Moana (2016) Review

Moana (2016) Review

Disney’s new golden age shows no signs of slowing down as they cap an amazing animated year with the breezy, tropical feel good musical “Moana”. Drawing on Polynesian mythology, “Moana” tells the story of a young girl who longs to leave her island and explore the oceans. Encouraged by her maternal grandmother, Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) ..

Baywatch (2017) Review

Baywatch (2017) Review

Another summer, another big screen adaptation of a cult favourite TV show. This time, it’s nineties T&A-fest “Baywatch” being dragged in to cinemas with the hope the megawatt star charisma of Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron will be enough to fill up the big screen. When disgraced Olympic champion swimmer Matt Brody (Zac Efron) is ..

Rampage (2018) makes a monkey out of the video game movie curse

Rampage (2018) makes a monkey out of the video game movie curse

Opening with a better version of the movie “Life” than “Life” itself managed to provide, “Rampage” sees perennial box-office bester Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson take on his most difficult opponent yet: a video game adaptation. When illegal space-based genetic experimentation crashes back down to Earth, it has an immediate and unfortunate effect on the wildlife. ..

Fast X (2023) Review

Fast X (2023) Review

Fast X is very much Dominic Toretto’s Infinity War For a franchise which features more heel/ face switcheroos than WWE (and, to be fair, more than its fair share of WWE alumni too), it’s fun to see it push its villains so far that even the seemingly endless Fast & Furious family willingness to embrace ..

Fast & Furious 8 (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 ..

San Andreas (2015) Review

San Andreas (2015) Review

Forget sequels. Throw away your ideas for reboots, reimaginings or reinterpretations. The movie business has found a new source of ideas: extrapolating entire movies from a single plot point of another film, like growing cultures in a petri dish. “San Andreas” is the story of what would have happened to a single family had Lex ..

Skyscraper (2018) Review

Skyscraper (2018) Review

Possibly one to avoid if you’re pyrophobic and, indeed, acrophobic, “Skyscraper” sees Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s security consultant tackle a towering inferno with a plucky, die-hard attitude. Injured when a hostage crisis ends in tragedy, FBI agent Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) loses a leg and his appetite for frontline duty. Years later, he’s an independent ..

Pain & Gain (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 ..

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017) Review

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017) Review

There was a howl of outrage heard around the world when plans were first announced to make another “Jumanji” film. Up until then, I don’t think anyone had really been aware of in what high esteem the original – albeit fondly thought of – had been held. Turns out the Robin Williams CG-heavy jungle adventure ..

Fast & Furious 7 (2015) Review

Fast & Furious 7 (2015) Review

Arriving in cinemas like a soothing balm for those still nursing their sense of loss over the “Top Gear” fracas, “Fast & Furious 7” offers salvation through madcap motoring stunts using extraordinary supercars in exotic locations. But the “Fast & Furious” franchise is nursing its own sense of loss and it infuses itself throughout the ..

Can you smell what guest reviewer Darrenski is cooking with his Hercules (2014) Review?

Can you smell what guest reviewer Darrenski is cooking with his Hercules (2014) Review?

Brett Ratner’s Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson-starring “Hercules” is a film in the old school Saturday afternoon matinee style that doesn’t try to pretend to be anything more than it is. It’s a competently made, undemanding action adventure movie with decent special effects and a script full of quips and one-liners, and that’s just fine with ..

Fast & Furious 6 (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. ..

Central Intelligence (2016) Review

Central Intelligence (2016) Review

Are you a fan of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson? Sure you are. How could you not be? He’s cinema’s reigning charisma champion. Having helped to reinvigorate the “Fast And Furious” franchise, Journeyed ‘2’ The Mysterious Island and held the San Andreas Fault together with his bare hands, now he’s out to rock the world of ..