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MOVIE REVIEW: Sully

MOVIE REVIEW: Sully
by Graham Pierrepoint -

SULLY

Dir: Clint Eastwood

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Starring Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

starstarstarstarstar    4 STARS (out of 5)

Biopics and ‘true story’ movies are once again in vogue, and while some may attempt to get you to smile, others try to give you a genuine insight into a life you’ve only briefly heard about. This year we’ve seen The Finest Hours, Eddie the... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Allied

MOVIE REVIEW: Allied
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ALLIED

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Dir: Robert Zemeckis

Starring Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Simon McBurney, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode

starstarstarstarstar    2.5 STARS (out of 5)

Allied is a strange movie to be creeping along into the final days of November – romantic thrillers don’t normally pop in in the dying moments of the year, but then again, it’s hard to say exactly where they fit in best. That being said, this type... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: My Scientology Movie

MOVIE REVIEW: My Scientology Movie
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LOUIS THEROUX: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE

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Dir: John Dower

Starring Louis Theroux

starstarstarstarstar    2.5 STARS (out of 5)

British documentary mainstay Louis Theroux is no stranger to some of the world’s more sensitive topics – he’s visited prisons that are home to some of the world’s most notorious criminals, he’s spent weekends with the now infamous Jimmy... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: A Street Cat Named Bob

MOVIE REVIEW: A Street Cat Named Bob
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A STREET CAT NAMED BOB

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Dir: Roger Spottiswoode

Starring Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head, Beth Goddard, Darren Evans

starstarstarstarstar    3.5 STARS (out of 5)

Regardless of the good, the bad and the indifferent in terms of movies that we’ve seen in 2016, there has at least been a genuine mix of genres and stories that directors and studios are trying to tell. It’s always a genuine pleasure, too, to sit down... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

MOVIE REVIEW: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

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Dir: David Yates

Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Jon Voight

starstarstarstarstar    4 STARS (out of 5)

This was always going to be a big one – and arguably one of the ‘big ones’ of the fall/winter movie season. The Harry Potter universe is so ingrained in our popular culture now that it has become something of a fragile beast, fans are wary of any... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: The Accountant

MOVIE REVIEW: The Accountant
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THE ACCOUNTANT

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Dir: Gavin O'Connor

Starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow

starstarstarstarstar    4 STARS (out of 5)

Action films come in three varieties – big and dumb, slow and overly-contrived, and genuinely thrilling. There’s been a fair share of all three modes in the past few years – London Has Fallen being a prime example of how to muddle big and dumb into... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Arrival

MOVIE REVIEW: Arrival
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ARRIVAL

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Dir: Denis Villenueve

Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma

starstarstarstarstar    5 STARS (out of 5)

The most enjoyable movies, for me at least, are the ones that stay with you – the ones that reverberate on you for days afterwards, the ones which make you feel like the journey was worth it. Some movies are built to be funny, some are built to simply pass the... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Trolls

MOVIE REVIEW: Trolls
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TROLLS

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Dir: Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn

Starring Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Russell Brand

starstarstarstarstar    3.5 STARS (out of 5)

I am more than happy to hold my hands up – when I first saw the initial trailers and advertising for Trolls, I was more than cynical. I believe this was around a similar time to Norm of the North and Top Cat Begins having descended on unsuspecting families and... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Strange

MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Strange
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DOCTOR STRANGE

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Dir: Scott Derrickson

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Benedict Wong

starstarstarstarstar    4.5 STARS (out of 5)

Is there anything that the Marvel universe can’t do? Certainly, the past few years have been host to what is becoming akin to a golden run for comic book movie adaptations, with this year’s Captain America : Civil War remaining 2016’s... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Michael Moore in Trumpland

MOVIE REVIEW: Michael Moore in Trumpland
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MICHAEL MOORE IN TRUMPLAND

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Dir: Michael Moore

Starring Michael Moore

starstarstarstarstar    2.5 STARS (out of 5)

Occasionally, when writing movie reviews, I like to watch and talk about pictures that are a little different from the norm. I did this most recently with the divisive Swiss Army Man, arguably the most difficult film I’ve watched this year – and... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Inferno

MOVIE REVIEW: Inferno
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INFERNO

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Dir: Ron Howard

Starring Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Irrfan Khan, Ben Foster

starstarstarstarstar    2 STARS (out of 5)

