Review: Tolkien

An over-edited experience addressing the direct inspirations behind J.R.R Tolkien’s classic fantasy stories. A young boy returns to England with his mother and brother and begins to study for a scholarship. Meanwhile, fantastical thoughts of otherworldy places and languages infatuate him. With the huge success of New Line Cinema’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and…

Review: Ad Astra

An astronaut must travel on a secret mission to the edge of the Solar System in a bid to save all life as we know it, and perhaps reunite with his estranged father in the process. “Space” movies often fall into two categories, each category with a spectrum with two extremes on either end. The…

Review: Green Book

A story about the bonding of two very different souls. Captivating and greatly entertaining. When a classical pianist looks to tour around the deep south of America, he hires Tony Lip, an Italian American brawler with very low opinions on minorities. When Tony discovers his fare is an extremely rich African American man, he realizes…

Review: Vice

Who would have thought the director of Anchorman would go on to direct not one (The Big Short) but two incredibly thorough and consumable dives into the worst of American politics. This true story follows the life of the Washington DC Vice President of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and his secretive dealings that escalated…

Review: Mary Queen of Scots

A grim and accurate telling of the two Queens vying for control over Great Britain. During the 1500s, young Mary Stuart returned to her homeland of Scotland from France, and being Queen of Scotland she also had claim to the throne of England as well, should she have an heir. But matters become worse as…

Review: Stan & Ollie

A very simple yet sentimental movie, about growing old and still enjoying what you do. Set between the 1930s and 1950s, the film follows the famous comedy double act as they enter their winter years. Coping with their incredible fame shrinking as the world moves on, and manage the complexities of career and personal lives….

Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

If you aren’t stomping your foot, and maybe even welling up a little while watching Bohemian Rhapsody… then you are doing it wrong. A powerful dramatisation following the formation of the band Queen and the inspirational but troubled life of its lead singer Freddie Mercury. Upon its production, some onlookers questioned the casting of lead…

Review: First Man

First Man is one small step for cinema, but one giant leap for 2018. Engineer and pilot Neil Armstrong goes through the trials and tribulations required before one of the biggest challenges in human history: a manned mission to the Moon. To be candid, I am a sucker for space movies. So even if First…

Review: Yardie

Great soundtrack and great style doesn’t fully disguise a paint-by-numbers screenplay. D. (for Dennis) a boy living in Jamaica falls into the service of one of two rival gangs after his brother is killed in the crossfire. The gang’s boss, King Fox, hires him for a job in London, delivering cocaine. But D. isn’t one…

Review: Lady Bird

A compelling, meaningful coming of age story, full of honesty and blunt humour. Christine, raised and living in Sacramento, California, dreams of escaping her backwater life and controlling mother despite not having the grades at school to allow it, or the money to afford it. But while she angrily protests and rebels against established social…