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Daddy’s Home 2 Review

Christmas is looming, for Hollywood there’s no better time to churn out the inane sequel with a virtually unoriginal transparent plot repeating itself, lacking in intelligent humour just to get a few bums on seats and at the same time wasting any talent their big named cast may have. What we have here is yet another lazy attempt at...

Pitch Perfect 3 Review

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The aca-bella’s may be back for their tour de force with the third outing in the Pitch Perfect franchise, but the reality of stepping into the real world has hit hard. The sequel shines that overly glaring spotlight on a franchise that has finally given up the fight and hit a major bum note by stepping well out of its comfort zone. The time is ideal to put this out of tune melody...

Born to be Blue Review

Born to be Blue adds its name to this year’s expanding list of biopics with a difference. This time looking at a period in the life of Jazz musician Chet Baker played here by an exceptional Ethan Hawke. It's Hawke’s performance that uplifts this story from what can be a very slow almost humdrum of a film. Following in slightly...

Bliss Review

BLISS

You would have thought Director Mike Cahill would be the best qualified to bring a mind-bending sci-fi caper to life with the likes of ‘I’ Origins’ under his belt, but while trying to emulate the dizzying heights of the Matrix, Owen Wilson and Selma Hayek are left floating through the void of a derivative mess.Wilson takes on the role...

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...

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,...

The Rape of Recy Taylor Review

American history is shrouded in hateful racist issues, for years many minorities were subjected to brutality that is off-the-charts unfathomable. Yet, in 2018, the so-called great, progressive nation is seeing a revival in its narrow thinking bubbling to the surface like an acidic bail. Nancy Buirski’s documentary, The Rape of Recy Taylor, couldn’t be any timelier as the director...

Embrace Review

With the phenomena of social media and the internet at the centre of global culture, it seems crucial that the discussion of body image is addressed. The conversation has actually been happening for a very long time, but without ever really managing to break the surface of the blanket of mass media that surrounds and dictates our lives every day....

Skyscraper Review

The world’s tallest building, a towering inferno, and Dwayne Johnson’s relentless fight to save his family. What more could you want from a Friday night mind-numbing popcorn movie? Rawson Marshall Thurber’s venture into the vertigo-inducing thriller delivers just that, but there is a sense of déjà vu here and not even Johnson’s charisma can spark a flame of excitement into this CGI blaze.Johnson’s Will Sawyer is a former Soldier and FBI hostage...

The Hatton Garden Job Review

Described as the most spectacular British crime of this decade, the Hatton Garden heist surprisingly wasn’t just notorious for the theft of £14m of valuables, but perhaps more so because of the men behind the burglary. Experienced thieves, yes, but also pensioners. This somewhat bizarre crime scene has been brought to life in spoof flick, The Hatton Garden Job, where...

Chaos Walking Review

Chaos Walking

Filmmaker Doug Liman is back with a sci-fi YA adaptation that should have been firmly left on the bookshelf. A dull plodder where misogynistic men rule results in an empty husk of a story that should have kept its thoughts to itself. Set on a planet, colonised by human’s, every man is betrayed by the mere fact their thoughts are...

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...

Mangrove Review – London Film Festival 2020

Mangrove Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen kicks of his Small Axe Anthology with a whirlwind force of nature, a poignant, eloquent and electrically charged hotbed of British stark reality of racial tension.  As the hotbed of racial tensions bubble over in the US and UK, filmmaker Steve McQueen’s first feature in the Small Axe anthology – which consists of five films – couldn’t feel...

Ice Age: Collision Course Review

Ice Age has been thrilling audiences of all ages for – can you believe – the past 15 years, always a big hit with the younger generation which adults can enjoy too, it’s actually the second biggest animated motion picture franchise in the world. With the 5th installment of this franchise can they really bring anything new and deliver...

Suburra Review – Intense Mafia Crime Thriller Packs a Lethal Punch.

Once the heart of the Rome’s criminal world, Suburra holds many dark secrets, mainly never trust anyone to be completely what they may seem. Politicians, The Priesthood everyone has something sinister to hide. Romanzo Criminale and Gomorrah Director, Stefano Sollima has a unique ability of bringing the Italian crime scene to life with extreme reality. In fact shooting for Suburra...

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...

Wonder Woman 1984 Review

Wonder Woman 1984

Never have we needed a blockbuster as much as we do right now in 2020!, Something big, bold and bloody explosive to break up the monotony some of us have had to sit through. There really is nothing like switching off with a big bag of popcorn and delving into the make-believe worlds that superheroes give us and hats...

Spotlight Review – A Hard Hitting True Story full of Passion and Grit.

For many centuries the Catholic Church has always had its dark secrets, this is a fact and has been proven time and time again, in Spotlight we embark on the true story events of one journalistic team in America to unearth the truth of the rampant paedophilia amongst its priests in Boston. Before the Spotlight team even embarked on this...

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...

Gangsters, Gamblers and Geezers Review

The urban comedy is surprisingly sparse in the market with Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels & Snatch at the forefront. Others are parodies such as Anuvahood and Ali G which have become cult classics. However, none of these big names have been released in the past 5 years.Gangsters, Gamblers and Geezers advertise everything essential for a top...

Five Feet Apart Review

Commendably highlights the issues of Cystic Fibrosis sufferers, you’ll learn a thing or two about this illness as well as be sappily charmed. If there is one guarantee you could take from any teen romance where terminal illness is the villain of the piece, it’s the emotional rollercoaster any filmmaker is going to embed in its very foundations, take Josh Boone’s...

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...

The Hitman’s Bodyguard Review

Doused in Muthf***ers, The Hitman's Bodyguard is a no-brainer, no literally, Patrick Hughes venture into the world of high octane, tongue in cheek entertainment is an all-out romp of fun in which you can switch off for a couple of hours and just sit back and enjoy it for what it is.This venture wouldn’t be as hilariously funny without...

Uncle Frank Review

Uncle Frank

A drama full of mental turmoil, whilst having a bucket load of charm, threatened to drown in a subject just tad water-downed for mainstream audiences. Paul Bettany gets to flex his non-marvel acting chops in a coming-out drama during a time where anything other than heterosexuality in certain US states was more than frowned upon.Told via the narrative of Sophia...

The Birth of a Nation Review

A substantial wave of controversy has surrounded The Birth of a Nation and its filmmaker Nate Parker since it made its appearance at various film festivals over the course of the year detracting away from the actual historical story of the film and its importance. What is clearly a passion project for first time filmmaker Parker, which not only sees...

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...

Yesterday Review

A foot-stomping joy that has a feel-good British film coursing through its veins. Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis are a dream filmmaking team, from Boyle, making the likes of Slumdog Millionaire and Trainspotting to Curtis’s Notting Hill and Love Actually (amongst many for both) the pair has great feel-good British film’s coursing through their veins. For their latest, the pair...

Overboard Review

Like it or loathe it, remakes are here to stay for the foreseeable future. The latest in an extensive line of unoriginal ideas come from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Robert Greenberg and Bob Fisher in the form of the 1987 romcom classic Overboard. Where the original provided the natural spark of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell fusing the chemistry in the first; this remake with its...

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...

Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism Review

As a Film Critic when reviewing movies aimed at a completely different demographic to me, it is important to always keep in mind the audience that is being targeted. Thankfully, when it comes to genres, I am as comfortable sobbing over Leonardo Di Caprio drowning in Titanic, as I am fist pumping the air after an Arnold Schwarzenegger pun. However...