In Theatres


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Review

Friday, 27 November 2015 22:40

The Hunger Games series is perhaps the only young adult series likely to conclude its run with a film as grim or tense as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. This is a series that has always felt smarter and more relevant than its contemporaries and in this final instalment, director Francis Lawrence has delivered a finale that, for the most part, provides a thrilling send off to the franchise.


Victoria Review

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 22:15

For 138 gripping minutes, Sebastian Schipper's stunning fourth feature Victoria plays out in one continuous take, the camera following its titular protagonist and her new acquaintances through the streets of Berlin in the small hours of one particularly eventful morning. This is no gimmick or cheap trick either; this is a genuine unbroken shot with no concealed stitches - ala last year's Best Picture winner Birdman – and it helps make this a unique, engrossing cinematic experience.


Burnt Review

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 23:39

Burnt, formerly known as Chef and Adam Jones, stars Bradley Cooper as the once-titular Adam Jones, a bad boy gourmet chef on the road to redemption after some wild behaviour in Paris derailed his once very promising career.


Brooklyn Review

Sunday, 15 November 2015 14:39

Adapted from Colm Toibin's novel by fellow author-turned-screenwriter Nick Hornby, John Crowley's wonderfully understated Brooklyn tells the story of a young immigrant girl leaving Ireland in the 1950's to find a new life in New York City. It is an old-fashioned film in its sincerity and honesty, depicting the lives of decent people in a beautifully hazy glow that evokes feelings of nostalgia for a time and place only a very specific subset of its audience will have actually experienced.


Steve Jobs Review

Thursday, 12 November 2015 23:06

Just as he did with Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of Facebook in The Social Network, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has taken another modern tech giant and built a talky, fast-paced and relentlessly entertaining script around him. Written by Sorkin and directed with surprising restraint by Danny Boyle, Steve Jobs eschews standard biopic conventions to zero in on three crucial nights in the career of the man who became known as Apple's great innovator but had a tumultuous life, both professionally and personally.


Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Review

Sunday, 08 November 2015 17:02

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is every bit as silly and tongue-in-cheek as that title suggests, pitting three teenage boy scouts against an outbreak of flesh eating zombies in a gleefully bloody and irreverent film that revels in teen movie clichés.


The Last Witch Hunter Review

Friday, 06 November 2015 23:44

Other than his voice work as sentient tree Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vin Diesel hasn’t played anyone other than Fast & Furious leading man Dom Toretto or all round space badass Riddick since 2008’s Babylon AD. That makes The Last Witch Hunter a rare step out of his existing franchises, perhaps with an eye on creating a new one. Diesel is pretty vocal about his love of Dungeons and Dragons and general geekery so it’s no surprise he’s ushered this one to the screen, giving himself the chance to dabble in a world of witches and warlocks.


Spectre Review

Monday, 02 November 2015 23:42

After the whopping success of Skyfall, with its billion dollar box office haul and two Oscars, the next outing for James Bond was always going to arrive in a whirlwind of hype. Skyfall director Sam Mendes chose to face up to the challenge of topping his own massive success with Spectre, a big, ambitious and spectacularly uneven film that pushes the Skyfall formula as far as it can possibly go, while attempting to tie up - and draw a line under? – Daniel Craig's previous outings as Bond.

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