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Solo: A Star Wars Story

The choice to do a Han Solo origin film is one that has sat uneasily with me since the announcement. Origin stories can easily become overused in media when a fictional universe is expanding and the corporations who own it want to make as much money as possible. If you are going to do an origin film it needs to add to a character’s story and to answer some burning questions but is there really tha...

Ready Player One

If you like playing “spot the pop culture reference”, then don’t look any further. Ready Player One is a veritable homecoming for any geeky child of the 80s to feel they’re back in style. But to go backward in time, we must first go forward. The movie kicks off in the year 2045 where reality is in shambles. Our hero Wade Watts lives in “The Stacks”, a high-rise ...

It (2017)

Director Andrés Muschietti had a challenging task in reimagining It, originally an iconic miniseries based on the novel by legend of horror Stephen King. For a modern audience, the idea of a horror movie with a clown as the main antagonist seems destined to flop. It would be very easy to fall into the realm of cheesy absurdity and have the audience in fits of giggles rather than frozen in fear. Fo...

Fashion meets Fantasy in “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”

Let’s just call it Valerian. Man, this title is a mouthful. I kept calling it “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Somethings”. Title aside, it has Luc Besson at the helm. If Christopher Nolan is the bad boy, then Besson is the rock star of directors in my eyes. With his typical style of fashion runway meets sci-fi fantasy, this is a feast for the eyes that is actually worth payi...

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...

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