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…

First Man – Film Review

Damien Chazelle follows up La La Land with that film’s male lead, Ryan Gosling, as astronaut Neil Armstrong in the story of the first man on the moon. Claire Foy plays Janet Armstrong, Neil’s wife and mother to his three children. The film opens in 1961 as Armstrong pilots a jet aircraft thousands of miles…

Bad Times At The El Royale – Film Review

Welcome to the El Royale – a unique motel straddling the state line between Nevada and California. Hope and opportunity on one side and sunny skies t’other. Rooms on the Californian side are a dollar more than in Nevada, for no good reason, and for the most part there’s no good reason for anything in…

Venom – Film Review

Across most of his big screen performances to date, Tom Hardy has been a bristling ball of visceral energy. From Bronson, to Warrior, to The Dark Knight Rises and Mad Max: Fury Road, his characters seem to encompass a battle of their id to contain themselves, often boiling over with rage both inside and outside…

Film Review – Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Addiction is a topic dear to my heart so Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot is a film that touched me deeply. Originally set to star Robin Williams who optioned the Portland, Oregon, cartoonist John Callahan’s autobiography 20 years ago, Joaquin Phoenix is in sensational form as the story’s protagonist, an alcoholic paraplegic…

Johnny English Strikes Again – Film Review

So Rowan Atkinson is back as the bumbling spy who seems to save the day in spite of himself in the third adventure as Johnny English. The first two have terrible Rotten Tomatoes scores, but if you’ve ever had the pleasure of watching them with a ten year old kid, you’ll know how much fun…

Smallfoot – Film Review

Smallfoot, from Warner Animation, partly responsible for The Lego Movie, is a heck of a good time as Channing Tatum voices Migo, a Yeti who crosses paths with a human being, and tries to convince his superstitious tribe that Smallfoot really does exist. It’s funny, it’s got a great message about maintaining integrity instead of…

A Simple Favour – Film Review

Anna Kendrick stars as Stephanie Smothers, a single Mom with a video blog and a son named Miles. When Miles wants to have a playdate with another kid in his class, Nicky, Stephanie meets Nicky’s mum Emily Nelson, played by Anna Kendrick. They connect over cocktails and share secrets, before Emily goes missing, prompting Anna…

Christopher Robin – Film Review

So Ewan McGregor has already had a key role in a Disney remake, playing the candle Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. This is a more substantial role as he plays a fictionalised version of an adult Christopher Robin. Living in post World War 2 London with his wife Evelyn played by Hayley Atwell and…