Category Archives: Film

Review in Brief: The Wandering Earth (2019)

THE WANDERING EARTH either needed to be a lot smarter or a little bit dumber to really land. It’s fascinating to see China enter the international blockbuster arena in earnest with the killer premise of building monolithic engines on the … Continue reading

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May the Fourth Review: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Yeah, that’s right, for Star Wars Day 2019 I’m reviewing this one. It’s not that bad. Alright it’s bad, but it’s not that bad. George Lucas knew what he wanted to achieve with THE PHANTOM MENACE, his vision remains clear … Continue reading

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Review: Missing Link (2019)

By Laika’s incredibly high standards, MISSING LINK isn’t quite up there. Saying that, even bottom-drawer Laika is still top-drawer animation, so there’s still plenty to recommend here. In an effort to prove himself to a stuck-up explorers’ society, noted man … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Unicorn Store (2017/19)

I don’t really care what more cynical viewers and critics think; I found Brie Larson’s directorial debut UNICORN STORE absolutely charming. Maybe it’s because it’s a story about a woman-child, and I relate to stories like that. Kit (Larson) is … Continue reading

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Review: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Eleven years ago the Marvel Cinematic Universe was born when Nick Fury turned up at Tony Stark’s house to talk to him about the Avengers Initiative. It’s been a long road to this point, but much like the three-hour AVENGERS: … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Triple Frontier (2019)

TRIPLE FRONTIER boasts some of the hottest talent around, plus Ben Affleck who really needs a hit. It sort-of ends up being the kind of thriller SICARIO 2 should have been. It’s got momentum, a beautifully hostile environment and a … Continue reading

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Review: Wild Rose (2018/19)

WILD ROSE is the feel-good movie of the year, and that’s not damning it with faint praise. There’s just so much passion evident in this project from start to finish, and plenty of lively crackle along the way, it’ll leave … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Highwaymen (2019)

THE HIGHWAYMEN is solidly made, but you’ll struggle to stop it melting away in the back of your mind the moment it’s over. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson are both on form (moody and wisecracky, respectively) as the men who … Continue reading

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Review: Hellboy (2019)

Mike Mignola’s Hellboy is my guy, my favourite comic book character of all time. I’m a fan. I loved that the Guillermo del Toro films hit the key beats of the mythology but remained first and foremost del Toro films. … Continue reading

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Review: Shazam! (2019)

SHAZAM! is a breath of fresh air. Not because it’s the first really good DC comics movie this decade (step forward WONDER WOMAN) or the first fun DC comics movie this decade (step forward AQUAMAN) but because it’s the first … Continue reading

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