Saturday, January 18, 2020

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Early Man Review

Wallace and Gromit creators, Aardman and stalwart Nick Park come together yet again for a new claymation adventure with Early Man. This time the stop-motion geniuses take us on a historical tour to the Stoneage. Where our basic ancestors lacked the brain capacity of a pea but are still pitted against the European Bronze age creators in a battle of the beautiful game, Football.Jumping firmly on the 2018...

Louder Than Bombs DVD Review

How we cope with the death of a loved one differs from person to person, Louder than Bombs tells a tale of one family's grief at the loss of their mother and wife, with somber, poignant moments hitting home with a heartbreaking grace to all of us. Director Joachim Trier presses on the nerve of a family in turmoil in...

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...

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...

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...

War Dogs Review

Director Todd Phillips brings together the old crew from The Hungover Trilogy – including Bradley Cooper - for his production of War Dogs, However, don’t expect the high jinx and ridiculousness those films brought. You can expect the film to be extremely men-centric as women take the backseat in this ‘based on a true story’ plot. Yes, believe it or...

Sleeping with Other People – DVD Review

As audiences grow and change so does their need to have something new. Not everyone owns up to liking the odd rom-com or two but with Sleeping with Other People there is something for everyone in the form of raunchiness and romance, it smugly hits the right (g) spot. In Sleeping with Other People Jake and Lainey, played by Jason...

Darkest Hour Review

Just a mere seven months after Brain Cox took the lead as Winston Churchill in Churchill, which covered the 96 hours before the Invasion of Normandy during World War II another Churchill based production is upon us with Darkest Hour. This time Gary Oldman dons the prosthetics in his finest hour in what could be construed to be the prelude to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, but without the wrought...

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...

Knight of Cups Review – A visionary feast for the eyes which will induce a meditative state.

With Knight of Cups, Writer/Director Terence Malick has quite clearly gone for style over substance. Creating something quite visually stunning but as for storyline and plot he has abandoned any logical thinking. Knight of Cups has a handful of the big Hollywood actors; Christian Bale takes the lead as an LA Screenwriter. The incredible Cate Blanchett playing his ex-wife, Wes...

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...

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...

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...

A Hologram for a King Review – A Pleasant Tale which lacks Passion.

Tom Hanks teams up yet again with Cloud Atlas Director Tom Tykwer for A Hologram for a King, the film adaptation based on the best-selling novel from Dave Eggers. Once again Hanks proves in abundance his likability as his frustrations play out as Businessman Alan Clay. A lot is packed into the first half of A Hologram for a King;...

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...

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...

Norm of the North Review – An overwhelmingly dull animation that should have stayed on the cutting room floor.

As animations go, Norm of the North tries way too hard to be cute and fails miserable as it blunders its way to the end credits where at this point you’ll be gauging your eyes out and wishing for a quick death. Norm of the North is a cute talking Polar Bear (Voice of Rob Schneider), who at an early...

London Town Review

There is no better way to end a miserable year than a throwback feel-good coming-of-age story filled with an abundance of nostalgia in the form of a number of tracks from The Clash pumping through the backdrop and veins of the narrative of the story which is based on the screenplay of The Untitled Joe Strummer Project. Set in 1979...

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...

Beauty and the Beast Review

If there is one actress on this earth that has Disney princess screaming from her very being it’s Emma Watson, looking very much like the quintessential English rose with an enchanting demeanour and a 21st century twist there couldn’t be a better person to play Belle in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast – even if her performance is...

Criminal Review – Costner Stands out in this Scientific Hybrid Journey.

With an all-star ensemble cast led by Kevin Costner, Criminal takes us on a journey into the mind of a dead CIA agent placed inside the head of a mentally unstable criminal. The story may seem a little familiar and despite its lacklustre moments, it has the ability to entice, willing you not to look away. CIA agent Bill Pope...

Hunt For The Wilderpeople Review

As December approaches, selections of the top film releases of the year begin to surface. Ever since it’s theatrical release, Hunt For The Wilderpeople has been the talk of the town and no doubt will be high up on lists of critics and audiences alike. The film hails from New Zealand’s Taika Waititi, director of mockumentary horror comedy, What We...

Brotherhood Review

Noel Clarke’s Brotherhood is being dubbed as the first British trilogy, the third and final film in the Hood series of films, Kidulthood and Adulthood. A film that has been 10 years in the making which see’s the film evolve into more of a gangster genre film than an actual Hood movie, proving the script has come of age...

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...

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...

An Entanglement Review

Unlike feature films, plays, concerts etc., short films aren't necessarily viewed as an entertainment medium for the casual viewer. With films like An Entanglement, it's a shame that short films aren't particularly mainstream enough to be seen by a large number of people. At just 16 minutes long, the short film starring Shiri Appleby (unREAL) features just 3 characters and...

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...

The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case Review – Refreshing Creepy Supernatural Scares.

Back in 2013, Director James Wan brought us The Conjuring, a horror based on one of the real life stories of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren – it had the largest opening for an original horror movie and has been one of the highest grossing horror films to date next to The Exorcist. 2016 see’s Wan deliver us a...

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...

50 Shades of Black Review – is it time for Wayans to give up is Parody Crown?

King of the parody, Marlon Wayans is back with his take on 50 Shades of Grey, 50 Shades of Black. Famed for his work with the Scary Movie franchise and White Chicks, you would expect a whole lot of silly foolishness from his script for this send-up. That’s exactly what you get but lacking is his ability to really...