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Overlord Review

For a while, this JJ Abrams produced, Julius Avery directed, ‘zombie’ WWII gorefest was thought to be part of the Cloverfield universe, thankfully records were put straight and that particular universe should be pleased for it. There is little to rejoice over here, cheap, tacky and historically incorrect (poetic licence being its core excuse) but it comes with a...

Finding Dory Review

13 years after the huge box office success back in 2003 of Finding Nemo comes it’s adorable and message driven sequel in the form of the that lovable forgetful fish Dory, in Finding Dory. Filled with delightful cuteness and lashings of laughter Pixar, have yet again, hit the animation jackpot. Even though the base storyline doesn’t venture further than Finding...

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...

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...

High-Rise Review – Confusing and weird, this tall tale collapses into a heap of mess.

High-Rise is an adaptation of the 1975 book of the same name, a certain buzz has surrounded this film for most of the year.  With a host of stars such as Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and more expectations are high but there is a disappointment in store. Opening up High-Rise we see a dishevelled Dr. Robert Laing (Tom...

The Girl on the Train Review

Director Tate Taylor – who directed the powerfully emotional ‘The Help’ seems to have an affinity with female lead film; The Girl on the Train is no exception with three very different female personalities taking the limelight in this thrillingly tense film adaptation. Only a year ago Paula Hawkin’s novel, ‘The Girl on the Train’, was a bestselling sensation, so...

Snowden Review

There have been at least 17 cinematic films from this year that are based on actual real-life events, which doesn’t include Bollywood or TV movies. While maybe not the most in recent years, but the genre has certainly become more popular over the decades. What’s more noteworthy of these films of late is actually how close in recent history these...

Suburbicon Review

George Clooney’s vision to address racial issues raised in the Coen Brothers original script is an admirable stance from the actor turned director who has a long-standing relationship with the filmmaker’s, but the end result makes for a confusing mess of two different movies that repeal any kind of seamless interweave between the two stories, oil and water springs...

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...

Ben is Back Review

Gritty with an intimate reality, Ben is Back hits a little harder than other recent addiction stories but fails to give us the ultimate high.   Addiction has become the new trend in the Hollywood Hills this year – no, not in the obvious way you might think – with January’s offering of the Timothee Chalamet lead Beautiful Boy, its quickly being...

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...

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...

Us Review

Freakishly fun but ultimately clunky and frightening, Lupita Nyong'o is a complete a badass. After the stand-out success of Get Out, audiences have been waiting with bated breath to experience what else lies in Jordan Peele’s arsenal and his latest Us proves the actor turned director was not a one-hit wonder. A thinking person’s horror that doesn’t flow as smoothly...

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Review – Comedy or War Drama?

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot isn’t a straight forward comedy like you would think with Tina Fey taking the helm; it’s actually based on a true story of Kim Baker, a nothing special US domestic news copywriter who offered herself up for a trip to Afghanistan to cover a story. One of the problems with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, It’s not quite sure...

Marauders Review

In an ideal world, every movie would start with at least a wee spark of creativity.  But we don’t live in an ideal world – and, in case we need a reminder, there’s Marauders …… Working out where the original idea for the film came from is a thankless task because it looks more likely that there wasn’t one in the...

Adrift Review

Director Baltasar Kormákur, better known for helming the action comedy 2 Guns, ventures into the depths of the deep blue sea with Adrift. The tragic true life story of free spirit Tami Oldham’s fight for survival adrift a shipwrecked boat for 41 days. No straightforward tale of survival, the film is a heartbreaking mish-mash tale of love and survival...

Triple 9 Review – Yet Another Heist Movie Falls Short of the Perfect Crime.

Triple 9 may have a pretty impressive cast in the forms of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Aaron Paul and Woody Harrelson, and it could just be relying on the names alone to attract its audience as this storyline falls flat of any real excitement. Triple 9 comes from the director of Lawless and The Road, John...

Ingrid Goes West Review

In a world obsessed by followers and likes via social media platforms, people often hide behind a photo telling a story of their ideal life but for so many their real life is a maze of loneliness and struggle, empty of physical and emotional attachment from a world full of vanity and self-importance. Bringing the theme to the big...

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...

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...

The Hate U Give Review

It’s a subject all too common in our world headlines, young black men and women being slain down by maverick cops with a trigger happy finger. Filmmaker and Notorious director, George Tillman Jr. adapts Angie Thomas’s 2017 bestselling YA novel, The Hate U Give, with a knockout gut punch that resonates with poignant tenacity, a sobering reality and a blistering performance from Amandla Stenberg. Stenberg takes on the role of the conflicted Starr. Living in a predominately black community; drug dealers are scattered on each corner with the youth thinking they have no other choice...

Widows Review

Acclaimed director, Steve McQueen may have had a five-year hiatus from the silver screen but his stylised eye for a gripping drama has in no way waned. Bringing together a crackling cast for his Lynda La Plante remake of Widow’s and setting it in a modern-day America makes for an explosive heist that will knock you flat on your...

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Review – is it time for the boys to hang up their dancing shoes?

Alvin and his cute furry brothers are back for another mischief filled journey of misunderstandings and mishaps in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, but what we once loved about this all singing, all dancing little creatures may just be the thing that turns us all away as the lack of entertainment value really starts to grate on...

Mission: Impossible – Fallout Review

There is absolutely no doubt as to why Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible is the strongest franchise Hollywood has to offer. In a world where CGI rules the roost, Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie perform their high aerial stunts in the real world. Delivering a thrilling ride proving every mission they undertake is certainly possible whilst not scrimping on its entertainment value. Events escalate no sooner as the picture opens; Ethan (Cruise) and his merry men, Simon Pegg’s Benji and the man-made wall,...

Equals DVD Review

A dystopian love story is one thing director Drake Doremus digs into his creative pot to bring to life in Equals – This gray and robotic world, however, should have been left for dead as its plot is just as dreary as the visual landscape and locations the audience is presented with. Although Doremus has brought the frustrations and tenderness...

Benjamin Review

Through all its Shoreditch hipster pretention there is a fine balancing act of witty inelegance. For those of us who can remember as far back as 2000, Simon Amstell presenting on Popworld was a staple diet for any youth. Amstell, after years on the circuit, is finally making his feature debut in which he brings his trademark awkwardness and bumbling stammer into...

Don’t Knock Twice Review

It has become relatively normal to have low expectations for horror films. They’re the genre that suffers the most from an infamous lack of care and creativity. Luckily, this can lead to some grand surprises, but most of the time they end up being exactly what is anticipated. Don’t Knock Twice didn’t spark a feeling of promise based on its...

Journey’s End Review

RC’ Sheriff’s poignant war story has been adapted for the stage and film on numerous occasions over the years. In Saul Dibbs latest adaptation for the big screen, we are engulfed in a deeply affecting era of hope and despair on a personal and emotionally charged level. Stripping back to just the essentials and delving deep into the souls of those forced onto the front...

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...

Split Review

Split

It’s been a while since M Night Shyamalan has delivered anything as good The Sixth Sense, with each new film we sit and wait with bated breath to only be let down like plummeting off the top of the tallest skyscraper. Then finally 2017 arrives and with it Split, surely with James McAvoy taking the lead we have finally something...

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