Macbeth (2015) is definitely bloody, bold and resolute.

Macbeth (2015) is definitely bloody, bold and resolute.

Justin Kurzel’s “Macbeth” is anything but a tale told by an idiot as he brings Shakespeare’s dark fable of ambition, paranoia and madness to the screen full of sound and fury. With Scotland wracked by civil war, loyal general Macbeth leads the King’s forces in a final, decisive battle against the traitors. With the battle ..

The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Review

The Angry Birds Movie (2016) Review

Since it was launched in 2009, the Angry Birds game has been downloaded over a billion times. It’s had numerous spin-offs and tie-in merchandise and now it’s got its own movie. If you’ve ever played the game, you’ll know the feeling when you’ve got your shot lined up (or so you think) only for your ..

Old (2021) will take years off your life.

Old (2021) will take years off your life.

I like M Night Shyamalan’s work. I really do. But sometimes he makes it so difficult and OLD sees him plumb new cinematic depths of what-the-fuckery, as he again adapts somebody else’s work and presents me with my biggest challenge yet. When a group of holidaymakers are told of a secluded beach by their hotel ..

Doctor Who: Spyfall Part 1 (S12E01) Review

Doctor Who: Spyfall Part 1 (S12E01) Review

*SPOILERS*   They say time flies when you’re having fun and it would explain why this fast-paced, action-packed first hour of Doctor Who’s went by so very quickly. It’s a bold – very bold return for the venerable sci-fi. Also making a welcome return are the cold open and the opening credits, hopefully to stay ..

Doctor Who: The Return Of Doctor Mysterio is more plum duff than Christmas cracker.

Doctor Who: The Return Of Doctor Mysterio is more plum duff than Christmas cracker.

Much like children (and *ahem* some adults) across the country, “Doctor Who” reached into its festive stocking and pulled out a whole bunch of superhero toys. Although it’s a little bit shoehorned in during a leadenly expository cold open, once the superhero McGuffin is installed, showrunner Steven Moffat gleefully, almost giddily, goes to town smashing ..

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) Review

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) Review

With their star gone, the makers were faced with a real dilemma. Obviously, Bond would have to be recast but should they acknowledge the fact openly in the film. In the end, they settled for a bit of a muddled approach that treated the change of the actor with a few nods and winks (‘This ..

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015) Review

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015) Review

If you created a Venn diagram of the casts of “Harry Potter”, “Game Of Thrones”, “Peaky Blinders” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the sweet spot right in the middle would read “In The Heart Of The Sea”. Ron Howard’s latest offering is a star-studded retelling of the true story of the whaling ship Essex, which ..

Behind The Candelabra (2013) Review

Behind The Candelabra (2013) Review

Steven Soderbergh’s last film before his self-imposed ‘sabbatical’ from film making is a useful reminder that we should hope he doesn’t stay away too long. Produced by HBO for television in the United States (because Hollywood studios declined to produce the film for being ‘too gay’ for mainstream audiences) it nevertheless received a theatrical release ..

Is [insert film title here] a Christmas movie? The answer is always ‘Yes!’

Is [insert film title here] a Christmas movie? The answer is always ‘Yes!’

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Hot takes roasting on an open thread, hashtags nipping at your prose. Once a year, everybody on Twitter, Facebook and beyond come together in a grand celebration of that most joyous of events: debating whether or not “Die Hard” (or occasionally another film) is really a Christmas ..

Mr. Holmes (2015) Review

Mr. Holmes (2015) Review

It’s mortality rather than Moriarty who stalks the world’s greatest detective in “Mr. Holmes”, Bill Condon’s quietly engrossing portrait of a legend in decline. Based on Mitch Cullen’s novel “A Slight Trick Of The Mind”, “Mr. Holmes” finds Sherlock retired and living is seclusion in a remote Sussex farmhouse, caring for his bees and attended ..

Don’t Breathe (2016) Review

Don’t Breathe (2016) Review

An often tense and claustrophobically clever thriller, a little more humility would have done “Don’t Breathe” the world of good. When a gang of three opportunistic burglars get a tip-off about an easy mark, it seems like their ship has come in. One easy job and they can escape their dead-end Detroit lives forever. After ..

Nobody does it better than Shark Killer (2015) #SharkWeak4🦈 Review

Nobody does it better than Shark Killer (2015) #SharkWeak4🦈 Review

From its Saul Bass-inspired opening credits, it’s clear that SHARK KILLER isn’t your everyday crappy shark movie. Instead, it’s a goofy action-adventure movie with a dashing hero, a feisty love interest and a plot-driving MacGuffin – with a bunch of sharks thrown in for good measure. This is a bad shark movie by way of ..

