Recent Movies, Reviews

Home Invasion Horror: HUSH (2016)

So I watched Hush the other day on Netflix, not expecting much, but I was well surprised at how good it was. I liked it a lot! Hush is yet another tale of home invasion, and it’s as if director Mike Flanagan sets out to upturn any expectations we might have. Here’s the set-up: Maddie (Seigal), our hero, […]

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Personal Shopper (2017) – A Captivating Ghost Thriller

Fusing different styles, themes and cinematic directions, Personal Shopper is an intriguing puzzle box movie. I can’t explain everything I saw in this film, but there’s no doubting its quality. Going into this, you have to be prepared for serious, artsy cinema, as it’s a testing watch. So, here’s what it’s all about… Maureen (Kristen […]

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20th Century Women (2016)

“Wondering if you’re happy is a great shortcut to being depressed,” is a genius line said by Annette Benning’s Dorethea, in 20th Century Women. You can take this quote how you want, but I see it as the perfect anecdote for this film. Set in the 1970s, 20th Century Women is isn’t about anything specific. […]

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Logan (2017) – Review

Logan is brutal, merciless and hellishly entertaining. This is the R-rated Wolverine movie that I have been waiting for! Hardcore fans of the Wolverine character will know that he’s ultra-violent and ruthless, with a killer instinct, which to my mind is something we haven’t seen fully realised in the child-friendly X-men films. Logan digs deeper into the character, […]

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Moonlight (2016)

Let me start by saying this: for a Miami-set film which features drug dealers and rough neighbourhoods, Moonlight isn’t concerned about gang culture and the crime associated with it. Instead, the film is completely committed to showing the troubled life of Chiron, played by three different actors in three chapters, with each part detailing his experiences […]

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Hacksaw Ridge (2017)

The word relentless springs to mind when I think of Hacksaw Ridge. It’s a film that commits completely to capturing the intensity and brutality of war. It does not hold back. Bloods, guts, limbs are on full display and young Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) is at the heart of the action. Volunteering to fight in WW2, […]

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British Films, Recent Movies, Reviews

T2 Trainspotting (2017)

  In T2 Trainspotting, Renton (McGregor) and the gang are back wreaking havoc in Edinburgh once again, twenty years on from their 1996 drug-fuelled adventure. This sequel is everything I could have hoped for – it’s funny, entertaining, visually sharp and it’s a joy finding out what these characters, now middle-aged, have been up to. […]

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La La Land (2017) 

After just five minutes into La La Land, I was certain that I was going to hate it. The large ensemble number, titled “Another Day in the Sun” opens the film, with numerous people jumping out of their cars, singing and dancing on a busy L.A freeway.  I normally keep my distance from musicals, but I decided to give La […]

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British Films, Recent Movies, Reviews

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

One of the many things I have great respect for, is people who tell it like it is. This is precisely what Ken Loach does with I, Daniel Blake. It’s a film that left me with a knot in my stomach, as it dawned on me that Loach’s portrayal of a poverty-stricken Britain couldn’t be closer […]

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Sing Street (2016)

There’s little more that can be done with the let’s-make-a-band formula, but John Carney manages to create something really special with Sing Street. It’s a funny, lively, utterly brilliant coming-of-age story set in 1985 Dublin. It focuses on young Conor “Cosmo” Lawlor, who starts a rock band to impress a girl. This is a really entertaining film […]

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Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Is revenge really a dish best served cold? Nocturnal Animals seems to think so.  Ford’s thrilling second feature is an artistic film, telling a dark and twisted story within a story about love and vengeance. Its three interrelated stories reflect and contrast one another, but are focused around Susan (Adams), a successful art gallery owner, who […]

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Arrival (2016)

“Life is a journey, not a destination”, is a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and I see Arrival as adaption of that phrase. This is arguably the most mysterious and obscure alien thriller, to come out in a long while. I really enjoyed it! As I don’t want to spoil anything, I’m keeping this review short […]

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Pleasantly funny, unassuming and strangely compelling, are some of the ways I would describe Hunt for the Wilderpeople.  Waititi delivers a light comedy-drama, that doesn’t takes itself too seriously. Dennison portrays Ricky Baker, a rebellious young boy who gets sent to live with a couple on a remote farm in the New Zealand countryside. Chaos ensures […]

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The Monster (2016)

There’s something about bad mothers in horror films that sends shivers down my spine. In Bryan Bertino’s The Monster, not only are we given a hellish creature, but also a troubled mother, faced with protecting the daughter she has mistreated. The film follows Kathy (Zoe Kazan) and her child Lizzy (Ella Ballentine), whose car breaks down on a […]

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Mr. Church (2016): Undercooked But Still Appertizing 

If you only like Eddie Murphy when he’s talking to animals or when he’s playing a wacky scientist, then it’s best you stick to watching The Nutty Professor and Dr. Dolittle, as he takes on a very subdued role in drama film, Mr. Church. Murphy shines as Henry Joseph Church, a talented cook who comes to live with a young girl, […]

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