Missing Link (2019) is certainly lacking something.

Missing Link Review

Perfectly charming and, as ever, exquisitely animated, the latest offering from Laika Studios (“Kubo And The Two Strings”, “The Boxtrolls”) is nonetheless feels like the lesser of their efforts so far. While it’s acknowledged inspirations include “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” and the stories of Sherlock Holmes, there’s no escaping it’s an almost complete lift … Continue reading Missing Link (2019) is certainly lacking something.

The Front Runner (2019) stumbles right out of the gate.

Jason Reitman’s dull but dutiful checkbox biopic rakes over the long-dead ashes of the run-up to the 1988 US Presidential election but fails to find anything to really say beyond a milquetoast critique of the current personality politics which dominates American public life. Charting the rise and fall of charismatic Colorado Senator Gary Hart (Hugh … Continue reading The Front Runner (2019) stumbles right out of the gate.

Van Helsing (2004) Dractober Review

Universal have been trying to resurrect their Dark Universe for a lot longer than you may think. Back in 2004, emboldened by the quick one-two hits of “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns”, they decided to give director Stephen Sommers the whole Universal Monster toy box. Unfortunately, what he came up with was a textbook … Continue reading Van Helsing (2004) Dractober Review

Deadpool 2 (2018) Review

Although I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t just stick with “Untitled Deadpool Sequel” as the official title, “Deadpool 2” brings the Merc with the mouth back, and he’s bolder than ever as he looks to avoid the pitfalls of the ‘difficult second album’. When Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds)’s cavalier attitude ends up costing him … Continue reading Deadpool 2 (2018) Review

The 5th Annual Craggus Movie Awards

2017 continued the previous year’s trend towards ever more polarised reactions to movies. With little room anymore for a ‘middle ground’, movies were either hailed as redefining triumphs or excoriated as blasphemy. Generally, I think I saw more great movies in 2017 than in 2016 but the average score across the 116 new releases I … Continue reading The 5th Annual Craggus Movie Awards

The Greatest Showman (2017) Review

In the run-up to Christmas, I was very taken by the Sky Movies TV ad showing a mum and her daughter watching “The Sound Of Music” over and over again through the years. For me, it perfectly captured the sentimental sweet spot of Christmas, family and the magic of movies. I found myself wondering what … Continue reading The Greatest Showman (2017) Review

Logan (2017) Review

Much has been made of “Logan” being a hard-R superhero movie and it’s certainly in a hurry to prove its adult credentials, opening with a sequence which is almost custom designed to make a certain class of comic fans jizz their pants. There’s even an unnecessary shot of breasts within the first fifteen minutes. For … Continue reading Logan (2017) Review

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) Review

The latest entry in Fox & Marvel’s own mutant chronicles marks the culmination of the current “First Class” trilogy, as well as the near completion of an almost unprecedented project of rebooting and retconning a much disliked film out of existence. As divisive as “The Last Stand” was, though, we’re still talking about it; which … Continue reading X-Men: Apocalypse (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 … Continue reading Eddie The Eagle (2016) Review

Pan (2015) Review

Unnecessary. That’s the inescapable word that plagues “Pan” throughout its hefty 111 minute running time. It saddles the impish, carefree character of J M Barrie’s timeless tale with a hackneyed chosen one narrative so crushingly unsubtle that the characters actually use the phrase ‘chosen one’ near constantly. Abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as … Continue reading Pan (2015) Review

That Sugar Film (2015) Review

Generally, I’m not a fan of pejorative diatribes masquerading as documentary journalism like Morgan Spurlock’s self-aggrandizing “Supersize Me” so I was sceptical but hopeful that “That Sugar Film” would be more focussed on revealing an unexpected truth rather than triumphantly 'proving' the bleeding obvious. I wasn’t disappointed. Australian Actor Damon Gameau (here also writer and director) … Continue reading That Sugar Film (2015) Review

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015) Review

Whether or not you engage with “Me And Earl And The Dying Girl” will depend a lot on how receptive you are to its twee, ironic hipsteresque conceits and the energetic, restless camera work of director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. However, it would be a mistake to dismiss it as a semi-pretentious Instagram filter brought to glorious four-dimensional … Continue reading Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (2015) Review

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (2014) Review

“Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb” is a curious beast. After the popularity and success of the previous instalments a third sequel is hardly a surprise. What is surprising, and perhaps a little disappointing, is that this third instalment is so thin on plot that it seems to exist merely just to let … Continue reading Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (2014) Review

X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014) Review

While casting envious eyes at the success of “The Avengers” and making plans to attempt to replicate its success, DC/ Warner Brothers have overlooked the other advantage Marvel have over them: there’s more than one studio making Marvel movies. Warner Bros simply doesn’t have the financial resources to match the combined might of Disney, Sony … Continue reading X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014) Review

The Wolverine (2013) Review

It’s a little bit of a surprise to realise that “The Wolverine” is actually the sixth film in the X-Men franchise. Sixth! It’s a franchise which still generates an awful lot of buzz and has a lot of goodwill despite the fact that only about half of them are any good. The level of affection … Continue reading The Wolverine (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

Les Misérables (2013) Review

"Les Misérables" is, without a doubt, the most musical musical I've ever seen - all singing, no talking! It was...astonishing. Grand in scale, but powerfully, emotionally intimate. The cast is as near perfect as possible but everyone is eclipsed by Anne Hathaway, whose heartbreaking rendition of "I Dreamed A Dream" literally moved me to tears. … Continue reading Les Misérables (2013) Review