Review: Shangi-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Before we get into this review, I want to say something very quickly. It has been twenty months since I’ve been to the cinema; the last film I saw was Disney’s Onward, back in April 2020, just before the full lockdown was in place for the public sector. It has been tough, and I have…

Review: Black Widow

A Marvel movie saddled with a lot to do, a pandemic, and time jumps. Yet it came out entertaining enough. Set before the events of the Avengers taking on the universal threat of Thanos, and just after she found herself on the run having sided with Steve Rogers, Natasha finds herself tangled in a plot…

Review: Mortal Kombat (2021)

Blowing the dust off my review writing abilities… Who’d have thought Cinema Cocoa would come back with a review of the Mortal Kombat remake, of all things? Two realms, Earthrealm and Savagerealm, also known as Outworld, are in a perpetual battle for dominance in a violent tournament called Mortal Kombat. The Outworld inhabitants need only…

Review: Wonder Woman 1984

Staying true to yourself is the message ringing through this hit-and-miss sequel. Set several decades after the events of the first film, we see that Diana Prince has settled down to modern living, but still misses her one true love, Steve Trevor. But when an unremarkable looking stone emerges and appears to grant wishes, perhaps…

Review: The Flight of Dragons

Imagine a time before DVDs, before the Internet, before streaming services. A time when you had to go outside, and to your local video rental store if you wanted to watch a new movie. A time when here, in the UK, we had four television channels; cable did not exist. A time when phones were…

Review: Sonic the Hedgehog

A definition that “bad press is better than no press”. An alien creature is transported to our world and finds himself hunted by a secret Government organisation. All he has is his wits, speed, and his human friends. It is disappointing that Sonic the Hedgehog beat Detective Pikachu in opening weekend box office, as it…

Review: Birds of Prey

Bubblegum flavoured gang warfare. The villainous Harley Quinn is liberated from her relationship with The Joker, and finds herself free to run rampage on the city of Gotham’s corrupt streets. But in doing so, she inadvertently finds herself in the middle of a plot devised by Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask. Birds of Prey, also…

Review: Joker

This is not your average comic book movie. Arthur Fleck, a failed comedian and performing clown in Gotham city, lives with his ageing mother while hopelessly trying to make it in show business. But the darkness in his head and the oppressive, uncompromising reality outside threaten to unravel his sanity completely. It is a little…

Review: X-Men – Dark Phoenix

The first major superhero franchise disappears with a whimper. The new group of X-Men, led by Charles Xavier, have a new danger in their midst; after a rescue mission in space Jean Grey’s powers become fused with an alien power source. With uncontrolled powers, Jean is isolated from everyone, and a mysterious third party reveals…

Review: Hellboy (2019)

Wow, this was a train wreck. A special supernatural investigations and operations unit heed the return of The Blood Queen, a sorceress from the times of King Arthur, bringing the end of the world with her. The only one who can possibly stop her, the unit’s demonic investigator simply named Hellboy. Straight off the bat,…