Happy Thanksgiving! Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1988)

Marking a sea-change in the surprisingly short directorial career of John Hughes, “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” sees the famed writer/ director move on from his high school teen-angst wheelhouse and branch out into the trials and tribulations of middle-age. Neal Page (Steve Martin), an advertising executive on a business trip to New York is heading…

Flatliners (1990) Review

Nineties with a capital 9, stripped of the rose-coloured shroud of nostalgia, Joel Schumacher’s morbid thriller emphasises the ‘flat’ in “Flatliners”. Inspired by the near-death experiences of patients, a  group of brilliant, ambitious medical students decide to probe beyond the veil to establish empirically what happens when you die. But as each of them becomes…

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…

Orange Wednesday: The End Of An Era

Today is a dark day for British cinema goers. February 25th 2015 is the last ‘Orange Wednesday’ ever as mobile phone company EE has decided to pull the plug on the scheme. The telecommunications giant argues that customers’ viewing habits have changed with the advent of Netflix and other streaming services while simultaneously claiming that…

R.I.P.D. (2013) Review

What to do you get if you cross “Ghostbusters” with “Men In Black” and add just a dash of “Ghost”? Well, you get the unholy mishmash of a movie that is “R.I.P.D.”. When crooked cop Nick Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) is double crossed and shot by his partner (Kevin Bacon) after they steal some gold discovered…