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

  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 in August 1823, previously told…

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…

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – Film Review

Keanu Reeves is back this week in the third instalment of his bloody and brutal hitman series John Wick. Chapter 3, Parabellum, derived from the latin meaning If you want peace, prepare for war. In the first film he plays a hitman who comes out of retirement and takes on the Russian Mafia after they…

The Hustle – Film Review

In an almost shot for shot and line for line remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (that 1988 film starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine itself a remake of 1964’s Bedtime Story), Anne Hathaway takes on Caine’s role as Josephine, a sophisticated con artist who has made a successful living as a con artists in Beaumont-sur-Mer,…

Poms – Film Review

Diane Keaton stars as Martha, a teacher, who, after living in her apartment in the city for 47 years, and has been diagnosed with cancer, decides against chemotherapy instead setting out for the sprawling Sun Springs Retirement home in Georgia, to, and there’s no easy way of saying this, die. Upon arrival, it’s clear she…

Long Shot – Film Review

Charlize Theron plays Charlotte Field, Secretary of State to US President Chambers (Bob ODenkirk). When the POTUS confides he doesn’t plan to run for a second term, Field senses her chance to ascend to the top job. Meanwhile Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) is a journalist for the Brooklyn Advocate, a left-wing leaning rag that’s just…

All Is True – Film Review

A look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to William Shakespeare in retirement, then wonder no longer…Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as the great bard who, after fire destroys his beloved Globe Theatre in 1612, returns home to Stratford on Avon to plant…

Avengers: Endgame – Film Review

I’m not sure expectations have ever been so high for the culmination of any film series in history. Harry Potter, Twilight, even Star Wars can’t hold a candle to how high the bar is set for the final episode of 22 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Infinity Stones Saga. Last years infinity war saw arch…

The Chaperone – Film Review

From 22 films to the year 1922, we are in Wichita Kansas for a story based on real life, the tale of silent film star Louise Brooks played by Haley Lu Richardson, a 15 year old dance prodigy who has been offered a place at a prestigious New York dance school run by Ruth st…

Breaking Habits – Film Review

So Sister Kate used to go by the name of Christine. A successful businesswoman and mother who, After being betrayed by her husband and brother forged a new path and a new identity for herself as a cannabis farming nun. She quickly cultivates not just a lucrative crop of medical marijuana but also a band…

The Hummingbird Project – Film Review

Cousins Vincent Jesse Eisenberg and Anton Alexander Skarsgard are players in the high-stakes game of high-frequency trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream is to build a straight fiber-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions, but this story has been told so much better in a book called flash…

The Kindergarten Teacher – Film Review

Also out this week, a remake of a 2014 Israeli film – The Kindergarten Teacher. Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as Lisa, a New York kindergarten teacher who becomes obsessed with one of her students, a 5 year old boy named Jimmy who has a gift for poetry. Desperate to nurture his talent, Lisa neglects her own…

Missing Link – Film Review

From Laika Animation, the studio behind Kubo and the Two Strings and Coraline comes their latest stop motion animation classic – Missing Link. Hugh Jackman stars as the voice of Sir Lionel Frost an intrepid explorer obsessed with finding mythical creatures in the hope of joining an exclusive club of likeminded adventurers. When he receives…

Galveston – Film Review

If Shazam! Is a ray of light, then Galveston is a cloud of darkness. From the creator and writer of TV series True Detective, Nic Pizzolatto, Galveston stars Ben Foster as Roy, a hitman, and Elle Fanning as a young escort Rocky. It’s 1988 and the pair escape a violent crime taking a road trip…