There appear to be thrillers abound at the movies just lately – and while some, such as The Girl on The Train, take one route to creating suspense, others go in a completely different direction. Anyone familiar with other Dan Brown adaptations – The Da... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: The Girl on the Train

MOVIE REVIEW: The Girl on the Train
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THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

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Dir: Tate Taylor

Starring Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow

starstarstarstarstar    1.5 STARS (out of 5)

Every so often, the thriller re-invents itself – and for good reason. For years, carbon-copies of Hitchcock’s best ran rampant across the silver screen, none of them quite coming as close to the sheer terror and suspense that audiences felt when watching... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Swiss Army Man

MOVIE REVIEW: Swiss Army Man
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SWISS ARMY MAN

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Dir: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

Starring Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

starstarstarstarstar    2.5 STARS (out of 5)

Where do you start with a film like Swiss Army Man? Perhaps in the running to be one of the most consciously bizarre movies of the year – a year in which we have seen Sausage Party make huge money at the box office – One News Page reported earlier this... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Deepwater Horizon

MOVIE REVIEW: Deepwater Horizon
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DEEPWATER HORIZON

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Dir: Peter Berg

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Kate Hudson, Dylan O’Brien, Ethan Suplee

starstarstarstarstar    4 STARS (out of 5)

Sometimes, movies made out of real-life disasters really do resonate well with an audience or two – particularly if they are well-timed, prescient, and handled with empathy for those involved. Earlier this year, The Finest Hours attempted to tackle a real-life... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Storks

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks
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STORKS

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Dir: Nicholas Stoller and David Sweetland

Starring Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Ty Burrell, Jennifer Aniston, Danny Trejo

starstarstarstarstar    2.5 STARS (out of 5)

The rulebook on making animated children’s movies has been rewritten so many times, it’s hard to keep track. On one hand, you have movies from Disney – the old guard – who have rarely put a foot wrong in terms of the quality of animation they... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

MOVIE REVIEW: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
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HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

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Dir: Taika Waititi

Starring Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley, Rhys Darby, Taika Waititi

starstarstarstarstar    4 STARS (out of 5)

Any complaints made regarding the lack of original comic cinema in 2016 were quickly shot down when Hunt for the Wilderpeople made its way to festivals and various countries earlier this year – while it may only recently have seen a UK release after a long... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Kubo and the Two Strings

MOVIE REVIEW: Kubo and the Two Strings
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KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

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Dir: Travis Knight

Starring Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, George Takei, Ralph Fiennes

starstarstarstarstar    5 STARS (out of 5)

Laika is an animation studio that has been growing a reputation over several years now for going against what is perceived as the ‘norm’ of animation. They are independent from much of Hollywood’s hustle and bustle and have broken through... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Sausage Party

MOVIE REVIEW: Sausage Party
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SAUSAGE PARTY

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Dir: Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon

Starring Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Paul Rudd, Danny McBride, Nick Kroll

starstarstarstarstar    2.5 STARS (out of 5)

Out of all the movies I have reviewed so far this year, this has perhaps been the most difficult for me – while Nine Lives may just have edged it in terms of being the more inexplicable to describe and summarise, Sausage Party is on a whole other level of... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Imperium

MOVIE REVIEW: Imperium
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IMPERIUM

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Dir: Daniel Ragussis

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, Sam Trammell, Nestor Carbonell, Chris Sullivan, Devin Druid

starstarstarstarstar    4 STARS (out of 5)

Movies that handle real-life issues often try to hit home harder than they can normally handle – after all, it is only the brilliant few that can really connect with an audience. ‘True stories’ have built up a reputation over the years, and while... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Lights Out

MOVIE REVIEW: Lights Out
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LIGHTS OUT

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Dir: David F. Sandberg

Starring Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke, Maria Bello

starstarstarstarstar    3.5 STARS (out of 5)

The horror genre seems to be coming back into its own in recent months, with a fantastic reception to The Conjuring 2 earlier this year – and while it’s likely we won’t be seeing the bulk of the scary or gory movies that 2016 has to offer until... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Ben-Hur

MOVIE REVIEW: Ben-Hur
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BEN-HUR

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Dir: Timur Bekmambetov

Starring Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Ayelet Zurer, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Sofia Black-D’Elia

starstarstarstarstar    1.5 STARS (out of 5)

