Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Film Review: Batman v Superman - Dawn of Justice


Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg
Runtime: 153 minutes

“God vs. man. Day vs. night. The greatest gladiator match in the history of mankind.” The verdict? Meh.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Film Review: A Bigger Splash


A Bigger Splash is a bit like sipping a mojito whilst chilling on a desert island; it’s cool, refreshing and fun for a while, but damn – don’t you just wish there was more to do?

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Film Review: Zootopia


Disney goes fur-crazy in their latest colourful animated flick, Zootopia. It's fun, clever and has a lot of substance beneath the surface - so both adults and kids will adore it in their own way.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Film Review: The Witch


Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and caldron bubble. Robert Eggers' terrifying directorial debut, The Witch, finally arrives in cinemas this weekend - but is the Sundance hype justified?

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Film Review: London Has Fallen


London Has Fallen is the sequel to 2013's surprise action hit, Olympus Has Fallen. Once again returning to the fray is Gerard Butler as gruff Secret Service agent Mike Banning and Aaron Eckhart as President Benjamin Asher. 

Monday, 14 March 2016

Film Review: The Finest Hours


The Finest Hours is based on a true story of 'the most daring Coast Guard rescue in US history'. The film itself is anything but daringly different, but it's a serviceable and enjoyable drama with broad appeal.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Film Review: Gods of Egypt


Ancient Egypt has been on the receiving end of Hollywood's carving knife on plenty of occasions over the years, but no film has butchered its rich history and culture as much as Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Verdict: House of Cards Season 4


Warning: this post contains spoilers for the conclusion of House of Cards Season 3.

Netflix's flagship Original Series returns for another high-stakes game of political maneuvering in the fourth season of House of Cards.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Rank the Films: Star Wars


As any regular reader of this blog will know, I think lists are pretty darn nifty. I have a profound appreciation for straight-up lists. This is the thinking behind Rank the Films, a regular feature that pulls apart the pros and cons of a series of films, ranking them in order from worst to best. 

Under the microscope on this occasion is the hugely influential Star Wars franchise. Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is reaching the end of its stint in cinemas, I thought it would be a great opportunity to reflect on the series as a whole and rate them from worst to best. Where does your favourite entry sit on my list? Read on to find out...

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Hollywood, History and Whitewashing (VOR)


Whitewashing - it's always been part of how Hollywood does business, but the practice has come under intense scrutiny in the past few months and years. I wanted to pour my thoughts on the issue into words and generate some sharing of ideas - so please give my column a read, and let me know your thoughts on the topic in the comments below.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Film Review: The Lady in the Van


Director Nicholas Hytner doesn’t quite do Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van justice, despite some stellar work from the delightfully cantankerous Maggie Smith. 

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Film Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies


It's Jane Austen meets George Romero; after being stuck in production hell for what seems like a lifetime, Seth Grahame-Smith's horror novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies finally arrives on the big screen - and it's the greatest guilty pleasure of 2016 so far. 

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Oscars 2016: Winners and Losers


That's a wrap! The Academy Awards are done or another year and, as usual, there are a whole host of talking points to chat about. So, without further ado, here are some musing on the winners, losers and everything in between...

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