Archive – Reviews

BEST OF 2020: #5-1

Finally, we can reveal our top five picks of 2020…
5 – DA 5 BLOODS

Spike Lee has now reached a point in his long and illustrious career where his films carry an even more exceptional weight than when he first began, especially with everything that’s happened over the last four years under Trump’s presidency. In this divisive landscape, Lee managed to provoke and anger with his Oscar-winning drama BlacKkKlansman, which drew a characteristically unsubtle parallel […]

BEST OF 2020: #10-6

We’re kicking off our Top 10 with…
10 – UNCLE FRANK

Writer-director Alan Ball’s return to the big screen, after thirteen years of largely being buried in television projects, was released around the same time as Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy, which also dealt with complicated family relations in the backwater Southern states of America – and, no surprise, Uncle Frank completely blew Howard’s failed Oscar contender out of the water.

An emotional, good-hearted and ultimately uplifting generational […]

BEST OF 2020: #15-11

Finally, we’re done spreading negativity in a year that’s been nothing but negativity. Now, we can focus on the brightest spots of 2020 cinema, and which films captured our hearts and minds either in cinemas or at home (mostly at home).

Before that, though, here are some honourable mentions (in no particular order):

Onward

The Broken Hearts Gallery

Tenet

The Willoughbys

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Soul

Bad Boys […]

We Can Be Heroes (Review)

DIRECTOR: Robert Rodriguez

CAST: YaYa Gosselin, Priyanka Chopra, Pedro Pascal, Christian Slater, Boyd Holbrook, Sung Kang, Taylor Dooley, Akira Akbar, Haley Reinhart, Andy Walken, Andrew Diaz, Brently Heilbron, Hala Finley, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Lotus Blossom, Lyon Daniels, Nathan Blair, Vivien Lyra Blair, Adriana Barraza, Brittany Perry-Russell, J. Quinton Johnson, Christopher McDonald, Dylan Henry Lau

RUNNING TIME: 100 mins

CERTIFICATE: PG

BASICALLY…: When the world’s greatest superheroes are kidnapped by aliens, their children band together to save the day…

NOW FOR […]

WORST OF 2020: #5-1

In a year of atrocities, these five movies made 2020 all the more unbearable…
5 – THE WRONG MISSY

Poor David Spade… and I really do mean that. Here was a comically gifted SNL veteran who, when he wanted to, could pull off a charming and funny turn every once in a while, but then got far too deep into his buddy Adam Sandler’s pocket that his career soon became defined by low-brow fare like Dickie […]

WORST OF 2020: #10-6

Time to reveal our Top (or Bottom, in this case) 10, starting with…
10 – THE RHYTHM SECTION

James Bond’s next outing may have been pushed back into next year, but they made damn sure that we got this dull 007 wannabe out before everything went pear-shaped.

Coming from Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli themselves, this adaptation of Mark Burnell’s novel (which the author himself also wrote the script for, which explains its tendency […]

WORST OF 2020: #15-11

So… 2020. What else is there to say about it that hasn’t already been said?

It goes without saying that this has been an extremely difficult year for all of us, with much of it dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced the country into a new set of restrictions in order to stop the spread. It has also meant, very sadly, that most if not all of the year’s most anticipated movies have […]

Sylvie’s Love (Review)

DIRECTOR: Eugene Ashe

CAST: Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Aja Naomi King, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Regé-Jean Page, Eva Longoria, John Magaro, Ed Weeks, Lance Reddick, Jemima Kirke, MC Lyte, Alano Miller, Erica Gimpel, Tone Bell, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ron Funches, Raquel Horsford

RUNNING TIME: 114 mins

CERTIFICATE: 12A

BASICALLY…: Years after a summer romance, TV producer Sylvie (Thompson) and saxophonist Robert (Asomugha) cross paths during very different points in their careers…

 

NOW FOR THE REVIEW…
Almost right away, there is an old-fashioned […]

The Racer (Review)

DIRECTOR: Kieron J. Walsh

CAST: Louis Talpe, Matteo Simoni, Tara Lee, Iain Glen, Karel Roden, Timo Wagner, Diogo Cid, Ward Kerremans, Paul Robert, Anthony Mairs, Eoin Byrne, Ozan Saygi, Sebastian Collet

RUNNING TIME: 95 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: A cyclist (Talpe) is unceremoniously dropped from his team during the 1998 Tour De France, but fate soon gives him another chance…

 

NOW FOR THE REVIEW…
The doping scandal in professional cycling was well established long before Lance Armstrong got caught up […]

Let Him Go (Review)

DIRECTOR: Thomas Bezucha

CAST: Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Lesley Manville, Will Brittain, Jeffrey Donovan, Kayli Carter, Booboo Stewart, Ryan Bruce, Adam Stafford, Bradley Stryker

RUNNING TIME: 114 mins

CERTIFICATE: 15

BASICALLY…: Retired sheriff George (Costner) and his wife Margaret (Lane) seek to rescue their daughter-in-law (Carter) and their grandson from the clutches of a sinister family…

NOW FOR THE REVIEW…
The easiest joke one can make about Let Him Go’s casting of Diane Lane and Kevin Costner in the lead […]