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…

The Favourite – Film Review

It is the 1700s and Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) sits on the throne of England, presiding over war with the French. In her ear is Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), who reaps many benefits from her close relationship with the eccentric monarch. At one point as Anne exits a room she accuses a…

The Grinch – Film Review

I’m a passionate fan of both Dr Seuss, I have a bunch of prints and a cat in the hat tattoo, and I adore Illumination animated films like Sing and Secret Life of Pets so this one is a no-brainer for me. A timeless story about how Christmas isn’t about the gifts but about the…

Creed II – Film Review

Creed 2 may as well be called Rocky 5. In Rocky 4 back in 1985, Apollo Creed was beaten to death by Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Now Creed’s son Adonis faces off against Ivan’s son Viktor, but will Rocky support his efforts…..? It’s a Shakespearean tale of father and son battles that should please fans…

Widows – Film Review

An absolutely electrifying heist thriller from Steve McQueen with a phenomenal cast and gripping story, Widows is one of the best films of the year. Viola Davis stars as Veronica Rawlins, an advocate for a teachers union in Chicago. When her husband Harry (Liam Neeson) is caught in a robbery that turns bad, leaving him…

The Old Man And The Gun – Film Review

At the age of 70, career robber Forrest Tucker embarks on a string of bank robberies that confound the authorities and enchant the public in The Old Man & the Gun, a beautifully crafted film starring Robert Redford in his final on-screen appearance. A homage to 1970s American cinema, THE OLD MAN & THE GUN…

Journey’s End – Film Review

  Marking something as enormous as World War 1 is a daunting task. Peter Jackson has created the documentary film They Shall Not Grow Old which seeks to honour the poor souls who lost their lives in a century old conflict. Journey’s End, a play written in 1928, has been turned into an excellent feature…

The Girl In The Spider’s Web – Film Review

  Surely nobody watching Netflix’s celebrated drama The Crown ever thought to themselves “Gee, wouldn’t Claire Foy make a great pierced, tattooed computer hacker”? Perhaps that was the appeal for the talented actress, to play a role so completely against type. Switching out the role of Elizabeth (the 2nd) for Lisbeth (the 3rd) Claire Foy…

Boy Erased – Film Review

Renowned for his onscreen performances in films like Animal Kingdom and Warrior, Joel Edgerton has also been working hard on the other side of the camera, knocking about making films with his brother Nash for over two decades. Following up his creepy directorial debut film The Gift with a similarly creepy tale about a teenage boy…

Bohemian Rhapsody – Film Review

It’s hard not to love the epic tunes of Queen and if you had any doubts about how catchy these anthems are, you’ll be singing in your seat long after this sanitised version of their story that leaves out the most interesting parts is over. Freddie Mercury’s “Definitive” 2012 biography by Lesley-Ann Jones paints a…

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – Film Review

Something gentler for the young trick or treaters in your family and Goosebumps 2 – Haunted Halloween has a great mix of funny moments and spooky frights suitable for around 8 and up. Two young friends, Sonny – Jeremy Ray Taylor from IT & Sam Caleel Harris from Castle Rock find a magic book that…

Halloween – Film Review

Regular viewers will have noticed I avoid horror films like the plague (both the 1992 and the 2006 versions)… hahaha. But seriously I find them unsettling and in the case of Halloween, this is now the 11th film in the series that kicked off back in 1978, and, having watched none of them, I watched…

A Star is Born – Film Review

Surely you’ve seen at least one of the previous iterations of this classic tale? This version borrows from the previous films, but there is no DJ Baby Jesus in a helicopter. And if you think you’ve seen Bradley Cooper with a Hangover or 3, think again. As well as writing and producing and directing A…