“THE BEGUILED” Reviewed: Dreamlike world lacks cutting edge

Sofia Coppola / Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning / Drama / 2017 / 15 / 94mins Sofia Coppola turns a 70s classic film on its head by focusing from the female perspective. It’s a bold premise and, with a fantastic cast at her disposal and a Cannes Best Director award to boot,…

“OKJA” Reviewed: Hit and miss vegan adventure

Bong Joon-ho / Ahn Seo-hyun , Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano / Adventure / 2017 / 15 / 120mins When Netflix came calling, cinematic heavyweight Bong Joon-ho envisioned a pro-vegetarian movie about a super-pig. If that’s not contemporary, I don’t know what is. With the global food crisis looming, a new species of (not bioengineered *honest*)…

<<REWIND: "GREEN ROOM" – blood, blood and… Patrick Stewart

Jeremy Saulnier / Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Patrick Stewart / Horror-Thriller / 2016 / 18 / 95mins A killer cast is just what the doctor ordered for Jeremy Saulnier’s sophomore effort and, with the late Anton Yelchin and great Patrick Stewart, the director has played it safe with another grim tale. A hardcore…

“MOANA” Reviewed: Mythical princess feature that never hits the heights it should

Ron Clements, John Musker / Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk / Adventure / 2017 / PG / 107mins Disney continue to impress with their inclusive, 21st century appeal with Moana, an unapologetically Polynesian princess adventure that plays hard on comedy and fantasy alike. After being chosen…

“ROGUE ONE” Reviewed: Content with being a beautiful mess

Gareth Edwards / Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker / Action-Sci-fi / 2016 / 12A / 133mins The anticipation hasn’t quite been on the same level as Force Awakens, so Rogue One was always going to be on the back foot. The decision…

FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM

David Yates / Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller / Fantasy / 2016 / 12A / 133mins Having been one of countless millions raised on the books, the films and that irresistible score, it was safe to say I was always going to enjoy the latest delve into the world of Harry Potter….

FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

Stephen Frears / Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg / Comedy, Drama / 2016 / PG / 110mins The story of New York heiress Florence Foster Jenkins, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer despite having a terrible singing voice, is certainly unique. Being one of the many pre-internet stories to go viral by word-of-mouth,…

WAR DOGS

Todd Phillips / Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, Bradley Cooper / Comedy / 2016 / 15 / 114mins What do you get when you combine arms dealing, white American youths and a silly amount of money? The answer will not surprise you, but War Dogs offers more than simple Trumpian festivities. You know…

THE BFG

Steven Spielberg / Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement / Family / 2016 / PG / 117mins Spielberg’s Dahl adaptation plays safe yet still finds time to be drastically inventive.  A little orphan girl called Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) gets the shock of her life when she’s whisked away to giant country by a big…

<<REWIND: TRIPLE 9

John Hillcoat/ Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofer, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Clifton Collins Jr., Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet / Thriller / 2016 / 15 / 115mins Ever wanted that Breaking Bad, Walking Dead and True Detective crossover ? John Hillcoat is your man. Personally, I am a fan of the American auteur. The Road…

EDDIE THE EAGLE

Dexter Fletcher / Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken / Comedy / 2016 / PG / 105mins The story of Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards hit the big screen, bringing wholesome charm, characteristic feelgood vibes and a swathe of 80s memorabilia. One of the few humans to essentially go viral in the pre-internet era, Edwards came…