Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

A fun but forgettable spy parody gets a sequel that feels completely unnecessary. Eggsy, as a fully-fledged Kingsman agent, finds the odds stacked against him when a secretive but powerful drug baroness destroys the agency and holds the world hostage, he needs to find allies, new and old, to stop the supervillain. Nobody asked for…

Review: mother!

An incredibly traumatising and dark dive into multiple facets of human nature. She is a resourceful wife set about rebuilding her husband’s old house after it was devastated in a fire. The house holds significance with him, a muse to his poetic and creative writing that he has had much success with. But while she…

Review: It (2017)

Now this is mainstream horror done right! Wow. In the city of Derry, several young bullied kids are stalked by a malicious and supernatural force that represents itself as a clown. As children mysteriously vanish, not only do the kids uncover a long history behind the menace but they take it upon themselves to defeat…

Remake Rumble Review: Whisky Galore!

When 2017’s Whisky Galore! featuring Eddie Izzard released in cinemas, people were quick to inform me that it was a remake, a remake of an extremely popular post-war comedy. After having my ignorance firmly corrected, I think it is time for a little comparison of the two! Whisky Galore! (1949) What a happy, rebellious and…

Review: The Dark Tower

After many, many years of development hell, this Stephen King adaptation finally arrives and… it ain’t that bad! After Jake Chambers lost his father in a fire, he starts to see visions of another world in his dreams, visions that coincide with earthquakes. The visions show a tower in the centre of multiple plains of…

Review: The Emoji Movie

This movie is synonymous with mental self-harm. A child has a malfunctioning phone that randomly starts up apps in the middle of his high school classes and sends weird emojis to people he likes, yet he decides not to repair it. The End. Language has had centuries of evolution. The written word is the oldest…

Review: Atomic Blonde

I was prepared for style over substance, but even the style was lacking here. Set in 1989 Berlin, days before the Berlin Wall would be torn down, signalling the end of the Cold War, Lorraine is a covert operative sent by the British to obtain a piece of sensitive information that has had other agents…

Review: Singin’ in the Rain

It is 2017, reshoots never go this well! A silent movie production studio and its stars struggle during the advent of “talkies”; the production of movies with sound. It is 2017, and I know I am very late! Singin’ in the Rain is perhaps the most famous musical ever produced, alongside The Sound of Music…

Review: The Hunt for the Wilderpeople

What a charming, quirky and enjoyable adventure. In New Zealand, a troublesome child is sent by child services to live in the countryside with foster parents and maybe adjust his immature behaviour. From there a wild story begins with him and his foster uncle throughout the wilderness of New Zealand. With director Taika Waititi being…

Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2D)

From visionary French director Luc Besson comes a highly inventive and creative sci-fi adventure that simply doesn’t know how to slow down. Military special agents Major Valerian and Sergeant Laureline are called in to secure a rare alien artefact being sold by a black market trader. But when they do acquire it, they discover the…

Review: Dunkirk (2017)

You think you know war films? Think again. Nolan’s Dunkirk is probably one of the most ambitiously edited, unique and tense war films ever made. One of the most disastrous moments in World War Two sees Allied forces from Britain, Belgium and France trapped against the French coast and the constricting frontline of Nazi invasion…

Review: Cars 3

While the ending is punchy, the forgettable setup for this racer story is slow and predictable. Lightning McQueen finds himself outclassed by new and faster racers and threatened with retirement, he vows to be the one who decides when he’s done racing. The Cars franchise is probably the most brittle of the Pixar series and…