The First Purge (2018) Review

What better viewing choice on the 4th of July than the latest instalment in the satirical horror series, one that goes back to the beginning and commemorates the very start of the decline of the land of the so-called free? “The First Purge” sets out to explain just how a society could come to adopt … Continue reading The First Purge (2018) Review

Sicario 2: Soldado (2018) Review

It’s impossible to view “Sicario 2: Soldado” in isolation from the current real-world events along America’s southern border. Indeed, the film finds itself cruelly separated from the comfort of director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins' reassuring presence. Also discarded is Emily Blunt’s FBI agent Kate Macer and with her any shred of conscience “Sicario” … Continue reading Sicario 2: Soldado (2018) Review

Happy! Season One Review

Former Detective Nick Sax is an alcoholic loner who relies on narcotics to fill his life with meaning and interest, in turn relying on his skills as a gun for hire to provide for his habits. However, after having a near death experience he is visited by Happy, a small blue flying unicorn which only … Continue reading Happy! Season One Review

Deadpool 2 (2018) Review

Although I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t just stick with “Untitled Deadpool Sequel” as the official title, “Deadpool 2” brings the Merc with the mouth back, and he’s bolder than ever as he looks to avoid the pitfalls of the ‘difficult second album’. When Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds)’s cavalier attitude ends up costing him … Continue reading Deadpool 2 (2018) Review

You Were Never Really Here (2018) Review

Provocative, dark, disturbing and brutally violent, “You Were Never Really Here” envelops you in the dissociated world of Joe, a traumatized veteran who tracks down missing children for a living. When a routine job spirals out of control, Joe finds himself caught up in a conspiracy of violence and murder, spinning out of control and … Continue reading You Were Never Really Here (2018) Review

Red Sparrow (2018) Review

Disney and Marvel can at least rest easy: “Red Sparrow” certainly isn’t the “Black Widow” solo movie by another name its marketing might have initially suggested. Instead, it’s something of a convoluted pseudo- John le Carré caper which leans heavily on sex, nudity and violence to disguise its flimsy characters and overcomplicated espionage shell game. … Continue reading Red Sparrow (2018) Review

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017) Review

Colin Farrell faces Rosemary’s Sophie’s Choice in “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer”, the latest movie from cinematic provoc-auteur Yorgos Lanthimos. Blending classic Greek tragedy, existential horror, psychological drama and medical thriller, it’s a challengingly twisted mystery, an Art-“House, M.D.” Dr Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell), a renowned cardiovascular surgeon lives a seemingly perfect life with … Continue reading The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017) Review

Strange Days (1995) Review

Long before she became the queen of clinically detached but nerve-shreddingly tense true life docudrama, Kathryn Bigelow directed this vastly underrated, far-sighted techno-thriller. Now finally released on BluRay, it’s time, from the bizarre present day of 2017, to reappraise the Strange Days of 1995. Lenny Nero, a former cop turned street hustler makes a living … Continue reading Strange Days (1995) Review

The Belko Experiment (2017) Review

There’s a refreshingly straightforward brutality to “The Belko Experiment”, a darkly comic beat-‘em-up from writer James Gunn (“Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2”) and director Greg McLean (“Wolf Creek”). In an isolated American office building in rural Bogota, Colombia, the working day starts much like any other for the ex-pat employees, even if security seems … Continue reading The Belko Experiment (2017) Review

T2 Trainspotting (2017) Review

Choose a sequel. Choose mounting a follow-up to an iconic 1996 film and hope that the audience cares. Choose revisiting old favourite characters to see what new shenanigans they’re up to And choose watching history repeat itself. Choose looking to the past instead of embracing a future. Choose Renton, Sickboy and Begbie unchanged but older … Continue reading T2 Trainspotting (2017) Review

War On Everyone (2016) Review

“War On Everyone” sees acclaimed director John Michael McDonagh taking a leaf out of Tarantino’s book and nearly everything but the front and back covers from the Shane Black playbook to bring us a profane and anarchically violent comedy so dark is rivals Vantablack for pitch blackness. Bob Bolaño (Michael Peña) and Terry Monroe (Alexander … Continue reading War On Everyone (2016) Review

Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) Review

Rivalling “Suicide Squad” for worst editing of 2016, “Mechanic: Resurrection” is a confused and underwhelming mix of lush location footage and studio bound cut scenes which feel more “That Riviera Touch” than a modern action thriller. The pseudo-Bond exotic location hopping feels arbitrary and slapped together in service of a plot which promises much more … Continue reading Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) Review

Competition: Win The Limited Edition Steelbook Of Deadpool

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Hardcore Henry (2016) Review

A more intensely intimate version of ‘found footage’, POV is a camera perspective which has struggled to gain traction outside of two niches: video games and porn. There’s barely a hint of the latter, but “Hardcore Henry” owes a great deal to first person shooters. Waking up in a laboratory, Henry finds himself resurrected with … Continue reading Hardcore Henry (2016) Review

London Has Fallen (2016) Review

I went into “London Has Fallen” looking for a big, dumb action movie. I like big, dumb action movies. What I don’t like are stupid action movies, and “London Has Fallen” right into that bargain bin. Three years after the end of “Olympus Has Fallen”, the UK Prime Minister dies suddenly and President Asher (Aaron … Continue reading London Has Fallen (2016) Review

Deadpool (2016) Review

I am so, so happy for Ryan Reynolds. Seriously, the guy has earned it. He’s tried so hard, so many times and after “Blade: Trinity” [for the record, I quite liked his turn as Hannibal King], “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, “R.I.P.D.” and – shudder – “Green Lantern”, it’s an absolute delight to see him finally crack … Continue reading Deadpool (2016) 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

The Revenant (2016) Review

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest offering sees yet another story ‘based on true events’ brought to life on the big screen. This time it’s ‘inspired by’ the true story of frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass. When their expedition is attacked, a US Army sponsored fur trapping party look to experienced frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) … Continue reading The Revenant (2016) Review

American Ultra (2015) Review

Written by Max Landis and Directed by Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”), “American Ultra” is a gleefully gory action comedy about a small town stoner who, unbeknownst to him, is a highly trained CIA operative. Mike (Jesse Eisenberg) spends his time getting high and doodling a comic about a monkey astronaut but when a customer utters … Continue reading American Ultra (2015) Review

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films (2015) Review

If “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films” weren’t a true story, it would be the craziest, most savage satire of Hollywood ever put on screen. Actually, the fact that it all actually happened just makes it satirical and hilariously bizarre. Mark Hartley’s bluntly honest documentary tracks the fortune of two cousins, Menahem Golan and … Continue reading Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story Of Cannon Films (2015) Review

Kung Fury (2015) Short Film Review

Back in December 2013, Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to produce his all-encompassing tribute to 1980’s action movies, “Kung Fury”. While the Kickstarter fell short of its feature film goal, it far exceeded its initial $200,000 and the result - 30 minutes of gloriously insane, gratuitously over the top … Continue reading Kung Fury (2015) Short Film Review

John Wick (2015) Review

Although he’s been working steadily for the past few years and was most recently seen in “47 Ronin”, there’s something about “John Wick” that very much feels like a comeback; perhaps not a return from absence but certainly a return to form. And, much like the character he plays, he’s lost none of his skills … Continue reading John Wick (2015) Review

Fast And Furious 7 (2015) Review

Arriving in cinemas like a soothing balm for those still nursing their sense of loss over the “Top Gear” fracas, “Fast and Furious 7” offers salvation through madcap motoring stunts using extraordinary supercars in exotic locations. But the “Fast & Furious” franchise is nursing its own sense of loss and it infuses itself throughout the … Continue reading Fast And Furious 7 (2015) Review

300: Rise Of An Empire (2014) Review

A belated follow-up to 2006’s “300”, this part prequel/ part ‘side-quel’/ sort of sequel by necessity discards much of the principle cast of the first film to focus on events in the rest of Greece around the time of the Battle of Thermopylae. Cobbling together a handful of sort of related historical events and taping … Continue reading 300: Rise Of An Empire (2014) 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 Equalizer (2014) Review

