Widows (2018) Review

With the pedigree of talent behind and in front of the camera, you’d be forgiven for expecting “Widows” to be something very special. And you’d be right, too. Director Steve McQueen, sharing screenwriting duties with Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) in adapting a 1983 British TV series by Lynda La Plante, creates a polished, compellingly multi-layered … Continue reading Widows (2018) Review

The Commuter (2018) Review

Mrs Craggus has a recurring complaint about Liam Neeson, specifically that in many (she says all) of his roles, he just happens to be the exactly skilled person the plot needs. When his daughter is kidnapped, he has that ‘special set of skills’, when his commercial flight is threatened by terrorists, it turns out he’s … Continue reading The Commuter (2018) Review

Silence (2017) Review

Oppressively contemplative and impassively brutal, Martin Scorsese’s religious epic sweeps us back in time to the rule of a cruel and uncompromising Japanese Shogunate. When a Dutch trader delivers the last letter from Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson) and testifies that Ferreira committed apostasy after being tortured, two of his former pupils – Father Sebastião … Continue reading Silence (2017) Review

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016) Review

So, is “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” a prequel or a sequel? In truth, it’s a bit of both, forming a wraparound tale which actually turns the original film into the dull middle chapter of a decent fantasy trilogy. “Winter’s War” takes us back to the beginnings of the Evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and we … Continue reading The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016) Review

Taken 3 (2015) Review

The only thing ‘taken’ in this flaccid threequel is diabolical liberties with the audience’s patience and intelligence. When ex-CIA operative Brian Mills is framed for the murder of his ex-wife, he sets off to find out who really killed her, evading the LAPD and Russian mobsters as he closes in on the culprit. Where the … Continue reading Taken 3 (2015) Review

Ted 2 (2015) Review

If the main duty of a sequel is to provide the audience with more of what they enjoyed the first time round, then “Ted 2” succeeds admirably. Crammed with the sophomoric, scatological and scattergun humour that is Seth MacFarlane’s calling card, if you liked the first one, you’ll probably enjoy this one too…just maybe not … Continue reading Ted 2 (2015) Review

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 12: Love Actually (2003)

Richard Curtis’ “Love Actually” is often misunderstood as an ensemble romantic comedy, intertwining numerous criss-crossing plots in the run up to Christmas. It is, in fact, an avante garde adaptation of a grand British Christmas institution: “Love Actually” is the cinematic adaptation of a tin of Cadbury’s Roses (or Quality Street if you prefer, but … Continue reading Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 12: Love Actually (2003)

A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014) Review

This is no vacuous retread of the rambunctious “Taken” series nor is it implausible action nonsense like “Non Stop”. Neeson lays aside the superhero persona here to deliver a performance of real weight in this atmospheric serial killer drama based on the novel by Lawrence Block. When a drug trafficker’s wife is kidnapped and murdered, … Continue reading A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014) Review

The Nut Job (2014) Review

Like its fellow Weinstein distributed stable mate “Escape From Planet Earth”, “The Nut Job” reaches the UK some months after it made its Stateside debut, but it really shouldn’t have bothered making the trans-Atlantic trip. When an attempt to rob a nut cart goes disastrously wrong and destroys the park’s food stores for the winter, … Continue reading The Nut Job (2014) Review

A Million Ways To Die In The West (2014) Review

Cards on the table: I’m a fan of Seth MacFarlane. I love “Family Guy” and “American Dad!” (although I could take or leave “The Cleveland Show”) and I thought “Ted” was a brilliantly profane and laugh-out-loud twist on both the magical childhood wish and romantic comedy genres. For his second feature effort, he’s set his … Continue reading A Million Ways To Die In The West (2014) Review

Non-Stop (2014) Review

With awards season winding down, the world’s multiplexes are once again opening up to a broader range of movie as we start the slow, inexorable march towards the summer blockbusterpalooza. It’s time for an action movie, and cometh the hour cometh the man. Liam Neeson adds another troubled tough guy to his action hero CV in … Continue reading Non-Stop (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