Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Review

Following in the footsteps of the Man Of Steel and Captain America, Gnomeo and Juliet become the latest characters to have their sequel hijacked by a bunch of different characters as the franchise tries to position itself as a vehicle to reimagine classic British literature, a sort of anthology of garden toy stories. When garden … Continue reading Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Review

Paddington 2 (2017) Review

With the original having been an unexpected delight, anticipation for “Paddington 2” was sky high. Could the little bear from Peru pull off the ‘difficult’ second movie? The answer is an unqualified ‘yes’. Determined to get his Aunt Lucy a special present for her 100th birthday, Paddington (Ben Wishaw) sets his heart on a unique … Continue reading Paddington 2 (2017) Review

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017) Review

As I hope #SharkWeak has proved, I’m a  huge fan of Shark movies, be they the prime cuts like “Jaws”, the gourmet burgers such as “Deep Blue Sea” or the dirty kebab van sustenance of SyFy original movies. I can tolerate wooden acting and look past the occasionally shoddy special effects (I grew up watching … Continue reading Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017) Review

The Mummy (2017) Review

Released in the UK the same day another leader saw plans to increase her power and turn the world to her will falter, “The Mummy” suggests Universal’s “Dark Universe” gambit will meet a similarly ignominious fate. Again. When solider-of-fortune Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) stumbles across an Egyptian tomb after an air strike, he unwittingly releases … Continue reading The Mummy (2017) Review

Doctor Who: The Lie Of The Land (S10E08)

So... six months have elapsed since the end of the last episode and as the Doctor’s clumsily unconvincing hagiography of the Monks’ occupation eludes to they feel like they’ve been there forever. Well, we’ve all had guests like that, haven’t we? Britain is in the grip of a totalitarian regime, with any thought, word or … Continue reading Doctor Who: The Lie Of The Land (S10E08)

Wonder Woman (2017) Review

It’s hard to remember a movie making its debut under such pressure as “Wonder Woman”. Not just the pressure of expectations for a new superhero movie debut but also the white hot crucible of gender politics, unfair financial expectations and the absolute last-chance saloon necessity to salvage the DCEU from its own self-inflicted tailspin. With … Continue reading Wonder Woman (2017) Review

Doctor Who: Thin Ice (S10E03) Review

Bill’s real world nous and sci-fi savvy is proving to be a real asset to the current season of Doctor Who. After last week’s detour into whimsical fairy tale storytelling, “Thin ice” brings us solidly back to a more grounded Who, and adds a dash of realism that has often been lacking in the series’ … Continue reading Doctor Who: Thin Ice (S10E03) Review

Jason Bourne (2016) Review

“Jason Bourne” sees the reluctant super-spy facing his deadliest foe yet: the irrefutable sense of unnecessariness. When Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) reaches out to an isolated and off-grid David Webb Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), it kicks off a chain of events that leads the CIA to try once again to capture or kill the errant … Continue reading Jason Bourne (2016) Review

Criminal (2016) Review

Between this and last year’s “Self/Less”, you have to hope Ryan Reynolds has learned to never a borrower or a lender be, at least when it comes to his brain. When a CIA operative is killed in London, the agency brings in an experimental neuroscientist to try and recover their dead agent’s memories in the … Continue reading Criminal (2016) Review

High-Rise (2016) Review

Reportedly a passion project for producer Jeremy Thomas since he purchased the film rights back in 1975, J G Ballard’s “High-Rise” finally makes it to the big screen and it’s as if not a single day has passed since Thomas first conceived the film. In a parallel London of the 1970s, Doctor Robert Laing (Tom … Continue reading High-Rise (2016) Review

London Has Fallen (2016) Review

I went into “London Has Fallen” looking for a big, dumb action movie. I like big, dumb action movies. What I don’t like are stupid action movies, and “London Has Fallen” right into that bargain bin. Three years after the end of “Olympus Has Fallen”, the UK Prime Minister dies suddenly and President Asher (Aaron … Continue reading London Has Fallen (2016) Review

Ripper (2016) Review

If the term ‘fan film’ conjures up images of camcorders and cosplay, rest assured that “Ripper”, written and directed by James Campbell will change your mind. Brooding, handsomely staged and imbued with a creeping sense of dread, “Ripper” is a fascinating slice of historical fiction, imagining Gotham’s dark knight as the dogged protector of a … Continue reading Ripper (2016) Review

Doctor Who: Face The Raven (S9E10) Review

*SPOILERS* Brushing off the experimental disappointment of last week, “Face The Raven” sees the superlative ninth season of “Doctor Who” soaring back to the top of its game on black and deadly wings. In a season which has already seen atmospheric homages to the eras of previous Doctors, “Face The Raven” tipped its hat to … Continue reading Doctor Who: Face The Raven (S9E10) Review

Burnt (2015) Review

Charting the comeback of a talented but reckless chef following a self-imposed exile, “Burnt” feels like the sequel to a film we’ve never seen.  Bradley Cooper plays Adam Jones, a chef who, we gradually learn, shone so brightly in Paris years ago until his addictions got the better of him and destroyed his life. He … Continue reading Burnt (2015) Review

