Christmas With The Coopers (2015) Review

(Christmas) Cards on the table: I’ve got a sentimental streak a mile wide and it’s particularly attuned to Christmastime. You might have assumed from the trailer and marketing that this is a frothy, kooky slapstick comedy but it’s really not. There are strong echoes of Ron Howard’s 1989 classic “Parenthood” but director Jessie Nelson and…

Pan (2015) Review

Unnecessary. That’s the inescapable word that plagues “Pan” throughout its hefty 111 minute running time. It saddles the impish, carefree character of J M Barrie’s timeless tale with a hackneyed chosen one narrative so crushingly unsubtle that the characters actually use the phrase ‘chosen one’ near constantly. Abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as…

Ted 2 (2015) Review

If the main duty of a sequel is to provide the audience with more of what they enjoyed the first time round, then “Ted 2” succeeds admirably. Crammed with the sophomoric, scatological and scattergun humour that is Seth MacFarlane’s calling card, if you liked the first one, you’ll probably enjoy this one too…just maybe not…

A Million Ways To Die In The West (2014) Review

Cards on the table: I’m a fan of Seth MacFarlane. I love “Family Guy” and “American Dad!” (although I could take or leave “The Cleveland Show”) and I thought “Ted” was a brilliantly profane and laugh-out-loud twist on both the magical childhood wish and romantic comedy genres. For his second feature effort, he’s set his…

Epic (2013) Review

The main problem with the film “Epic” is that, well…it isn’t. Not even in the slightest. Oh, it’s handsomely animated but in nearly every other aspect it underwhelms. Treading a well-worn plot path first hacked through by “Ferngully” then shamelessly pillaged by “Avatar”, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly which one this film is a reimagining…