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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...

Sorry We Missed You Review

Ken Loach is back on his socialist horse three years after I, Daniel Blake hit right at the heart of austerity Britain. Once again he shouts loud for the working class grafters hit hard by poverty, trying to earn a living in a battered and divided country with relentless passion.The story focuses on one young family in a docu-soap...

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....

Okja Review

The Cannes audience may have booed Okja back in May, but they got it wrong. This story of a genetically modified porker is much more than another pig in the city.The Okja of the title is a pig, but this is no ordinary porker.  She’s the genetic creation of the Mirando Corporation – not to be confused with Monsanto...

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...

The Hate U Give Review

It’s a subject all too common in our world headlines, young black men and women being slain down by maverick cops with a trigger happy finger. Filmmaker and Notorious director, George Tillman Jr. adapts Angie Thomas’s 2017 bestselling YA novel, The Hate U Give, with a knockout gut punch that resonates with poignant tenacity, a sobering reality and a blistering performance from Amandla Stenberg.Stenberg takes on the role of the conflicted Starr. Living in a predominately black community; drug dealers are scattered on each corner with the youth thinking they have no other choice...

The Edge of Seventeen Review

There’s nothing quite like the thought of yet another American teenage coming-of-age story to send shivers down the spine and make you roll your eyes to the back of your head. That’s exactly what The Edge of Seventeen is, however, its quirky humour and a relatable touching narrative is a delightful journey of the dreaded teenage years.Written and Directed by...

The Pyramid Texts Review

Stripped back and laid bare, the film adaptation of BAFTA award-winning writer Geoff Thompson’s stage play, The Pyramid Texts, is nothing less of a powerhouse of raw human emotion with an exceptional performance from its lone front man, James Cosmo.The Pyramid Texts is laced beautifully together with bouts of poetic dialogue that tear deep into a single man’s soul...

The Post Review

Steven Spielberg’s multi-layered rich visitation to the era of 1971, when women were still second-class citizens who had no place in the world of journalism; and the US Government where barefaced lying to their citizens, is a timely stirring masterpiece and a reminder of how far we have come. But those hurdles still loom large in our society. Related: The Post London Press Conference with Meryl...

Wild Rose Review

Drenched in realism, unconventional turns and a wee belter in its leading lady, Jessie Buckley. Just rip the lyrics out of the heart of this film and you’d be on to a country winner. Is it a path worth taking? That country road to stardom, to live out your dreams with no regard to the life you’ve reluctantly been lumbered...

Mission: Impossible – Fallout Review

There is absolutely no doubt as to why Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible is the strongest franchise Hollywood has to offer. In a world where CGI rules the roost, Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie perform their high aerial stunts in the real world. Delivering a thrilling ride proving every mission they undertake is certainly possible whilst not scrimping on its entertainment value.Events escalate no sooner as the picture opens; Ethan (Cruise) and his merry men, Simon Pegg’s Benji and the man-made wall,...

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...

Pete’s Dragon Review

High expectations never come with most remakes in an industry that seems to have lost its originality. That could be said of Disney’s remake of the 1977 classic of the Pete's Dragon, however, the 2016 version came as a surprising delight albeit a little cheesy in places. Director, David Lowry has given Pete’s Dragon a whole host of charm and...

Bone Tomahawk Review – Strangely Compelling Hybrid Horror is a Delight.

Bone Tomahawk is certainly unique, on paper, a story set in the old west with a horror twist really shouldn’t work but you’ll find yourself sucked in by its deeply narrative script and dark comedy. You may go into this film expecting one thing only to come out stunned – in a good way. Bone Tomahawk see’s four men -...

Paddington 2 Review

Those who absolutely adored 2014’s outing of Paddington’s big screen adventure have nothing to fear for the Marmalade loving Peruvian bear and his return in Paul King’s sequel, it’s doused in fun, warmth, charm and delicious animation. It has proven to be an ode to London and a loving tribute to Paddington creator Michael Bond. Related: Exclusive Paddington 2 Interviews...

Doctor Sleep Review

Stands on its own merits with a balancing act that stays faithful to the madness of The Shining but injects an air of horror mastery. Almost 40 years after Stanley Kubrick gave us his adaptation of Stephen King novel The Shining, filmmaker Mike Flanagan unleashes his sequel to the much–loved classic with Doctor Sleep.  Apprehension and expectation lay heavy amongst...

Anthropoid Review

Jamie Dornan films are like buses, His face hasn’t graced the big screen since Fifty Shades of Grey kicked up a storm now just a week after the release of The 9th Life of Louis Drax, and Dornan takes the joint lead alongside Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) in an epic war story Anthropoid. Directed and co-written by British filmmaker Sean...

All the Money in the World Review

If you are not already aware of Ridley Scott’s, based on a true story, All The Money in the World about the kidnapping of Oil Tycoon and Billionaire J.P. Getty’s grandson, have you been living under a rock? When news emerged of the original leading man, Kevin Spacey’s sexual harassment allegations, Scott quickly went to work on erasing all traces of Spacey from the movie. Recasting the role of J.P. Getty with the veteran actor,...

Supersonic Review

The highs, lows and infamous fall-outs and loss of band members throughout the career of Oasis have been highly documented over the years. Supersonic brings all of what makes Oasis the biggest rock n roll band in British history together to give us an intimately funny and nostalgic journey into a not so secret chronicle of the band. Coming from...

Doctor Strange Review

Marvel have pulled another corker out the bag with Doctor Strange, this time entering the world of the spiritual and supernatural with mind-bending and spectacular visuals which see’s buildings and cities rotating and folding in on themselves with jaw-dropping excellence. It’s their most visually ambitious, eye-popping outing. Doctor Strange is very much an origin story; we are introduced to the...

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...

Trumbo Review – Unadulterated Filmmaking Makes for a Charismatic Watch

For any cinephile, the name Dalton Trumbo should be no stranger.  For those who don’t know, Dalton Trumbo was a 1940’s prolific and legendary Hollywood screenwriter who was responsible for the likes of Roman holiday, Spartacus and Exodus. He was also known for his strong political stance and very publicly known as a communist. As we know, being a communist...

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...

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...

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...

Booksmart Review

Hilariously smart, audaciously original and expertly performed this is a top contender for comedy of the year. In Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, female friendship complexities and high school humour reign supreme. Clever dialogue and teenage angst run wild for one night only vowing to bring the party down with tremendous fever, marking this brilliantly genius filmmaking.Nerdy best friends Molly (Beanie...

Finding Dory Review

13 years after the huge box office success back in 2003 of Finding Nemo comes it’s adorable and message driven sequel in the form of the that lovable forgetful fish Dory, in Finding Dory. Filled with delightful cuteness and lashings of laughter Pixar, have yet again, hit the animation jackpot. Even though the base storyline doesn’t venture further than Finding...

The Girl on the Train Review

Director Tate Taylor – who directed the powerfully emotional ‘The Help’ seems to have an affinity with female lead film; The Girl on the Train is no exception with three very different female personalities taking the limelight in this thrillingly tense film adaptation. Only a year ago Paula Hawkin’s novel, ‘The Girl on the Train’, was a bestselling sensation, so...

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...