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The Mummy

I was excited for two brand names: The Mummy and Tom Cruise so how could I miss this one on the big screen. A movie with a head start into my good books is rare for me. I really enjoyed the fun adventure of the first one. It was funny and the effects were amazing for the day. The perfect big stupid movie you could say. So, in this review I’ll keep with this positivity and start with the positive, ...

Churchill

I’ve been critiqued before for my loose definition of what a “war movie” is. What is a war movie anyway? Does it require a certain volume of blood and guts to qualify? No one has been able to explain it satisfactorily to me so I’m going out on a limb and saying that Churchill is a war movie. The intensity of war is in every minute of it and yet, there is not a single scene ...

Colossal

If you want something a bit off-beat, Colossal might meet your needs in this old-school-monster-meet-dysfunctional-people movie. Unemployed and alcoholic Gloria (ANNE HATHAWAY) gets thrown out of boyfriend Tim’s apartment after one too many times of late night partying. In a haze, she returns to her small town of Mainhead where she bumps into old childhood friend Oscar. Oscar seems pretty de...

The LEGO Batman Movie

I had pretty high expectations for The Lego Batman Movie as I walked into the cinema. To summarise this review in four words: I was not disappointed. As soon as I saw the first frame I knew this was going to be good. The whole film is basically a love letter to Batman and his fans while retaining that childish fun and meta humour you remember from The LEGO Movie. If it means anything to you, I enj...

Assassin’s Creed The Movie

Movies based on video games have a reputation for being cheesy, often low budget affairs with bad acting and even worse dialogue. As a massive fan of the Assassin’s Creed series of games (I may have an Ezio costume in my closet…) I was waiting with baited breath to find out whether the movie would deliver on the promise of the games. The game world is rich with lore and historical potential and th...

Blood Father

When ex-convict Link (Mel Gibson) reunites with his missing daughter Lydia, who is on the run from both the law and a Mexican drug cartel, he proves he’ll go to extreme lengths to protect her. Blood Father is a fantastic return to form for Mel Gibson. From the synopsis, I went into this movie expecting something similar to Taken, and while they do share some themes in having a father intent on sav...

The Shallows

When medical student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) seeks solace on a secluded beach in Mexico following the death of her mother, she is unaware that she’ll soon be fighting for her life against a menacing great white shark with a vicious grudge against humanity. The Shallows is a tense survival thriller from director Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax, Orphan). It’s a short movie, with a running time o...

Hail, Caesar! Review

The one thing I didn’t like about the latest from Cohen Brothers is that I hadn’t been to see it sooner. While a glitzy cast including George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum might put some film buffs off, Hail Caesar! instead reminds you why these actors are the big names. Because boy, can they put on a show. Set in the golden era of 1950’s Hollywood film-making, Hail Caesar follows...

Ant Man

Amazing PR strategy and Paul Rudd aside, I tried very hard to keep my expectations for Ant Man low. It was like when you’re 7 and you’ve hinted and begged for that particular Barbie caravan with the fold down BBQ in the back and you’re 98% sure your parents are getting it for you, but you don’t want to start expecting it because then Christmas could be ruined. Even without Edgar Wright as the dire...

Age of Adaline

After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (Blake Lively) has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents (Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) th...

Inside Out

‘Inside Out’ is pure genius. That’s really all you need to know. It’s ridiculously clever, funny and sad all at the same time (you might know it as ‘The Disney Pixar Effect’). Just ask the grown man who was loudly sobbing in the row behind me… you will definitely feel ALL OF THE THINGS. Inside Out follows 11-year-old Riley, as her dad’s new job in San Francisco uproots the family from Minnesota. H...

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he i...

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