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.

Monday, 07 September 2015 21:18

Straight Outta Compton Review

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.