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The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case Review – Refreshing Creepy Supernatural Scares.

Back in 2013, Director James Wan brought us The Conjuring, a horror based on one of the real life stories of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren – it had the largest opening for an original horror movie and has been one of the highest grossing horror films to date next to The Exorcist. 2016 see’s Wan deliver us a...

A Monster Calls Review

Don’t be fooled by the clips or trailers you may have seen for A Monster Calls, aiming for one type of audience it may not be suitable for with a subtle comparison to the recent adaptation of Spielberg’s The BFG. It’s much darker than you would expect from a so-called ‘children’s’ film with its theme of loss and guilt at...

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...

Robinson Crusoe Review – 3D Animation at its best.

Robinson Crusoe has had an animation make-over to bring to life the classic age-old story.  This time, it’s the animals of the island that tell this tale, with the aid of vibrant and eye-popping 3D – the kids are going to love this. This version of the shipwrecked Robinson Crusoe however, isn’t told from his viewpoint but those of the...

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...

Official Secrets Review

Deceit and corruption amongst political leaders is far from a new revelation, those who possess power in Government have been abusing their positions for hundreds of years up to the present day. The unsung heroes who are brave enough to call out the deception are very rarely heralded but Eye in The Sky director Gavin Hood once again takes...

War Dogs Review

Director Todd Phillips brings together the old crew from The Hungover Trilogy – including Bradley Cooper - for his production of War Dogs, However, don’t expect the high jinx and ridiculousness those films brought. You can expect the film to be extremely men-centric as women take the backseat in this ‘based on a true story’ plot. Yes, believe it or...

20th Century Women Review

Growing older is inevitable.  But in the 1970s, 60 was a long way from being the new 40, as Annette Bening discovers in 20th Century Women.  Don’t be fooled by that epic-sounding title.  20th Century Women, the latest from writer/director Mike Mills, is anything but sweeping, offering up the story of three women in a crumbling South Californian house finding...

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...

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...

Toy Story 4 Review

Woody and co will make you heartily smile in the heartfelt and wholesome fourth outing. For years, the Toy Story franchise has been a much-loved saga for audiences young and old. You would be forgiven for being slightly apprehensive in the arrival of a fourth instalment after nine years of being off the grid. Was it really a good idea...

Ride Along 2 Review – Is this a tired old Buddy-Cop Movie too Many?

What should you expect from Ride Along 2? Exactly the same as the first, the same storyline, the same tired old gags and Kevin Hart acting the idiotic fool but we do have a different location in Miami. Kevin Hart certainly likes to take the phrase ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ to the extreme and Ride Along 2...

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...

Sing Review

American animation film production company, Illumination Entertainment, made a name for itself back in 2010 with break-out film, Despicable Me. Since then, it’s profited on the popularity of the sideline stars, the Minions, and produced a sequel, a spin-off, plus other adventures away from that universe, including this summer's The Secret Life of Pets. Their seventh film in six years comes...

Nanny Culture Review

Nanny Culture is a documentary that tells the story of a British Nanny (Julie C. Mcilvenny) who moves to the United Arab Emirates to look after the children of a wealthy family. Set up’s for fish out of water tales don’t come much better than this; the potential is squandered in spectacular fashion however due to a number of bizarre...

Denial Review

Denial is undeniably an intriguing story which will leave you in amazement. Denial is yet another narrative based on a true story, one which hits on the sensitive issue of the Holocaust and one man’s mission to deny it and one woman’s fight to actually prove him wrong – Yes, you may scoff in disbelief but this really did happen,...

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...

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...

Live By Night DVD Review

Ben Affleck’s rollercoaster career has hit the heights and plumbed the depths.  So where does his gangster flick, Live By Night, fit in? Related: The Films of Zoe Saldana Nearly five years ago, Ben Affleck was riding high on the success of his Iran hostage thriller, Argo.  It went down well with critics and audiences and there was more to come...

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies Review

With the school holidays forced upon stressed-out parents, there truly is no better movie to bond over with your little darlings. Teen Titans Go! To The Movies – a feature-length movie spawned from the animated Cartoon Network series – is naturally silliness personified which instantly connects with both adults and the kids it’s aimed at. An active part of the cinematic DC universe, this is one route that finally works its fun magic.Whilst the rest of the DC superhero...

Miss You Already DVD Review

Miss You Already, Surprisingly, is a tale of two lifelong friends who have never left each other sides which isn’t as humdrum and mundane as you would expect! With Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore taking the helm as mentioned best friends, this will tug at the heartstrings as well as make you laugh and smile. Miss You Already tells the...

The Girl in the Spider’s Web Review

Claire Foy has swapped her Crown as Netflix’s Queen Elizabeth II to become one of the many faces of Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander. She’s a rampaging femme fatale whose latest mission becomes a whole lot more personal when she is forced to face her bleak and painful childhood in this stripped back, revenge fest.After seven years without Salander, the...

City of Tiny Lights Review

Based on the 2005 novel of the same name, author Patrick Neate brings modern-day noir City of Tiny Lights to the big screen with Dredd director Pete Travis at the helm, and hot commodity British star Riz Ahmed in the leading role as P.I.Tommy Akhtar. After a local escort visits him asking for his help, Tommy sets off on what...

Sleeping with Other People – DVD Review

As audiences grow and change so does their need to have something new. Not everyone owns up to liking the odd rom-com or two but with Sleeping with Other People there is something for everyone in the form of raunchiness and romance, it smugly hits the right (g) spot. In Sleeping with Other People Jake and Lainey, played by Jason...

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...

Victoria and Abdul Review

It’s not very often we see an actor reprise a role they so dutiful thrived in twenty years previous, except Dame Judy Dench, who excelled as the cantankerous Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown only to regally accept Stephen Frears offer to return to clad the black mourning dress for the comedic and delightful final twilight years of the formidable...

The Colony Review

1973 saw Chile in the midst of a Chilean Coup; under the leadership of the fascist regime of General Pinochet, the Chilean People were ready to take a stand. The Colony, which is based on true events, sets itself smack bang in the middle of this uprising with horrendous outcomes but does it try just a little too hard? The...

Wildlife Review

Packing up his acting shoes to make his directorial debut, Okja’s Paul Dano partner’s up with his real life other half, Zoe Kazan for the tragic 1950’s family drama Wildlife. Co-writing the screenplay with Kazan (an adaptation of Richard Ford’s novel) for a delicate and complex insight, focusing on the breakdown of the family unit through the eyes of...

Freeheld Review – A Tough and Highly Relevant Story.

Freeheld tell's Laurel Hester’s story when it grabbed the national headlines in the states back in 2005, when all this dying woman wanted was for her partner to receive her pension in order to remain financial stable after her death but because she was in a same sex relationship she was denied her dying wish. Laurel and her partner, Stacie’s story...

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...