Atomic Blonde (2017) Review

Edgy, brutal and achingly stylish, Charlize Theron’s “Atomic Blonde” should be enough to scare the living daylights out of the Bond producers as they continue to pull together the follow-up to SPECTRE. In cold war 1989 Berlin, in the days leading up to the fall of the wall, a British agent is killed after retrieving … Continue reading Atomic Blonde (2017) Review

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) Review

Luc Besson’s Space Oddity opens with a suitably inspirational opening as the story of Alpha (the eponymous City Of A Thousand Planets) is told through an evolutionary montage which nods to both Kubrick and Zemeckis. En route to Alpha to begin his next mission, Agent Valerian (Dane DeHaan) experiences a vision of the destruction of … Continue reading Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets (2017) Review

Cars (2006) Review

For a studio which prides itself on its dedication to story crafting and world building, “Cars” is a curious beast. The world it presents and the way it presents it simply doesn’t make sense. Reportedly a passion project for keen petrol head and Pixar chief John Lasseter, it comes across as more of a vanity … Continue reading Cars (2006) Review

Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Review

Have you checked your kitchen recently? Chances are the sink might be missing; stolen by Michael Bay to throw into his latest robots-in-disguise extravaganza “Transformers: The Last Knight”. It's no secret that Paramount Pictures have assembled a writer’s room to spin their Hasbro franchise into an expansive shared universe but “The Last Knight” suggests they … Continue reading Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) Review

Kong: Skull Island (2017) Review

In an age of shared blockbuster universes which take themselves terribly seriously, “Kong: Skull Island” is a breezy and brazen breath of fresh air. Preposterous in its premise, it's not afraid to embrace its silliness and, as a result, is more fun than any of its Hollywood kaiju predecessors. In the early 1970’s, an expedition … Continue reading Kong: Skull Island (2017) Review

Patriot’s Day (2017) Review

It’s been less than four years since the Boston Marathon Bombings and I went into “Patriot’s Day” wondering what the film, made so soon after the saturation news coverage, hoped to achieve. Director Peter Berg, of course, is no stranger when it comes to adapting true life events and, after an awkward opening, he manages … Continue reading Patriot’s Day (2017) Review

The 4th Annual Craggus Movie Awards

For a year which will surely go down in history for its polarisation, as far as movies went there was a concerted effort to stay centred in an unremarkable consensus of mediocrity, with the average score of the 95 films I watched in the cinema a paltry 6.5/10. 2016 saw 409 movies watched (and rewatched) … Continue reading The 4th Annual Craggus Movie Awards

Ratchet & Clank (2016) Review

Veterans of more than a dozen video games, Ratchet and Clank are the latest pixelated characters to find the leap from platform pleaser to popcorn powerhouse is more than any double jump or button mashing can easily manage. When the galaxy is threatened by Chairman Drek and his fearsome Deplanetizer, it’s up to a plucky … Continue reading Ratchet & Clank (2016) Review

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Review

Given the tricksy reputation of producer JJ Abrams and the cryptic description of the film as a ‘blood relative’ of 2008’s breakout monster movie, “10 Cloverfield Lane”’s greatest asset also actively works against it while you’re watching it, at least for the first time. You spend a considerable amount of time trying to second guess … Continue reading 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) Review

Christmas With The Coopers (2015) Review

(Christmas) Cards on the table: I’ve got a sentimental streak a mile wide and it’s particularly attuned to Christmastime. You might have assumed from the trailer and marketing that this is a frothy, kooky slapstick comedy but it’s really not. There are strong echoes of Ron Howard’s 1989 classic “Parenthood” but director Jessie Nelson and … Continue reading Christmas With The Coopers (2015) Review

Transformers: Age Of Extinction (2014) Review

In tribute to Michael Bay, this review is bloated, overlong and hopelessly self-indulgent, taking far too long to get to the point which is to review “Transformers: Age Of Extinction”. But let’s get one thing straight: I don’t love to hate the Michael Bay “Transformers” films. I hate to hate them. Seriously: I want to … Continue reading Transformers: Age Of Extinction (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 … Continue reading The Monuments Men (2014) Review

Monsters University (2013) Review

Since 1995’s “Toy Story”, Pixar have been synonymous with animated family films of the highest quality. Not only did they set the bar, they kept raising it every time they brought out a film. They even showed they could manage that trickiest of things: a sequel. “Toy Story 2” and “Toy Story 3” are the … Continue reading Monsters University (2013) Review