Remakes and reboots, as any good movie-goer will know, come and go like the drawing of breath – and while some do exceptionally well at drawing upon their source material and create an entirely new adventure and premise for current generations to enjoy, others... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Nerve

MOVIE REVIEW: Nerve
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NERVE

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Dir: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman

Starring Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Juliette Lewis, Emily Meade, Samira Wiley, Kimiko Glen, Miles Heizer

starstarstarstarstar    2.5 STARS (out of 5)

Some movies are written, produced and released at exactly the right time – and while some films such as Nine Lives are released years or even decades after they appear to be relevant, there are occasional glimpses of hope in original screenplays that challenge... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Nine Lives

MOVIE REVIEW: Nine Lives
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NINE LIVES

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Dir: Barry Sonnenfeld

Starring Kevin Spacey, Christopher Walken, Jennifer Garner, Malina Weissman, Teddy Sears, Talitha Bateman

starstarstarstarstar    0.5 STARS (out of 5)

Every once in a while, a movie concept arrives that really jumps out at you – for a variety of different reasons. 2016 has been a fantastic year for movies on one hand, but on the other, pictures such as Gods of Egypt and Norm of the North made it to global... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Pete's Dragon

MOVIE REVIEW: Pete's Dragon
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PETE’S DRAGON

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Dir: David Lowery

Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford

starstarstarstarstar    3.5 STARS (out of 5)

Some remakes and reboots are vastly different to others – while some may try and recapture the spirit of an original work, so many can fall short of the mark and can come off as poor imitations. Certainly, movies this year that fail to capture such magic... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Star Trek Beyond

MOVIE REVIEW: Star Trek Beyond
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STAR TREK BEYOND

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Dir: Justin Lin

Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella

starstarstarstarstar    2.5 STARS (out of 5)

Some franchises may come and go, but Star Trek is a pioneering sci-fi staple that truly has withstood the tests of time – and changing tastes and technology. While there may have been scores of TV episodes across numerous teams within the Federation over the... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Bad Moms

MOVIE REVIEW: Bad Moms
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BAD MOMS

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Dir: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore

Starring Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, Christina Applegate, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Walton, Jay Hernandez, Annie Mumolo

starstarstarstarstar    2.5 STARS (out of 5)

Comedy continues to seep into 2016 cinema thick and fast, and while some have been subversive, others have stuck to tried and tested formulae. Others, according to some critics, have been downright unfunny. What makes people laugh in 2016? No one really ever seems... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: The Shallows

MOVIE REVIEW: The Shallows
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THE SHALLOWS

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Dir: Jaume Collet-Serra

Starring Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Angelo Jose

starstarstarstarstar    2 STARS (out of 5)

Whatever happened to the shark movie? It’s debatable. Jaws has a fair bit to answer for – notably, starting a wave of quasi-horror movies that saw wild animals take on unsuspecting humans in a variety of supposedly creative and gruesome ways. ... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Suicide Squad

MOVIE REVIEW: Suicide Squad
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SUICIDE SQUAD

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Dir: David Ayer

Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevigne, Joel Kinnaman, Adam Beach, Karen Fukuhara

starstarstarstarstar    1.5 STARS (out of 5)

2016 has been host to a number of huge movies with an awful lot riding on them. Batman V Superman, Deadpool, Ghostbusters, Finding Dory – audiences all very much holding their breath in the hope that they would all pull off something magical. In some of these... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: The Purge: Election Year

MOVIE REVIEW: The Purge: Election Year
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THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR

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Dir: James DeMonaco

Starring Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Joseph Julian Soria, Betty Gabriel, Terry Serpico, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Secor

starstarstarstarstar    3 STARS (out of 5)

In a reality mirroring our own, every year in the US, all crime becomes legal for twelve hours on one night known as ‘Purge Night’. There have been two preceding movies addressing the reasons for such a night existing, while the third instalment observes... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: The BFG

MOVIE REVIEW: The BFG
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THE BFG

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Dir: Steven Spielberg

Starring Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Jemaine Clement, Penelope Wilton, Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall

starstarstarstarstar    2.5 STARS (out of 5)

To many, it’s a match made in heaven – Roald Dahl wrote some of the most beloved children’s literature of the past fifty years, and Steven Spielberg is responsible for directing some of the most enchanting and memorable family cinema over the past... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Ghostbusters

