<<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…

“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…

“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…

DOCTOR STRANGE

Scott Derrickson / Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofer, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton / Action-Fantasy / 2016 / 12A / 115mins After 13 films, you would think Marvel Studios would be rather comfortable in their beds of money, watching their own movies on gold plated TVs. No.14 is evidence they’re getting a little…

ARRIVAL

Denis Villeneuve / Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker / Sci-fi-Drama / 2016 / 12A / 116mins First contact – a situation humanity is well versed with thanks to the advent of sci-fi but little prepared with the reality. What will happen? How will we react? Most importantly, do they come in peace? Arrival deals…

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….

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)…

THE SIEGE OF JADOTVILLE

Richie Smyth / Jamie Dornan, Mark Strong, Mikael Persbrandt / Action / 2016 / 15 / 108mins In a nutshell, The Siege of Jadotville is an Irish film about Irish soldiers in the first Irish conflict that was forgotten about by Irish people. Incredibly, the filmmakers still manage to feck it up. The real Siege…