Colossal (2017) Review

Colossal (2017) Review

*POTENTIAL SPOILERS* It’s been a long time since a movie surprised me as much as “Colossal” did. Won over by the quirky trailer and a crazy but fascinating premise, I was expecting a quirky exploration of the characters exploring their ‘inner demons’ in a very external manner. Instead, Nacho Vigalondo’s dark sci-fi fantasy delivered something ..

In a season already overloaded with candy, #TrollsWorldTour (2020) offers a further opportunity to exceed your RDA of artificial colourings and synthetic sweetener.

In a season already overloaded with candy, #TrollsWorldTour (2020) offers a further opportunity to exceed your RDA of artificial colourings and synthetic sweetener.

The long-awaited follow-up to overachieving 2016 smash “Trolls” finally hits screens in controversial and reduced circumstances, becoming one of a handful of pioneer titles pushing the premium ‘home premiere’ format as cinemas around the world remain shuttered. So, more than ever, the question becomes is it worth the price of a ‘ticket’? As Queen Barb ..

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) makes a meal out of dining on ashes.

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) makes a meal out of dining on ashes.

Okay, before we get down to business, let’s set the record straight. Full disclosure: I’ve never been keen on this iteration is Superman. I didn’t care for “Man Of Steel” and have only grown to dislike it more over the years. On the other hand, I never really had any serious doubts regarding Ben Affleck ..

About The Last Knight (2017)… Transformers 5 Review

About The Last Knight (2017)… Transformers 5 Review

Have you checked your kitchen recently? Chances are the sink might be missing, stolen by Michael Bay to throw into his latest robots-in-disguise extravaganza “Transformers: The Last Knight”. It’s no secret that Paramount Pictures have assembled a writer’s room to spin their Hasbro franchise into an expansive shared universe but “The Last Knight” suggests they ..

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Having restored peace to the Nine Realms, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to Asgard in triumph. Meanwhile on Earth, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) stumbles across a dimensional rift where the Aether has long been hidden. Her disappearance is noted by Heimdall, prompting Thor to return to Earth but her discovery of the Aether has also awakened ..

The Looming Tower Series Review

The Looming Tower Series Review

Charting the origins of Osama Bin Laden and the formation of al-Qaeda from the 1990s through to the tragic events that unfolded on September the 11th, “The Looming Tower” is a real-life historical “Homeland”. It peers behind the intelligence curtain and reveals the internal squabbles and intense rivalry between the FBI and the CIA that ..

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Driven by recurring dreams of the destruction of Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) allows himself to be captured by fire demon Surtur in order to pre-empt and prevent Ragnarok. Returning to Asgard, Thor forces Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to reveal himself and confess to where Odin (Anthony Hopkins) is being held. But Odin’s absence has and Loki’s ..

X (2022) Review

X (2022) Review

Ti West puts the X in extremely authentic Out on DVD and Blu-Ray today, there’s an authenticity to the 1970s aesthetic of Ti West’s X that’s so meticulously well-observed that it’s only the presence of recognisable contemporary actresses such as Mia Goth, Brittany Snow and Jenna Ortega that prevent you from assuming you’re watching some ..

Hunter Killer (2018) Review

Hunter Killer (2018) Review

At last, a movie for modern day America: one where the people colluding with the Russian president are the good guys! When an American submarine, shadowing a Russian sub witness their target suffer an explosion and sink, they are themselves torpedoed by an unknown assailant before they can report home. The USS Arkansas, with newly ..

Men In Black: International (2019) offers self-neuralyzing entertainment

Men In Black: International (2019) offers self-neuralyzing entertainment

For a franchise which has often been plagued with a sense of déjà vu (indeed its first sequel was an almost note for note remake of the first film and its second was themed around the redoing historic events), the most disappointing aspect of “Men In Black: International” is how familiar it all feels, despite ..

Poltergeist (1982) Review

Poltergeist (1982) Review

A film perhaps – and unfairly – more renowned for its behind-the-scenes intrigue and urban legends, I don’t really care who directed “Poltergeist”, it’s a masterpiece. No doubt the horror elements benefit from Hooper’s input but it’s clearly a Spielberg showcase through and through. It’s the dark and evil twin of “E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial” ..

Borg vs McEnroe (2017) Review

Borg vs McEnroe (2017) Review

Gripping, insightful and quietly powerful, “Borg vs McEnroe” brings us a thoughtful examination of sporting drive and athletic rivalry at a watershed moment for international tennis. In the run-up to the 1980 Wimbledon Championship, Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) contemplates the possibility that he could become the first person ever to win five consecutive Wimbledon titles ..

I defy anyone not to fall head over heels for Love, Simon (2018)

I defy anyone not to fall head over heels for Love, Simon (2018)

A John Hughes movie for the 21st Century, Greg Berlanti’s adaptation of the novel “Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda” emerges as a romantic comedy-drama so utterly charming, it’s nigh-on impossible not to “Love, Simon”. High School senior Simon Spiers seems to have it all, but he’s hiding a big secret: he’s gay. When another student ..