MOVIE REVIEW: Ghostbusters
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GHOSTBUSTERS

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Dir: Paul Feig

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Neil Casey, Andy Garcia

starstarstarstarstar    1.5 STARS (out of 5)

Anyone with a passing interest in the Ghostbusters franchise will know that the intention to make a second sequel to the smash hit 1980s comedy was always being thrashed out behind the scenes, largely with stars Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis at the helm of such talks... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Finding Dory

MOVIE REVIEW: Finding Dory
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FINDING DORY

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Dir: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

Starring Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Sigourney Weaver

starstarstarstarstar    4.5 STARS (out of 5)

Pixar have had a mixed year or two in terms of how their content has been received both by critics and by the general public. While they may have found their feet again thanks to movies such as Inside Out, they will be looked on with some caution as a result of Cars... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Now You See Me 2

MOVIE REVIEW: Now You See Me 2
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NOW YOU SEE ME 2

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Dir: John Chu

Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman

starstarstarstarstar    3 STARS (out of 5)

Ensemble stories are always difficult – and oftentimes, they’re also incredibly popular – meaning that, to get them right, you’re always going to need a good balance of sound acting talent and a capable script to balance multiple personalities... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: The Legend of Tarzan

MOVIE REVIEW: The Legend of Tarzan
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THE LEGEND OF TARZAN

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Dir: David Yates

Starring Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L Jackson, Margot Robbie, Christoph Waltz, Djimon Hounsou, Jim Broadbent

starstarstarstarstar    2 STARS (out of 5)

Some stories find themselves retold again and again – some of them enduring, some of them grating – and while the tales of Tarzan have been handled well in the past, particularly in Disney’s 1999 animated adaptation, the story of the man raised by... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Central Intelligence

MOVIE REVIEW: Central Intelligence
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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

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Dir: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Starring Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Amy Ryan, Danielle Nicolet, Aaron Paul, Megan Park, Ryan Hansen, Timothy John Smith

starstarstarstarstar    4 STARS (out of 5)

2016 is shaping up to be a year where cinema seems relatively happy to borrow from a number of genres and styles that haven’t seen the life of day on screen for some time – with The Nice Guys having single-handedly revived my interest in cinematic comedy... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Independence Day: Resurgence

MOVIE REVIEW: Independence Day: Resurgence
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INDEPENDENCE DAY : RESURGENCE

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Dir: Roland Emmerich

Starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, William Fichtner, Sela Ward, Brent Spiner, Judd Hirsch

starstarstarstarstar    2 STARS (out of 5)

Many would argue that the original Independence Day had a lot to answer for – effectively revitalising the ‘disaster’ or ‘event’ movie, it spurred on a spate of copycat movies well into the late 90s and early 00s that could barely hold a... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: The Secret Life of Pets

MOVIE REVIEW: The Secret Life of Pets
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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

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Dir: Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney

Starring Louis C.K., Jenny Slate, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Bobby Moynihan, Albert Brooks, Lake Bell, Hannibal Buress, Dana Carvey, Steve Coogan, Ellie Kemper

starstarstarstarstar    3 STARS (out of 5)

Animated movies are still very much big business, regardless of how much of the market Disney and Pixar may be covering – and it is therefore heartening to see studios such as Illumination continuing to make great-looking, appealing and funny family pictures... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: The Conjuring 2

MOVIE REVIEW: The Conjuring 2
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THE CONJURING 2

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Dir: James Wan

Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Madison Wolfe, Frances O’Connor, Simon McBurney, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney, Franka Potente, Robin Atkin Downes

starstarstarstarstar    3 STARS (out of 5)

Horror, much like comedy, is a cinema genre that is becoming increasingly hard to pin down – while psychological horror continues to occasionally pop up on the big screen, there has been a spate of traditional ‘jump scare’ horror that has pervaded... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: The Boss

MOVIE REVIEW: The Boss
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THE BOSS

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Dir: Ben Falcone

Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Ella Anderson, Kathy Bates, Kristen Schaal, Michael McDonald, Cedric Yarbrough

starstarstarstarstar    2 STARS (out of 5)

