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A Monster Calls

Director J.A. Bayona (best known for 2007’s The Orphanage) teams up with his long-time cinematographer and collaborator, Oscar Faura, to conjure a stunning and, if somewhat sentimental, moving Gothic fairy-tale in his lat...
 
 
 
 
 
 

La La Land

A Technicolour melange of fantastical dreamlike musicality, Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land is a gorgeous, potent and moving love song to a bygone age of golden Hollywood movie-making magic and to the potential and power of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Magizoologist and Writer Newt Scamander’s escapades in New York are what urge him to pen the book ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’, the catalyst of inspiration for a young Harry Potter. Far from the world of Hogwarts, ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Doctor Strange

The Marvel machine rumbles on. And on. And on. It’s become such a mainstay in multiplexes these days, such a box office behemoth that they’ve even changed their flipping comic book studio intro. They’ve produced so much that Do...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tale of Tales

If adult fairytales rock your inner-child boat then director Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales is the one for you. Inspired by the fairytales of Italian folklorist Giambattista Basile, here we have three stories that revolves arou...
 
 
 
 
 
 

X-Men: Apocalypse

Comic book adaptations have been some of the most successful films in recent years and, with $3.8 billion in box office sales, the X-Men is one of the most lucrative. Even the critically-panned Wolverine made over $400 million....
 
 
 
 
 
 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Bruce Wayne takes on Clark Kent, The Dark Knight brawls it out with the Man of Steel, Batman vs Superman….however you phrase it, it’s an epic battle fans have been aching to see and it’s a long time coming. Director Zack Snyder...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

[FEAR NOT dear reader, there will be NO spoilers in the following review. In fact the plot of the film will not be touched on anymore than what you already know from trailers] There’s a reason that everywhere you look at the mo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Lobster

The Lobster‘s opening scene is that of a woman driving in a car through remote countryside. She stops the car, in the pouring rain, gets out and shoots a donkey dead with a pistol. Thus the stage is set perfectly for this...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Crimson Peak

With its powerful opening scene, Crimson Peak draws you in and, though loosens its grip at times, manages to keep hold of the audience’s attention until the end.  Director Guillermo del Toro has pulled together a stunning cast,...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road picks you up from the very first scene and never once lets you go; tossing you from side to side, gripping like a rabid dog, until it’s good and done with you, which only happens by the very last scene....
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lost River

It may well be impossible to approach, view and reflect on Lost River without the knowledge/context of the phenomena that is Ryan Gosling. Audiences and critics alike will find themselves caught in an odd catch 22, where they s...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jupiter Ascending

It is fair to say the Wachowskis have always fascinated, whether it be via their stupendous, game-changing sci-fi The Matrix (1999); its self-indulgent sequels (Reloaded, Revolutions); or the mind-bogglingly beautiful Cloud Atl...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Into The Woods

Rob Marshall’s big screen treatment of Stephen Sondheim’s lavish, long musical, Into The Woods, brings a sterling cast into fairytale terrain; where the stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel and Red Riding Hood merge in an uplifting,...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies sees Bilbo and his cohorts return to finish off the epic saga of Middle Earth; taking on a giant charismatic dragon, an all seeing and malevolently powerful fiery eye and an extremely u...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet makes films for dreamers. The whimsical worlds he creates are a million miles away from 21st Century politics and the dark recesses of the human heart. In Europe the Director who brought to life Delicatessen,...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Edge of Tomorrow

When an insurmountable alien horde invade planet Earth and threaten to wipe out humanity itself, who else would be fighting our corner than perennially youthful action hero Tom Cruise. Along with an, it must be said, impressive...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Maleficent

Bringing beloved animated characters to life is not always the homerun Hollywood might hope for. Because for every Snow White And The Huntsman there’s a Popeye or Flintstones just waiting to mis-step and smudge a potential fran...