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Stan & Ollie Review

A touchingly poignant journey focusing on the twilight years of the legendary comedy duo. Iconic comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were once the darlings of Hollywood but money issue’s and contract negotiations became a contributing factor to their strained relationship. Director John S. Baird respectfully focuses not on the highs of the career, but the dwindling twilight years...

Beautiful Boy Review

Chalamet’s powerful performance make this dizzying picture a horrifying realisation of parental anguish. The subject of drug addiction depicted in film, more often than not, usually takes the viewer on a trippy ride of euphoria but director, Felix Van Groeningen takes a different route basing his latest on the memoirs of a Father dealing with a son on Crystal meth...

Birthday Review

Birthdays are generally synonymous with joy, celebration, and high spirits. And while writer and director, Chris King, titled his short film ‘Birthday’, the emotions at play are rather contrasting initially. Focusing on a young marine who gets severely wounded in combat, the 12 minute run time explores the immediate next steps in his life from hospital bed to physiotherapy with...

Vice Review

Filled to the brim with eye-opening power plays delivered with excellence.  It’s a Vice that just kept on giving with frequently witty scenarios and liberal intelligence. In his latest, director Adam McKay takes a leaf out of his own structural efforts from The Big Short and planted them seamlessly into his latest ‘biographical’ move. He delves into the world of...

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,...

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 Shape of Water Review

There is no disputing Guillermo del Toro’s worth as an extraordinary filmmaker. From Pan’s Labyrinth to Hell Boy bringing fantasy to life with a beating heart. In his latest fairytale for adults he teams, a mute cleaner with her ideal mysterious partner of a human-shaped creature of the sea, the beauty and wonder of his layered creation is a story of a...

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...

The Hunt Review

Despite its controversy and its Bone Tomahawk style violence, it has nothing to say, but it says it way too loudly. Initially set for release last year, all marketing and the film’s release were pulled due to the controversy that arose from the trailers use of gun’s and the term “deplorables” coinciding with the mass shooting’s in America. Subsequent criticism...

Beauty and the Beast Review

If there is one actress on this earth that has Disney princess screaming from her very being it’s Emma Watson, looking very much like the quintessential English rose with an enchanting demeanour and a 21st century twist there couldn’t be a better person to play Belle in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast – even if her performance is...

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...

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...

Triple 9 Review – Yet Another Heist Movie Falls Short of the Perfect Crime.

Triple 9 may have a pretty impressive cast in the forms of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Aaron Paul and Woody Harrelson, and it could just be relying on the names alone to attract its audience as this storyline falls flat of any real excitement.Triple 9 comes from the director of Lawless and The Road, John...

Logan Lucky Review

Steven Soderbergh may have bought himself out of his own self-imposed retirement to give audiences an A-plus hillbilly heist with an all-star ensemble cast in Logan Lucky, and whilst having its fun moments, fails to reach a high-speed momentum needed to give it a rocket boost to drag itself out of its crawl through the mud of West Virginian...

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...

We Summon the Darkness Review

Despite the title, there is nothing supernatural about this fluffy horror, just a bit of a murder spree of predictable boredom. You don’t have to look far for one of the most deceiving titles to hit feature films. You might expect a harrowing story of devil worshippers performing ritualistic routines to conjure up demon spawn for their own pleasure. What transpires...

White Boy Rick Review

’71 Filmmaker, Yann Demange returns with only his second feature with what, on paper, could only be seen as make believe but the reality, this 80’s set crime drama of a teenager used and subsequently let down by the FBI is taken right out of real life. Demange has created two sides to this coin not just with the...

Coco Review

Disney team up yet again with Pixar for their latest cultural offering with a tremendous amount of heart and vibrancy. Director Lee Unkrich’s vision of spectacular colour embodies the Disney template spicing up the picture with humour, sprinkling with a melancholic learning experience of cultural traditions and grief and filling its very core with catchy musical tinklings - especially with a touching ditto...

Ratchet and Clank Review – Average Reboot of yet another Video Game Adaptation.

Ratchet and Clank, Sony Playstations foundation game series is 14 years old this year. 2016 see’s not only the game remade for the new generation but its film adaptation hitting the big screen. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and more. Ratchet and Clank joins a long list of game to film adaptations. Over...

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...

Blair Witch Review

20 years ago The Blair Witch Project spawned a whole new era for the horror genre - the found footage movie phenomenon blew up the movie world – not always producing any real quality nonetheless it gave birth to a new generation of fans. So when Lionsgate announced at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con that the upcoming film, The Woods...

London Town Review

There is no better way to end a miserable year than a throwback feel-good coming-of-age story filled with an abundance of nostalgia in the form of a number of tracks from The Clash pumping through the backdrop and veins of the narrative of the story which is based on the screenplay of The Untitled Joe Strummer Project. Set in 1979...

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,...

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...

Bohemian Rhapsody Review

Marred by creative differences and challenges, Bryan Singer’s Bohemian Rhapsody has taken a few knocks to its iconic status. More a respectful nod to the Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury, than a band biopic, the anthem epic soaring renditions and the frivolous birth of iconic songs play out like a playful puppy than hard-hitting, in-depth drama. This one is unashamedly...

Sing Street Review – Charmingly Irish, Funny Musical Coming of Age Story.

Sing Street takes us on a musical journey of 80’s Dublin, almost like a biographical story of writer and director John Carney’s own youth, taking his inspiration from his own teenage years growing up in Dublin. Struggling with his own identity, it’s a heart-warming coming of age story. In Sing Street, Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) comes from a fairly well-off family...

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...

Alice Through The Looking Glass Review – Same Old Faces, Same Old Alice just a little less mediocre.

Back in 2010, the zany Tim Burton brought us the first dose in fantastical childhood literally madness to the big screen with Alice in Wonderland, with an exceptionally colourful and otherworldly imagery and personalities and even though it’s box office figures impressed the movie didn’t. Now in 2016, the next chapter in this story, Alice through the Looking Glass, arrives...

Broken Review

Everyone has those days when they don’t want to get out of bed, dreading the day ahead and it’s arduous tasks. But as a carer, those feelings don’t matter when someone is relying on you to live their life. Shaun Robert Smith’s Broken screened at this year’s Frightfest, opens with live-in carer Evie battling with herself to get out of...

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words DVD Review

If there is one thing that Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words shows about one of Hollywood’s legendary award winning actresses is that in her thinking and ideals she was way ahead of her time. A strong charismatic woman who stood up to anyone but with such an elegant grace that mesmerised. Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words follows Bergman...