The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Review

The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Review

Have you ever stopped to wonder what would have happened if you’d not missed that train, or if you’d gone to a different coffee shop on a whim, or decided to stay in instead of going to that party? And what if those decisions weren’t actually made by you, but were made on your behalf? ..

The Hate U Give (2018) Review

The Hate U Give (2018) Review

Amandla Stenberg swaps the future dystopia of “The Darkest Minds” for the present-day real-life dystopia in “The Hate U Give”, an adaptation of the hugely successful young adult novel dealing with the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Starr Carter (Stenberg) who lives in the black suburb of Garden Heights ..

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 4 – The Whole World Is Watching Review

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 4 – The Whole World Is Watching Review

The week began for THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER with it riding the meme wave as it revelled in the entirely predictable internet infatuation with Baron Zemo’s dancing. It ended, as did the fourth episode THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING, with the series providing a much darker meme. Where Steve Rogers’ Captain America represented ..

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

In the wake of the destruction in Sokovia and a pitched battle against Crossbones in Nigeria, the governments of the world come together in an attempt to curtail and control the Avengers’ activities under a UN council. As the prospect of political control splits the Avengers down the middle, the sudden re-emergence of The Winter ..

Pain & Gain (2013) Review

Pain & Gain (2013) Review

The last Michael Bay film I watched was 2011’s bloated, incoherent toy commercial “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” – a film that sticks in my memory only for Bay’s ability to plumb new depths of unlikeability from perennially offputting ‘star’ Shia LaBeouf. Having seen how poorly he used  $200 million, I was curious to see ..

Christmas With The Coopers (2015) will get you right in the family feels.

Christmas With The Coopers (2015) will get you right in the family feels.

(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 ..

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 5 – Truth Review

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 5 – Truth Review

With justice hanging in the balance and the American Way missing presumed sold to the highest bidder, THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER turns its attention to TRUTH, but just as some characters are closing in on their truth, others are dealing with their consequences. SPOILER WARNING The penultimate episode of the season retains the ..

I try very hard not to mention you-know-what in my Captain America: Civil War (2016) Review

I try very hard not to mention you-know-what in my Captain America: Civil War (2016) Review

The collateral damage caused by Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and other sins of the past weigh heavily on “Captain America: Civil War”, the thirteenth – thirteenth! – film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Threads from “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” and “Ant-Man” are woven together into the ever-richer tapestry; there are even ..

‘Ello, ‘ello, ‘ello, what’s all this then? Triple 9 (2016)

‘Ello, ‘ello, ‘ello, what’s all this then? Triple 9 (2016)

Director John Hillcoat’s latest offering, “Triple 9”, is yet another attempt to bring the “Grand Theft Auto” video game aesthetic to life on the big screen. Boasting an impressive and diverse cast, many playing against type, it presents us with a grim, relentlessly gritty and bleakly nihilistic view of the murky underworld of Atlanta, Georgia. ..

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 6 – One World, One People Review

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 6 – One World, One People Review

And so, with ONE WORLD, ONE PEOPLE, THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER reaches its own endgame. And while it’s a suitably action-packed one, it’s also an almost entirely predictable one. There’s satisfaction and entertainment in its denouement, of course, but there’s also a lingering sense of anti-climax as it makes much of the preceding ..

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 1 – New World Order Review

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 1 – New World Order Review

THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER is, obviously, a very different beast to WANDAVISION. Although it no doubt has surprises in store, it’s not setting out to deliver a mystery-box experience of weirdness and otherworldly shenanigans. In fact, from the moment the first episode – NEW WORLD ORDER – opens with a sly pun (INT: ..

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 3 – Power Broker Review

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 3 – Power Broker Review

Like a hungry man at an all-you-can-eat buffet, THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER just can’t seem to stop piling up its plate, even though what’s already on there is probably more than the series will have time to digest before it goes cold and POWER BROKER is no exception, introducing not one but two ..

Detroit (2017) is a timely, powerful but ultimately hollow experience. #Review

With serendipitous timing and real world resonance that borders on opportunistic, “Detroit” arrives in cinemas to emphasise the perilous nature of present day America and it’s far too recent shameful past. Detroit, 1967. The city is in the grip of growing discontent which is spilling over into racially-charged rioting driven by large scale disaffection and ..

Smoke the bowls with boughs of holly, it’s my The Night Before (2015) Review

Smoke the bowls with boughs of holly, it’s my The Night Before (2015) Review

If the sentimentality of “Christmas With The Coopers” doesn’t get your fairy lights twinkling and the spooky shenanigans of “Krampus” leave your pudding more duff than plum, perhaps bawdy festive comedy “The Night Before” will put the snap back in your Christmas cracker. From the director and stars of “50/50”, “The Night Before” tells the ..

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 2 – The Star-Spangled Man Review

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 2 – The Star-Spangled Man Review

THE STAR-SPANGLED MAN sees us hopefully complete the series’ setup act as we get to know a little bit more about our new Captain America, a little bit more about the Flag-Smashers and a whole lot more about the Super Soldier Serum programme. Our two leads finally unite, brought together to bitch at each other ..