Comedy is hard to get right when it comes to the movies. There’s all manner of different genres, tastes to cater for, and the maze of getting comic timing and genuine talent all together in one place. Generally, certain types of comedy have done well over the... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Gods of Egypt

MOVIE REVIEW: Gods of Egypt
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GODS OF EGYPT

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Dir: Alex Proyas

Starring Brenton Thwaites, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Elodie Young, Courtney Eaton, Geoffrey Rush, Chadwick Boseman

starstarstarstarstar    0.5 STARS (out of 5)

A mark of a good movie is one that shines either without - or even despite - huge visual flairs, pomp and circumstance, and everything else besides – a movie that has genuine heart, genuine appeal, and provides a thought-provoking narrative along with a clear... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: The Nice Guys

MOVIE REVIEW: The Nice Guys
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THE NICE GUYS

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Dir: Shane Black

Starring Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Margaret Qualley, Keith David, Beau Knapp, Kim Basinger

starstarstarstarstar    4.5 STARS (out of 5)

The problem with modern cinema – if you ask just about anyone – is that it’s not original enough. People are getting their fair share of comic book movies, reboots of old franchises, cheap animated movies and lightweight rom-coms more so now than... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Warcraft: The Beginning

MOVIE REVIEW: Warcraft: The Beginning
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WARCRAFT : THE BEGINNING

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Dir: Duncan Jones

Starring Travis Fimmel, Toby Kebbell, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Robert Kazinsky, Ruth Negga, Dominic Cooper, Daniel Wu

starstarstarstarstar    3 STARS (out of 5)

Warcraft is another movie this year that has had much riding on its success – not only is it a fantasy movie, but it is also one that has been derived from arguably the most successful MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) of all time. As... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Alice Through The Looking Glass

MOVIE REVIEW: Alice Through The Looking Glass
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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

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Dir: James Bobin

Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Matt Lucas, Lindsay Duncan, Stephen Fry

starstarstarstarstar    2.5 STARS (out of 5)

Tim Burton’s 2010 take on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland was not only ideally suited to his unique style of direction and pacing, but it was also a chance to show a darker, more ‘alternative; side to Disney. As it transpired, it was an... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Top Cat Begins

MOVIE REVIEW: Top Cat Begins
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TOP CAT BEGINS

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Dir: Andres Couturier

Starring Jason Harris Katz, Chris Edgerly, Matthew Piazzi, Benjamin Diskin, Bill Lobley

starstarstarstarstar    0.5 STARS (out of 5)

Movie adaptations of popular TV shows and beloved cartoons are nothing new. It can be a mixed bag, as it happens – and in 2011, no one really saw Top Cat : The Movie coming. A Mexican-Argentine production, it managed to become one of Mexico’s biggest... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: X-Men : Apocalypse

MOVIE REVIEW: X-Men : Apocalypse
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X-MEN : APOCALYPSE

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Dir: Bryan Singer

Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan, Evan Peters

starstarstarstarstar    2 STARS (out of 5)

Comic book adaptations are rife across theaters in 2016, and with the R-rated Deadpool and Captain America : Civil War having notched up box office glory for Marvel this year so far – and with DC’s Batman V Superman also pulling in ticket sales despite... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: A Hologram For The King

MOVIE REVIEW: A Hologram For The King
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A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING

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Dir: Tom Tykwer

Starring Tom Hanks, Alexander Black, Sarita Choudhury, Tracey Fairaway, Eric Meyers, Sidse Babett Knudsen

starstarstarstarstar    1.5 STARS (out of 5)

‘Fish out of water’ stories aren’t exactly as ten-a-penny as they once may have been at the cinema – with Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation being the most memorable example in recent years – and, when done well, they can be... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Our Kind Of Traitor

MOVIE REVIEW: Our Kind Of Traitor
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OUR KIND OF TRAITOR

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Dir: Susanna White

Starring Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Naomie Harris, Damian Lewis, Jeremy Northam, Alicia von Rittberg, Pawel Szajda

starstarstarstarstar    3.5 STARS (out of 5)

Spy films are, sadly, not as ten a penny as you may think. While last year’s Spooks movie revival and the Gary Oldman fronted Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy remain some of cinema’s best espionage thrillers in recent years, it is still a genre that is lacking... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Me Before You

MOVIE REVIEW: Me Before You
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ME BEFORE YOU

