Smallfoot (2018) Review

For my money, the definitive filmed adaptation of the legendary Yeti is The Goodies’ episode “Big Foot” but this tale of a tribe of Yetis living in secret on a Himalyan mountaintop might just come a close second (Wampas don’t count). Migo (Channing Tatum) is happy living in his village where all Yetis live under … Continue reading Smallfoot (2018) Review

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Review

“Kingsman: The Secret Service”, a gleefully disrespectful, violent and funny action reworking of “My Fair Lady” was an unexpected delight, right up until it ended on a decidedly bum note. Regrettably, in tuning up for the sequel, write Jane Goldman and director Matthew Vaughan have taken that same note as the opening for their latest … Continue reading Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Review

Logan Lucky (2017) Review

Steven Soderbergh may be returning to the Director’s chair for the first time since 2013’s “Behind The Candelabra” but “Logan Lucky” sees him settle comfortably back into his comfort zone, albeit with a sly spin on an old favourite. The Logan brothers, Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde (Adam Driver), decide to throw off the local gossip … Continue reading Logan Lucky (2017) Review

The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Review

After his scene-stealing turn in “The Lego Movie”, it was only natural that the first spin-off would feature the brick knight himself. While it’s not entirely clear if this is the exact same Lego Batman who appeared alongside Wildstyle and Emmet, there’s no doubting this is “The Lego Batman Movie”. The town of Lego Gotham … Continue reading The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Review

Hail, Caesar! (2016) Review

Crammed with A-list talent, “Hail, Caesar!” is a delightfully light and frothy love letter to a Golden Age of Hollywood which was much more gold-plated than 24-carat memories might suggest. Although not quite the madcap laugh-a-minute romp the expertly edited trailer might suggest – this is not “The Last Ten Minutes Of ‘Blazing Saddles’: The … Continue reading Hail, Caesar! (2016) Review

The Hateful Eight (2016) Review

There’s no sign of Quentin Tarantino stepping outside his comfort zone for his eighth motion picture, “The Hateful Eight”. Instead, this is Tarantino firmly in his wheelhouse, at the height of his powers and gleefully indulging his every cinematic whim. When bounty hunter John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth (Kurt Russell) is forced to shelter from a … Continue reading The Hateful Eight (2016) Review

Jupiter Ascending (2015) Review

There’s been a lot of shade thrown (yeah, I’m down with the kids) at “Jupiter Ascending”. In fact it rapidly took over from “The Interview” as the film people wanted to talk down and it’s infuriatingly unfair. My expectations for “Jupiter Ascending” were pretty simple: I wanted a grand space opera, full of spectacular vistas, … Continue reading Jupiter Ascending (2015) Review

Foxcatcher (2015) Review

Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” is a film utterly convinced of its own greatness. So convinced, in fact, that it does not feel the need to provide a coherent narrative of the profoundly unsettling story of how two talented wrestling brothers came to be caught up in the twisted machinations of an eccentric and unstable multi-millionaire. The … Continue reading Foxcatcher (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

22 Jump Street (2014) Review

The first "Jump Street" movie was a textbook example of how to take an old TV property and transfer it to the screen. Simultaneously respectful of its source material while also irreverently mocking the premise, the knockabout, shameless comedy powered through thanks to a knowing script and the terrific chemistry of its two leads. It's … Continue reading 22 Jump Street (2014) Review

The Lego Movie (2014) Review

Denmark has given the world many things: excellent bacon, the works of Hans Christian Andersen and Vikings to name but a few. And while it may be difficult to admire their overly harsh approach to giraffe population control, you have to admire the sheer brilliance of one of their most celebrated exports: the Lego brick. … Continue reading The Lego Movie (2014) Review

White House Down (2013) Review

I went to see “White House Down” against my better judgement. I owe my better judgement an apology. It’s impossible to reflect on “White House Down” without mentioning “Olympus Has Fallen”, the similarly (and by similarly, I mean almost identically) themed action movie from earlier this year. However, where I came out of “Olympus Has … Continue reading White House Down (2013) Review

This Is The End (2013) Review

The stoner movie to end all stoner movies – literally. Seth Rogen’s latest is a drug, alcohol, sex and Milky Way-fuelled comedy blowout with apocalyptic bite as he sends up himself, his friends and the celebrity LA lifestyle. Revolving around a housewarming party thrown by James Franco, played with a indulgent, knowing egotistism by, erm, James … Continue reading This Is The End (2013) Review