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Dumbo Review

Bringing it up to date for today’s audiences has left this feeling flat; the magic has left the circus. If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it! These wise words couldn’t have been any truer for Tim Burton’s live-action reboot of the 1941 Disney classic. The latest in a trend of classic remakes leaves it’s heart at the door in favour...

War on Everyone Review

Crime fighting comedy buddy movies are coming out on top this year, where people will tend to draw comparisons between this year’s The Nice Guys with War on Everyone there is just one major difference - these boys are oh so bad. Surprisingly, War on Everyone has English/Irish director, John Michael McDonagh at the helm. Why surprisingly? McDonagh was responsible...

Manchester By The Sea Review

Kenneth Lonergan returns to the director’s chair with Manchester by the Sea, bringing with him an all too familiar sense of profundity regarding the human condition. Lonergan’s previous films, You Can Count On Me and Margaret have philosophised as well as debated over similar themes, normally accompanied by a myriad melancholy. He is a keen observer of the absurdity of...

Dirty Grandpa Review – Hilariously Filthy and Offensive, De Niro is the epitome of a Dirty Grandpa.

If the thought of constant profanity, pure filthy sexual language and a nearly naked Zac Efron offends you look away now, get on those running shoes and run for the hills as Dirty Grandpa is full of it. In Dirty Grandpa, Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is your straight-laced, preppy lawyer, following in Daddy’s footsteps at his law firm when Granny dies,...

Hail, Caesar! Review – Coen Brothers Tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood is full of Incoherent Silliness

The Coen Brothers are back and this time with Hail, Caesar!.  They do only what the Coen’s do best, create a story that lacks any real focus but hope throwing in a few A-list actors will satisfy the masses in this comedic tale of 50’s Hollywood politics.Hail, Caesar! very loosely, revolves around the kidnapping of Capitol pictures owned star...

The Sweeney: Paris Review – English Classic Rebooted by the French leaves a lot to be desired.

Can the French take a good old English Classic and reboot it to fit with today’s modern times. Well, that’s what Director Benjamin Rocher has done with The Sweeney: Paris, a  70’s classic, filling it full of action and bravado with an end result that will satisfy any hardcore action fan. With The Sweeney: Paris, Familiar face, Jean Reno takes...

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...

Berlin Syndrome Review

Holiday romances aren’t all they’re cracked up to be in Berlin Syndrome.If you were lucky enough to see last year’s German single-take sensation, Victoria, the early scenes of Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome will feel decidedly familiar.  A female tourist from another country, filled with wonderment and excitement.  The hint of vulnerability that goes with a woman travelling alone.  And...

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...

Eddie the Eagle Review – The Feel Good Movie of the Year, Eddie the Eagle is Charm Personified

It’s no great surprise that the new film from Director Dexter Fletcher, Eddie the Eagle, just won Gold at the Sundance film festival this week. There is absolutely nothing about this movie you could hate, with a feel good factor off the charts, it’s truly inspiring.Eddie the Eagle Edwards was an unlikely hero back in the 1988 Calgary Olympics,...

Despicable Me 3 Review

Illumination are back with their lovable minions with a side of evil turned good guy Gru in the third outing of the funtastic Despicable Me, but this time it’s an all-out extended family affair with a soupcon of 80’s flair for any nostalgic parent.Despicable Me 3 is still full of fun, silliness and adorable cuteness, but what made this...

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...

Eye in the Sky Review – A topical, gripping and intense thriller of morals.

With Helen Mirren taking the Helm as Colonel Katherine Powell, Eye in the Sky delivers a gripping and suspense filled story of modern day drone warfare which touches on the conscience of our government, giving the director, Gavin Hood a much needed booster after his 2007 headache inducing Rendition. Hood has kept Eye in the Sky pretty simply by keeping...

Trumbo Review – Unadulterated Filmmaking Makes for a Charismatic Watch

For any cinephile, the name Dalton Trumbo should be no stranger.  For those who don’t know, Dalton Trumbo was a 1940’s prolific and legendary Hollywood screenwriter who was responsible for the likes of Roman holiday, Spartacus and Exodus. He was also known for his strong political stance and very publicly known as a communist. As we know, being a communist...

