Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Review

Not that long ago, in a studio not too far away... Turmoil has engulfed the once peaceful and proud Lucasfilm franchise. It is a period of [not so] civil war as a small band of separatist fans, feeling betrayed by “The Last Jedi”, lay siege to the latest “Star Wars” offering. Meanwhile, there is unrest … Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Review

American Made (2017) Review

If you thought off-the-books, quasi-legal internecine government shenanigans were a practice brought to the White House by a tangerine reality TV buffoon, wait until you get a load of what was going on the last time a former celebrity became commander in chief. Telling the mostly true story of Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot … Continue reading American Made (2017) Review

The Dark Tower (2017) Review

I’m a pretty big Stephen King fan, although admittedly I’ve been a bit lax in keeping up with the prolific author’s output since around “Cell”. The first time I read “The Stand”, I did it in one sitting, forgoing sleep to finish it sometime in the early hours of Sunday morning (having started it on … Continue reading The Dark Tower (2017) Review

Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie (2016) Review

From “Funny Or Die”, the entertainment production company founded by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy comes a film for the ages, the long lost motion picture based on Donald Trump's best-selling book “The Art of the Deal”. The Donald recounts his life and triumphs to a young boy who stumbles into his office … Continue reading Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie (2016) Review

Inferno (2016) Review

Even a symbologist as obtuse and oblivious as Robert Langdon can’t miss the obvious signs that this franchise is dead. Bloated, boring and often incoherent, “Inferno” looks to Dante for inspiration but it’s the audience who are made to sit through nine levels of Hell. When a dazed and amnesiac Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) awakens … Continue reading Inferno (2016) Review

In The Heart Of The Sea (2015) Review

If you created a Venn diagram of the casts of “Harry Potter”, “Game Of Thrones”, “Peaky Blinders” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the sweet spot right in the middle would read “In The Heart Of The Sea”. Ron Howard’s latest offering is a star-studded retelling of the true story of the whaling ship Essex, which … Continue reading In The Heart Of The Sea (2015) Review

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 4: The Grinch (2000)

Ron Howard, you’ve done it again. Hollywood’s most chameleonic director transforms his style once more to give us a vividly realised world of Whoville and its nearby mountain dweller, The Grinch. Adaptations of Dr Seuss are tricky things as much of the joy of his books is from the rhyme and metre of the verse … Continue reading Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 4: The Grinch (2000)

Rush (2013) Review

I'm not a fan of Formula One or motor racing and so had only the vaguest awareness of both Nikki Lauda and James Hunt going into "Rush". What got my backside in a seat was partly the trailer and cast but mainly the identity of the director: Ron Howard. Aside from his flaccid, lifeless Dan … Continue reading Rush (2013) Review