Review: The Holdovers

Quirky characters, moving stories, heartache, wrapped in a cosy and familiar blanket. 1970 Christmas time, a boys boarding school must house the kids who have nowhere to go for the festive period. This task is given to one of the faculty’s older and most curmudgeonly teachers. Can any of these reluctant individuals find sympathy in…

Review: Poor Things

Beautiful, surreal, hilarious, dark, compelling. So very nearly perfect. Bella Baxter, a creation of a surgeon who creates weird chimera lifeforms, wants to be free of her “father’s” trappings and explore the world. She galivants off with a debauched lawyer, to start a journey of self-discovery. Poor Things has got a lot of coverage and…

Review: Night Swim

Haunted house? No, haunted swimming pool. American family the Wallers look for a new home, and come across one that even has a swimming pool. This would help the father, Ray, who is in need of physical therapy… But is there something evil lurking in the waters? With production studio Blumhouse and James Wan’s names…

Review: Ferrari

Director Michael Mann can be hit or miss, but Ferrari is definitely a hit. Enzo Ferrari, owner of the most prestigious brand of race cars in Italy after the end of the war, is faced with bankruptcy if he cannot get more interest in his cars. Compounding this, his business partner and estranged wife, and…

Review: Rebel Moon: Part 1 – A Child of Fire

Rebel Moon had everything going for it, but the results are extremely disappointing. A tyrannical, galactic organisation threatens a farming world. But one citizen is not all she appears to be and vows to repel the attackers by assembling a team of rogues. Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire is the first…

Review: Godzilla – Minus One

Blockbusters weren’t always rollercoasters, and this film harkens back to the old days. At the end of World War II, a Japanese kamikaze pilot not only dishonourably flees combat, but also witnesses a terrifying sight: a gigantic monster that threatens all of Japan. Directed by Takashi Yamazaki, and produced by Toho Studios, the original studio…

Review: Wonka

Cadbury’s to Tim Burton’s Hershey’s, this prequel to Dahl’s classic story is delightful. Enthusiastic but na├»ve chocolatier Willy Wonka returns from adventures in the wilderness to give the world his amazing chocolate inventions. However, the Chocolate Cartel will have none of it, and will do anything to stop a threat to their businesses. Directed by…

Review: Eileen

A moody, retro, psychological thriller. 24-year old wallflower Eileen exists in an unfulfilled void between her job at the local prison and living with her alcoholic father. But when co-worker Rebecca arrives at the prison, Eileen’s life is about to be electrified. Directed by William Oldroyd (Lady MacBeth), Eileen is adapted from the 2015 novel…

Review: Wish

Disney’s 100 year celebration is a lukewarm affair. It is fine. Asha is a young girl living in the kingdom of Rosas, which is ruled by a sorcerer-king, and the king has the confidence of his people by storing and protecting their greatest wishes. But Asha is soon to discover that the king isn’t all…

Review: Talk to Me

What a frightful bore. Teenagers have an embalmed hand that allows you to become possessed by the dead. But stay possessed too long and the dead can take over. Cinematic debut for directors Danny and Michael Philippou, Talk to Me is a horror film set in Australia, starring Sophie Wilde, Alexandra Jensen, and Lord of…