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Dir: Thea Sharrock

Starring Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Charles Dance, Steve Peacocke, Jenna Coleman, Brendan Coyle, Samantha Spiro, Matthew Lewis, Joanna Lumley

starstarstarstarstar    2.5 STARS (out of 5)

There is still very much a viable audience and market for love stories – and while some may be regarded as ‘rom-coms’ and others as ‘weepies’, it’s often hard for some screenplays to bridge the gap between the two. Certainly, most... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: The Angry Birds Movie

MOVIE REVIEW: The Angry Birds Movie
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THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE

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Dir: Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly

Starring Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride, Kate McKinnon, Bill Hader, Sean Penn, Peter Dinklage

starstarstarstarstar    4 STARS (out of 5)

If there’s any movie that releases this year with as much stigma to it as The Angry Birds Movie, I’d like to see it. Movies adapted from video game franchises and plots are infamous for not converting brilliantly to the big screen – with only... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Florence Foster Jenkins

MOVIE REVIEW: Florence Foster Jenkins
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FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

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Dir: Stephen Frears

Starring Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, David Haig, Nina Ariadna, Stanley Townsend

starstarstarstarstar    4 STARS (out of 5)

True stories never seem to stray too far from the cinema – and with Eddie the Eagle and The Finest Hours having been the most memorable in recent history, they don’t always hit straight out of the ballpark. Of course, some stories are embellished or... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Captain America: Civil War

MOVIE REVIEW: Captain America: Civil War
by Graham Pierrepoint -

CAPTAIN AMERICA : CIVIL WAR

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Dir: Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle

starstarstarstarstar    4.5 STARS (out of 5)

Comic book movies make up a huge amount of box office money – and indeed the number of films that are on the listings for your average multiplex – and Civil War was always set to be one of this year’s biggest comic draws. Following on from... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Eye In The Sky

MOVIE REVIEW: Eye In The Sky
by Graham Pierrepoint -

EYE IN THE SKY

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Dir: Gavin Hood

Starring Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul, Iain Glen, Barkhad Abdi, Phoebe Fox, Kim Engelbrecht, Jeremy Northam, Babou Ceesay, Aisha Takow

starstarstarstarstar    3.5 STARS (out of 5)

Most of the movies that I’ve been able to see this year have mainly had big, sprawling stories to tell – some overly ambitious and lacking in key areas – so it’s a refreshing change to watch something like Eye in The Sky that, while intense... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Criminal

MOVIE REVIEW: Criminal
by Graham Pierrepoint -

CRIMINAL

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Dir: Ariel Vroman

Starring Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, Michael Pitt

starstarstarstarstar    2.5 STARS (out of 5)

The action movie genre is certainly seeing itself put to task this year, with London Has Fallen having already fulfilled much of the box office quota for ‘big dumb shoot-em-ups’, Hardcore Henry having played to an audience that appreciates gimmicks... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: The Jungle Book

MOVIE REVIEW: The Jungle Book
by Graham Pierrepoint -

THE JUNGLE BOOK

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Dir: Jon Favreau

Starring Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson

starstarstarstarstar    4.5 STARS (out of 5)

Regardless of whether not you’ve read the original Rudyard Kipling book in its entirety, there’s a very good chance that you already know the story of Mowgli the man-cub and his jungle adventures fairly well already. Thanks to Disney’s original... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Hardcore Henry

MOVIE REVIEW: Hardcore Henry
by Graham Pierrepoint -

HARDCORE HENRY

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Dir: Ilya Naishuller

Starring Sharlto Copley, Haley Bennet, Danila Koslovskiy, Tim Roth

starstarstarstarstar    3.5 STARS (out of 5)

It’s probably wise to preface any review of Hardcore Henry by stating that it’s unlike much of what you’ve ever seen before, certainly at the cinema – while the idea of a first-person action movie has probably been bouncing around in... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Midnight Special

MOVIE REVIEW: Midnight Special
by Graham Pierrepoint -

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

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Dir: Jeff Nichols

Starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Jaeden Lieberher, Adam Driver, David Jensen, Scott Haze

starstarstarstarstar    2.5 STARS (out of 5)

Anyone looking at recent box office listings recently could be forgiven for thinking that movies appear to fall into four or five categories – quirky comedies, comic book movies, ‘true’ stories, reboots of old franchises, pop culture-laden animated... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: The Huntsman : Winter's War

