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…

Spider-Man: Far From Home – Film Review

If you thought Avengers: End Game was the final film in the decade long Infinity Stones Saga, think again. Phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe draws to close this week with the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Set in the aftermath of End Game, Peter Parker must wrestle with losing his friend and…

Yesterday – Film Review

A promising premise delivers lightweight feels in this unlikely musical comedy from director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Richard Curtis. After struggling to progress beyond development phase, an original idea by Jack Barth was sold to Curtis and after being rinsed through the Hollywood machine, has lost some of the key ideas that might have made…

Toy Story 4 – Film Review

The film series that kickstarted Pixar Animation almost a quarter century ago is back and better than ever… Toy Story 4 sees Woody stowaway inside his kids backpack for her first day of school where the young girl Bonnie gets creative and makes a toy from a plastic spork. “Forky” becomes Bonnie’s new favourite toy…

The Secret Life of Pets 2 – Film Review

In The Secret Life of Pets 2 Max and Duke are dogs living in harmony with their owner Katy, who has recently married and now welcome into the home a little boy named Liam. As Liam starts school, Max is overcome with anxiety and develops a nervous tic. After seeing a pet shrink he has…

Wild Rose – Film Review

Rose-Lynn Harlan gets out of jail after serving twelve months for attempting to smuggle heroin and she heads home to Glasgow where her Mum Marion (Julie Walters) has been caring for Rose’s two young children Lyle and Wynonna. Rose has her sights set on becoming a country singer in Nashville, and thanks to an electronic…

Men in Black: International – Film Review

After a 7 year hiatus, the Men in Black are back on our big screens. But in a sign of the times, there is a shift to include “Women in Black”. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson star as Agent H and Molly (later agent M), who must unravel an intergalactic crime spree across Europe. The…

Red Joan – Film Review

Two films out this week star a Sophie in a leading role. From Jean Grey, to Red Joan, and despite being billed as starring Judi Dench, this WW2 spy drama primarily features Sophie Cookson whose Kingsmen co-star Taron Egeton is setting the box office on fire with Rocketman. Red Joan tells the story of Joan…

X-Men: Dark Phoenix – Film Review

WOW. What an absolute stinker of a film. I’d seen mixed reviews on release and had very low expectations, but nothing could prepare me for how below average this movie is. You know those family get togethers that you really try to avoid but there’s no way you can escape being there. That’s pretty much the…

Rocketman – Film Review

WOW. The bar height has been set high with the extraordinary success of recent musicals La La Land, The Greatest Showman and Bohemian Rhapsody. While that merry trio were all family friendly for the most part, M, PG & M respectively, the story of Sir Elton John is much more NSFW territory. In fact it…

Godzilla II: King of the Monsters

It’s interesting to me that Godzilla 2 writer/director Michael Dougherty wrote the 2006 superhero flick Superman Returns which was filmed in Australia. Of course that was the end of that lineage of Superman until the man of steel was rebooted in 2013 and went on to battle the caped crusader Batman in 2016. Godzilla 2…

Aladdin – Film Review

As much as Robin Williams interpretation of the classic blue genie is revered in movie folklore in the 1992 animated Aladdin, there are many aspects of that film that haven’t aged well. In our current climate of celebrating diversity and inclusion, this update is a like an explosion at the liquorice allsorts factory. The 1992…

2040 – Film Review

That Sugar Film’s Damon Gameau returns with a documentary for his young daughter Velvet to show her what life on Earth could look like in 20 years if we were to embrace environmentally conscious practises with technology that is currently available today. From solar powered villages to self driving shuttles and seaweed farms, it is…