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The Shallows

If you go into The Shallows expecting anything less than bikini vs big fish stop reading now. Seriously, if you’re after high-art go and read some James Joyce or watch a Terence Davies film. Because this is a full-blown B-Movie...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jason Bourne

After nine years in the shadows Jason Bourne is back. The name alone will see box office sales soar, but do director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon still have a story to tell? For the longest time they both maintained the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon director Nicolas Winding Refn doesn’t want you to like The Neon Demon. To simply like something he created would be an assault on his senses, and if anyone is going to be assaulting anyone’s senses it’s going to ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Colony

The Colony is based on the true story of the infamous Colonia Dignidad which was a cult-cum-utopia in the south of Chile for Michael Nyqvist’s character Paul Schäfer – who plays the sadistic leader with political ties that run ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our Kind Of Traitor

Off the back of the hugely successful TV adaptation of The Night Manager, John Le Carré is once again a hot screen property. Our Kind Of Traitor, based on Le Carré’s 2010 novel of the same name, assembles an impressive cast, is...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Couple In A Hole

Tom Geens‘ Couple In A Hole opens with John (Paul Higgins) huffing, puffing and hunting his way through a wood. He is somewhat underequipped for the task, scavenging for food, with nothing but his bare hands. Something is...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Ones Below

A sinister air hangs over The Ones Below, a gloriously uncomfortable psychological thriller from first time feature director, David Farr. The events that play out between two upper middle class couples in residential North Lond...
 
 
 
 
 
 

London Has Fallen

London Has Fallen begins with the exact same plot as its predecessor Olympus Has Fallen, a terrorist cell plans to capture and execute the American president played by the chiselled Aaron Eckhart. The protagonist is our man Mik...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Triple 9

Cops, robbers, cops who are robbers, the Russian mafia, vicious cartel members and a concept that screams a crime thriller to rival the greats. So why is it that Triple 9 never feels like a threat to the films it so desperately...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotlight

As Oscar inches ever-closer Spotlight, like its title suggests, seems to be ever creeping into the, well, spotlight as a hot contender. And rightfully so because Spotlight is wonderfully old school, it’s a throwback to the kind...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spectre

Since Sam Mendes set the bar precariously high in 2012, with the hugely popular and profitable Skyfall, the next installment was always going to have incredible hype around its release with audience expectations peaked and brea...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sicario

Denis Villeneuve has steadily built an enviable body of work since his Oscar-nominated war drama Incendies (2010). With a penchant for restrained and confident storytelling, the tense and intelligent Prisoners and Enemy – made ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Legend

Tom Hardy stars as Ronald and Reginald Kray, the infamous British gangsters who set the underworld alight in the 50s and 60s due to their merciless and psychotic reputation ranging from East to West London. Legend is orientated...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Maybe it was their urban Noir soundtracks. Maybe it was the effortless style of their chic, young stars. Maybe it was the sublime work of cinematographers such as Otto Heller. It’s hard to pin down that magic ingredient that ma...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

One major issue with the modern day blockbuster is that disappointing ‘connect the dots’ feeling they can engender when the storyline takes a back seat to the impressive action sequences and is only used to loosely ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Return to Sender

There’s a definite feeling with Return to Sender that person(s) behind the scenes have strategically positioned this film in order to cash in on the considerable success and critical acclaim that surrounded last year’s Gone Gir...
 
 
 
 
 
 

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...
 
 
 
 
 
 

John Wick

Time was when the One-Man-Army subgenre of action movies was the cornerstone of the likes of Arnie, Sly and Bruce. You know, go in to a fight out-manned and out-gunned and yet still come out grinning the other side with a wise ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fast & Furious 7

How did we get to Fast & Furious 7? A franchise that started with essentially a Point Break remake, swap out skydiving and surfing for fast cars and they are identikit models, still shows no signs of running out of gas. Bec...