X-Men: Apocalypse Review

Sunday, 29 May 2016 15:03

The X-Men franchise was instrumental in leading the film world towards the current state of superhero saturation and, 16 years on from the first instalment, the series has endured. There have been sequels, prequels, spinoffs, reboots and whatever Days of Future Past was, eventually leading up to X-Men: Apocalypse, an enjoyable but uneven addition to the series.


Everybody Wants Some Review

Friday, 20 May 2016 21:35

After the majestic one-two punch of Before Midnight, the third entry in one of cinema’s best trilogies, and the ambitious, 12-year-in-the-making Boyhood, soulful Texan auteur Richard Linklater deserves to kick back a little. Enter Everybody Wants Some, a laidback and warmly nostalgic reimagining of Linklater’s own days as a college baseball player set in the summer of 1980.


Mustang Review

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 21:25

Given the similarity of the premise, Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Mustang has understandably been likened to Sofia Coppolla’s The Virgin Suicides but the similarities end with the premise. Erguven’s film is a livelier, more urgent story, focused on five sisters trapped in a staunchly religious town in rural Turkey that seems intent on controlling their future and blunting their spirit.


Bad Neighbours 2 Review

Thursday, 12 May 2016 22:08

Comedy sequels don't have the best track record, especially those that are so obviously rushed out to take advantage of the popularity of the first film. On the surface, Bad Neighbours 2 – or Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising in the US - looks like just another quick cash in, built to capitalise on the success of its smart and riotously funny 2014 predecessor. Bad Neighbours 2 doesn't quite match those heights but is far from a throwaway follow up.


Captain America: Civil War Review

Thursday, 05 May 2016 21:48

Though it’s called Captain America: Civil War, Marvel’s latest in their ever-expanding cinematic universe is just a Hulk and a Norse God shy of being a third Avengers movie. The thirteenth film in Marvel’s multi-billion-dollar franchise, Civil War feels like peak Marvel, pulling together a phenomenal roster of stars and their superhero alter-egos, and drawing on almost a decade’s worth of build-up to create a finely tuned, perfectly crafted piece of modern blockbuster entertainment.


Green Room Review

Monday, 02 May 2016 11:57

In his 2014 breakout film Blue Ruin, writer-director Jeremy Saulnier put a regular guy in the middle of a revenge thriller with all the clumsy violence and what-would-you-do tension that goes along with that. With his new film Green Room, Saulnier again puts regular people in a violent genre scenario and imagines how they might cope, pitting a young punk band against a gang of neo-Nazis.


The Jungle Book Review

Thursday, 28 April 2016 20:58

Hot on the heels of Maleficent and Cinderella, Disney have continued their plan to give all of their classic animations a shiny new live action reboot with Jon Favreau’s visually spectacular The Jungle Book.   Though in this instance, the line between live action and animation is blurred considering the entire film, other than young newcomer Neel Sethi as the film’s heroic man cub Mowgli, is rendered in photorealistic CGI.


Eye in the Sky Review

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 21:41

Drone warfare is understandably a hot button topic. It is often depicted as a callous and impersonal act of killing carried out with video-game detachment by soldiers hundreds of miles away from the situation. Not so in Gavin Hood's tightly constructed new thriller Eye in the Sky which focuses entirely on the decision to greenlight a drone strike on a house full of terrorists in Nairobi.