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Chi-Raq Review

It’s been a fair few years since Spike Lee has created anything of any note; a filmmaker who is known for his controversial social and political stance brings his filmmaking prowess in what is probably his finest piece of work in some time with Chi-Raq. Films don’t come much sexier, politically fierce and layered with feminism as much as Lee’s...

Embrace Review

With the phenomena of social media and the internet at the centre of global culture, it seems crucial that the discussion of body image is addressed. The conversation has actually been happening for a very long time, but without ever really managing to break the surface of the blanket of mass media that surrounds and dictates our lives every day....

Central Intelligence Review – High in Entertainment Value, Low in Brain Cell Use.

Kevin Hart churns out films at a rate of a speeding train; the next on his non-stopping high speed express comes in Central Intelligence. Starring alongside wrestler turned lovable actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Quite frankly, if it wasn’t for Johnson this film would be a total wash out. There certainly is a budding comedic bromanic between Hart and Johnson...

The Big Short Review – Exhaustingly Wordy but Outstanding Performances Bring Home the Bacon

Hollywood has done it again, taken, what at the time, was a devastating period of financial crisis and adapted it for the big screen and tied in a number of A-List actors in order to draw the crowds but does this make it any the more watchable? The Big Short is based on a true story and is an adaptation...

Kubo and the Two Strings Review

Kubo and the Two Strings is the stop-animated successor of Coraline, Paranorman, and the Boxtrolls. Helmed from talented animator Travis Knight as his directorial debut. Kubo stands out from the previous filmography of his producing and animating efforts at Laika, through not being horror or a derivative thereof. Kubo is something completely different, with very few animated films to compare...

Fences Review

Diversity has finally hit the Oscar’s this year with a number of exceptional films such as Moonlight, Hidden Figures and Fences all getting a spot in the limelight with their nominations. Fences for one is one of the strongest contenders for its powerhouse performances from its cast alone. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name – which...

Suicide Squad Review

Warner Bros. may have to start thinking about their DC universe strategy after the big disappointment of Batman V Superman earlier this year, Whilst Suicide Squad certainly outranks this poor show of entertainment it still nowhere lives up to the hype. Superman is dead to the delight of the US Government and U.S. Intelligence officer Amanda Waller played with a...

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

It seems reboots of Spider-man are ten a penny but this time around, Sony has opened its doors to the advice and guidance of Marvel to enhance its Spidey senses in the hope of injecting life back into our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man and Holy Avengers they’ve made a triumphant return with an excitable and charming schoolboy hero and a...

A Monster Calls Review

Don’t be fooled by the clips or trailers you may have seen for A Monster Calls, aiming for one type of audience it may not be suitable for with a subtle comparison to the recent adaptation of Spielberg’s The BFG. It’s much darker than you would expect from a so-called ‘children’s’ film with its theme of loss and guilt at...

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...

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...

Indignation Review

Indignation is the feature film debut of the vastly experienced producer and film executive James Schamus -who has been a mainstay of cinema for the past two decades. He is an award-winning screenwriter who has collaborated frequently with cinematic great Ang Lee on films such as Brokeback Mountain, Lust, Caution and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The kind of impressive pedigree...

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...

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Review

A fitting end to the much-loved series deliciously visual spectacular with an emotional arc of dog like proportions. After nine years of Dean DeBlois’s dalliance with the world of animated Human and Dragon relationships, we’ve landed at the end of this heart-warming journey. Its final flight is a deliciously visual spectacular but lacks the human connection that made it endearing.Under the...

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....

Urban Hymn Review

The riots that took place in London and several other English cities in August 2011 were a shock to everyone, especially those living and working close to the events. Many people were confused what caused them; why were people looting high street shops and setting buildings on fire? An escalation of events after a protest following fatal police shooting of...

The Purge Election Year Review

There is certainly one thing that The Purge Election Year will do and have the series of films die-hard fans whooping for delight in yet another blood-spattered offering in a genre that quite frankly needs a bomb up its backside to make them worthwhile watching again. It’s the same old story for The Purge Election Year as it brings nothing...

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...

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...

De Palma Review

Some filmmakers simply do not need an introduction; Brain De Palma is one of those exceptionally talented people. It’s a fitting tribute that in De Palma, Noah Baumbach, and Jake Paltrow have kept this documentary simply by just sticking the man himself in a chair and letting him run through his career bit by bit with no holds barred.De Palma...

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...

Atomic Blonde Review

Doused in 80’s pop culture, a fierce female fighting machine, and kickass choreographed fight sequences; Atomic Blonde is all about atheistics as Charlize Theron flaunts her deadly womanly wiles through the tail end of the Cold War with brutal force against any man that dares to step in her way.Dubbed the female John Wick, and rightly so with said...

Booksmart Review

Hilariously smart, audaciously original and expertly performed this is a top contender for comedy of the year. In Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, female friendship complexities and high school humour reign supreme. Clever dialogue and teenage angst run wild for one night only vowing to bring the party down with tremendous fever, marking this brilliantly genius filmmaking.Nerdy best friends Molly (Beanie...

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Review – Overstuffed Filler doesn’t stray far from the seed.

Back in 2002, My Big Fat Greek Wedding was a major success at the box office, to the dismay of many critics, but 14 years later leading actress and screenwriter Nia Vardalos seemed to be inspired to write its sequel, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Whilst the original family all return the same can’t be said of the...

Going in Style Review

In Going In Style, a trio of A-list pensioners decide to rob a bank.  But can the film get away with it?There’s a moment in Zach Braff’s Going In Style where would-be bank robbers Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin are watching Dog Day Afternoon on TV.  It’s armchair research for them, but for the audience, it’s a...

Bastille Day Review – Idris Elba kicks some serious ass.

If Idris Elba hadn’t made a strong enough case to be a contender to take over the reins from Daniel Craig as Bond then his kick ass, slick fight scenes and his deadpan face in Bastille Day surely has to put him right at the top of the list for the most prestigious role an actor could hope for....

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...

Boulevard Review – Whilst Williams’s performance is deeply moving the lack of drama leaves you feeling cold.

With Boulevard, its main pulling attraction will be the fact it is being billed as Robin Williams last ever on-screen performance. Whilst his performance is very touching we can’t help feeling that the passion had already died with this flat script. Williams has certainly proved his worth in the drama arena in the past, delving deep into his dark and...

20th Century Women Review

Growing older is inevitable.  But in the 1970s, 60 was a long way from being the new 40, as Annette Bening discovers in 20th Century Women.  Don’t be fooled by that epic-sounding title.  20th Century Women, the latest from writer/director Mike Mills, is anything but sweeping, offering up the story of three women in a crumbling South Californian house finding...

Mum’s List Review

Warning! If there is one thing Mum's List will do is tug hard on those heartstrings and keep on tugging until you’re completely exhausted. A true story based on the novel by St. John Greene about his struggles with his young family and memories of losing his wife and soul mate to cancer. Directed and adapted for the big screen...