In Theatres


The Intern Review

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 18:32

Nobody does white, middle-class people gently working out their problems in immaculate houses like Nancy Meyers. Her characters inhabit a world of shiny homes and even shinier offices, where every computer is a brand new Mac and every bed is covered in perfectly arranged throw pillows. This particular brand of frothy, easy-going comedy rankles with as many as it enchants and her latest effort The Intern doesn't stray too far from that formula.


Solace Review

Saturday, 03 October 2015 16:14

With its grimy milieu and murder mystery plot, Afonso Poyart's serial killer thriller Solace feels like it would be more at home in the mid-nineties, amongst the likes of Seven, Fallen and Primal Fear. It wouldn't be all that surprising if screenwriter Ted Griffin first thought the whole thing up sometime around 1996 and dusted it off after binge watching the first season of True Detective. Unfortunately, this is far from True Detective...


Best known for his enduring turn as Howard Wolowitz on sitcom phenomenon The Big Bang Theory, Simon Helberg has now branched into leading man territory with We'll Never Have Paris, a romantic comedy that tells a fictionalised version of the early days of his relationship with wife and co-director Jocelyn Towne.


The Visit Review

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 20:31

Eleven years since the last time he directed a film that didn’t quickly become a punchline, former directorial wunderkind M. Night Shyamalan seems to be somewhat on the comeback trail with The Visit. Teaming up with Jason Blum - the scarily prolific producer of low-budget/high-profit genre fare like Paranormal Acitivity, Insidious, Sinister, The Purge and so many more - Shyamalan has somewhat gone back to basics, making a smaller film less weighed down by pretension and misguided ambition.


Straight Outta Compton Review

Monday, 07 September 2015 21:18

Making a biopic about subjects who are (mostly) still alive is always a strange proposition, especially if those subjects are actively involved in the film. Such is the case with Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray's telling of the brief but important career of seminal gangster rap group the NWA (Niggaz Wit Attitudes). With founding members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube involved as producers – along with Tomica Woods-Wright, the widow of founding member Eazy E – this was never going to be a warts-and-all expose but nonetheless, with the group's music is as relevant as ever this is the perfect time to revisit their story and Gray's film is a vital, searing and immensely entertaining experience.


Paper Towns Review

Sunday, 23 August 2015 14:17

Paper Towns is the latest film adapted from the novels of author John Green, whose teens-with-terminal-cancer romance The Fault in Our Stars provided the source for last summer’s critical and commercial hit of the same name. Directed by Robot & Frank helmer Jake Schreier, Paper Towns gently hits on a variety of familiar coming of age themes – unrequited love, impending adulthood, the end of an era feel of leaving school – but also explores the notion of treating someone as more of an idea than an actual person.


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

Monday, 17 August 2015 21:53

Popular 60's TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E gets a big screen reboot courtesy of director Guy Ritchie and aimed at an audience who aren't going to remember the show, let alone the Cold War that provides the backdrop for this fluffy spy caper. This occasionally fun but curiously dull spy pastiche seems stuck somewhere in between the stylised action of this year's Kingsmen and the suave quippery of old-school Bond, but neither the set-pieces nor the gags register enough to keep this film entertaining throughout.


The Gift Review

Sunday, 16 August 2015 18:23

The Gift – the directorial debut actor Joel Edgerton – is a psychological thriller that’s genuinely surprising without ever pulling the rug out from under the audience; its bigger shocks are built on a foundation of smaller reveals and effective character building, drip-fed through the first two acts, leading to a gut-punch of a final third.

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