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The Emoji Movie

It’s that typical young love kinda story. You know the one, bumbling boy desperate to over-come crippling shyness in order to impress long-term crush with the help of his emojis…No? Not heard that one before? Well if you’re not...
 
 
 
 
 
 

My Life As A Courgette

Adapted from Gilles Paris’ novel with tons of heart and sly humour, My Life As A Courgette isn’t your usual animated fare. Described by its director as “Ken Loach for kids” Courgette follows the adventures of nine-year ol...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ghost in the Shell

This big-budget, live-action remake of the classic Japanese animation does just about enough. It’s a solidly watchable sci-fi thriller with striking visual style, but at no point does it even come close to capturing the h...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Secret Life Of Pets

On the fast track to becoming as lovable as Minions, The Secret Life of Pets is one of those triple-threat movies that hits you with the cuteness factor, grips you with a solid story and keeps you hanging on for more laughs. Tr...
 
 
 
 
 
 

When Marnie Was There

There is one word that captivates the essence of When Marnie Was There and that is gentle. Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi takes a very careful approach with quite deep and complex emotions. An approach that is embedded in every ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ratchet and Clank

There’s something oddly familiar about Ratchet and Clank. Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, a young, almost supernaturally-talented mechanic-come-space pilot spends his days on a bleak desert planet, dreaming of a li...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Peanuts Movie

It’s all about love in this 2015 rendition of Charlie Brown. Young, hapless, seemingly impossible love when The Little Red Haired Girl (Francesca Capaldi) moves into the neighbourhood stirring up a desperate, nervous longing in...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pixels

Pixels feels like a missed opportunity. And a big one at that. Classic ’80s video games (somehow) manifest themselves in our three dimensional world and come down from outer space to challenge the people of Earth/America ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Inside Out

It’s important to call Inside Out by it’s full title; Pixar’s Inside Out. Because rarely, if ever, has their been a brand name in film that is so synonymous with quality. Some could argue Marvel but they’re still new to the gam...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Moomins on the Riviera

It probably says something about the mindset of Finland’s filmgoers that a movie about three unemployed men setting out to find a digital TV terminal in Lapland (Lapland Odyssey) was more successful than Harry Potter And The De...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

By all accounts a disruptive influence, director Isao Takahata doesn’t disappoint with his latest feature, The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya. A distinct departure in animation style and technique from the more refined and e...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Home

Home has it all. Humour, charm, and heartfelt sentiment. Yet there’s something oddly missing in this polished buddy comedy. The Boov are well-meaning aliens who invade Earth in an attempt to hide from their mortal enemy, the Go...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

In the sea, out of the sea, up in space (or at least it seems like space, Mr Bubbles the talking Dolphin will have to confirm once he removes the nautical clan from his mouth) The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is a chaot...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Big Hero 6

The foundation for any lovable Disney film is its hero not quite fitting in. With Big Hero 6, they’ve found the key ingredient in Baymax; a doughy, well-mannered machine with the sole purpose of making things better. The unmist...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shaun the Sheep The Movie

Shaun the Sheep, like Wallace & Gromit, exists in a rose-tinted neverwhere, free from iPads, iPhones and – one suspects – indoor toilets and central heating. It’s a world where kids still wear short trousers and...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Cowabunga dudes! And just like that it’s the 90’s again only (arguably) better and minus the Saturday morning PJs. With a reckless attitude towards keeping their identity secret, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles find themselves...
 
 
 
 
 
 

How To Train Your Dragon 2

For any sequel, measuring up to the success of the first is always tricky but writer/director Dean DeBlois may just have a winning formula on his hands with How to Train Your Dragon 2. Set five years after the original movie Hi...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Wind Rises

The news that The Wind Rises would be Hayao Miyazaki’s final film signalled the end of a significant era in animation. With his collection of beautiful and dedicated work stretching right back to the early 70s, a lot rests on i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Mr. Peabody & Sherman is an update on Peabody’s Improbable History, a segment on the animated Rocky & Bullwinkle Show from the 1950s and 60s created by Jay Ward.  Not much has been done with the characters since t...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Frozen

If Disney’s Frozen has a single problem, it’s under/mis-marketing.  Most of the posters and trailers, focusing on the more “buddy movie” moments and on comic relief snowman Olaf (Josh Gad), will give com...