Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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Catfight Review

With a title such as Catfight, you would be forgiven for thinking you’re in for a saccharine, handbags at ten paces comedy of women with their perfectly manicured nails scratching each other’s eyes out over matters of extreme unimportance – this couldn’t be further from the mistitled vicious truth. Broken down into three role reversing chapters which come full circle...

Ralph Breaks The Internet Review

Five years after Ralph wrecked all animations in its path, Disney has returned the muscular meathead head and his best friend Vanellope for an overstuffed exploration inside the internet with smile-inducing humour and heart with a dash of social relevance.John C. Reilly returns as the voice of bad-guy turned good, Ralph, along with Sarah Silverman’s Vanellope. Where Ralph is...

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...

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...

Marshall Review

Hard hitting courtroom drama it may not be, but this biopic of Thurgood Marshall, before he becomes the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, tantalizes with entertainment as its main focus see’s the radical young Lawyer for the NAACP in one of his lesser-known cases seeking justice for the average Black American male accused of a brutal rape and attempted...

Darkest Hour Review

Just a mere seven months after Brain Cox took the lead as Winston Churchill in Churchill, which covered the 96 hours before the Invasion of Normandy during World War II another Churchill based production is upon us with Darkest Hour. This time Gary Oldman dons the prosthetics in his finest hour in what could be construed to be the prelude to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, but without the wrought...

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile Review

If it wasn't for Zac Efron embodying every inch of Ted Bundy's charismatic persona with a stunningly mesmerizing performance we'd be left with a forgettable affair. Better known for his documentary work on Irish gangster Whitey Bulger and the West Memphis Three, Joe Berlinger takes a stab at turning another true crime story into Hollywood movie fodder. Having worked on...

Cabin Fever Review – A remake full of gore, but lacks the scare factor.

Being his first film Cabin Fever was never Eli Roth’s best movie but 14 years after the release of the original Director Travis Zariwny has taken the 2002 outing and rebooted it to what would seem to be to appeal to a new generation with hilariously bad efforts that make the first look like a masterpiece. Isn’t the whole idea...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Accountant Review

Never take people at face value, people are made up of many complex layers and Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant emphatically uncovers the secret layers of those who would appear dull on the surface such as Ben Affleck’s Accountant Christian Wolff. Affleck – who has come into The Accountant fully pumped from his role as Batman in Batman Vs Superman –...

The Call of the Wild Review

Harrison Ford stars in The Call of the Wild, a shaggy dog tale that will melt your heart with a CGI dog that finds his home in the snowy mountains of Canada.  An adaptation of Jack London’s book of the same name, the fifth in a long line of remakes dating back to 1923, sees Harrison Ford lose his tough...

Onward Review

Tom Holland and Chris Pratt make for a killer combo in Pixar's latest tear-jerking animation that will have you ugly crying. Pixar’s fascination with death has certainly been a winner for the animation studio after its success of Coco and Inside Out. If it isn’t broken don’t fix it seems to be the order of the day as Tom Holland...

De Palma Review

Some filmmakers simply do not need an introduction; Brain De Palma is one of those exceptionally talented people. It’s a fitting tribute that in De Palma, Noah Baumbach, and Jake Paltrow have kept this documentary simply by just sticking the man himself in a chair and letting him run through his career bit by bit with no holds barred.De Palma...

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Review

In Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, director Ang Lee tries something radically different. But why make a film that nobody can see in the way he intends?  When the latest film from a director like Ang Lee gets a limited distribution, the immediate question is “why?”  Especially when you know that Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk got the thumbs down...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

The a-holes are back with a big bang of colour and euphoric family bickering that falters with a little whimper, riding the tails of the first in order to make Vol. 2 an eggtastic success with the scene-stealing baby Groot and an emotionally touching shocker that tugs lightly at the heart strings as well as taking you by surprise.If...

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...

Mortal Engines Review

Dystopian YA novel adaptations seem to be a trend that will not go away, The Hunger Games set a precedent that most fail to live up to and as each year passes the imagination disintegrates into dust. The latest that falls into that category comes from the Lord of the Ring’s Peter Jackson and first time director Christian Rivers...

Jackie Review

Jackie Kennedy was one of the most glamorous and famous women of her day. A unique first lady with style and grace, all thanks to her marriage to JFK, the catalyst to her rise in fame and stature.  Devoted wife to a President who was far from discreet in his dalliances with a certain blonde haired bombshell and loving...

Dunkirk Review

The hype is real for Christopher Nolan’s much anticipated Dunkirk, it’s a spectacular and very British film of epic proportions, of thundering dread that rains down like an apocalyptic bomb with its relentless bombardment of emotive fear and the realisation of the horrors our grandfathers and great grandfathers went through just to survive.Nolan’s Dunkirk is a far cry from...

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...

The Greatest Showman Review

Musicals are not to the taste of many, but in The Greatest Showman, we get a grand old Christmas, feel-good fare of cheesy entertainment. A showcase, as such, for the singing and dancing talents of one Hugh Jackman doused with a number of catchy and foot tapping numbers designed to put a grin on your face. It’s these attributes that drown out any form of a strong dramatical...

Ben-Hur Review

With an epic biblical classic such as Ben-Hur, which was originally a novel by Lew Wallace published in 1880, comes with it the desire to remake the hell out of it, from films to TV series and 2016 see’s yet another remake. One that excites all too rarely and is full of cringe-worthy moments to make the best of...

The Grinch Review

It’s an age-old story that just keeps coming back to the silver screen. From the makers behind Despicable Me and The Minions, Illumination brings to life the green misery guts for a third screen outing. The first came in 1966 as a TV special but in 2000 Jim Carrey stole Christmas as the lonely miser. This year’s Christmas treat...

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...

Barbershop: A Fresh Cut Review – Social Message with Light Hearted Appeal.

Back in 2002, a new cult movie was born in the form of Barbershop with rapper turned actor Ice Cube taken the helm as Calvin Palmer, Barbershop owner. Now 14 years later the third film in this trilogy, Barbershop: A Fresh Cut, is back with old faces, Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Eve giving us a film with a social...

Journey’s End Review

RC’ Sheriff’s poignant war story has been adapted for the stage and film on numerous occasions over the years. In Saul Dibbs latest adaptation for the big screen, we are engulfed in a deeply affecting era of hope and despair on a personal and emotionally charged level. Stripping back to just the essentials and delving deep into the souls of those forced onto the front...

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...