Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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Moana Review

Disney seems to have struck gold with the diverse and empowering Moana, shining a light not only on Polynesian culture but also portraying its female protagonist as a feisty, adventurous and inquisitive girl that doesn’t fall under the stereotypical princess persona. Who better to capture the Disney magic than veteran  legendary directors John Musker and Ron Clements, the men behind...

Fast and Furious 8 Review

Fast and Furious

The longevity and success of the Fast and Furious franchise tell you one thing, the studio and filmmakers certainly know their audience so why mess with something that works so darn well, Fast and Furious 8 with all its glorious flaws, cheese and complete insanity is ludicrously blistering entertainment.Faces have come and sadly gone from this series of films...

Bridget Jones’s Baby Review

What the Romantic Comedy has been crying out for in a while is a return of good old fashioned slapstick and the dominance of one leading lady - one who most women can relate to. Finally, after 12 long years, that woman is back in a glorious return to form in Bridget Jones's Baby. The strong presence of women is...

First Man Review

Filmmaker, Damien Chazelle’s last three films have been nothing short of glorious. The man behind the frenzied drumming sensation of Whiplash, and most recently the dancing delight of La La Land, teams up again with his leading man Ryan Gosling. Together they deliver a visually stunning, stoic and sobering biopic on Neil Armstrong. This isn’t all spacewalks and moon...

Leave No Trace Review

It’s been eight years since director Debra Granik presented Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone. With only two documentaries in that time, the filmmaker embarks on a delicately emotional feature with Leave No Trace; an adaptation of the novel My Abandonment by Peter Rock.Going back to nature and the fundamentals of parenthood, Granik produces a nuanced story of self-imposed homelessness; where one army vet Father’s love to protect his daughter from...

Miles Ahead Review – A totally chaotic experience of phenomenal acting.

Miles Ahead isn’t quite the bio-pic on the life of Miles Davis you may be expecting from the first-time director Don Cheadle - the story is only inspired from certain moments from the legendary Jazz Musicians life but that doesn’t mean this is any the less intriguing. Don Cheadle not only don’s the director's hat for his directorial debut for...

Studio 54 Review

In the late seventies, amongst the Manhattan elite comprising of mostly celebrities, the number one nightclub to be associated with was Studio 54. At its height, the hedonistic disco inferno was the place to be. Even to this day, those that were lucky enough to be let through the front doors of a former CBS TV Studio, dreamily cloud over in the excess of their memories of...

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 BFG Review

Nostalgia reigns in Stephen Spielberg’s film adaptation of the much loved writings of Roald Dahl. The BFG will connect not only with its younger audience but mostly with the parents who grew up with Dahl’s 1982 offering. Staying true to The BFG’s origin’s, Spielberg has created a film with magical wonder and tender grace which becomes a visual spectacle for...

Hell or High Water Review

Right off the back of playing a lead iconic character for the third time, in the rebooted trilogy of one of the biggest and most influential shows in pop culture, Chris Pine now stars in Hell or High Water, a small independent film set in Texas, trading in his stun gun for a pistol. In Hell or High Water, Toby...

Black Panther Review

Since Ryan Coogler burst onto the scene with his debut, Fruitvale Station he has set the precedence in his affecting and hard-hitting storytelling; cementing his name as one to watch in delivering films that communicate to audiences who have rarely been given the chance to shine. It’s been a long time coming but Coogler’s POC cinematic revolution is finally upon us in Marvel’s Black Panther. Not just a celebration of black excellence in an arena...

The Witch Review – Could this be the birth of a new and welcomed generation of scary movies?

The Witch takes subtle scares to a new high in this breathtakingly shot first feature film for writer and director Robert Eggers. Finally, we have a film creative that has moved away from the obvious nerve jumping moments and relied heavily on setting the right mood and anticipation for a horror which will truly unsettle the viewer. In Eggers The...

Loving Review

While Loving is part of the wave of the ‘true stories told on film’ trend we’ve seen lately, its sense of quiet and carefulness with every scene differentiates itself and makes for such a wholly understated film. A lot of films, when taking this approach, cannot maintain an engaging and engrossing picture, so to see Jeff Nichols tell this story...

