Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Review

“Kingsman: The Secret Service”, a gleefully disrespectful, violent and funny action reworking of “My Fair Lady” was an unexpected delight, right up until it ended on a decidedly bum note. Regrettably, in tuning up for the sequel, write Jane Goldman and director Matthew Vaughan have taken that same note as the opening for their latest … Continue reading Kingsman: The Golden Circle (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

Grimsby (2016) Review

If you want some kind of context to understand the tone of Sasha Baron Cohen’s seminal (at least as far as elephants are concerned) new movie “Grimsby”, then know this: Rebel Wilson is an island of subdued subtlety amid the crass, lowbrow and profoundly tasteless shenanigans. When Norman ‘Nobby’ Butcher, proud resident of Grimsby finally … Continue reading Grimsby (2016) Review

Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) Review

Gleefully landing right in the middle of the worthy-but-ever-so-slightly-tedious grind of ‘Award Season’, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is an outlandish breath of fresh air; an elegant and deceptively clever action comedy thriller which delivers a long-overdue fight back for the gentleman spy of old against the current crop of gritty, serious pretenders to the throne. … Continue reading Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) Review

The Imitation Game (2014) Review

Typical. You wait years for stirring tales of British ingenuity and wartime innovation and then two come along at the same time. There's a great deal of overlap between the story of Robert Watson Watt's pioneering work to create radar in "Castles In The Sky" and Alan Turing's quest to crack Nazi Germany's impenetrable Enigma … Continue reading The Imitation Game (2014) 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

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

Justin And The Knights Of Valour (2013) Review

“Justin And The Knights Of Valour” surprised me. I was expecting a dreary, underdeveloped euro-animation in the turgid tradition of “Freddie As F.R.O.7.” or “Sammy’s Great Escape” but it’s not. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing here that will unduly trouble Pixar and DreamWorks. Well, apart from the fact it was made for about a … Continue reading Justin And The Knights Of Valour (2013) Review