“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…

<<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…

“LA LA LAND” Reviewed: Hype kills this nostalgic jazz-fest

Damien Chazelle / Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, John Legend / RomCom-Musical / 2017 / 12A / 128mins Remember when musicals ruled Hollywood? When men and women tapped away on tabletops and swung on lampposts in the rain? Fear not, for those heady days have made a sparkling return – La La Land‘s in town and…

THE BEST FILMS OF 2016

I complied this list about a fortnight ago but thought it worthwhile to release anyway. It’s nigh impossible to review every film you possibly could in one year, especially when it isn’t your main source of income. You’ve gotta remember I’m a poor fella sitting precariously close to the poverty tipping point, so some slack…

“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…