The Post (2018) Review

It may be a timely reminder of the vital importance of a free and independent press but despite the zeitgeist-harnessing subject matter, there’s something that never quite stops the presses about Steven Spielberg’s “The Post”. When explosive details of a cover-up spanning three decades and four presidential administrations come to light, the New York Times … Continue reading The Post (2018) Review

Star Trek: Discovery – Vaulting Ambition (S1E12) Review

*SPOILERS* The ambition may be vaulting, but it’s certainly not boundless as “Star Trek: Discovery” brings us an episode that’s barely thirty-eight minutes long (including recap). Still, to rewind a bit from ‘vaulting ambition’, if it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly. Unfortunately, this is “Star Trek: Discovery” and … Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery – Vaulting Ambition (S1E12) Review

Star Trek: Discovery – The Wolf Inside (S1E11) Review

*SPOILERS* Still stranded in the Mirror Universe, Burnham, Lorca and Tyler remain under cover on the ISS Shenzhou while on Discovery, Tilly and Saru deal with Stamets’ deteriorating condition. The episode may be titled “The Wolf Inside” but the latest episode of “Star Trek: Discovery” seems more interested in taking us on a foxtrot. This … Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery – The Wolf Inside (S1E11) Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Dark Side Review

*SPOILERS*There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? There is a stirring of fears, long thought extinct. Fears that “Star Wars” could once again fall to the dark side. Fears that may lead to anger. After you saw it, how did you feel? Darkness? Light? A balance? It’s so much bigger and so much … Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Dark Side Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Light Side Review

It was a curious feeling, as I sat in my seat willing the adverts and trailers to hurry up and finish, to realise that – despite the huge presence “Star Wars” has had in my life – this would only be the eighth time in my entire life that I would be reading a brand … Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Light Side Review

The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Review

There are two perennial tales we turn to at this time of year. One, The Nativity, may carry the self-righteous gravitas of religious dogma but it doesn’t really speak to the modern reality of Christmastime. For that, we turn to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol which, by its collection and curation of traditions, conventions and practical … Continue reading The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) Review

Ingrid Goes West (2017) Review

Fake news didn’t start with government-sponsored twitter-trolls and Facebook misinformation scams by hostile interests. It began with each and every one of us editing, polishing and curating our lives for families, friends and strangers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the rest. “Ingrid Goes West” provides a cautionary tale of the perils of trying to fill … Continue reading Ingrid Goes West (2017) Review

Professor Martson And The Wonder Women (2017) Review

It may be that you’d need the Lasso of Hestia itself to separate truth from speculative fiction when it comes to “Professor Marston And The Wonder Women”. Presented as a true story, although much of it is disputed by the Marston family, the origin of Wonder Woman turns out to be as captivating and enchanting … Continue reading Professor Martson And The Wonder Women (2017) Review

Jungle (2017) Review

There’s no doubt that since he graduated from Hogwarts and hung up his wand, Daniel Radcliffe has made a point of searching out challenging and different roles although here, in tackling the remarkable true-life tale of Israeli backpacker Yossi Ghinsberg, he finds himself once again playing a ‘boy who lived’. Available On Demand from Amazon … Continue reading Jungle (2017) Review

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017) Review

Colin Farrell faces Rosemary’s Sophie’s Choice in “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer”, the latest movie from cinematic provoc-auteur Yorgos Lanthimos. Blending classic Greek tragedy, existential horror, psychological drama and medical thriller, it’s a challengingly twisted mystery, an Art-“House, M.D.” Dr Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell), a renowned cardiovascular surgeon lives a seemingly perfect life with … Continue reading The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017) Review

Star Trek: Discovery – Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad (S1E07) Review

*SPOILERS* Previously, on “Star Trek: Discovery”: Holy shit, do you think Lorca knew the rendezvous was a trap and saw it as a way to avoid being relieved of command? Is Ash Tyler a Klingon imposter? One so sophisticated that he’s fooled every conceivable process, procedure and device on the ship? And what’s the deal … Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery – Magic To Make The Sanest Man Go Mad (S1E07) Review

The Road To Ragnarok: Planet Hulk (2010) Review

Our road to Ragnarok concludes with an adventure which doesn’t feature Thor but still provides a great deal of material and inspiration for the forthcoming MCU movie: “Planet Hulk”. With the Hulk’s rampages becoming more and more dangerous, the Illuminati decided to exile Hulk to a peaceful, barren world in a spacecraft. However, the Hulk … Continue reading The Road To Ragnarok: Planet Hulk (2010) Review

