<<REWIND "ZOOTROPOLIS" Reviewed: Loveable cartoon caper gets political

Byron Howard, Rich Moore / Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate / Comedy / 2016 / PG / 108mins Disney break new ground with this drastically modern metaphor for racial and cultural tension, with a side portion of comedy gold and loveable characters to soften the serious moral vibes. The daughter of a…

<<REWIND "MANCHESTER BY THE SEA" Reviewed: A grief observed

Kenneth Lonergan / Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler / Drama / 2017 / 15 / 137mins Grab the tissues, the most powerful cast performance from this year can be found right here in Kenneth Lonergan’s quiet indie masterpiece. Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) lives a solitary life as a janitor in Boston. One…

“GET OUT” Reviewed: Biting racial satire revives horror

Jordan Peele / Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Lil Rey Howery, Bradley Whitford / Horror / 2017 / 15 / 104mins QUESTION: What happens when a leading comedian climbs into the director’s seat for an indie horror flick? ANSWER: Great cinema. When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) meets girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) parents, all is not what it…

“MOONLIGHT” Reviewed: The LGBT masterpiece of the decade

Barry Jenkins / Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae / Drama / 2017 / 15 / 111mins In one of the most hotly contested Oscar battles this century, Moonlight were the (eventual) winners. It’s no wonder – director Barry Jenkins has created a drama that grasps your attention from start to…

“LOGAN” Reviewed: New era as superhero flick is up to scratch

James Mangold / Hugh Jackman, Dafne Keen, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook / Drama-Action / 2017 / 15 / 135mins Marvel bring a human touch to their superhero monopoly starting with X-Men favourite Wolverine, and it’s a wonderful breath of fresh air to what was starting to become a monotonous franchise. Older, but perhaps not wiser,…

“JACKIE” Reviewed: Acting masterclass brings fractured figure to life

Pablo Larrain / Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt / Drama / 2017 / 15 / 99mins One of the best solo performances of recent years captures the sophisticated beauty of history, death and American paranoia. Conspiracy theories at the ready, it’s JFK time. The assassination of JFK remains one of…

“THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE” Reviewed: The hero that Gotham deserves (kind of)

Chris McKay / Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes / Comedy, Animated / 2017 / U / 104mins The Lego franchise rolls on, this time focusing on fan favourite Batman. Let’s face it, there’s no superhero better than Batman – his money, his ego, his awesome crime-busting skills. Who wouldn’t want…

“TRAINSPOTTING 2” Reviewed: We waited 20 years for this?

Danny Boyle / Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle / Dramedy / 2017 / 18 / 117mins The long awaited sequel to indie milestone Trainspotting is here. Whilst forty-something fans crave the last droplets of youthful nostalgia, it’s safe to say that Trainspotting 2 is outclassed by its 90s predecessor in almost…