The Commuter (2018) Review

Mrs Craggus has a recurring complaint about Liam Neeson, specifically that in many (she says all) of his roles, he just happens to be the exactly skilled person the plot needs. When his daughter is kidnapped, he has that ‘special set of skills’, when his commercial flight is threatened by terrorists, it turns out he’s … Continue reading The Commuter (2018) Review

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018) Review

Imagine a world where nothing and nobody adheres to a neatly binary system of good and bad and life is messy and compromised. It’s this real world untidiness which lies at the beating heart of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, Martin McDonagh’s brash, darkly funny and often shocking fable of small-town disenfranchised American life. Frustrated … Continue reading Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018) Review

All The Money In The World (2017) Review

It's been almost impossible to avoid the publicity surrounding Ridley Scott's polished-to-a-dull-sheen biographical crime drama "All The Money In The World" thanks to the scandal which engulfed its would-be star after allegations of his sexual predation came to light and Scott's swift decision to excise the actor from the movie and reshoot all of his … Continue reading All The Money In The World (2017) Review

Molly’s Game (2018) Review

Coming in to “Molly’s Game”, I had absolutely no awareness of the film or the true life events its based on, a rare enough occurrence these days but my ignorance quickly turned to bliss thanks to this polished production and an enthralling performance from Jessica Chastain. Molly Bloom, driven to succeed from a young age … Continue reading Molly’s Game (2018) Review

The Snowman (2017) Review

With apologies to Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and Kristen Bell... Do you want to see “The Snowman”? It’s not really all that good, It’s got Fassbender And Ferguson But neither’s in the nude... They adapted Nesbø’s novel And now we've got This dreary murder myst’ry Do you want to see “The Snowman”? You might not … Continue reading The Snowman (2017) Review

Strange Days (1995) Review

Long before she became the queen of clinically detached but nerve-shreddingly tense true life docudrama, Kathryn Bigelow directed this vastly underrated, far-sighted techno-thriller. Now finally released on BluRay, it’s time, from the bizarre present day of 2017, to reappraise the Strange Days of 1995. Lenny Nero, a former cop turned street hustler makes a living … Continue reading Strange Days (1995) 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

Detroit (2017) 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 … Continue reading Detroit (2017) Review

Iron Fist – Season 1 Review

Why can’t we have nice things? There was something almost inevitable about the pre-release critical and cultural bashing “Iron Fist” received. After a run of small screen Netflix success, I guess Marvel was due a backlash, and after constantly outgunning their rivals cinematically, the great and the good of Twitter and beyond, as well as … Continue reading Iron Fist – Season 1 Review

Daredevil – Season 2 Review

When I reviewed Season 1 of Daredevil, I dared to hope that the characters from Marvel’s Netflix MCU offshoot would make the leap to the big screen to join in the “Infinity Wars”. While it seems that’s increasingly unlikely, the disappointment is somewhat mitigated by the depth and breadth being brought to life in Marvel’s … Continue reading Daredevil – Season 2 Review

I.T. (2017) Review

If you thought lacklustre 2006 Harrison Ford cyber-thriller “Firewall” was just too action-packed, then have I got a movie for you. As self-made aviation millionaire Mike Regan (Pierce Brosnan) prepares to launch a new App (Uber for private jet billionaires) and take his company public, he asks an IT intern to come to his home … Continue reading I.T. (2017) Review

Fast & Furious 8 (2017) Review

The Fast & Furious franchise continues to surprise and delight in equal measure as it resumes its metamorphosis into a Saturday morning cartoon brought to lavish live-action life. When his honeymoon is interrupted by the appearance of the notorious cybercriminal Cypher (Charlize Theron), Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel) finds himself blackmailed into betraying his team and … Continue reading Fast & Furious 8 (2017) Review

Ghost In The Shell (2017) Review

If it wasn’t for the overblown ‘controversy’ over casting, the live-action remake of “Ghost In The Shell” might have struggled to generate much attention at all. In the not too distant future, cybernetic enhancements are almost universal, blurring the lines between humanity and robots. Major (Scarlett Johansson), a human mind inside an entirely robotic body, … Continue reading Ghost In The Shell (2017) Review

Free Fire (2017) Review

Released tomorrow, Ben Wheatley’s follow-up to his adaptation of “High Rise” is a quirky slice of lowlife set in the gun running ganglands of 1970s Boston. With its tongue firmly in cheek and a bullet in the chamber, it’s a breezy and bonkers film which owes a great deal to the works of Quentin Tarantino. … Continue reading Free Fire (2017) Review

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Review

The second chapter in the saga of “John Wick” is a curious beast. In many ways, it feels like the third part of a trilogy rather than the sequel to a surprise break-out hit and it's in trying to make the leap from one hit wonder to franchise that the film loses its way. Having … Continue reading John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) Review

Don’t Breathe (2016) Review

An often tense and claustrophobically clever thriller, a little more humility would have done “Don’t Breathe” the world of good. When a gang of three opportunistic burglars get a tip off about an easy mark, it seems like their ship has come in. One easy job and they can escape their dead end Detroit lives … Continue reading Don’t Breathe (2016) Review

