Film Review – The Spy Who Dumped Me

  Female spies have graced the big screen in action thrillers like Salt and Atomic Blonde, and the Melissa Mccarthy fronted comedy Spy. Blending action, comedy and female spies is nothing new either with This Means War, Knight & Day, Johnny English and Get Smart combining the talents of male and female talents like Rowan…

Film Review – Mission: Impossible – Fallout

The Mission: Impossible films always benefit from an ensemble cast… And Vanessa Kirby (aka Princess Margaret in The Crown on Netflix) is fantastic as the duplicitous White Widow, but the star of the show who leaves nothing in the tank is Mr Tom Cruise as disavowed IMF member Ethan Hunt, and he goes all out to bring…

Film Review – Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Under the assumption that I don’t like the music of Abba or movies that are musicals, I successfully avoided seeing the first Mamma Mia for an entire decade. That all changed when I watched it with my wife and daughter and realised how wrong I was. The good news is that the second film is…

Film Review – The Equalizer 2

Denzel Washington and director Anton Fuqua reunite for the fourth time in their first sequel collaboration in the follow up to The Equalizer (2014), a film I was lukewarm on the first time I watched it, but found not so bad on a flight second time around due to having renewed appreciation for the inventive way with…

Film Review – Sicario: Day of the Soldado

  In 2015, Taylor Sheridan debuted the first film in his “Frontier Trilogy” – Sicario. Dark and intense, the film told the story of FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) who volunteers to be part of a government task force to bring down the leader of a powerful and brutal Mexican drug cartel. Sheridan followed this…

Film Review – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Watching two of my favourite actors in an enormous blockbuster packed with incredible practical and digital effects, with a tight script brought to life under the skilful command of a great director has got to be about the most enjoyable two hours in a packed cinema I can remember. I wasn’t blown away by 2015’s…

Film Review – Tea With The Dames

TEA WITH THE DAMES is a celebration of the lives and careers of four iconic actresses who’ve gone from being fledgling actresses in the 1950s to acting royalty. Dame Eileen Atkins (b1934 – Gosford Park, Paddington 2) Dame Judi Dench (b1934 – Mrs Brown, Skyfall, Philomena) Dame Joan Plowright (b1929 – 101 Dalmatians, Tea With…

Film Review – Solo: A Star Wars Story

I like McDonalds. If I eat it every now and again it always tastes great. However, the more I eat it, the less I like it. I’m starting to feel the same way about Star Wars films. I was 4 when Star Wars hit cinemas back in 1977, 41 years ago today. I’ve seen that…

Film Review – The Bookshop

I’ve just survived a two hour screening of one of the most pretentious, privileged films I’ve seen in years. Woman meets man in bookshop. They marry. He dies. She travels to a small seaside town in England to open a bookshop. The locals aren’t enthused. Woman makes friend with local recluse, also widowed, and they…

Film Review – Deadpool 2

Decent people all over the world will hate this film, and with good reason. In the opening few minutes there is enough violence, language and outright roguishness to decimate a choir. With nods to seminal comedies like This is Spinal Tap and constant shade thrown not just on other comic book franchises, but its own,…

Film Review – I Feel Pretty

In the new romantic comedy I FEEL PRETTY, Amy Schumer stars as Renee, who desperately wants to be one of the “pretty” girls. After a freak accident during spin class, her dream comes true when she wakes up to a completely new reflection, believing she is now the most beautiful woman on the planet. With a…

Film Review – Super Troopers 2

This is a comedy anchored in the 80s traditions of Porkys and Animal House. One of those classic cases of a sequel nobody asked for, wanted to see, or saw. I managed to get some laughs out of the physical comedy and awkward situations but overall, barely scrapes by under the genre of comedy. And…