The Grinch (2018) Review

Prematurely Christmassy – and I don’t mean that in a Grinchy way – Illumination’s take on “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” is as warm and sweet and comforting as a hot mug of cocoa that’s mostly marshmallow. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it definitely feels like this is a movie that will find … Continue reading The Grinch (2018) Review

The Emoji Movie (2017) Review

😡                       Oh, sorry - did you want more than that? Okay. This is a lazy, cynical exercise in filmmaking driven by executive hubris and utter contempt for the audience. Ill-conceived, muddled and creatively bankrupt, Sony have shattered the rock bottom for animated fare in … Continue reading The Emoji Movie (2017) Review

Despicable Me 3 (2017) Review

With the high point of “Minions” being Gru’s brief cameo at the end, “Despicable Me 3” offers the franchise a chance to get back to what works best: the adventures of the formerly despicable Gru. Then again, this is the third instalment of a trilogy, so, you know… When Gru (Steve Carrell) and Lucy (Kirsten … Continue reading Despicable Me 3 (2017) Review

Sing (2017) Review

There are few animation studios which can cut a trailer together like Illumination Entertainment can. Unfortunately, outside of the “Despicable Me” movies, the finished products are increasingly failing to live up to the hype. When Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) realises his theatre is in financial trouble, he comes up with a sure-fire scheme to save it: … Continue reading Sing (2017) Review

The Secret Life Of Pets (2016) Review

If you were to make a movie about the secret life of my family pet, our cat Rufus, it would probably have to be set at night because what he does during the day is sleep. However, given he’s sometimes turned up at the back door in the morning with everything up to and including … Continue reading The Secret Life Of Pets (2016) Review

Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS4) Review

With the official announcement of the forthcoming Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game, let’s take a look back at the most recent gaming adaptation of 2015’s highest grossing movie. *POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS* Although Disney’s first venture into action-adventure sandbox collectible gaming, 2013’s “Disney Infinity” was somewhat lacklustre, it … Continue reading Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS4) Review

Inside Out (2015) Review

Two long running streaks came to an end when “Inside Out” opened at the American Box Office in June this year. The first was Pixar’s record of always opening as the number one movie thanks to “Jurassic World” continuing to run rampant at the top of the cinematic food chain and despite “Inside Out” scoring … Continue reading Inside Out (2015) Review

Minions (2015) 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

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (2015) Review

There’s something comfortingly familiar and yet frustratingly unambitious about SpongeBob’s latest cinematic outing. All the usual hallmarks are there: it’s cute and unashamedly goofy, the roster of characters are exactly as you might remember them and the oddball plot rambles along in the haphazard way we’ve come to know and love, peppered with the occasional … Continue reading The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (2015) Review

The Book Of Life (2014) Review

When a group of reluctant children arrive at a museum for a field trip, they are taken on a secret tour by their guide Mary Beth who brings them to a lavish exhibit about the legends and myths of Mexican folklore. And so begins the real story of “The Book Of Life”, as Mary Beth … Continue reading The Book Of Life (2014) Review