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March 20, 2017

Things To Come (L’avenir) (2016) Director — Mia Hansen-Løve There is something incredible about European cinema in that, for some reason (I’m not an anthropologist, I don’t know what that reason is), it is more than willing to delve into the sadness and stress that occurs in everyday life. In American cinema, conflict often arises […]

March 13, 2017

Director — James Mangold Good heavens above, I did not think that in March of the cinematic year, my two favourite films thus far would be M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and the tenth instalment of the X-Men franchise. Not bad, not bad at all. In Logan we find Hugh Jackman busting out his claws for […]

October 7, 2016

2016 was an interesting year for film. The blockbusters may not have delivered, but this year  yielded plenty of indie gems and the horror genre also did particularly well. With that said, here’s what I’ve enjoyed the most so far this year:   1) 10 Cloverfield Lane This still stands as the most visceral movie […]

October 7, 2016

Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad I’ve lumped these two together because they both have the same problem—they lack ‘wow’ factor. Both contain redeeming qualities in the acting and visuals department, but the compliments stop there. Both products were evidently rushed and suffered deeply for it. Batman v Superman was a sloppy mish-mash, with one […]

September 25, 2016

★★½ Director: Jean-François Richet   This movie has flown so far under the radar that even the person who served me at the cinema didn’t know it existed. A minute later the guy that took my ticket looked over it with an equally perplexed look. Rest assured, I found my way into a theatre where […]

September 25, 2016

★★★½ Director: Clint Eastwood   Everyone knows Clint Eastwood as the badass ‘Man With No Name’ (from the likes of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) and from his many outings as ‘Dirty Harry’ (The Enforcer), but in the decades since his time as a western and action star Eastwood has established himself as […]

September 11, 2016

★★★½ Director: Jaume Collet-Serra   It really is a travesty that possibly one of the scariest beasts Mother Nature has ever cooked up has been utilised to such little effect on screen. In 1976 audiences were terrified by Jaws, and in 1999 Samuel L. Jackson was claimed by a great white in one of the […]

September 11, 2016

★★★★★ Director: Travis Knight   Kubo and The Two Strings is the latest stop motion animation film from Laika Entertainment, the people who brought us the very entertaining Paranorman and The Boxtrolls, and probably scarred a lot of children for life with Coraline. Set vaguely in ancient China, the film tells the story of young […]

August 14, 2016

★★★★ Director: Matt Ross   The biggest praise I can give this film is that you’ll probably leave the cinema wishing, just a little bit, that Ben (Viggo Mortensen) was your father. In a nuanced and unabashedly glorious turn, Mr Mortensen brings us Ben, aka Captain Fantastic, a father who has taken to raising his […]