Money Monster (2016) Review

Reuniting George Clooney and Julia Roberts on screen for the first time since 2004’s “Ocean’s 12”, director Jodie Foster has constructed a topical corporate thriller which attempts to combine the hot button issues of domestic terrorism and socioeconomic anger. When a slick money market TV show host is taken hostage by an armed gunman during … Continue reading Money Monster (2016) Review

The Nice Guys (2016) Review

Shane Black’s sincerely affectionate love letter to “The Rockford Files” and the seventies in general, “The Nice Guys” is another helping of knowingly comic crime capers, powered by the amiably gruff charisma of Russell Crowe and an unexpected masterclass in physical comic timing from Ryan Gosling. Holland March (Gosling) is a private detective and borderline … Continue reading The Nice Guys (2016) Review

Follow The Money – Season 1 #Review

It begins, as Nordic dramas are wont to do, with the discovery of a body. This time, though, it’s not murder most foul – at least not directly. Mads Justesen (Thomas Bo Larsen), the detective assigned to investigate the death, determines that the death was an accident, driven by the working practices of an offshore … Continue reading Follow The Money – Season 1 #Review

Bastille Day (2016) Review

Ever since Daniel Craig’s less than effusive publicity tour for “SPECTRE”, speculation has been rife as to who the next Bond will be. The pretenders to the throne have likewise wasted no time in setting out their stalls with ‘auditions’ of their own. Runner up to the role last time Henry Cavill gave us a … Continue reading Bastille Day (2016) Review

Jessica Jones – Season 1 Review

As “Daredevil” season 2 continues to burn up the Netflix bandwidth across the globe, I take a look back at “Jessica Jones”, Marvel’s most recent new addition to its expanding MCU TV empire. While “Daredevil” felt edgy, dark and different to the Marvel Cinematic Universe we’d had to that point, it still adhered to many … Continue reading Jessica Jones – Season 1 Review

Trapped – Season 1 #Review

Iceland has, in recent years, become something of a perennial favourite for TV and film productions, from HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” to “Prometheus”, “Interstellar” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to name but a few so its high time its native productions got their share of the limelight, and “Trapped” – the ten part murder … Continue reading Trapped – Season 1 #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

Triple 9 (2016) Review

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. … Continue reading Triple 9 (2016) Review

Making A Murderer (2015) Review

Have you watched Netflix’s “Making A Murderer”? Sure you have, or you’re about to, or you’re part of the way through. No, wait – scratch that. Nobody’s ‘part of the way through’ “Making A Murderer”. You’re either binge watching it, or you’ve finished it and are still trying to pick your jaw up off the … Continue reading Making A Murderer (2015) 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

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

Daredevil – Season 1 Review

At the San Diego Comic Con of 2014, Marvel supremo Kevin Feige proudly announced that Marvel was ‘done with origin stories’. There’s a delicious irony, then, that the first product of their new partnership with Netflix is an epic thirteen hour origin story of not just one major Marvel character, but two. “Daredevil” takes us … Continue reading Daredevil – Season 1 Review

Nightcrawler (2014) Review

Stripped of its two towering central performances, “Nightcrawler” is still a pretty good thriller about the unsavoury world of late night news and the scavenging camera crews roaming the night to film the grisly aftermath of violent crimes and accidents across the city. But thanks to Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, it transcends its sleazy … Continue reading Nightcrawler (2014) Review

A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014) Review

This is no vacuous retread of the rambunctious “Taken” series nor is it implausible action nonsense like “Non Stop”. Neeson lays aside the superhero persona here to deliver a performance of real weight in this atmospheric serial killer drama based on the novel by Lawrence Block. When a drug trafficker’s wife is kidnapped and murdered, … Continue reading A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014) Review

Doctor Who: Time Heist (S805) Review

*SPOILERS* There’s a commonly held belief that Doctor Who stories which contain the word ‘Time’ are generally disappointing. There’s certainly plenty of evidence: “The Time Monster”, “Time Flight”, “Time And The Rani”, “The End Of Time” but “The Time Of The Doctor” was pretty good so maybe… When the Doctor and Clara find themselves teamed … Continue reading Doctor Who: Time Heist (S805) Review

Jersey Boys (2014) Review

Jukebox musicals always run the risk of being a little cheesy and there's more than a whiff of Quattro Formaggi about this Four Seasons musical biopic. Telling the story of the iconic pop group, it charts their rise from the Jersey projects, their run-ins with the Mob and ultimately the divisions and rivalries which tore … Continue reading Jersey Boys (2014) Review

2 Guns (2013) Review

Despite its very modern sensibilities and a tightly woven plot which piles double-cross upon double-cross in an accelerating game of bait and switch, there's something refreshingly old-school about "2 Guns". There's an easy chemistry between lead actors Denzel Washington and Mark Walberg which powers this lean action comedy and keeps it motoring along through its … Continue reading 2 Guns (2013) Review

