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The Ivory Game Review

The Ivory Game is a groundbreaking documentary that tracks wildlife activists as they take on poachers in an effort to end the illegal ivory trade in Africa. It is a harrowing globe-trotting affair as we meet the people who put their lives on the line –entrenched in the deep heart of darkness fighting for the survival of the elephants. As...

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...

Phantom Thread Review

It’s almost criminal that Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread is Daniel Day-Lewis’s swansong. The award winning actor has taken method to levels of extremity and immersed himself into character after character with a passionate realism that embroils audiences to his pictures. In his final bow, Lewis brings to life Reynolds Woodcock’s 1950’s style and grace with an artist’s flair of confidence and disdain; giving a master class in believability in...

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...

Gifted Review

A far cry from his superhero stardom Chris Evans ditches his Captain America persona, finally throwing away the tight lycra suits, only to be upstaged by the ten-year-old McKenna Grace in a super saccharine formulaic concoction designed to tug on the tear ducts with a subtle charm in Gifted.Breaking free from his web like grip on his Andrew Garfield...

Keanu Review

Little known in the UK Comedy Duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele has been making American audiences weep with laughter for years. Keanu see’s the duo break onto the big screen with the help of an adorable kitten named.... yes you guessed it Keanu. Everything about Keanu has cheese written all over it and it simply shouldn’t work as a...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Christmas Chronicles Review

Christmas is well and truly on its way.... if you weren’t aware, Netflix will certainly remind you with the slurry of festive fare. Whilst, most are slushy mush that doesn’t even have the energy to entertain your lazy Sunday afternoons, its latest unwittingly Sexy Santa Kurt Russell is about to shake up your dull ol’ sprouts.The story centres on...

Passengers Review

So much potential surrounded Passengers, an unconventional space age love story, Chris Pratt bringing the humour and Jennifer Lawrence with her sultry feminine wiles with a feminist twist. Even with Michael Sheen as a robotic barman caused a gif stir amongst social media lovers. The Avalon, a vast spacecraft with so much empty space and monotonously dull colours, is headed...

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...

I, Daniel Blake Review

It’s not very often we are treated to a cinematic story that hits so close home. I, Daniel Blake hammer’s the nail right on the head off frustration with a fictional tale of one man being screwed over by the state with grim and anger inducing consequences. I, Daniel Blake – Which won this year’s Palme d'Or at the Cannes...

Cemetery of Splendour DVD Review

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what the message of Apichatpong Weerasthakul’s Cemetery of Splendour is as the visuals unfold on screen. Set in a hospital in Thailand, the story revolves around a group of soldiers suffering from a mysterious illness that results in them constantly sleeping and a volunteer nurse who forms a connection with one of them, through telepathy.Although...

Marshall Review

Hard hitting courtroom drama it may not be, but this biopic of Thurgood Marshall, before he becomes the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, tantalizes with entertainment as its main focus see’s the radical young Lawyer for the NAACP in one of his lesser-known cases seeking justice for the average Black American male accused of a brutal rape and attempted...

Midnight Special Review – A Creeping Chase Story which will Transport you to another world.

The Question that comes to mind with Midnight Special is what genre of film can we fit this into, Is it Sci-Fi or is it a mystery thriller? What isn’t in question is how extremely good this tale of mystery, family protection and just so happens to be a chase movie really is. From the moment the Midnight Special opens...

Free State of Jones Review

Compared to the US, British knowledge of the American Civil War in 1861-1865 is expected maybe to not be as strong as in the country in which it took place. An integral subject in their schooling, the history period in that part of the world isn't usually touched upon here. This piece of history does have a large importance and...

Spotlight Review – A Hard Hitting True Story full of Passion and Grit.

For many centuries the Catholic Church has always had its dark secrets, this is a fact and has been proven time and time again, in Spotlight we embark on the true story events of one journalistic team in America to unearth the truth of the rampant paedophilia amongst its priests in Boston. Before the Spotlight team even embarked on this...

The Book of Henry Review

Six months into 2017 and the Razzies look set to have a clear winner for worst movie of 2017 come award season; The Book of Henry more than deserves the title for its trudging baffling plot which spirals into a detached and directional cesspit of incoherent confusion.You’d be forgiven for thinking this was yet another child genius movie, and...

Miles Ahead Review – A totally chaotic experience of phenomenal acting.

Miles Ahead isn’t quite the bio-pic on the life of Miles Davis you may be expecting from the first-time director Don Cheadle - the story is only inspired from certain moments from the legendary Jazz Musicians life but that doesn’t mean this is any the less intriguing. Don Cheadle not only don’s the director's hat for his directorial debut for...

Elvis & Nixon Review – Comically absurd tale which lacks gumption but has a certain charm.

Back in 1970, the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, posed for a picture with the then president of the United States, Richard Nixon in the presidential home of The White House and this is where the story begins for Elvis & Nixon. Elvis & Nixon proceeds to tell us one version of events that led up to this...

Pete’s Dragon Review

High expectations never come with most remakes in an industry that seems to have lost its originality. That could be said of Disney’s remake of the 1977 classic of the Pete's Dragon, however, the 2016 version came as a surprising delight albeit a little cheesy in places. Director, David Lowry has given Pete’s Dragon a whole host of charm and...

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...

Salt And Fire DVD Review

Take an ecological disaster, missing luggage and a tablet with possibly the longest battery life in the world, and what have you got?  The latest from auteur director Werner Herzog.Herzog’s career reaches its fiftieth anniversary next year: his first feature, Signs Of Life, was released in 1968.  During that time, he’s directed titles that frequently find their way onto...

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...

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...

Sausage Party Review

There’s one thing of high importance worth noting about Sausage Party, this food based animation is in no way suitable for any child under the age of 13, Sexual innuendos, pot smoking perishables and with every other word practically being an expletive, certainly see’s this overstepping the boundaries in leaps and bounds. Cleverly written by Seth Rogen as well as...

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Review

Once a beloved Director, Tim Burton, gave us an insight into the weird and wonderful world of Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and many more darkly surreal atmospheric cinematic adventures. However, with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children – quite like his most recent offerings including Alice Through the Looking Glass – lacks the heart which is needed to bring this self-indulgent...

The BFG Review

Nostalgia reigns in Stephen Spielberg’s film adaptation of the much loved writings of Roald Dahl. The BFG will connect not only with its younger audience but mostly with the parents who grew up with Dahl’s 1982 offering. Staying true to The BFG’s origin’s, Spielberg has created a film with magical wonder and tender grace which becomes a visual spectacle for...