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.

Friday, 17 March 2017 23:38

Kong: Skull Island Review

In a cinematic landscape where iconic characters and beloved stories are boiled down to properties that can be milked for every ounce of franchise potential, it’s no surprise to see King Kong resurrected. The giant ape has been a big screen icon since his big screen bow in 1933 and now he’s back and definitely bigger than ever - if not exactly better – in Kong: Skull Island. Though the film manages to capture the scale and presence of an impressively rendered Kong, it fails to bring anything new to the table and leaves its heavyweight cast with very little to do.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 22:30

Best of the Year: Top 20 Films of 2016

For a variety of reasons, 2016 will be remembered as a difficult year, whether it be the political issues that have divided nations or the deaths of many beloved icons in pop culture. The year in cinema however, was mostly like any other: a mixed bag of big budget disappointments, small scale surprises and everything in between.

Monday, 29 February 2016 13:47

Oscar Winners 2016

Awards season is finally over for another year and last night, the least-predictable Oscars in years obliterated office pools and pundits predictions by going in some interesting directions, some good, some bad. For me, I was 14/24 from my predictions, which is an all time low. You can thank Mad Max's technical sweep and Sam Smith's surprise Best Song win for that. Regardless, here is the full list of Oscar winners from last night's ceremony...

Thursday, 25 February 2016 23:07

Final Oscar Predictions 2016

It's that time of year again, where all of the prognostication and precursor awards are out of the way and the big show is almost upon us: the Oscars. This Sunday, Hollywood's leading lights will descend upon the Dolby Theatre in LA to lavish each other with praise and little gold statuettes.

Saturday, 16 January 2016 16:51

Room Review

Room is the polysemic title of Lenny Abrahamson's devastating drama in which a mother and her young son are confined to a single room, day and night, and yet room is one of the many things they are denied. The story, adapted from her own novel by Emma Donoghue, is fictional but feels ripped from the headlines with so many similarly tragic and harrowing stories coming to light in recent years.

Wednesday, 07 March 2012 23:32

21 Jump Street

Rebooting 80's TV shows has been so overdone in the past decade that it's hard not to groan with every remake that's greenlit, especially when the kind of films that have come as a result have often been far from stellar. After having already covered the bigger shows like The Dukes of Hazzard and The A Team, it seems studios are now plumbing the depths for movie ideas and the latest instalment in this subgenre proves that perhaps that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Monday, 27 February 2012 23:03

Rampart Review

In the late 1990's there was widespread corruption throughout the Rampart division of the LAPD with over 70 officers implicated in shootings, beatings, drug dealing, money laundering, theft, even bank robberies. Revered crime novelist James Ellroy wrote a series of novels about the deep corruption within the Rampart division and so is the basis of Oren Moverman's second feature film Rampart.