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Money Monster Review – A Dancing Clooney leads us ridiculously to financial ruin.

With Money Monster being pitted as a tense thriller it’ certain that audiences are being duped into watching something it really isn’t. It’s a far cry for any intensity and the thrills are few and far between in a story which is somewhat predictable. Jodie Foster returns to the director’s chair with her fourth feature film in Money Monster with...

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...

Catfight Review

With a title such as Catfight, you would be forgiven for thinking you’re in for a saccharine, handbags at ten paces comedy of women with their perfectly manicured nails scratching each other’s eyes out over matters of extreme unimportance – this couldn’t be further from the mistitled vicious truth. Broken down into three role reversing chapters which come full circle...

The Mountain Between Us Review

The Mountain Between us review

Pretentious audiences turn away now; there is nothing to see here but a simple yet predictable survival love story which is pure unadulterated entertainment. Despite the picture being tipped for a number of awards during awards season, an award-winning film will not lay on its dusty mantel in a vehicle that relays heavily on its powerhouse leads to add...

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....

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...

Love of my Life Review

Comedy-dramas are a blend of what’s great about both genres: the performances and story ground a film emotionally and are balanced with humour that elevates the experience, and can also move the drama to a more relatable world. Love of My Life benefits largely from its use of humour, yet the drama is not quite strong enough for the...

Kickboxer: Vengeance Review

The WWE’s “ The Animal” Dave Bautista and three-time UFC champion Georges St-Pierre, clash with the “Muscles from Brussels” Jean-Claude Van Damme and newcomer Alain Moussi in this revamp of cult classic Kickboxer. A reboot that is fairly functional as a throwback to the old school Martial Arts movies of the 1980s. But is lacking the dramatic punch associated with...

Sing Review

American animation film production company, Illumination Entertainment, made a name for itself back in 2010 with break-out film, Despicable Me. Since then, it’s profited on the popularity of the sideline stars, the Minions, and produced a sequel, a spin-off, plus other adventures away from that universe, including this summer's The Secret Life of Pets. Their seventh film in six years comes...

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...

Live By Night DVD Review

Ben Affleck’s rollercoaster career has hit the heights and plumbed the depths.  So where does his gangster flick, Live By Night, fit in? Related: The Films of Zoe Saldana Nearly five years ago, Ben Affleck was riding high on the success of his Iran hostage thriller, Argo.  It went down well with critics and audiences and there was more to come...

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...

Baywatch Review

Cue the slo-mo and skimpy red cossies – Baywatch is back!  But you might wonder why ……It’s not so long ago that a certain Guy Ritchie made a film called The Man From UNCLE.  The resemblance to the original TV series was fleeting, to say the least: the secret agent double act kept their names, but anybody expecting a...

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...

Imperium DVD Review

Daniel Radcliffe in Imperium may be a role that will shock you right out of your underwear, but even with a shaven head and his neo-nazi appearance, it’s still hard to shake off his Harry Potter persona even with a superbly intelligent performance that fools his white supremacist brethren. Radcliffe plays Nate Foster, a straight-laced FBI agent who lacks the...

Jackie Review

Jackie Kennedy was one of the most glamorous and famous women of her day. A unique first lady with style and grace, all thanks to her marriage to JFK, the catalyst to her rise in fame and stature.  Devoted wife to a President who was far from discreet in his dalliances with a certain blonde haired bombshell and loving...

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...

Free Fire Review

British director Ben Wheatley has never shied away from controversy or dividing audiences.  Has he hit the target with his latest, Free Fire? Ben Wheatley likes his single locations.  First, there was a field (A Field In England), then a tower block (High-Rise) and now a disused warehouse in Free Fire, which was also the movie that closed the London...

Goosebumps Review – Just One Long Average Teen Fantasy Chase Movie.

In Goosebumps we get to see the monsters created by author R.L. Stine in his book series brought to life for the big screen, full of scary monsters and an evil ventriloquist dummy that seems to take its inspiration from the 1945 movie Dead of Night. That’s not the only movie reference which may seem familiar with any of the...

Ghost in the Shell Review

Under tight wraps for months, Ghost In The Shell emerges into the daylight this week.  But does it give us an original take on the android theme, or something much more familiar? Clues that a film may not live up to the hype. Clue one: the film company don’t want any reviews to appear until the day it’s released. Clue...

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...

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...

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...

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Review

What you should know is that Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates is loosely based around two real brothers called, well, Mike and Dave, in their search to find dates for their straight-laced sister’s wedding under her strict orders. What this culminates in is a film which is a one trick pony which relies too heavily on trying to...

Exposed Review – The only thing that’s exposed is total confusion.

Just because Keanu Reeves stars in this confusing shambles of a film does not mean by any terms that this one is worth a watch - in fact, you may just wonder why you have wasted 98 minutes of your life on something that simply hasn’t got a clue what it wants to deliver. Exposed is split into two stories...

A Cure for Wellness Review

Writhing eels, flotation tanks and something iffy in the water.  But is A Cure For Wellness a tonic or just another placebo? That blue bottle on the poster for Gore Verbinski’s A Cure For Wellness has a message.  And, with no apologies whatsoever to the legendary Monty Python sketch, that message is “beware”.The film starts off promisingly enough, with financial...

All Eyez On Me Review

Tupac Shakur was quite frankly, not only a great rapper but a poetic lyricist, but in this acquainted biopic, poetic justice doesn’t roll with a smooth tongue but with a disjointed bounce that breathes an air of exasperation and disenchantment.At the helm of Tupac’s rise and tragic fall at such an early age, is music video veteran Benny Boom...

Jane Got A Gun Review – Can Natalie Portman’s Heroine Drag this Western out of Dullsville?

Feminists rejoice, In Jane Got A Gun, Natalie Portman proves that woman can be just as bad ass as their male counterparts as she dons a shotgun and blows off the head of any man trying to get the better of her. Unfortunate for the Western movie lovers, however, Natalie Portman’s portrayal of a horse riding no-nonsense woman who will...

Johnny English Strikes Again Review

There comes a time when filmmakers and studio’s alike need to make that decision, enough is enough. The latest comes from Rowan Atkinson’s haphazard calamity spy, Johnny English in the third film in the franchise. What we have here – yet again – is Mr Bean dressed up in an abundance of confidence, a flash suit with as much...

Gemini Man Review

Sharply clinical action sequences and digital technical prowess fails to ignite the thrills. Filmmaker Ang Lee ventures into the digital de-ageing trend of modern cinema with this Will Smith offering, it’s a trend that comes with a fine line of balance to mix realistic visuals with a gripping and a well thought out script. Well, if you are hoping this...