Escape Room – Film Review

3 & ½ Stars – Saw + The Hunger Games = Big Thrills Finally this week, my least favourite genre – Horror. Escape Room tells the story of 6 strangers who are thrown together for the chance to win $10,000 if they can solve a series of puzzles. As they start to solve each challenge…

Cold Pursuit – Film Review

2 Stars – “Snow Good” Liam Neeson is back doing what he does best. Seeking revenge. In Cold Pursuit he plays Nels Coxman, a snow plough driver recognised for his service to his alpine community of Kehoe Colorado who tracks down the drug dealers responsible for his son’s death. It’s a remake of a 2014…

On The Basis of Sex – Film Review

“An Ordinary Film about an Extraordinary Life” 3 & ½ Stars. This time last year Meryl Streep was being praised for her portrayal of an “important woman doing important things” as Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper in Steven Spielberg’s The Post. Ultimately the film went home empty handed, despite…

The Front Runner – Film Review

The Front-Runner “Timely, Though-Provoking Political Drama” 3 & ½ Stars Hugh Jackman plays Gary Hart, the US Congressman whose Presidential ambitions were derailed in 1987 in the wake of revelations of an adulterous affair. Hart tries to maintain that the American voters aren’t interested in his personal life but the media pursue the story marking…

Green Book – Film Review

This week at the movies we hit the road to see an odd couple tackle prejudice in the Award Winning Green Book. It’s 1962 and Viggo Mortensen plays Tony Vallelonga – an Italian American with plenty of street smarts living in the Bronx. Without work when the nightclub he works at closes, Tony scores a…

The Mule – Film Review

Joining the characters in Green Book behind the wheel this week is Hollywood veteran Clint Eastwood. In a career spanning over 60 years, has directed close to 40 feature films and starred in even more, here he directs and stars as Earl Jones, an elderly man with a passion for growing lilies Yes lilies. Having neglected…

Storm Boy – Film Review

It’s been 55 years since the iconic Aussie novel Storm Boy about a boy and his pelican was released, and 43 years since the first film adaptation, and rightly due for an update. Finn Little plays Michael aka Storm Boy as a child, with Geoffrey Rush playing the modern day older version of the character…

Mary, Queen of Scots – Film Review

Unlike Mary Poppins, this Mary does NOT return… Fans of The Crown and Game of Thrones may want to check out Mary, Queen of Scots. Saoirse Ronan plays Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland who at age 19 attempts to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, played by Margot Robbie, before becoming imprisoned for 18…

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…