The most horrifying thing about this lukewarm all-filler, no-killer thriller is how much on-screen talent is wasted in telling its flaccid, predictable and profoundly stupid story. When Maggie (Diana Silvers) is moved back to her mum’s hometown, she’s quick to make new friends and starts hanging out with them outside the local liquor store, hoping … Continue reading Ma (2019) doesn’t need to spike your drink to put you to sleep.
Trashy, foul-mouthed, blessed with talent and a wild, impetuous, unpredictable streak, “I, Tonya” is a mirror image of its troubled subject, notorious American figure skater Tonya Harding. Craig Gillespie’s capricious, powder keg biopic takes us on a whirlwind tour through Harding’s life from her burgeoning talent as a youngster to her rise and fall as … Continue reading I, Tonya (2018) Review
The 2018 Academy Awards are less than an hour away, so here’s my picks for who’s going to win what. I’ll be updating it throughout the ceremony with the actual winners. So, let’s cross live to the red carpet as the stars come out in Hollywood… Production Design Craggus’ Prediction: The Shape of Water Actual … Continue reading Craggus’ 2018 #Oscars Predictions (Including Live Updates Throughout The Ceremony)
The 2018 Academy Award Nominations have been announced! "The Shape Of Water" leads the pack with 13 nominations, followed by "Dunkirk" with 8 and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" with 7. Who’s been snubbed? Who’s a dead cert? Who’s a dark horse? Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets… Production Design Beauty and the Beast Blade … Continue reading Nom, nom, nom! The 2018 Oscar nominees have been announced.
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
With the exception of the “Cars” franchise, Pixar themselves are the exceptions to the usual law of diminishing returns which normally plagues sequels. However, in landing a sequel to “Finding Nemo”, a perfect story which really needed no follow-up would Pixar flounder or would the carping prove bass-less? A year after Nemo safely returned to … Continue reading Finding Dory (2016) Review
I saw “Minions” accompanied by Mertmas and four of his friends as part of a 9th Birthday treat, so here’s their perspective: “Minions” pretty much hits its target market spot on. The Minions themselves retain their goofy adorability and their mix of slapstick comedy and inferred verbal repartee still amuses, as do moments of potty humour. Although … Continue reading Minions (2015) Review
Much like “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” was for Spielberg, “Spy” is Paul Feig’s take on a Bond movie, based on the not unreasonable supposition that ‘they’d never let him direct one’. After seeing this, though, they just might. When the CIA’s top agents identities are compromised during an operating to recover a rogue nuclear … Continue reading Spy (2015) Review
Falling some way short of classic teen movie status, “The DUFF” is still a likeable and passably entertaining high school comedy version of "Pygmalion": a “She’s All That” for the “iCarly” generation. When her neighbour mansplains to Bianca that she is, in fact, her friends’ DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend), it sparks off a crisis of … Continue reading The DUFF (2015) Review
I know it’s not fashionable to praise or approve of remakes, but sometimes – every once in a while - they’re actually pretty good. Now I’m not saying that this is better than the original 1947 version but I put it to you that it’s every bit as good. John Hughes (“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, … Continue reading Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 11: Miracle On 34th Street (1994)