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Captain Fantastic DVD Review

Parenting is one of life’s experiences that no-one can put their finger on how to do ‘the right way’, yet ironically most parents think their way is right. Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), never outwardly vocalises a disdain with the current world and it’s appropriateness to raise children in, however, his choice to dwell with his six children in the woods...

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...

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years Review

Becoming famous is besmirched as easy and frivolous these days. In a world full of reality stars, vloggers with millions of subscribers, and viral videos giving the everyman 15 seconds of fame, it doesn't take much to be a sensation. It's so subconscious to the current population and the concept of being famous has changed dramatically at an increasing...

Moonlight Review

Despite leaving the BAFTAs empty handed, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight could still be the film to upset La La Land at the Oscars later this month.  But is the Academy brave enough to reward this spellbinding story of a young black boy growing up in Miami? Another coming of age story?  Oh, purrrr-lease…..!  Yes, Moonlight is a coming of age story,...

Captain America: Civil War Review – Marvel prove they are the masters in epic superhero blockbusters.

In Captain America Civil War, Marvel, yet again, proves they are the masters on the Superhero battlefield. Leaving their nearest opposition for dust and laughing in their face. Marvel show all of the other contenders exactly how it should be done with EPIC force. The Avengers seem to have been part of the big screen for a lot longer than...

The Pass Review

It’s only been three years since playwright, John Donnelly’s The Pass opened on the stage to rave reviews, so it was only a matter of time that this socially topical play made it onto the big screen bringing with it 99% of its original stage cast. Russell Tovey takes up his role again as Jason, a closeted premier league footballer...

Chi-Raq Review

It’s been a fair few years since Spike Lee has created anything of any note; a filmmaker who is known for his controversial social and political stance brings his filmmaking prowess in what is probably his finest piece of work in some time with Chi-Raq. Films don’t come much sexier, politically fierce and layered with feminism as much as Lee’s...

Tully Review

Post-natal depression is no laughing matter. Even in 2018 we hardly hear the cries of those mothers finding it a struggle to cope with day to day life after the birth of their bundle of joy. It’s a struggle many men dismiss as poppy-cock (as experienced from a fellow male critic at this particular screening); as they turn a blind eye to carry on with their conventional lives without the upheaval to their...

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...

Joker Review

Phillips and Phoenix deliver a shattering and fresh new take on an age-old character, a character study of the birth of the supervillain with darkly disturbing vigour. “Put on a Happy Face” is the war cry for the invisible, the ones suffering from depression and the lonely outcasts of society who are simply classed as that just for being a...

Grimsby Review – Prepare to be hilariously horrified

When you think of Sacha Baron Cohen and his past creative ventures of Ali G, Borat and Bruno you know you’re in for one hell of a non-PC, vulgar, stereotyping yet hilarious ride. By no means does Grimsby disappoint in any of these areas. If your faint of heart or easily offended walk away now. With Grimsby, we see a...

Midnight Special Review – A Creeping Chase Story which will Transport you to another world.

The Question that comes to mind with Midnight Special is what genre of film can we fit this into, Is it Sci-Fi or is it a mystery thriller? What isn’t in question is how extremely good this tale of mystery, family protection and just so happens to be a chase movie really is. From the moment the Midnight Special opens...

Boy Erased Review

Joel Edgerton delivers a wake-up call to those blinded by their faith with a gentle gut-punch. The second film within 6 months to address gay conversion therapy, the first being The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased is his next step into his filmmaking career. It’s a film where its focus lays on the misguided beliefs of Christian parents...

Logan Review

Are you sick and tired of the numerous superhero, superpower monopoly that is flooding the cinematic universe? Logan may very well be one of those aforementioned characters but the grisly, mean and moody Wolverine has hardly ever followed the conventional suit of the superhero. With Hugh Jackman delivering his last stand of the beloved Logan/Wolverine we get an X-Men spin-off...

