Venom (2018) Review

The most puzzling thing about “Venom” is that if Sony was determined to make this film, this exact story, they already had a movie they could call it a sequel to without pissing away yet another of their Marvel IPs (which look increasingly like hostages rather than assets). I’m talking about “Life”, and it would … Continue reading Venom (2018) Review

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

Craggus’ 2018 #Oscars Predictions (Including Live Updates Throughout The Ceremony)

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)

Nom, nom, nom! The 2018 Oscar nominees have been announced.

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.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018) Review

Imagine a world where nothing and nobody adheres to a neatly binary system of good and bad and life is messy and compromised. It’s this real world untidiness which lies at the beating heart of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, Martin McDonagh’s brash, darkly funny and often shocking fable of small-town disenfranchised American life. Frustrated … Continue reading Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018) Review

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) Review

As a rule, I’m not a fan of prequels. But rules were made to be broken, and “War For The Planet Of The Apes” manages to thwart two of mine: it’s a superb prequel and it’s the third chapter of a trilogy which is the best of the three. In the aftermath of Koba’s betrayal … Continue reading War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) Review

Now You See Me 2 (2016) Review

The four horsemen are back – at least three of them are – in this breezy and amiably clever follow-up to 2013’s surprise heist movie hit. Having laid low since their takedown of TV Sceptic Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman), the Horsemen find themselves growing restless. However, when they are activated by their mentor and sent … Continue reading Now You See Me 2 (2016) Review

Triple 9 (2016) Review

Director John Hillcoat’s latest offering, “Triple 9”, is yet another attempt to bring the “Grand Theft Auto” video game aesthetic to life on the big screen. Boasting an impressive and diverse cast, many playing against type, it presents us with a grim, relentlessly gritty and bleakly nihilistic view of the murky underworld of Atlanta, Georgia. … Continue reading Triple 9 (2016) Review

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) Review

Weighed down by its own unbridled portentousness, the final chapter of “The Hunger Games” saga grinds into cinemas, bleaker and more brutal than anything that’s come before. Unfortunately, it also brings with it the narrative sluggishness which has plagued the franchise and its utter reliance on its leading lady almost brings the story to breaking … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) Review

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) Review

I’m not a fan of the growing trend for artificially prolonging a franchise by splitting the last instalment into two parts. There are reasons why trilogies evolved as a dominant storytelling structure rather than tetralogies, even though tetralogy sounds a lot cooler. The “Harry Potter” franchise just about got away with it (thanks to the source … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) Review

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Review

I have to admit, I've not read any of  Suzanne Collins' 'Hunger Games' novels. I meant to get around to it before I went to see the films but I ended up catching “The Hunger Games” on DVD at home before I’d opened one of the books. From the first film, I couldn’t really see what … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Review

Free Birds (2013) Review

A film set around Thanksgiving was always going to be a tough sell outside the United States of America, and it certainly doesn’t help if said film isn’t very good. The story concerns Reggie the turkey who has been trying to convince his fellow birds that they are being fattened up to be eaten.  When … Continue reading Free Birds (2013) Review

Now You See Me (2013) Review

“Now You See Me” crams as many tricks, flourishes and narrative slight of hands up its sleeves as the Four Horsemen we’re meant to be rooting for…or are we? Louis (“Clash Of The Titans”, “The Transporter”, the better “Hulk” movie) Leterrier’s latest is a slick, glossy crime caper with a swagger that would make Danny … Continue reading Now You See Me (2013) Review