24/007: The Complete Craggus’ Bond Voyage

Every Bond movie retrospective, in release order, for your reading convenience. Click on Craggus' Bond Voyage at the end of each review to return here. *SPOILERS*                                                                        … Continue reading 24/007: The Complete Craggus’ Bond Voyage

Skyfall (2012) Review

A major change* occurred in the Bond films when Daniel Craig took over and the impact of that change has been felt more and more in each subsequent film. As of “Casino Royale”, the films were no longer about Bond’s adventures and his mission, they were about Bond himself. Although each film contained the requisite … Continue reading Skyfall (2012) Review

Die Another Day (2002) Review

Production on the 20th (Official) James Bond film was delayed for a year so that the release would line up with the 40th anniversary of “Dr. No” and give the franchise an opportunity to highlight and celebrate its enduring legacy. On something of a roll, the franchise’s confidence was at an all-time high as Neal … Continue reading Die Another Day (2002) Review

Legend (2015) Review

Based on the book ‘The Profession Of Violence: The Rise And Fall Of The Kray Twins’ by John Pearson, Writer/ Director Brian Helgeland’s “Legend” takes a look at the notorious East End gangsters from their ascent to the top of the underworld hierarchy to the events which would prove to be their downfall. Glossy, stylish … Continue reading Legend (2015) Review

The World Is Not Enough (1999) Review

With Brosnan firmly established in the public’s mind as Bond and the franchise now one of the undisputed cinema heavyweights, things were looking good for 007 as the new millennium approached. Taking its title from Bond’s family motto – “The World Is Not Enough” – as revealed in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, new scriptwriters … Continue reading The World Is Not Enough (1999) Review

Bill (2015) Review

Written by and starring the cast of “Yonderland”, “Bill” sees them returning to their “Horrible Histories” roots and exploring a ‘lost’ era of Shakespeare’s life, finally revealing the true story behind his rise to fame and fortune as England’s most celebrated playwright. When the Earl of Croydon unwittingly overcommits himself in the presence of Queen … Continue reading Bill (2015) Review

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) Review

Back for a fifth instalment, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” finds Ethan Hunt facing off against two distinct threats. One is The Syndicate, a shadow network which styles itself as ‘the anti-IMF’; the other is from the American government and the CIA who are pressing to have the IMF shut down. The latter threat is … Continue reading Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) Review

Spooks: The Greater Good (2015) Review

Swapping Black Crows for Black Ops, Kit Harrington finds he still knows nothing as he runs around London trying to unravel Harry Pearce's latest Gordian knot of conspiracy and double crosses in this competent but unremarkable coda to the successful television series "Spooks". When MI-5 lose Adem Qasim (Elyes Gabel), a high value CIA prisoner … Continue reading Spooks: The Greater Good (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

Get Santa (2014) Review

It’s not all that often you get a new Christmas movie – in the cinema at least. Direct to DVD and cookie-cutter TV movies abound but a theatrically released Christmas movie is something a bit special. When Tom discovers Santa Claus hiding in his garden shed, he eagerly agrees to help him recover his sleigh … Continue reading Get Santa (2014) Review

Paddington (2014) Review

“Paddington” is a delightful film. Literally delightful. While watching it, I was acutely conscious of the fact that I was being delighted. I’m experiencing delight, I thought to myself. There’s no other way to describe the experience of watching this note-perfect adaptation of the beloved children’s character which brings him to big screen life in … Continue reading Paddington (2014) Review

Doctor Who: Dark Water (S8E11) Review

*SPOILERS* I’m going to keep this as brief as I can, because it’s tricky to judge a ‘part one’ in isolation without having seen the second episode. As it was, we got a couple of answers to two questions which have run the length of the series (one we were actualy interested in and the … Continue reading Doctor Who: Dark Water (S8E11) Review

Before I Go To Sleep (2014) Review

Superficially, it’s easy to look at “Before I Go To Sleep” as a gritty and dark reimagining of “50 First Dates” with Nicole Kidman taking over from Drew Barrymore and Colin Firth in the Adam Sandler role. Which would make Mark Strong, um, Rob Schneider I guess? But where the 2004 Rom Com went for … Continue reading Before I Go To Sleep (2014) Review

Doctor Who: Deep Breath (S8E01) Review

*SPOILERS*Post-regeneration stories are always a bit of a mixed bag. There's a lot of heavy lifting to do: setting up the new Doctor, giving the general tone of the new era (although this usually only kicks in by the second or third adventure) and they need to restate the basic premise of the series to … Continue reading Doctor Who: Deep Breath (S8E01) Review

Thor: The Dark World (2013) Review

It’s incredible that we’re already up to the eighth film in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, and the second sequel to 2012’s all-conquering “Avengers Assemble”. It really is a golden age for superhero movies, and Marvel Studios are showing no signs of playing it safe or taking their foot off the gas pedal any time soon. The … Continue reading Thor: The Dark World (2013) Review

Welcome To The Punch (2013) Review

Well, somebody definitely got a blue lense filter for Christmas. “Welcome To The Punch” is an anticlimactic exercise in style over substance with slick visuals lacquered over the film in an attempt to disguise how thin the actual story is. Retired criminal Jacob Sternwood returns to London after receiving a desperate phone call from his … Continue reading Welcome To The Punch (2013) Review