The most horrifying thing about this lukewarm all-filler, no-killer thriller is how much on-screen talent is wasted in telling its flaccid, predictable and profoundly stupid story. When Maggie (Diana Silvers) is moved back to her mum’s hometown, she’s quick to make new friends and starts hanging out with them outside the local liquor store, hoping … Continue reading Ma (2019) doesn’t need to spike your drink to put you to sleep.
The 2018 Academy Awards are less than an hour away, so here’s my picks for who’s going to win what. I’ll be updating it throughout the ceremony with the actual winners. So, let’s cross live to the red carpet as the stars come out in Hollywood… Production Design Craggus’ Prediction: The Shape of Water Actual … Continue reading Craggus’ 2018 #Oscars Predictions (Including Live Updates Throughout The Ceremony)
2017 continued the previous year’s trend towards ever more polarised reactions to movies. With little room anymore for a ‘middle ground’, movies were either hailed as redefining triumphs or excoriated as blasphemy. Generally, I think I saw more great movies in 2017 than in 2016 but the average score across the 116 new releases I … Continue reading The 5th Annual Craggus Movie Awards
Guillermo Del Toro brings his trademark dark fairytale aesthetic to bear on this dreamy, beautifully realised tale, a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme: beauty and the moist. Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute cleaning lady, found as an infant with mysterious scars on her neck works as part of the … Continue reading The Shape Of Water (2018) Review
The 2018 Academy Award Nominations have been announced! "The Shape Of Water" leads the pack with 13 nominations, followed by "Dunkirk" with 8 and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" with 7. Who’s been snubbed? Who’s a dead cert? Who’s a dark horse? Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets… Production Design Beauty and the Beast Blade … Continue reading Nom, nom, nom! The 2018 Oscar nominees have been announced.
Perhaps stung by the unfairly hostile reception to his “Amazing Spider-Man” movies, Marc Webb returns to cinemas with “Gifted”, a decidedly smaller scale and more intimate movie about a child genius. Frank (Chris Evans) looks after his 7 year old niece Mary (Mckenna Grace), a mathematical prodigy. Frank has cared for her since her mother … Continue reading Gifted (2017) Review
Set at a time when humanity looked to the stars with hope rather than around the world with fear, “Hidden Figures” is an uplifting true-life drama set during the space race at the height of the cold war. It’s 1961 and NASA is lagging behind the Russians in the race to get a man into … Continue reading Hidden Figures (2017) Review
The House of Mouse is on something of a roll at the moment, enjoying yet another ‘Golden Age’. It’s not just through its recent acquisitions of Marvel and Lucasfilm that Disney are riding high, their core Animation studio continues to go from strength to strength. Coming hot on the heels of “Wreck It Ralph”, “Frozen” … Continue reading Zootropolis (2016) 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
A Christmas movie to watch once the kids are safely tucked up in bed, “Bad Santa” is not for the easily offended. Billy Bob Thornton stars as Willie Soke, a washed up, bitter con man who spends his Christmases working as mall Santa so that he and his heist partner Marcus (Tony Cox) can rob … Continue reading Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 7: Bad Santa (2003)
Infamously the best film that hasn’t had a proper worldwide release yet, Bong Joon-ho’s English language debut “Snowpiercer” has been a hit in his native South Korea and France and is well worth seeking out as and when it gets released wherever you are. Adapted from a French graphic novel, “Snowpiercer” is set in the … Continue reading Snowpiercer (2013) Review
"Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters" is the sequel to 2010's modestly successful and reasonably entertaining "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief". Unfortunately, the wordiness of the title isn't the only thing that's been scaled back since the last time we hung out with Percy & Friends. "Sea Of Monsters" is a cheap and … Continue reading Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters (2013) Review