Star Trek: Discovery – Lethe (S1E06) Review

*SPOILERS* Fresh from last week’s shocking revelation that white male privilege is still alive and kicking in the 23rd Century (Lorca loses his starship, kills his entire crew rather than let them be captured and is rewarded with command of Starfleet’s most advanced experimental secret weapon while Burnham withholds information from her Captain, disobeys an … Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery – Lethe (S1E06) Review

The Road To Ragnarok: Hulk Vs (2009) Review

Marvel has long lagged behind DC when it comes to animated fare, both in terms of features and TV series. This grudge match between the God of Thunder and the Green Goliath, forming part of a double bill with “Hulk vs Wolverine” (unfortunately, the three of them don’t get together to duke it out at … Continue reading The Road To Ragnarok: Hulk Vs (2009) Review

The Wolf Man (1941) #MonthOfSpooks Review

Universal originally tried to introduce werewolves to its roster of monsters in 1935’s “Werewolf Of London” but the film flopped at the box office and it would be another six years before Universal would shoot for the moon once again. After learning of the death of his brother, Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr) returns to … Continue reading The Wolf Man (1941) #MonthOfSpooks Review

Hot Air (2016) Review

Winner of the Comedy Vanguard Jury Award at the Austin Film Festival 2016, “Hot Air” is a quirky and gentle romantic comedy which starts with…ahem…a bang. ‘Major’ (Jere Burns) is an incorrigible conman who fakes his own death under his real name to get the authorities off his tracks only to discover he has a … Continue reading Hot Air (2016) Review

The Mummy (1932) #MonthOfSpooks Review

“The Mummy” is the first of Universal’s monster movies to be based on an original idea instead of being adapted directly from an existing work. What it lacks in pedigree, it makes up for in classy production values, attention to detail and continuing the series’ surprising subtextual depth. Where “Dracula” was all about sex and … Continue reading The Mummy (1932) #MonthOfSpooks Review

Mindhorn (2017) Review

While Hollywood occupies itself with pillaging and rebooting the classic TV of the seventies, eighties and nineties, Julian Barrett (“The Mighty Boosh”) and Simon Farnaby (“Horrible Histories”, “Rogue One”) satirise both both originals and retreads by faithfully homaging a completely fictitious TV show: “Mindhorn”. Richard Thorncroft (Barrett) is a washed-up, has-been British TV actor. At … Continue reading Mindhorn (2017) Review

It (1990) Review

A lot of people have been going back to rewatch (or maybe watch for the first time) the 1990 TV movie adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” in anticipation of the forthcoming feature film remake. And why not? Dated as it is, there’s a lot to like but it’s almost solely renowned for one central performance: … Continue reading It (1990) Review

American Made (2017) Review

If you thought off-the-books, quasi-legal internecine government shenanigans were a practice brought to the White House by a tangerine reality TV buffoon, wait until you get a load of what was going on the last time a former celebrity became commander in chief. Telling the mostly true story of Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot … Continue reading American Made (2017) Review

The Limehouse Golem (2017) Review

On the surface, “The Limehouse Golem” seems like just another Victorian murder mystery, a Sherlockian tribute act riffing off the legend of Jack The Ripper but it’s what beneath the surface, behind the façade that drives the narrative and gives it a thematic power which helps it rise above its clichéd although handsomely executed trappings. … Continue reading The Limehouse Golem (2017) Review

The Dark Tower (2017) Review

I’m a pretty big Stephen King fan, although admittedly I’ve been a bit lax in keeping up with the prolific author’s output since around “Cell”. The first time I read “The Stand”, I did it in one sitting, forgoing sleep to finish it sometime in the early hours of Sunday morning (having started it on … Continue reading The Dark Tower (2017) Review

A Ghost Story (2017) Review

Poignant, reflective and dreamily melancholic, "A Ghost Story" offers, at first glance, a simple story of a soul anchored in space but not time. When a musician (Casey Affleck) is killed in a car accident, he returns to the home he shared with his wife (Rooney Mara) as a ghost and must watch as time … Continue reading A Ghost Story (2017) Review

Daredevil – Season 2 Review

When I reviewed Season 1 of Daredevil, I dared to hope that the characters from Marvel’s Netflix MCU offshoot would make the leap to the big screen to join in the “Infinity Wars”. While it seems that’s increasingly unlikely, the disappointment is somewhat mitigated by the depth and breadth being brought to life in Marvel’s … Continue reading Daredevil – Season 2 Review

Deepwater Horizon (2016) Review

If there were such a thing as a ‘True Story’ shared cinematic universe (okay, I guess technically there is), the authorities of that universe would no doubt be monitoring Mark Wahlberg very closely indeed. His presence at the sites of natural disasters or terrorist attacks is becoming so common, he’s almost the Stan Lee of … Continue reading Deepwater Horizon (2016) Review

