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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...

The Commuter Review

If there is one thing, you can guarantee from a Liam Neeson action thriller it’s the cliché plot and the predictability of its outcome hurtling at high speed throughout the storyline. Although The Commuter is a fun Friday night pleaser, it refuses to budge that gear stick as Neeson begins to make his final bow in a genre that has graced his career.Neeson teams up yet again for his fourth collaboration with director Jaume Collet-Serra, in a surprisingly fun yet forgettable race against...

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...

T2 Trainspotting Review

A lot of people have waited patiently for the sequel to Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting since last year’s planned release date. The most patient of all have waited 20 years, as Boyle himself has stated in his own words. Ultimately, the potential for success and accolade of this film rides on the shadow looming over it. If not carried out just...

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again Review

Long-awaited sequels seem to be the special of the month. 10 long years after Mamma Mia hit our screens; the Abba musical is back and promises to be just as big a hit as its original big screen adaptation. Filled to the brim with a number of Abba bangers and the return of the original cast; be prepared for...

Detective Pikachu Review

Pays service to the Pokémon fan base but it's Ryan Reynolds Pikachu that injects the fun. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past twenty odd years, the latest big screen incarnation of the Pokémon phenomenon could wash right over your head. Over the years a number of films and TV shows have tried to give life to...

The Upside Review

An enjoyable life-affirming movie that stays true to the heart of the original film, reiterating there’s more to Hart’s acting abilities than his Calamity Jane skit. With the increasing popularity of the remake, reboot or whatever you want to call it, there’s a certain uncertainty in whether the poor filmmakers who take on the task can do the original justice, or create something almost resembling...

The Light Between Oceans Review

M.L. Steadman’s novel The Light Between Oceans became an instant hit when published back in 2012, A classic romantic story set after the first world war which has a theme of deep rooted love, loyalty and the question of right and wrong playing on the moralistic values of an impossibly difficult situation. Writer and Director Derek Cianfrance – known for...

The Pyramid Texts Review

Stripped back and laid bare, the film adaptation of BAFTA award-winning writer Geoff Thompson’s stage play, The Pyramid Texts, is nothing less of a powerhouse of raw human emotion with an exceptional performance from its lone front man, James Cosmo.The Pyramid Texts is laced beautifully together with bouts of poetic dialogue that tear deep into a single man’s soul...

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...

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...

The Children Act Review

For the second time this year, Ian McEwan has seen his novels adapted for cinema; the first coming in On Chesil Beach and now, in a similar fashion, McEwan’s The Children Act. The latter is an intelligent film which pokes at intimacy, love and furthermore, legal and moral responsibilities; and does so with understated elegance and grace typically depicted from the wealthy characters cinema feeds its audiences.The story centres on Fiona Maye — played by the ever-reliable Emma Thompson —, a brilliantly intelligent judge who is both feared and respected...

Spies in Disguise Review

Pure, honest to god entertainment oozes out of every feel-good moment. Who knew Will Smith as a pigeon would be a winning formula? Troy Quane and Nick Bruno make their directorial debut with an animated Bond gone wrong. Pairing together the voices of big Willy himself, Will Smith, and the newest Spider-Man, Tom Holland for the long in development fun-sized...

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...

Hidden Figures Review

Whilst most may be aware of the role of importance men played in sending a man into space to lay his feet firmly on the moon, not so many know of the tremendous work of the African-American Women who played an equally important role in achieving it. Hidden Figures delves, with a delicate touch, into the story of three...

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Review

Before the novel, The 9th Life of Louis Drax was even published back in 2004, the late Director, Anthony Minghella, had already optioned the story for his production company, but with his many successful projects already in the pipeline never quite got round to making the film. The film, however, was later picked up by Anthony’s Son, actor Max Minghella,...

Wonder Review

There seems to be a theme running through child targeting movies over the past few weeks, first came Paddington’s return in the highly successful sequel and now Wonder, in which sugary takes a diabetic turn, but both with the underlying message of acceptance and kindness to everyone is the key to a harmonious world.10-year-old August Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) has...

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...

Doctor Strange Review

Marvel have pulled another corker out the bag with Doctor Strange, this time entering the world of the spiritual and supernatural with mind-bending and spectacular visuals which see’s buildings and cities rotating and folding in on themselves with jaw-dropping excellence. It’s their most visually ambitious, eye-popping outing. Doctor Strange is very much an origin story; we are introduced to the...

We Go On Review

As we become more spoilt with methods of watching films, the act of actually choosing anything to watch is quite unbearable.New streaming service Shudder aims to cut through the noise and reach those on the hunt for the best of a wide range of horror films, consisting of platform exclusives as well as general releases. Unable to see anywhere...

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...

Suicide Squad Review

Warner Bros. may have to start thinking about their DC universe strategy after the big disappointment of Batman V Superman earlier this year, Whilst Suicide Squad certainly outranks this poor show of entertainment it still nowhere lives up to the hype. Superman is dead to the delight of the US Government and U.S. Intelligence officer Amanda Waller played with a...

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...

Remembering The Man DVD Review

A real-life gay love story set in 80s Australia was one of the most moving cinematic experiences of last year.  But can a documentary about the same couple cause a spike in tissue sales?  Just under a year ago, cinema audiences clutched their tissues as they watched Holding The Man, the deeply moving true story of two gay Australians, Timothy...

Chicken Review – Beautifully Gut Wrenching.

Every now and again British Independent films produce a beautiful little gem that needs to be shouted about from the rooftops, and in Chicken, we have just that. Low budget but huge on heart and exceptional performances from its virtually unknown cast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1e-d57_7kgThe feature length directorial debut for Joe Stephenson, Chicken is already causing a stir and has had the...

Michael Bublé – Tour Stop 148 Review

With fans in their millions, Canadian jazz and swing singer, Michael Bublé has become a household name since hit Home came out in 2005. Known for his charisma, Bublé has encompassed the modern swing persona and his voice has become synonymous with Christmas. With 8 studio albums, 5 tours, and 5 Christmas specials under his belt, Michael Bublé now invites...

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...

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...

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...

Love/Me/Do Review

An unofficial but commonly agreed upon measure of how good a film is, is if it stays with you after the credits. Do you think about the characters, the story, a particular image? In some instances, you’ll tell people you know because it’s on your mind and you want to discuss it with someone. Even more so if there’s...