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…

Film Review – Wonder

Give that young man an Oscar already. I’ve always struggled with afflicted kids. Whether they are children in poverty or ill health, I’ve never known how to come to terms with the challenges they face. I have enough trouble coping with life from my own privileged position on the planet that I can’t grasp how…

Film Review – The Man Who Invented Christmas

I must confess that as I write this review I am scoffing down a fruit mince pie. One of the true joys of the season. Less joyful for me is the impending occasion of Christmas itself. Once I was through my early childhood years of “presents from Santa”, I’ve struggled with many aspects of Christmas,…

Film Review – Goodbye Christopher Robin

Who knew about the darkness lurking behind the childhood favourite Winnie The Pooh? I had no idea Christopher Robin was a real little boy, and was stunned by this film that brilliantly explores the origins of the characters in the 100 Acre Wood. Margot Robbie plays Pooh creator A.A. Milne‘s wife Daphne with ice cool…

Film Review – Daddy’s Home 2

      Sometimes even the right ingredients can taste bad when combined improperly. Sadly this concoction of big names in a Xmas themed comedy is as clichéd as getting socks and undies from your auntie. The premise – “Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with the…

Film Review – The Killing of a Sacred Deer

“Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has…

Film Review – Justice League

Superman is Dead. In case you hadn’t noticed (or had blotted the whole affair from your memory) there was a funeral at the end of Batman vs Superman and Clark Kent was laid to rest. Judging by the poster for Justice League he is staying that way. However… When you make the ill-advised decision to see…

Film Review – Borg McEnroe

Borg/McEnroe is a film about one of the world’s greatest icons Björn Borg and his biggest rival, the young and talented John McEnroe and their legendary duel during the 1980 Wimbledon tournament. It’s a story about two men who changed the face of tennis and who became legends, and the price they had to pay. It…

Film Review – Murder On The Orient Express

What starts out as a lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into one of the most stylish, suspenseful and thrilling mysteries ever told. From the 10th novel in the 33 book series of Hercule Poirot‘s adventures by best – selling author Agatha Christie, “Murder on the Orient Express” tells the tale of thirteen strangers…

Film Review – Detroit

Having learned nothing from my Christopher Nolan curated binge-fest ahead of Dunkirk, which ultimately left me disappointed with his historical film earlier this year, I decided to watch as many of Kathryn Bigelow‘s films as I could before seeing her latest – Detroit. From Point Break and K-19 The Widowmaker to The Hurt Locker and …

Film Review – My Little Pony: The Movie

Sometimes you take one for the team. In my house this is a team of one, namely a nearly ten year old girl called Ruby. She was keen to see this film as she is a) a nearly 10 y.o. girl and b) has a handful of My Little Pony toys (that are dwarfed by…

Film Review – Bad Moms 2

Six enormously talented actresses elevate Bad Moms 2 to a higher plane than where a comedy film like this should exist. Mila Kunis (Family Guy) as Amy. Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) as Kiki. Kathryn Hahn (Transparent) as Carla. Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Kiki’s mom Sandy. Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) as Amy’s mom…

Film Review – Thor Ragnarok

Three is a number dear to the heart of Kiwi director Taika Waititi, as he referenced (here, here, and here) in a series of tweets during promo for his epic movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople, debating the cinematic conventions of the rule of thirds vs golden ratio in shot composition. It is only fitting then…