Christian Bale piles on the pounds for Adam McKay’s The Waist Wing. Vice (2019) Review

In taking on the story of Dick Cheney, the apparently unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider turned Vice Presidential master of the universe, Adam McKay seeks to shed light on the breathtaking constitutional chicanery which saw the executive branch of the American government vastly increase its own power whilst at the same time enormously enriching those in … Continue reading Christian Bale piles on the pounds for Adam McKay’s The Waist Wing. Vice (2019) Review

The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Review

There’s no other franchise quite like “The Divergent Series”. The arrival of “Allegiant”, the third part of the now customary four-film adaptation of a trilogy of young adult books carries with it a sense of tedious inevitability and little else. If that sense of sunk cost is present in the audience, it’s nothing compared to … Continue reading The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Review

Insurgent (2015) Review

*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* After the previous instalment favoured seemingly endless set-up in favour of actual events and progress, does “Insurgent”, the sequel, start to deliver on all those promises? Well, it's available in 3D this time out which is handy given the previous instalment struggled to be two dimensional at times. There's no denying the end … Continue reading Insurgent (2015) Review

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (2015) Review

Much has been made of the Meta premise of Michael Keaton playing an aging actor, once famous for playing an iconic superhero, looking to prove his artistic integrity by mounting a Broadway play but there’s so much more to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s technically dazzling, intensely personal and kinetic film than that one single gimmick. Ingeniously … Continue reading Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (2015) Review

Diana (2013) Review

There’s nothing in this flat, uninspired biopic which will change your opinion on the late Diana, Princess of Wales whatever it was: either a precious, much wronged saintly victim of a callous and cruel establishment or an arch-manipulator, all too aware of and willing to use the vast, unquestioning affection she commanded. This overly soapy film … Continue reading Diana (2013) Review

Movie 43 (2013) Review

Apparently ten years in the making, “Movie 43” is what I suspect Forrest Gump’s mother would have described as being like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. I always felt sorry for that woman – with everything she had to endure in her life, nobody ever took the time … Continue reading Movie 43 (2013) Review