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 Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) Review

Sometimes, all you need to do is get the right cast in front of the camera and let them do their thing. “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is one of those times. With the trial of notorious war criminal Vladislav Dukhovich (Gary Oldman) desperate for witnesses, the authorities turn to notorious contract killer Darius Kincaid (Samuel L … Continue reading The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017) Review

Kong: Skull Island (2017) Review

In an age of shared blockbuster universes which take themselves terribly seriously, “Kong: Skull Island” is a breezy and brazen breath of fresh air. Preposterous in its premise, it's not afraid to embrace its silliness and, as a result, is more fun than any of its Hollywood kaiju predecessors. In the early 1970’s, an expedition … Continue reading Kong: Skull Island (2017) Review

xXx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017) Review

We may be marking the return of Xander Cage, but did anyone really notice he was away? 2002’s “xXx” was a dumb but fun extreme action adventure, a 90’s ‘attitude’ hangover given a last millennial hurrah. Cage never felt as iconic as the film believed him to be, hence his easy replacement by Ice T’s … Continue reading xXx: Return Of Xander Cage (2017) Review

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016) Review

Marvel movies are notoriously not allowed to use the ‘m’ word and you’ll find it curiously absent from Miss Peregrine’s… even if it feels like an “X-Men” story co-written by J K Rowling and Roald Dahl. When his grandfather dies in mysterious circumstances, Jake (Asa Butterfield) decides to visit the children’s home that featured in … Continue reading Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016) Review

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016) Review

Settling into the feature director's chair for the first time since wrapping up the "Harry Potter" series, David Yates tackles another giant of English literature as he swaps the Dark Lord for the Lord of the Jungle in a movie that may as well have been titled “Tarzan Begins”. Years after leaving Africa and returning … Continue reading The Legend Of Tarzan (2016) Review

Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS4) Review

With the official announcement of the forthcoming Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game, let’s take a look back at the most recent gaming adaptation of 2015’s highest grossing movie. *POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS* Although Disney’s first venture into action-adventure sandbox collectible gaming, 2013’s “Disney Infinity” was somewhat lacklustre, it … Continue reading Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PS4) Review

The Hateful Eight (2016) Review

There’s no sign of Quentin Tarantino stepping outside his comfort zone for his eighth motion picture, “The Hateful Eight”. Instead, this is Tarantino firmly in his wheelhouse, at the height of his powers and gleefully indulging his every cinematic whim. When bounty hunter John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth (Kurt Russell) is forced to shelter from a … Continue reading The Hateful Eight (2016) Review

Barely Lethal (2015) Review

A great cast and some genuinely fun ideas aren’t quite enough to lift this good natured action comedy above the pack. It tries really hard but it’s never going to be one of the cool kids. Prescott Academy – a secret government run school training girls from infancy to be superspies – sends its number … Continue reading Barely Lethal (2015) Review

Big Game (2015) Review

It’s not just upstart American and British directors who are getting a chance to try out for the big leagues on the basis of small, independent films brimming with creativity and it. Jalmari Helander’s 2010 darkly comic festive treat “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” brought the Finnish director international acclaim and while he hasn’t been … Continue reading Big Game (2015) Review

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) Review

It’s strange to think that it’s nearly been a year since we last visited the main Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sure, we had the awesome cosmic sidestep of “Guardians Of The Galaxy” but (for now) that remains distanced from the main action, here on Earth. Last time we met (some) of our heroes in “Captain America: The … Continue reading Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) 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

Turbo (2013) Review

"Turbo" is the latest animated features to show that it’s not enough to have a cute and clever concept and a great voice cast if you haven’t really got a good story to hang the whole thing on. It starts brightly enough, with Theo the snail (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) dreaming of being the fastest … Continue reading Turbo (2013) Review

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Review

What are we now, nine films into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Is there any other franchise where the ninth film can stake a pretty good claim to being the best one yet? While Warner Brothers and DC are fussing and fretting around their Batman focussed Superman ‘sequel’, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is Marvel Studios … Continue reading Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Review

RoboCop (2014) Review

It’s curiously apt that the EM-208 robot soldiers (don't worry, there are also more ED-209's than you would be unwise to shake a stick at) which appear at the start of this new “RoboCop” look almost exactly like the Cylons from the 2004 reboot of “Battlestar Galactica” because there’s a very clear sense that ‘all … Continue reading RoboCop (2014) Review

Jurassic Park 3D IMAX (2013) Review

I tend to shy away from reviewing films based on the the technical merits of the aspect ratio but the IMAX re-release gave me the irresistible opportunity to review 1993’s “Jurassic Park” and, coincidentally, make it seven times I’ve seen it in the cinema. It's my personal record for seeing a film on the big … Continue reading Jurassic Park 3D IMAX (2013) Review

Django Unchained (2012) Review

Tarantino's pseudo-western is a film brimming with so much confidence that it almost swaggers across the screen. Jamie Foxx turns in a good performance but Cristoph Waltz steals the whole picture from him. As much as he chilled you in "Inglorious Basterds", he will charm you in Django. Add into the mix firing-on-all-cylinders performances by … Continue reading Django Unchained (2012) Review