The Girl With All The Gifts Review

The aptest setting for a zombie film is a post-apocalyptic world - The Girl with all the Gifts, which is based on the novel by M.R. Carey – A familiar yet dystopian future which seems too close to the present world we live in today. The common formula for any given zombie is one who has no brains as they...

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...

The Favourite Review

Olivia Colman puts in an award-winning performance in this hilarious bat-shit crazy picture which is by far Lanthimos at his uninhabited finest. Not one to stick to the norm, Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos follow’s up the cold and muted territory of The Killing of a Sacred Deer with a step back in time to the Royal Court of Queen Anne. A...

The Wannabe Review

Gangsters and mobsters are the subject of a whole host of classic films throughout cinema. A world far from the average, these crime bosses and their ‘families’ were cool, powerful, and menacing. The idea of watching these people’s stories on screen was compelling.These archetypes aren’t fairytale, though. Many were derived from real people and were telling their true stories. The...

The Boss Review – Did someone say this was a comedy?

With a Melissa McCarthy film, you know exactly what to expect and with The Boss, where she plays a fallen business tycoon they story is no different. Which is a major shame as with the right storyline and script McCarthy could really shine as she deserves? This time, McCarthy teams up with her husband, Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids,Spy) to put pen...

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 Guv’nor Review

Lenny McClean is remembered differently depending on which generation you belong to. Those around in the 70s saw him as a skilled bare-knuckle boxer. Those in the late 90s saw him star in Guy Richie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Those around in the 60s were scared stiff as they heard tales and saw for themselves the rage and...

A Private War Review

Transfixing, uncompromisingly visceral and tonally raw, Heineman’s A Private War is a powerfully traumatic memoir. There comes a time we all need a little reminder exactly what it takes for reporters to report from the war-ravaged countries of our world, to deliver the news of heartbreaking atrocities some would rather keep quiet. Matthew Heineman’s latest delves into that very subject...

Don’t Breathe Review

Sometimes simplicity goes a long way, with Don’t Breathe we get just that in this horror/thriller which has buckets of originality in a genre that just churns out the same story over and over again. With nerve-jangling and stomach churning moments it provides a refreshing unpredictability. Coming from the director who remade Evil Dead back in 2013, which was also...

The Grinch Review

It’s an age-old story that just keeps coming back to the silver screen. From the makers behind Despicable Me and The Minions, Illumination brings to life the green misery guts for a third screen outing. The first came in 1966 as a TV special but in 2000 Jim Carrey stole Christmas as the lonely miser. This year’s Christmas treat...

Bleed For This Review

If there is one film due to inspire in 2016 is Ben Younger’s Bleed For This, a true story on the devastating near fatal car crash that befell boxing champion Vinny Pazienza aka The Pazmanian Devil and his own personal fight to get himself back in the ring doing what he loves after everyone around him has written him...

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge Review

The Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise reaches number five with Salazar’s Revenge.  But is it time for the ol’ heave-ho, me hearties?Hang on!  Wasn’t this supposed to be called Dead Men Tell No Tales?  Yes, it was, and it still is in the States – and the line’s included in the film – but, in their infinite wisdom, Disney...

The Sense of an Ending Review

With a title such as The Sense of an Ending, big expectations lay ahead, not even the greatest performances can make up for less than satisfying ending, building to a crescendo which forever hovers in the air never making that crashing descent of closure it so truly needs.With a screenplay adapted from Julian Barnes prize-winning novel of the same...

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...

Florence Foster Jenkins Review – A Frivolous True Story with a Huge Heart!

In 1940’s New York, Florence Foster Jenkins was a prominent and very significant bold character on the Arts scene. An eccentric socialite who was a beacon that attracted a following and one that was convinced she had the voice of an angel... In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth; Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) tells the story of...

East Side Sushi Review

Freshness counts for everything when it comes to sushi.  And, even if you’re not keen on the cuisine, it’s hard to dislike digital release East Side Sushi. According to the opening captions of East Side Sushi, “A good sushi chef can pick up his knives and go anywhere, like a samurai warrior.”  The words are taken from Sushi, the first...