Waititi’s hallmark wonderfully warming wit and touching connectivity...

Ralph Breaks The Internet Review

Five years after Ralph wrecked all animations in its path, Disney has returned the muscular meathead head and his best friend Vanellope for an overstuffed exploration inside the internet with smile-inducing humour and heart with a dash of social relevance.John C. Reilly returns as the voice of bad-guy turned good, Ralph, along with Sarah Silverman’s Vanellope. Where Ralph is...

Cabin Fever Review – A remake full of gore, but lacks the scare factor.

Being his first film Cabin Fever was never Eli Roth’s best movie but 14 years after the release of the original Director Travis Zariwny has taken the 2002 outing and rebooted it to what would seem to be to appeal to a new generation with hilariously bad efforts that make the first look like a masterpiece. Isn’t the whole idea...

Ride Along 2 Review – Is this a tired old Buddy-Cop Movie too Many?

What should you expect from Ride Along 2? Exactly the same as the first, the same storyline, the same tired old gags and Kevin Hart acting the idiotic fool but we do have a different location in Miami. Kevin Hart certainly likes to take the phrase ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ to the extreme and Ride Along 2...

Goodbye Christopher Robin Review

A.A. Milne, a poet, playwright and writer, rose to a new level of fame when the beloved series of Winnie the Pooh books were born, taking, reluctantly, with him the real Christopher Robin, his son, the real inspiration behind the worldwide phenomenon which has lasted for many years after its creation. Christopher Robin may have been real but he...

City of Tiny Lights Review

Based on the 2005 novel of the same name, author Patrick Neate brings modern-day noir City of Tiny Lights to the big screen with Dredd director Pete Travis at the helm, and hot commodity British star Riz Ahmed in the leading role as P.I.Tommy Akhtar. After a local escort visits him asking for his help, Tommy sets off on what...

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...

Lady Macbeth Review

Titles can be deceptive, despite the title here, Lady Macbeth isn’t the wife of Shakespeare’s tyrannical ruler who slowly delves deep into the realms of madness, however, this production is a cunning minx of murderously intoxicating drama, and utterly absorbing filmmaking at its finest.The true subject of this beguiling period piece is in fact director William Oldroyd and screenwriter...

Double Date Review

Benjamin Barfoot’s directorial debut, Double Date went down a storm at this year’s Horror Channel Frightfest, boasting bloodthirsty gore, lots of fun and frivolity, the sacrifice of a virgin and a shockingly frightening female experience that would put any man off dating for life.Alex (Michael Socha) and Jim (Danny Morgan) are polar opposites of each other, Whilst Alex is...

Moonlight Review

Despite leaving the BAFTAs empty handed, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight could still be the film to upset La La Land at the Oscars later this month.  But is the Academy brave enough to reward this spellbinding story of a young black boy growing up in Miami? Another coming of age story?  Oh, purrrr-lease…..!  Yes, Moonlight is a coming of age story,...

John Wick Chapter 2 Review

John Wick is the type of action hero that cinema needs and deserves, which was demonstrated superbly in the original John Wick film. John Wick Chapter 2 solidifies this idea and provides a new standard of high-octane, gripping, gut-punching action. Any action film aims to create hair-raising thrills and blood-pumping combat scenes, though many feel flat and flashy. The world...

We Go On Review

As we become more spoilt with methods of watching films, the act of actually choosing anything to watch is quite unbearable.New streaming service Shudder aims to cut through the noise and reach those on the hunt for the best of a wide range of horror films, consisting of platform exclusives as well as general releases. Unable to see anywhere...

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...

Uncle Drew Review

There is a crucial issue with releasing films that mostly appeal to American audiences into the UK market; an issue that stands grounded very much within the core of Charles Stone III Uncle Drew is its cultural content. Don’t get it twisted; I’m referring to the particular subject of the film, Basketball and not the ethnicity of the cast. Based on a character from...

Army of One DVD Review

When dealing with a Nicholas-Cage-starring film, there’s a pretty equal chance of it being ingenious or being preposterous. Unfortunately, Army of One sits so solidly in the mundane that it doesn’t deliver what every person watching a Nicholas Cage film seeks: entertainment. Based on the real story of a man on a mission, Cage stars as Gary Faulkner, a seemingly slightly...