Doctor Who: Empress Of Mars (S10E09) Review

After the promised-much-more-than-it-delivered epic storytelling of the past three weeks, “Doctor Who” comes back down to Earth (well, one planet out) with “Empress Of Mars”, landing firmly in the series’ comfort zone. Visiting NASA on a whim, the Doctor, Bill and Nardole are present to witness the discovery of a message written on the red … Continue reading Doctor Who: Empress Of Mars (S10E09) Review

Wonder Woman (2017) Review

It’s hard to remember a movie making its debut under such pressure as “Wonder Woman”. Not just the pressure of expectations for a new superhero movie debut but also the white hot crucible of gender politics, unfair financial expectations and the absolute last-chance saloon necessity to salvage the DCEU from its own self-inflicted tailspin. With … Continue reading Wonder Woman (2017) Review

Doctor Who: Knock Knock (S10E04) Review

*SPOILERS* The past looms large in “Knock Knock” as “Doctor Who” plunders horror tropes for an uneven but effective and emotional episode. When Bill and her friends are offered the rental property of their dreams, they sign up as quickly as they can. The Doctor’s happy to help her move in but once he sets … Continue reading Doctor Who: Knock Knock (S10E04) Review

Power Rangers (2017) Review

I was about ten years too old to really get into the Power Rangers during their 1990s heydey. My formative Japanese super-team of enhanced teenagers came in the animated form of “Battle Of The Planets”. In many ways, “Battle Of The Planets” set the template for "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers", in being appropriated from a … Continue reading Power Rangers (2017) Review

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Review

The second chapter in the saga of “John Wick” is a curious beast. In many ways, it feels like the third part of a trilogy rather than the sequel to a surprise break-out hit and it's in trying to make the leap from one hit wonder to franchise that the film loses its way. Having … Continue reading John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Review

The Manchurian Candidate (2004) Review

A remake of the 1962 Frank Sinatra/ Laurence Harvey classic thriller, Jonathan Demme’s version may substitute The Gulf War for The Korean War and the contentious villainy of a foreign power for the relative safety of pointing the finger at the more anodyne target of a mysterious multinational corporation (after all, in 2017 who would … Continue reading The Manchurian Candidate (2004) Review

Dave (1993) Review

A sly and sparky twist on the age old tale of ‘The Prince And The Pauper’, “Dave” delivers a delightfully upbeat moral fable as a corrupt and callous leader is replaced by ‘an ordinary joe’. When President Bill Mitchell (Kevin Kline) arranges for a duplicate to make a public appearance to cover up for an … Continue reading Dave (1993) Review

Why Him? (2016) Review

An under-the-radar Christmas movie, what “Why Him?” lacks in plot and substance it more than makes up for in a handful of great performances. When Ned Fleming’s (Bryan Cranston) beloved daughter invites her family out to California for the holidays to meet her new boyfriend, the last thing they expect is for him to be … Continue reading Why Him? (2016) Review

Passengers (2016) Review

A surprise contender for ‘Most Divisive Film of 2016’, “Passengers” may not be the sci-fi action thriller the trailers might have led us to expect but there’s still a lot to enjoy in this literal and figurative star vehicle which teams current hot ticket stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. Aboard the starship Avalon, a sleeper … Continue reading Passengers (2016) Review

A United Kingdom (2016) Review

Handsomely staged and impeccably acted, “A United Kingdom” revisits and reveals a particularly shameful chapter of Britain’s post-war history and lays bare the callous brutality of 20th Century realpolitik. The film tells the true story of Prince Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) of Botswana (then Bechuanaland) who met and married Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) an English … Continue reading A United Kingdom (2016) Review

War On Everyone (2016) Review

“War On Everyone” sees acclaimed director John Michael McDonagh taking a leaf out of Tarantino’s book and nearly everything but the front and back covers from the Shane Black playbook to bring us a profane and anarchically violent comedy so dark is rivals Vantablack for pitch blackness. Bob Bolaño (Michael Peña) and Terry Monroe (Alexander … Continue reading War On Everyone (2016) Review

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016) Review

Marvel movies are notoriously not allowed to use the ‘m’ word and you’ll find it curiously absent from Miss Peregrine’s… even if it feels like an “X-Men” story co-written by J K Rowling and Roald Dahl. When his grandfather dies in mysterious circumstances, Jake (Asa Butterfield) decides to visit the children’s home that featured in … Continue reading Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016) Review

