Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Review

There was an idea: to bring together a group of remarkable franchises, to see if they could become something bigger. So when we wanted more, they could bring us the battles we never could’ve believed we’d ever see on the big screen. The Mad Titan is finally making his move and first to feel the … Continue reading Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Review

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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 … Continue reading Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Doctor Strange (2016)

Arrogant and gifted neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is sailing through life, aloof from the world around him until he suffers a catastrophic car accident which permanently damages the nerves in his hands. Seeking a cure of last resort, Strange travels to Tibet where he encounters The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) who opens his mind … Continue reading Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Doctor Strange (2016)

Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #5

Better late than never, eh trailer fans? Apologies for missing our usual Friday appointment to pick over the week's offerings, I was busy with the Owlets. Anyway, no use crying over missed mice - on with the picks and peeks which ruffled feathers this week (and a bit)! Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald (UK … Continue reading Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #5

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Review

Seventeen films in, you’d forgive Marvel for resting on their laurels but there’s no sign of fatigue as Marvel closes out its Thor trilogy with “Thor: Ragnarok”. 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. … Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Review

Doctor Strange (2016) Review

By the fourteenth movie, what is there left to say about the Marvel Cinematic Universe? “Doctor Strange” is the latest success for the studio, a solidly entertaining superhero blockbuster which introduces not only an important new hero to the MCU but also opens up the fictional universe to a world of astral projection and interdimensional, … Continue reading Doctor Strange (2016) Review

Zoolander 2 (2016) Review

“Zoolander 2” may be the first movie in history to have more celebrity cameos than it has actual actors playing parts and the overabundance of gimmicky walk-ons is symptomatic of a film desperately in search of a story worth telling. This isn’t the sharp-edged, expertly curated haute couture collection of screwball satire we didn’t fully … Continue reading Zoolander 2 (2016) Review

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016) Review

*SPOILERS* With the surprising end to Season 3, viewers were excited to see where the BBC’s “Sherlock” would go next and, true to form, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss trolled everyone by announcing that the forthcoming Special would take place in the period for which Holmes is most famously known: the 19th Century – a … Continue reading Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (2016) Review

The 2nd Annual Craggus Movie Awards

Last year I made a rod for my own back by putting out the “1st Annual Craggus Movie Awards” and now, on the eve of the 87th Academy Awards, here I am paying the price for saying “1st Annual”. The rules: only movies released in 2014 in the UK are eligible (including preview screenings and, … Continue reading The 2nd Annual Craggus Movie Awards

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014) Review

There’s something familiar and comfortable about Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth movies by now and it’s actually a little bit poignant that this will be (allegedly) the last time we’ll get to visit his New Zealand-infused take on Tolkien’s epic fantasies. Yes, there are a number of tricks and techniques which are starting to look a … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (2014) Review

Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) Review

Spin-offs, eh? It seems like a sure thing: take a popular supporting character and give them own fully-fledged adventure but there can be hidden pitfalls. As the swaggering, cocky never-say-die plot drivers (and frequent deus ex machinas) of the “Madagascar” franchise, the team of Penguins led by were charming and hilarious but really, how hard … Continue reading Penguins Of Madagascar (2014) Review

The Imitation Game (2014) Review

Typical. You wait years for stirring tales of British ingenuity and wartime innovation and then two come along at the same time. There's a great deal of overlap between the story of Robert Watson Watt's pioneering work to create radar in "Castles In The Sky" and Alan Turing's quest to crack Nazi Germany's impenetrable Enigma … Continue reading The Imitation Game (2014) Review

Craggus’ Trek Trek: From Motion Into Darkness (Omnibus Edition)

If you've only just discovered Craggus' Trek Trek or missed a few, to save you having to scroll through and search for the relevant posts, I've collected them here in one handy compendium. So here you are: twelve Treks, no waiting! STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE I guess I would consider myself a lapsed Trekkie (I … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek: From Motion Into Darkness (Omnibus Edition)

Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Review

Now, I've already reviewed “Star Trek Into Darkness” but that review was written in the rosy afterglow of binging on the special effects and grand 3D IMAX spectacle of it all. It occurred to me a few days later that the plot didn't make a lick of sense and far from learning from his missteps … Continue reading Craggus’ Trek Trek – Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Review

12 Years A Slave (2013) Review

The fact this is a true story is heart-breaking and horrifying. As American cinema continues its raw and painfully cathartic recognition of the nation's past, in "12 Years A Slave" it has produced its most unrelenting, brutal and uncompromising pieces of cinema yet. Gone is the scholarly detachment of "Lincoln", the polemic hypocrisy of "The … Continue reading 12 Years A Slave (2013) Review

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) Review

When the decision was made to expand “The Hobbit” from two films to three, there was always a risk the material would feel too stretched and if the strain was going to show anywhere, it would be in the middle section, “The Desolation Of Smaug”. And the strain does show, there’s no denying it. “The … Continue reading The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) Review

The Fifth Estate (2013) Review

When I went to see “The Fifth Estate” last night, the first thing I did was log into Facebook, check-in to the cinema and share where I was and what film I was watching. I’d be lying if I said I did this without an ironic smirk. Wherever you stand on the issues raised by … Continue reading The Fifth Estate (2013) Review

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Review

This is a long one, so if you just want to get to the score, I give it 7/10. Sticking around for the rest of my musings? There are possible spoilers, I guess.... Okay, I admit it. I went into "Star Trek Into Darkness" actively wanting to dislike it. After JJ Abrams' previous soulless entry … Continue reading Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Review