The Iron Claw (2024) Review

The Iron Claw (2024) Review

The Iron Claw takes the soapy melodrama of professional wresting and elevates it to Shakespearean tragedy Of all the various entertainment forms and franchises I embraced growing up (many of which remain with me to this day), the one thing I could never get into was professional wrestling. It just never clicked for me, especially ..

Yesterday (2019) will make all your troubles seem so far away for a couple of hours at mos

Yesterday (2019) will make all your troubles seem so far away for a couple of hours at mos

Reassuringly hagiographic for baby boomer Beatles fans, Richard Curtis’ latest rom-com is a slight musical fantasy that succeeds thanks to the warmth and likeability of its leads. Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling musician who’s just about ready to call time on his ambitions when he’s involved in an accident during a mysterious worldwide ..

Behind The Candelabra (2013) Review

Behind The Candelabra (2013) Review

Steven Soderbergh’s last film before his self-imposed ‘sabbatical’ from film making is a useful reminder that we should hope he doesn’t stay away too long. Produced by HBO for television in the United States (because Hollywood studios declined to produce the film for being ‘too gay’ for mainstream audiences) it nevertheless received a theatrical release ..

Go hug your children. Hug them right now. This Room (2016) review will wait.

Go hug your children. Hug them right now. This Room (2016) review will wait.

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 ..

A United Kingdom (2016) offers a divided world an important historical reminder.

A United Kingdom (2016) offers a divided world an important historical reminder.

Handsomely staged and impeccably acted, “A United Kingdom” revisits and reveals a particularly shameful chapter of Britain’s post-war history and lays bare the callous brutality of 20th Century realpolitik. The film tells the true story of Prince Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) of Botswana (then Bechuanaland) who met and married Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) an English ..

Songbird (2020) Review

Songbird (2020) Review

“Songbird”, arriving on the small screens with undue haste which, in turn, deserves its absence from the shuttered cinemas it mocks, is so blandly mediocre it would barely merit comment at all were it not for the insidious irresponsibility which underpins this tawdry Michael Bay production. By the year 2024, the COVID-19 virus has mutated ..

The Monuments Men (2014) Review

The Monuments Men (2014) Review

In the closing years of Word War II, a unit is put together and tasked with tracking down and recovering artworks stolen by the Nazis during their occupation. With the Nazis in full retreat and the Soviets sending their own treasure squads, the Allied team led by Frank Stokes (George Clooney) faces a race against ..

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 13: The Town That Cancelled Christmas (2006)

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 13: The Town That Cancelled Christmas (2006)

Even Craggus’ Christmas Countdown isn’t immune to the dark powers of Friday 13th which is why today brings us “The Town That Cancelled Christmas”. I don’t think it ever had a theatrical release and I don’t know whether to call “The Town That Cancelled Christmas” (known as “A Merry Little Christmas” in the USA) made ..

Joker (2019) Review

Joker (2019) Review

Joker is a tale told by a clown shoe Scorsese, full of ‘A Society’ sanctimony and furiously cynical viral marketing, signifying nothing. We’ve had the Joker as a cackling crook, cooking up deliciously devious heists. We’ve had the Joker as a gangland mob boss trying to take over Gotham City. We’ve had the Joker as ..

12 Years A Slave (2013) Review

12 Years A Slave (2013) Review

I have a tough time reviewing and an even tougher time watching 12 Years A Slave 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 ..

The Alienist Season Review

The Alienist Season Review

It’s the late nineteenth century in New York and delinquent children are starting to go missing. Future President and newly appointed Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty)contacts criminal psychologist Dr Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) and illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) for help to solve the case. When Dr Keizler and Mr Moore realise that the ..

Eddie The Eagle (2016) Review

Eddie The Eagle (2016) Review

Billed as a heart-warming underdog feel-good picture, “Eddie The Eagle” is so trite and twee that it ends up falling well short of even its modest ambitions. The film tells the sort of true life story of Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, from a young boy inspired by Olympic dreams to a young man determined, against ..