The Magnificent Seven (2016) Review

Arriving 56 years after the original movie, 2016’s “The Magnificent Seven” is, of course, a grandchild remake, the second generation descended from the iconic “Seven Samurai”. An earnest and lavish reimagining, it hues closer to its forefather than its genre spanning cousins such as “Battle Beyond The Stars” or “A Bugs Life”. When ruthless and … Continue reading The Magnificent Seven (2016) Review

The Border Season 1 Review

With bleeding edge topicality, Polish thriller “The Border” arrives on DVD this week. Previously shown on Channel 4 this year, the 2014 human trafficking drama is as relevant as it’s ever been. At the farthest frontier of Europe, on the Polish-Ukrainian border, a unit of Border Patrol guards is targeted by a bomb attack, leaving … Continue reading The Border Season 1 Review

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016) Review

Settling into the feature director's chair for the first time since wrapping up the "Harry Potter" series, David Yates tackles another giant of English literature as he swaps the Dark Lord for the Lord of the Jungle in a movie that may as well have been titled “Tarzan Begins”. Years after leaving Africa and returning … Continue reading The Legend Of Tarzan (2016) Review

Star Trek Beyond (2016) Review

With JJ off in a galaxy far, far away and after more than a couple of false starts, “Star Trek” warps back into cinemas just in time to mark the 50th anniversary of the pop culture icon. But, after the “Into Darkness” debacle, what have Starfleet’s finest got in store for us? Half way through … Continue reading Star Trek Beyond (2016) Review

Now You See Me 2 (2016) Review

The four horsemen are back – at least three of them are – in this breezy and amiably clever follow-up to 2013’s surprise heist movie hit. Having laid low since their takedown of TV Sceptic Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), the Horsemen find themselves growing restless. However, when they are activated by their mentor and sent … Continue reading Now You See Me 2 (2016) Review

Gods Of Egypt (2016) Review

Beset by controversy, “Gods Of Egypt” finally arrives in the UK, bringing Harrod’s Egyptian Escalator to gloriously over-the-top bombastic life. In a mythical ancient Egypt where gods and men live side by side, the vengeful God Of The Desert, Set (Gerard Butler), seizes the throne for himself, blinding his nephew Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and casting … Continue reading Gods Of Egypt (2016) Review

In & Out (1997) Review

Frank Oz’ 1997 romantic comedy “In & Out” is a bit of a curiosity, simultaneously ahead of and firmly of its time. A frothy, light-hearted comedy about homosexuality and coming out was a bold move then but now…well, now it’s hard to see it being made at all. When Midwestern high school teacher Howard Brackett … Continue reading In & Out (1997) Review

Money Monster (2016) Review

Reuniting George Clooney and Julia Roberts on screen for the first time since 2004’s “Ocean’s 12”, director Jodie Foster has constructed a topical corporate thriller which attempts to combine the hot button issues of domestic terrorism and socioeconomic anger. When a slick money market TV show host is taken hostage by an armed gunman during … Continue reading Money Monster (2016) Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (2016) Review

After Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman cowabungled the first “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot movie, I approached this one with some scepticism and lower expectations. As a result, I ended up having quite a bit of fun with it. I always like it when studios are playful with their logos, so the Paramount stars being … Continue reading Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows (2016) Review

A Hologram For The King (2016) Review

Culture clash dramedy “A Hologram For The King” may have taken a few of Tom Hanks’ loyal fans by surprise, or if not quite surprise then possibly left them a trifle bemused. A detached, contemplative and quirkily surreal journey through one man’s three-quarter life crisis, it provides a great platform for Hanks’ natural charisma and … Continue reading A Hologram For The King (2016) Review

Dr Terror’s House Of Horrors (1965) Review

I’ve been wading through a lot of horror dross recently (for reasons which will become clear later in the year) so thankfully the forthcoming Blu Ray release of the digitally remastered “Doctor Terror’s House Of Horrors” gave me a perfect chance to clear my movie palate. From legendary British Horror Studio Amicus (often unfairly overshadowed … Continue reading Dr Terror’s House Of Horrors (1965) Review

The Forest (2016) Review

Hello cupcakes, long time no speak – sorry about that! Let me break the silence by helping you see the wood for the trees when it comes to spooky mystery “The Forest”… The talented Natalie Dormer - who has been busy of late in “The Hunger Games” as well as TV’s “Games of Thrones” and … Continue reading The Forest (2016) Review

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016) Review

So, is “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” a prequel or a sequel? In truth, it’s a bit of both, forming a wraparound tale which actually turns the original film into the dull middle chapter of a decent fantasy trilogy. “Winter’s War” takes us back to the beginnings of the Evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and we … Continue reading The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016) Review