Not everything about The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) is awesome but, as the movie itself is at pains to point out, that’s okay too.

Continuing the irreverent, pop-culture saturated craziness of the first movie, Emmet, Wildstyle and all your favourites from “The Lego Movie” are back picking up mere moments from the end of the first movie as the Duplo aliens attack. With the previously harmonious world of Bricksburg transformed into the post-apocalyptic wasteland Apocalypseburg by the repeated invasions … Continue reading Not everything about The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) is awesome but, as the movie itself is at pains to point out, that’s okay too.

Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Review

In The Craggus household, many films are held sacrosanct but maybe none, save perhaps now “The Greatest Showman”, unite the clan in happy song as much as “Pitch Perfect 2”; fresh, funny and toe-tappingly, finger-snappingly, irresistibly sing-alongable, the soundtrack rivals even that of “Guardians Of The Galaxy” for in-car entertainment supremacy. It’s into this crucible … Continue reading Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) Review

Power Rangers (2017) Review

I was about ten years too old to really get into the Power Rangers during their 1990s heydey. My formative Japanese super-team of enhanced teenagers came in the animated form of “Battle Of The Planets”. In many ways, “Battle Of The Planets” set the template for "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers", in being appropriated from a … Continue reading Power Rangers (2017) Review

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) Review

Weighed down by its own unbridled portentousness, the final chapter of “The Hunger Games” saga grinds into cinemas, bleaker and more brutal than anything that’s come before. Unfortunately, it also brings with it the narrative sluggishness which has plagued the franchise and its utter reliance on its leading lady almost brings the story to breaking … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) Review

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Review

Although the original “Pitch Perfect” turned out to be an unexpected treat, I was wary of the sequel. Sometimes when a sleeper hit gets a sequel, it’s hamstrung by the creators not being sure what made the original recipe so tasty and it ends up overcooked and disappointing. Thankfully, original writer Kay Cannon and debut … Continue reading Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) Review

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 9: Fred Claus (2007)

The idea of Paul Giamatti as an exasperated Santa Claus is such a delightful one, that it makes you wonder why it took until 2007 for it to make it to the screen.  Of course, he’s not the title character, but he’s an important part of why “Fred Claus” works better than it ought to. … Continue reading Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 9: Fred Claus (2007)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) Review

I’m not a fan of the growing trend for artificially prolonging a franchise by splitting the last instalment into two parts. There are reasons why trilogies evolved as a dominant storytelling structure rather than tetralogies, even though tetralogy sounds a lot cooler. The “Harry Potter” franchise just about got away with it (thanks to the source … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) Review

Walk Of Shame (2014) Review

This lightweight comedy could alternately be called “Adventures In Slutshaming” as local News Anchor Meghan Miles struggles to get home when a drunken one night stand leaves her stranded without her car, money or a phone in Los Angeles the day before her big opportunity to land a Network Anchor position. Elizabeth Banks scatterguns her … Continue reading Walk Of Shame (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

Pitch Perfect (2012) Review

“Pitch Perfect” is what “Glee” would be like, if “Glee” wasn’t so in your face about ‘issues’ and didn’t mistake tokenist diversity for good characterisation. Of course, “Pitch Perfect” has a suitably diverse cast of characters, it just doesn’t care about ramming it down your throat and saying “See? SEE?” before bursting into hysterical tears … Continue reading Pitch Perfect (2012) Review

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Review

I have to admit, I've not read any of  Suzanne Collins' 'Hunger Games' novels. I meant to get around to it before I went to see the films but I ended up catching “The Hunger Games” on DVD at home before I’d opened one of the books. From the first film, I couldn’t really see what … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Review

Movie 43 (2013) Review

Apparently ten years in the making, “Movie 43” is what I suspect Forrest Gump’s mother would have described as being like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. I always felt sorry for that woman – with everything she had to endure in her life, nobody ever took the time … Continue reading Movie 43 (2013) Review