MOVIE REVIEW: The Huntsman : Winter's War
by Graham Pierrepoint -

THE HUNTSMAN : WINTER’S WAR

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Dir: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Nick Frost, Sheridan Smith, Rob Brydon, Alexandra Roach

starstarstarstarstar    3 STARS (out of 5)

Fantasy, as a genre in entertainment, has evolved more in the past ten to fifteen years than perhaps any other – thanks to the rise and rise of the Lord of The Rings and Hobbit movies, the Harry Potter franchise, and arguably Game of Thrones – and with... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: 10 Cloverfield Lane

MOVIE REVIEW: 10 Cloverfield Lane
by Graham Pierrepoint -

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE

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Dir: Dan Trachtenberg

Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr., Bradley Cooper

starstarstarstarstar    4.5 STARS (out of 5)

2016 seems to be host to a number of movies this year with an awful lot hanging overhead. Batman V Superman has been met with lukewarm to negative reception. People everywhere await Paul Feig’s take on Ghostbusters this summer with baited breath. 10... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

MOVIE REVIEW: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
by Graham Pierrepoint -

BATMAN V SUPERMAN : DAWN OF JUSTICE

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Dir: Zack Snyder

Starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons

starstarstarstarstar    2 STARS (out of 5)

This is a film that is fairly rare in that it divided opinion before it even reached theaters. The concept of a Batman/Superman mashup movie was almost too much to bear for those of us with more than a passing interest in DC Comics, and with the promise that it... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Norm Of The North

MOVIE REVIEW: Norm Of The North
by Graham Pierrepoint -

NORM OF THE NORTH

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Dir: Trevor Wall

Starring Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Colm Meaney, Bill Nighy, Maya Kay, Loretta Devine

starstarstarstarstar    0.5 STARS (out of 5)

Before Norm of The North started at the screening I attended, a well-timed trailer for Zootropolis aired – almost as if to say, “This is what you could be watching.” Thankfully, while I’d already seen Disney’s latest movie recently,... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Zootopia (Zootropolis)

MOVIE REVIEW: Zootopia (Zootropolis)
by Graham Pierrepoint -

ZOOTOPIA (ZOOTROPOLIS)

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Dir: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Shakira, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Jenny Slate, Alan Tudyk, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Octavia Spencer, Tommy Chong

starstarstarstarstar    4.5 STARS (out of 5)

Expecting anything less than greatness from Disney is a fairly poor move – and while their flagship release of 2016 has been slightly delayed (and even renamed) in certain territories, it is refreshing to see that the umbrella continues to allow creative,... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Eddie The Eagle

MOVIE REVIEW: Eddie The Eagle
by Graham Pierrepoint -

EDDIE THE EAGLE

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Dir: Dexter Fletcher

Starring Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Jo Hartley, Keith Allen, Tim McInnerny, Mark Benton, Ania Sowinski, Christopher Walken

starstarstarstarstar    4.5 STARS (out of 5)

It’s great to be surprised, sometimes – particularly when it comes to TV and movies – and while Eddie The Eagle seemed reasonably promising in the multitude of trailer runs that came out for the movie earlier this year, 2016 has seen a number of... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Kung Fu Panda 3

MOVIE REVIEW: Kung Fu Panda 3
by Graham Pierrepoint -

KUNG FU PANDA 3

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Dir: Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro Carloni

Starring Jack Black, J.K. Simmons, Dustin Hoffman, Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Jackie Chan

starstarstarstarstar    4 STARS (out of 5)

The Kung Fu Panda series is one that has been met with both critical acclaim and box office success alike – a rare balance for an animated movie in its period that hadn’t been borne out of Disney or Pixar – and rightly so. The series so far has... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: The Forest

MOVIE REVIEW: The Forest
by Graham Pierrepoint -

THE FOREST

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Dir: Jason Zada

Starring Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Eoin Macken, Rina Takasaki, Kikuo Ichikawa, Noriko Sakura, Stephanie Vogt

starstarstarstarstar    1 STAR (out of 5)

There is a trend in certain movies being released early on in a year that many movie fans and critics alike have picked up on in the past – it’s that horror movies released in the early quarter will not likely be very watchable. The Forest, which came... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Hail, Caesar!