Christian Bale piles on the pounds for Adam McKay’s The Waist Wing. Vice (2019) Review

Christian Bale piles on the pounds for Adam McKay’s The Waist Wing. Vice (2019) Review

In taking on the story of Dick Cheney, the apparently unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider turned Vice Presidential master of the universe, Adam McKay seeks to shed light on the breathtaking constitutional chicanery which saw the executive branch of the American government vastly increase its own power whilst at the same time enormously enriching those in ..

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 14: Mrs Miracle (2009)

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 14: Mrs Miracle (2009)

After the festive spirit-crushing of yesterday’s Christmas Countdown, warm, fuzzy feel-good salvation is at hand with today’s special Hallmark moment: “Mrs Miracle”. A made for TV adaptation of Debbie Macomber’s bestselling novel. Widowed architect Seth Webster lives with his boisterous twin sons in small town America. Overwhelmed, he tries to get a housekeeper to help ..

In The Heat Of The Night (1967) Lee Grant Blogathon Review

In The Heat Of The Night (1967) Lee Grant Blogathon Review

This post is published as part of Realweegiemidget Reviews and Angelman’s Place‘s Lee Grant Blogathon. Arguably every bit as topical and important now as it was when it was released, “In The Heat Of The Night” tells the story of a black Police Detective, Virgil Tibbs (a superb Sidney Poitier) who finds himself pressed into assisting ..

The Post (2018) Review

The Post (2018) Review

It may be a timely reminder of the vital importance of a free and independent press but despite the zeitgeist-harnessing subject matter, there’s something that never quite stops the presses about Steven Spielberg’s “The Post”. When explosive details of a cover-up spanning three decades and four presidential administrations come to light, the New York Times ..

Scrapper (2023) Review

Scrapper (2023) Review

Scrapper is a bittersweet symphony of life, loss and the little things. In a sprawling city skyline of blockbusters and overblown CGI spectacles, SCRAPPER nestles like that one little house whose owner refused to sell up to developers even as the concrete and steel reared up around it. SCRAPPER gets by on the sheer power ..

Hacksaw Ridge (2017) Review

Hacksaw Ridge (2017) Review

Apparently completing the rehabilitative arc of Mel Gibson’s Hollywood career, “Hacksaw Ridge” is a powerful, if uneven, examination of the horrors of war and the demands of true moral courage. The fact it’s based on a true story just makes it all the more incredible. Desmond T. Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist, decides to enlist ..

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) soars on wings of comfort and joy

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) soars on wings of comfort and joy

A rich and warmly resonant contemporary reimagining of ‘The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn’, “The Peanut Butter Falcon” brings a funny, moving, feel-good slice of modern Americana to the big screen, powered by some big-hearted performances. Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down Syndrome, dreams of leaving his life in a nursing home and travelling ..

Boyhood (2014) Review

Boyhood (2014) Review

Epic in endeavour but intimate in scope, “Boyhood” is a mesmerizingly gentle, deceptively intelligent drama charting 12 years in the life of a family, seen from the perspective of the younger of the two children, Mason. The film starts when Mason is six years old, living with his sister and his mother an indeterminate number ..

Netflix’s The Two Popes (2019) explores the fallibility of the infallible.

Netflix’s The Two Popes (2019) explores the fallibility of the infallible.

It would seem to be something of a contradiction in terms to deliver a warm and whimsical drama about the leadership of the Catholic Church during some of its most tumultuous years but that’s exactly what Fernando Meirelles’ gently absorbing chronicle of this archly ceremonial game of Papal thrones. Essentially a biographical film tracing the ..

Wakefield (2017) Review

Wakefield (2017) Review

Available now on VOD and DVD, “Wakefield” provides a compelling account of a man who finds his nervous breakdown may actually offer him the opportunity to break free. Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston) is a successful businessman with a wife, two daughters and a lovely home in the suburbs. But arriving home one day, the daily grind ..