Monday, 03 April 2017 22:02

Free Fire Review

With one eye on seventies crime cinema and a set-up that echoes Reservoir Dogs, Ben Wheatley’s raucous shoot ‘em up Free Fire can’t help but feel like one of those Tarantino knock-offs that poured into cinemas in the ‘90s. But Wheatley, as always, puts his unique spin on it, avoiding any convoluted plotting and whittling down the backstory until all that’s left is a lean, violent and darkly comic excuse for one big, messy gun fight.

Saturday, 12 November 2016 23:18

Nocturnal Animals Review

Opening with an unexpected and startling array of flesh, it’s clear from the off that with Nocturnal Animals, director Tom Ford is exploring very different territory to the warm melancholy of his debut A Single Man. Though it is equally tailored and designed to within an inch of its life, that’s where the similarities end. This is a cold, cruel psychological drama that ambitiously weaves three stories together to form one tale of love, loss, regret and revenge. It has taken Ford seven years to follow up his accomplished bow but Nocturnal Animals is well worth the wait.

Monday, 17 August 2015 21:53

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

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.

Thursday, 02 August 2012 20:59

10 Actors Who Could Play The Dark Knight

Even before Christopher Nolan closed out his spectacular Dark Knight series, there was already plenty of noise coming out of Warner Bros. that the Batman franchise will be rebooted within a couple of years. Looking at the box office dollars that Nolan's films have raked in over the years, it's no surprise that the studio will be desperate to cash in as quickly as possible. Particularly now that there are plans for a Justice League movie to come along and try to imitate The Avengers.

Monday, 09 April 2012 20:07

Mirror Mirror Review

Every few years, two movies will come along time featuring virtually identical subject matter and be released only months apart. Think Deep Impact and Armageddon. This year, the subject of such coincidence is the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Coming later this year is gloomy Kristen Stewart-starring Snow White & The Huntsman, a dark action-adventure take on the famous Grimm fairy tale. First out the gate however is Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror, a light hearted, fantastical tale that looked poised to play the In Cold Blood to Huntsman's Capote.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 21:13

J Edgar Review

Clint Eastwood gets back in the director's chair and returns to surer ground after 2010's moderate failure Hereafter with this steady and pleasing, if unremarkable, biopic of one of American history's most controversial characters. J Edgar Hoover sat at the head of the FBI for almost 50 years, revolutionising law enforcement in the process It was also alleged, although still denied by the FBI, that Hoover was a closeted homosexual and even took to wearing dresses on occasion. Perhaps the closeted, repressed J Edgar Hoover offers the perfect counterpoint to the open and flamboyant Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in US history and the subject of screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's previous film.