MOVIE REVIEW: Hail, Caesar!
by Graham Pierrepoint -

HAIL, CAESAR!

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IMDb

Dir: Joel and Ethan Coen

Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jonah Hill

starstarstarstarstar    3.5 STARS (out of 5)

2016, so far, has been a mixed bag in terms of new movies – and, thankfully, the Coen Brothers have returned to theaters to make things a little more interesting. However, because it’s a Coens movie, many film buffs will already assume that this... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: London Has Fallen

MOVIE REVIEW: London Has Fallen
by Graham Pierrepoint -

LONDON HAS FALLEN

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Dir: Babak Nafaji

Starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Charlotte Riley, Melissa Leo, Jackie Earle Haley, Angela Bassett, Colin Salmon

starstarstarstarstar    1.5 STARS (out of 5)

It’s hard to review and rate a movie that entertains in such a way that it detracts from what it initially set out to do – and in the case of London Has Fallen, I believe I may well have seen one of the funniest movies of the year – and it’s a... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Triple 9

MOVIE REVIEW: Triple 9
by Graham Pierrepoint -

TRIPLE 9

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Dir: John Hillcoat

Starring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot, Clifton Collins Jr., Woody Harrelson

starstarstarstarstar    2 STARS (out of 5)

The key to a good thriller is keeping a fine balance between pacing, exposition, character development and plot twists. Having recently reviewed The Finest Hours, I was excited to watch Triple 9 as it seemed to promise what the former didn’t –... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: The Finest Hours

MOVIE REVIEW: The Finest Hours
by Graham Pierrepoint -

THE FINEST HOURS

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Dir: Craig Gillespie

Starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger, Rachel Brosnahan, Kyle Gallner, Graham McTavish

starstarstarstarstar    2 STARS (out of 5)

Some true stories adapted for TV or film can be hard to watch – and easy to sympathize with – and, in a lot of ways, The Finest Hours satisfies the necessary criteria for a real-life story of heroism and bravery to be fictionalized. The story of young... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Goosebumps

MOVIE REVIEW: Goosebumps
by Graham Pierrepoint -

GOOSEBUMPS

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Dir: Rob Letterman

Starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell

starstarstarstarstar    3.5 STARS (out of 5)

In the 1990s, Goosebumps was an essential children’s franchise. R.L. Stine’s kid-friendly horror stories inspired a generation of schoolchildren to pick up and read book after terrifying book, often marked by bizarre twists, modern takes on classic... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

MOVIE REVIEW: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
by Graham Pierrepoint -

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

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Dir: Burr Steers

Starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Lena Headey, Matt Smith, Bella Heathcote, Sally Phillips

starstarstarstarstar    1 STAR (out of 5)

With a title like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it’s actually rather easy to conjure up an image of what to expect. Back in 2009, author Seth Grahame-Smith successfully pitched a novel of that very name on title alone to a world of Jane Austen lovers that... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Deadpool

MOVIE REVIEW: Deadpool
by Graham Pierrepoint -

DEADPOOL

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Dir: Tim Miller

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, Briana Hildebrand, Gina Carano

starstarstarstarstar    4.5 STARS (out of 5)

It’s hard to believe how far the Comic Book Movie has come – not too long ago, we were only ever able to get a glimpse of various interpretations of Batman in the 1990s, culminating in the universally reviled Batman and Robin – which, arguably,... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Dad's Army

MOVIE REVIEW: Dad's Army
by Graham Pierrepoint -

DAD'S ARMY

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Dir: Oliver Parker

Starring Toby Jones, Catherine Zeta Jones, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Daniel Mays, Bill Patterson, Tom Courtenay, Blake Harrison, Felicity Montagu

starstarstarstarstar    1.5 STARS (out of 5)

TV to movie reboots are nothing new – in fact, they’re big business right now – and sometimes they work really well. Other times, they fall flat for various reasons – they either fail to capture the magic of the source material, or they simply... read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: Spotlight

MOVIE REVIEW: Spotlight
by Graham Pierrepoint -

SPOTLIGHT

Dir: Tom McCarthy

Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci

starstarstarstarstar    4 STARS (out of 5)

Oscar season is barely under a month to come and a number of big movies and names are lining up for the usual spoils – no less Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been unlucky to evade the honor of a ‘Best Actor’ Academy Award on a number of occasions; and... read more »



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