Film Review – Spotlight

Spotlight tells the true story of the Boston Globe journalists who revealed a cover-up of hundreds of paedophile priests by the city’s archdiocese, it is in many ways an old-fashioned journalism thriller in the same vein as All the President’s Men (1976), which chronicled the work of the newspaper men who uncovered the Watergate scandal….

Film Review – The Revenant

  Film Review – The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy go toe to toe in this stunning film from Academy Award Winning Director Alejandro González Iñárritu “Inspired by actual events”. The primary event inspiring this narrative being the near fatal mauling of 19th Century American Frontiersman Hugh Glass by a grizzly bear in South Dakota…

Film Review – The Martian

  When, early in the film, Matt Damon’s character Mark Watney, an astronaut stranded on Mars proclaims ‘I’m not going to die here”, you immediately think – Yes you are mate. He’s over 200 million kilometres from Earth, with only his cheeky scientific mind to keep him alive until a rescue mission can reach him….

Film Review – Ant-Man

As Ruby reminds me, this is not about a man who becomes an ant, but rather a burglar who reluctantly takes part in a larger plot to save the world by donning a suit that allows it’s wearer to shrink to the size of an ant. Paul Rudd who most of us know as the…

First Man – Film Review

Damien Chazelle follows up La La Land with that film’s male lead, Ryan Gosling, as astronaut Neil Armstrong in the story of the first man on the moon. Claire Foy plays Janet Armstrong, Neil’s wife and mother to his three children. The film opens in 1961 as Armstrong pilots a jet aircraft thousands of miles…

Bad Times At The El Royale – Film Review

Welcome to the El Royale – a unique motel straddling the state line between Nevada and California. Hope and opportunity on one side and sunny skies t’other. Rooms on the Californian side are a dollar more than in Nevada, for no good reason, and for the most part there’s no good reason for anything in…

Venom – Film Review

Across most of his big screen performances to date, Tom Hardy has been a bristling ball of visceral energy. From Bronson, to Warrior, to The Dark Knight Rises and Mad Max: Fury Road, his characters seem to encompass a battle of their id to contain themselves, often boiling over with rage both inside and outside…

Film Review – Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Addiction is a topic dear to my heart so Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot is a film that touched me deeply. Originally set to star Robin Williams who optioned the Portland, Oregon, cartoonist John Callahan’s autobiography 20 years ago, Joaquin Phoenix is in sensational form as the story’s protagonist, an alcoholic paraplegic…

Johnny English Strikes Again – Film Review

So Rowan Atkinson is back as the bumbling spy who seems to save the day in spite of himself in the third adventure as Johnny English. The first two have terrible Rotten Tomatoes scores, but if you’ve ever had the pleasure of watching them with a ten year old kid, you’ll know how much fun…

Smallfoot – Film Review

Smallfoot, from Warner Animation, partly responsible for The Lego Movie, is a heck of a good time as Channing Tatum voices Migo, a Yeti who crosses paths with a human being, and tries to convince his superstitious tribe that Smallfoot really does exist. It’s funny, it’s got a great message about maintaining integrity instead of…

A Simple Favour – Film Review

Anna Kendrick stars as Stephanie Smothers, a single Mom with a video blog and a son named Miles. When Miles wants to have a playdate with another kid in his class, Nicky, Stephanie meets Nicky’s mum Emily Nelson, played by Anna Kendrick. They connect over cocktails and share secrets, before Emily goes missing, prompting Anna…

Christopher Robin – Film Review

So Ewan McGregor has already had a key role in a Disney remake, playing the candle Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. This is a more substantial role as he plays a fictionalised version of an adult Christopher Robin. Living in post World War 2 London with his wife Evelyn played by Hayley Atwell and…

Film Review – You Were Never Really Here

Adapted from the novella Bored to Death by Jonathan Ames, director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Morvan Callar)returns with an intense and haunting exploration of trauma and vengeance, anchored by an unforgettable performance from Joaquin Phoenix. Joe does a job no one else will: a war vet and ex-FBI agent turned hit-man,…

Film Review – Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians is the first movie telling a modern story with an all-Asian cast and an Asian-American lead in 25 years. The last The Joy Luck Club was in 1993. It features two leads new to movies – Constance Chu as Rachel Wu a college professor is best known for TV series Fresh off…

Film Review – Book Club

“Jane Fonda stars in BOOK CLUB alongside Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen. Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still working through a decades-old divorce. Carol’s (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35…

Film Review – On Chesil Beach

  There are few tales as tragic as young love gone wrong. Shakespeare perfected the telling of it and in On Chesil Beach, the melancholy reaches heart wrenching levels. Florence Ponting (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward Mayhew (Billy Howle) are a young couple who fall in love in England in 1962. They don’t have sex before marriage despite his…