The Hard Stop Review

Back in 2011, the young life of Mark Duggan was taken at the hands of the police after a Hard Stop on the London roads of Tottenham, North London. This killing caused one of the biggest riots in British History fuelled by racist tension which dates back to at least 1985 after PC Blakelock was murdered on the Broadwater...

Spider-man: Into The Spider-Verse Review

All we needed was another Spider-Man movie... or so we thought. After losing count on how many time’s Peter Parker stories can be told for the modern audience, The Lego Movie’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller have injected a delightful originality to the animated story of Miles Morales’s incarnation of Spidey that could have spouted the same old origin...

A Bigger Splash Review – Stunningly Filled with Anticipation

With the British weather diving into the wintery cold and damp abyss, the warmth and stunning location of a beautiful mountainous Sicilian landscape in A Bigger Splash will transport you to another world. This French-Italian made film (don’t worry it is in the English Language) which stars two British actors is charged with erotic and strange behaviour, and at...

Personal Shopper Review

When technology becomes a supporting role opposite Kristen Stewart in possible one of her best performances yet we get a thrilling, spooky and anxiety filled art-house classic that speaks directly to a modern society which could see a return to form for director Olivier Assayas. Personal Shopper isn’t a horror in the conventional sense but deals with the supernatural with...

Deadpool Review – Reynolds Anti-Hero is twisted but Engagingly Lovable.

Deadpool may be a typical origin story from the world of the Marvel’s superheroes but Ryan Reynolds anti-hero and the scriptwriters bring an abundance of hilarity and gruesome violence from the opening credits where no one actor is listed but a spoof line has ironically been used to describe the cast and crew. We embark on Deadpool three-quarters of the...

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...

Incredibles 2 Review

It’s been 14 years loyal fans of the Pixar superhero caper have had to wait for the Incredibles sequel.  In a time when superhero movies are ten a penny and the looming sequel curse hangs heavy over its head; can its charm and appeal still hold up? With Brad Bird back at the helm, the family animated feature deservedly...

Thor: Ragnarok Review

It’s been four years since the burly Norse god and friends last graced our screens, with a complete change in direction in a choice of a director with Hunt for the Wilderpeople’s Taika Waititi taking the helm, an air of anticipation arose how the third in the saga would pan out. Fear not, Waititi and his slapstick sense of...

You Were Never Really Here Review

Since 2017’s Cannes film festival, acclaimed director Lynne Ramsey’s You Were Never Really Here has bounced off the lips of many a cinephile with riotous respect. It’s a psycho-drama that evokes the splendour of Martin Scorsese’ Taxi Driver with a broodingly paced plot, relying heavily on suggestion than any real brutality and an eerily haunting and atmospheric score from...

Green Book Review

A charming road trip which is truly affecting. Farrelly's has delivered a touchingly tender bromance story in the face of adversity. Controversies aside, Peter Farrelly's latest is not quite the hard-hitting film you would expect from a based on a real-life story set amongst the racial tensions of 60’s America. Instead, he uses this opportunity to offer a feel-good drama...

Detroit Review

The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty’s Kathryn Bigelow has a certain type of skill in her arsenal to take human trauma and horror and evoke the deepest of emotions with such a subtle passion, her latest offering of Detroit only empowers that stockade with rich and powerful performances from a cast embroiled in respect for the retelling of...

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review

It seems reboots of Spider-man are ten a penny but this time around, Sony has opened its doors to the advice and guidance of Marvel to enhance its Spidey senses in the hope of injecting life back into our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man and Holy Avengers they’ve made a triumphant return with an excitable and charming schoolboy hero and a...

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...

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...

Lost Girls Review

According to the International Labor Organisation, 4.5 million people are victims of sex trafficking worldwide including the US’. This fact is part of the final words on screen of Julia Verdin's harrowing short film, Lost Girls. The British producer was inspired to write the script for this, her directorial debut, after volunteering at Children of the Night, a shelter for...

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...