R.I.P.D. (2013) Review

What to do you get if you cross “Ghostbusters” with “Men In Black” and add just a dash of “Ghost”? Well, you get the unholy mishmash of a movie that is “R.I.P.D.”. When crooked cop Nick Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) is double crossed and shot by his partner (Kevin Bacon) after they steal some gold discovered … Continue reading R.I.P.D. (2013) Review

Dom Hemingway (2013) Review

"Dom Hemingway" is a film which struggles to live up to the promise of its blisteringly funny, aggressive and chaotic trailer. It suggests a cracking, foul-mouthed crime caper with Jude Law having an absolute blast as crazy, charismatic hot shot safecracker Dom Hemingway while Richard E Grant oozes haughty insouciance as his loyal sidekick Dickie Black. Looking stylistically … Continue reading Dom Hemingway (2013) Review

Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Review

You always know what to expect when a new Muppet movie comes around: there'll be spectacle, there'll be fantasy, there'll be derring do and stuff like you would never see. There'll be heroes bold, there'll be comedy, and a lot of fuss, that ends for us real happily. Yes, a movie – starring everybody and… … Continue reading Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Review

The Raid 2 (2014) Review

Picking up story-wise a mere two hours after the end of the first film, “The Raid 2” immediately plunges our hero Rama (Iko Uwais) into a desperate undercover mission at the behest of Bunawar, chief of Jakarta Police’s anti-corruption force. Deep undercover, Rama is thrown into prison with the mission to infiltrate the inner circle of … Continue reading The Raid 2 (2014) Review

Need For Speed (2014) Review

There are points in life where you are faced with a choice; a fork in the road if you will. Choosing one way or the other will set in motion a series of events and potentially have repercussions which will last the rest of your life. This doesn't really relate to "Need For Speed" except … Continue reading Need For Speed (2014) Review

Trance (2013) Review

"Trance" is an edgy, complex and stylish psychological thriller with a twisty turny plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Or at least it wants to be, and you know what? I think we should let it, because it tries so very, very hard. So hard. Starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel … Continue reading Trance (2013) Review

RoboCop (2014) Review

It’s curiously apt that the EM-208 robot soldiers (don't worry, there are also more ED-209's than you would be unwise to shake a stick at) which appear at the start of this new “RoboCop” look almost exactly like the Cylons from the 2004 reboot of “Battlestar Galactica” because there’s a very clear sense that ‘all … Continue reading RoboCop (2014) Review

The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) Review

"The Wolf Of Wall Street" is a big, ballsy movie. It's loud, brash and gets right in your face. It's obscene, profane and gratuitous in every possible way and might just be the best film I've seen in the past twelve months. Incredibly, it's based on a true story: the memoirs of the real Jordan … Continue reading The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) Review

American Hustle (2013) Review

What strikes you immediately about “American Hustle” is the hair. Hair and Amy Adams’ cleavage (there’s none of the former on the latter, though). The hair, make-up and wardrobe is so transformative and attention grabbing that it briefly threatens to overshadow everything else going on in the film. And that would be a real shame … Continue reading American Hustle (2013) Review

Welcome To The Punch (2013) Review

Well, somebody definitely got a blue lense filter for Christmas. “Welcome To The Punch” is an anticlimactic exercise in style over substance with slick visuals lacquered over the film in an attempt to disguise how thin the actual story is. Retired criminal Jacob Sternwood returns to London after receiving a desperate phone call from his … Continue reading Welcome To The Punch (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 … Continue reading Pain & Gain (2013) Review

Robot And Frank (2012) Review

“Robot And Frank” is an utterly charming, bittersweet film about themes. Anchored by a masterfully gentle performance by Frank Langella, “Robot And Frank” explores the cruelty of dementia while also exploring the impact technology has and is having on the basic fabric of society: our connections to and with other people, and our societal obsession … Continue reading Robot And Frank (2012) Review

Only God Forgives (2013) Review

Famously divisive at its Cannes press screening, being simultaneously booed by some critics while receiving a standing ovation from others, Nicolas Winding Refn & Ryan Gosling’s follow-up collaboration to “Drive” is an exercise in artistic pretension so abstruse and obfuscatory that it suffocates under the weight of its own pomposity. From the moment the film … Continue reading Only God Forgives (2013) Review

Now You See Me (2013) Review

“Now You See Me” crams as many tricks, flourishes and narrative slight of hands up its sleeves as the Four Horsemen we’re meant to be rooting for…or are we? Louis (“Clash Of The Titans”, “The Transporter”, the better “Hulk” movie) Leterrier’s latest is a slick, glossy crime caper with a swagger that would make Danny … Continue reading Now You See Me (2013) Review

Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Review

Fast & Furious 6: Given it's the sixth instalment of the franchise, you really should know what you're getting when you buy your ticket. Unlike, for example, the people sitting behind us for whom ridiculously OTT car stunts and physics-defying driving and leaping apparently came as an unwelcome surprise, requiring immediate tuts and disgusted comments. … Continue reading Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Review