“The Equalizer” is part remake, part reimagining and part origin story. Taking its inspiration from the 1980s Edward Woodward starring TV Series, the movie dirties it up a bit and adds a hard edge of brutality, taking us back to a time before Robert McCall had become The Equalizer. Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is living … Continue reading The Equalizer (2014) Review

Crank: High Voltage (2009) Review

*SPOILERS* If "Crank" was 'Grand Theft Auto' brought to brazen, bonkers life, "Crank: High Voltage" takes its cracked inspiration from a variety of sources. From 8-bit video games to man-in-a-suit monster movies, there's nothing that this shamelessly daft, gratuitously violent sequel won't plunder to keep its breakneck momentum and freewheeling narrative careering forward. The theme … Continue reading Crank: High Voltage (2009) Review

Crank (2006) Review

With a concept so high even a fever-addled Luc Besson couldn’t conceive of it, first time writer/directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor pitch us headlong into “Crank” with no preamble. We start, as does Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) with little clue about what has happened or what’s about to unfold. Fortunately, there’s a bit of … Continue reading Crank (2006) Review

Dredd (2012) Review + #DayOfDredd Competition: Win 1 of 3 Copies of the film on 3d BluRay

Starring Karl Urban, "Dredd" is a lean, muscular, unapologetically violent thriller based on the popular '2000AD' comic character. Stripping away the excess of the previous Sylvester Stallone film, "Dredd" takes us to a grittier Mega City One, as Dredd is evaluating rookie Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby). When they are called to the picturesque in name … Continue reading Dredd (2012) Review + #DayOfDredd Competition: Win 1 of 3 Copies of the film on 3d BluRay

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) Review

It's taken nine years to summon up the courage to crawl back to Basin ‘Sin’ City, and the old town hasn't changed much in the intervening years. Oh, sure, Clive Owen looks a lot like Josh Brolin now and I’m not sure Miho is the same (Jamie Chung replacing Devon Aoki) but the city still … Continue reading Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) Review

The Raid 2 (2014) Review

Picking up story-wise a mere two hours after the end of the first film, “The Raid 2” immediately plunges our hero Rama (Iko Uwais) into a desperate undercover mission at the behest of Bunawar, chief of Jakarta Police’s anti-corruption force. Deep undercover, Rama is thrown into prison with the mission to infiltrate the inner circle of … Continue reading The Raid 2 (2014) Review

The Last Stand (2013) Review

There’s something reassuringly retro about Arnie’s comeback film, his first starring role since 2003’s forgettable “Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines”. “The Last Stand” goes right back to basics, with Arnie playing a small town sheriff whose sleepy little community just happens to be on the escape route being used by an escaped drug dealer … Continue reading The Last Stand (2013) Review

12 Years A Slave (2013) Review

The fact this is a true story is heart-breaking and horrifying. As American cinema continues its raw and painfully cathartic recognition of the nation's past, in "12 Years A Slave" it has produced its most unrelenting, brutal and uncompromising pieces of cinema yet. Gone is the scholarly detachment of "Lincoln", the polemic hypocrisy of "The … Continue reading 12 Years A Slave (2013) Review

Filth (2013) Review

Typical: you wait ages for a film about Scotland and then two come along at once. But where “Sunshine On Leith” was the happy, charming, airy Dr Jekyll, “Filth” is a dark, twisted, wanton Mr Hyde. “Filth” doesn’t just lift the rock to peer at Scotland’s sordid underbelly, it kicks the rock over, drops its … Continue reading Filth (2013) Review

Kick Ass 2 (2013) Review

***SPOILERS FOR “KICK-ASS”*** Something of a surprise hit when it was released, “Kick Ass” was a ballsy, funny, violently subversive take on the superhero genre which was beginning to (and still does) dominate Hollywood’s output. The film’s unexpected mix of both celebrating and satirising the tropes and clichés of superhero origin stories while playing with … Continue reading Kick Ass 2 (2013) Review