Spider-Man: Far From Home Review

Breezy and light-hearted with some epic action pieces, it's a visual kaleidoscope that will send 'Peter Tingles' down your spine. Avengers: Endgame may seem like it has only just come and gone, closing out the infinity saga but Tom Holland’s Peter Parker aka Spider-man is back to tie up a few loose ends and mourn the passing of his mentor...

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...

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...

Goodbye Christopher Robin Review

A.A. Milne, a poet, playwright and writer, rose to a new level of fame when the beloved series of Winnie the Pooh books were born, taking, reluctantly, with him the real Christopher Robin, his son, the real inspiration behind the worldwide phenomenon which has lasted for many years after its creation. Christopher Robin may have been real but he...

Avengers: Endgame Review

Epic and spectacular, an emotional rollercoaster that none of us will ever forget. For the past 11 years, Marvel’s Avengers characters of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and so many more have dominated the box office worldwide as well as opening up a pathway for a jubilant fandom igniting an...

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...

Don’t Breathe Review

Sometimes simplicity goes a long way, with Don’t Breathe we get just that in this horror/thriller which has buckets of originality in a genre that just churns out the same story over and over again. With nerve-jangling and stomach churning moments it provides a refreshing unpredictability. Coming from the director who remade Evil Dead back in 2013, which was also...

Black Mass DVD Review

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger was once one of the most wanted men on the FBI’s list, Black Mass, directed by Scott Cooper tells only a small part of this man’s life and his ‘Special’ relationship with the FBI and how it all started to go wrong for this once notorious Irish gangster. Johnny Depp takes on an amazing transformation in Black...

Youth Review – The Struggle of Old Age and Youth Told Through the Lens of Pretension.

Written and Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, Youth is only his second English language film but has already created a lot of critical acclaim. It has also seen Sir Michael Caine win Best Actor for his role as retired maestro Fred Ballinger at the 28th European Film Awards but is this film worth all the praise it has been receiving? Set...

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...

Boy Review

Before Taika Waititi hit the big time with the wonderful Hunt for the Wilderpeople and subsequently taking the helm on the latest venture of the Thor franchise with Thor: Ragnarok, he made his debut in his first full feature film having written, directed and starred in Boy, a film drenched in Waititi’s hallmark wonderfully warming wit and touching connectivity...

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...

Fences Review

Diversity has finally hit the Oscar’s this year with a number of exceptional films such as Moonlight, Hidden Figures and Fences all getting a spot in the limelight with their nominations. Fences for one is one of the strongest contenders for its powerhouse performances from its cast alone. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name – which...

Green Room Review – Gruesomely Gripping and Brutal.

For only his second outing, Director Jeremy Saulnier has cranked up the heat in Green Room not only has he shown a flare for gruesome brutality but has landed the likes of legendary veteran actor Patrick Stewart along with Imogen Poots and Anton Yelchin to deliver a skinhead vs rockers horror that will shake you to your very core. The...

Nerve Review

It’s not very often when a film actually ties your stomach in knots and makes you feel every last second of what’s playing out in front of you. Nerve ticks both those boxes. It, without a doubt, lives up to its name. Nerve is based on a hugely popular young-adult novel by Jeanne Ryan and captures the very essence of...

Eye in the Sky Review – A topical, gripping and intense thriller of morals.

With Helen Mirren taking the Helm as Colonel Katherine Powell, Eye in the Sky delivers a gripping and suspense filled story of modern day drone warfare which touches on the conscience of our government, giving the director, Gavin Hood a much needed booster after his 2007 headache inducing Rendition. Hood has kept Eye in the Sky pretty simply by keeping...

Bastille Day Review – Idris Elba kicks some serious ass.

If Idris Elba hadn’t made a strong enough case to be a contender to take over the reins from Daniel Craig as Bond then his kick ass, slick fight scenes and his deadpan face in Bastille Day surely has to put him right at the top of the list for the most prestigious role an actor could hope for....