Hotel Mumbai – Film Review

26 November 2008 was a shocking day in Mumbai with a wave of terror attacks sweeping across India’s largest city. Caught up in the crisis, over 200 staff and guests at the famous Taj Hotel. Their incredible story is told in chilling detail by Australian Director Anthony Maras in his first feature film Hotel Mumbai….

Captain Marvel – Film Review

For a film with a huge emphasis on females, there are a lot of SONS involved. Brie LarSON plays Captain Marvel aka Veers aka Carol Veers a US Air Force pilot and member of an elite alien military unit called Star Force. Samuel L JackSON plays a young version of Nick Fury from SHIELD with…

King of Thieves – Film Review

Hip replacements, hearing aids and insulin injections aren’t generally a feature of a heist thriller but geriatric ailments are one ingredient that sets this flick apart from the Ocean’s 11 series. Based on the Hatton Garden Robbery over Easter in 2015, Michael Caine leads a gang of thieves including Ray Winston, Jim Broadbent and Michael…

A Dog’s Way Home – Film Review

Bryce Dallas Howard lends her vocal talents to A Dog’s Way Home, the follow up the gorgeous A Dog’s Purpose, as the voice of Bella, a rescue dog who gets separated from her owner and makes an arduous trek home through the streets and wilderness of America. The emotional final scenes had my whole family…

Stan & Ollie – Film Review

I’m a huge fan of Steve Coogan. From his Alan Partridge character to Philomena which earned 4 Oscar nominations in 2013, he’s a versatile chap and perfectly suited to play Stan Laurel. John C Reilly is another idol of mine, from his work with Will Ferell to the voice of Wreck It Ralph, and serious…

Vox Lux – Film Review

It’s 1999 and Natalie Portman stars as Celeste, a survivor of a school shooting who uses that tragedy as a platform to launch a singing career. Managed by a wily New Yorker played by Jude Law, Celeste captures the attention of the nation with her tragic story. 18 years later she’s on the comeback trail…

Alita: Battle Angel – Film Review

I’m a sucker for a great sci-fi flick, but the fact that this title was bumped from the crowded Boxing Day release schedule did not bode well for me. Mahershala Ali starred in Barry Jenkins Moonlight picking up an Oscar and he is at the centre of Alita: Battle Angel, the new film from writer…

If Beale St Could Talk – Film Review

Expectations are high for director Barry Jenkins follow up to Moonlight, his stunning 2016 Oscar winner. His new film If Beale Street Could Talk has already picked up a Golden Globe, and been nominated for 3 Oscars, with Regina King winning Best Supporting Actress for her role as Sharon Rivers, the mother of  Tish who…

Escape Room – Film Review

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 they realise the stakes are much higher than they anticipated, and as they…

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…