“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…

“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,…

“HELL OR HIGH WATER” Reviewed: A cool, slow-burning beauty

David Mackenzie / Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham / Western-Thriller / 2016 / 15 / 102mins The open road, the wind blowing in your face, a sack full of money and knowing that life can never be as cool as this moment – that’s what makes a great anti-Western. With that in…

UNDER THE SHADOW

Babak Anvari / Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi / Horror / 2016 / 15 / 84mins The British nominee for the Best Foreign Language Oscar is a solid, well structured creeper that wrings war metaphors, and then some. It seems the height of the Iraq-Iran War is not enough to distract Shideh (Narges Rashidi)…

DEEPWATER HORIZON

Peter Berg / Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez / Action / 2016 / 12A / 107mins Innocent Americans, a ton of oil and British villains – the BP Gulf disaster always had the perfect ingredients for a blockbuster. Thankfully, the term ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ springs to mind. It’s…

BRIDGET JONES’S BABY

Sharon Maguire/ Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey / RomCom / 2016 / 15 / 123mins I can’t associate myself so doggedly with a romcom rooted in everything cliched about the noughties, but it’s hard to escape the fact that Bridget Jones’s Baby is a bloody good film. The fun starts at 43 for Bridget…

THE LITTLE PRINCE

Mark Osbourne / Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Mackenzie Foy, Paul Rudd  / Dramedy / 2016 / U / 108mins The Little Prince is a remarkable feat of literature that is one of the biggest selling books of all time. Fame comes at a price, however, and with books it usually means poor movie adaptations. When…

GHOSTBUSTERS

Paul Feig / Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones / Sci-Fi, Comedy / 2016 / 12A / 116mins After lying dormant in developmental hell since 1999, Ghostbusters returned to our screens, though many weren’t amused. The sheboot caused uproar before it was even released as the trailer became the most disliked video in…

FINDING DORY

Andrew Stanton / Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson / Adventure / 2016 / U / 97mins 13 years… 13 years we’ve waited. Et voila – Pixar finally knock out a sequel to one of their seminal works and our collective prayers are answered: Finding Dory is not a rehash. Dory…

VICTORIA

Sebastian Schipper / Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski / Drama-Thriller / 2016 / 15 / 138mins Behold the true power of the butterfly effect on the bigscreen – it’s German thriller Victoria. After leaving a techno club in Berlin, Spanish music student Victoria (Laia Costa) bumps into a group of four drunk, dodgy young…

<<REWIND: SELMA

Ava DuVernay / David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Giovanni Ribisi / Drama / 2015 / 12A / 128mins Individuals deserve acclaim, some sainthood. Martin Luther King Jr was, undoubtedly, a saint. An advocate of nonviolence based on his Christian beliefs, King advanced the African American Civil Rights Movement whilst simultaneously establishing a reputation as…