Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016) Review

A few years back, having brought the “Harry Potter” series to a successful conclusion, Director David Yates boldly declared he would be making a new “Doctor Who” movie, with a new actor in the role and a new continuity, separate from the long-running TV series. Then showrunner Steven Moffat shut that shit right down and … Continue reading Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (2016) Review

Harlequin (2016) Short Film Review

Following up his first production, “Layla”, director Jakob Lewis Barnes encounters the renowned ‘difficult’ second movie with the forthcoming “Harlequin”. Short films can be tricky things to review. The brief running time gives the artists involved an acutely finite amount of time to convey their vision. Another exercise in abstract, experimental filmmaking, “Harlequin” brings a melancholic, … Continue reading Harlequin (2016) Short Film Review

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016) Review

Marvel movies are notoriously not allowed to use the ‘m’ word and you’ll find it curiously absent from Miss Peregrine’s… even if it feels like an “X-Men” story co-written by J K Rowling and Roald Dahl. When his grandfather dies in mysterious circumstances, Jake (Asa Butterfield) decides to visit the children’s home that featured in … Continue reading Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016) Review

Pokémon Gone?

Do you remember ‘Draw Something’? It was HUUUGE. It was everywhere, and everyone was playing it. Developed by OMGPop it launched in February 2012 and was downloaded 20 million times in its first five weeks. Just over a month later, the app and its developer were bought out by ‘Farmville’ creators Zynga for $180million. The … Continue reading Pokémon Gone?

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 … Continue reading Captain America: Civil War (2016) Review

Midnight Special (2016) Review

There’s a vaguely timeless quality to Jeff Nichols’ first studio film, a sincere and almost reverent call-back to the spiritual sci-fi of the 1970s. When a determined father takes his son and goes on the run from the sequestered compound of the religious sect they live in, they find themselves not only hunted by his … Continue reading Midnight Special (2016) Review

Room (2016) Review

Adapted for the screen - from her own novel - by Emma Donoghue, "Room" is a challenging film to watch. Deeply harrowing, nerve shreddingly tense but ultimately richly rewarding; it’s a beautifully realised story of courage, love and resilience. Ma (Brie Larson) and her young son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) live in ‘Room’. For Jack, Room … Continue reading Room (2016) 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

Bad Neighbours (2014) Review

I had a sudden epiphany while watching “Bad Neighbours” – I’m old. There's no getting away from it, I have no grounds to empathise or side with the cool young party people. Instead, I'm further along the grown up married/ kids/ mortgage path even than Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) Radner. Luckily, this … Continue reading Bad Neighbours (2014) Review