Film Reviews

  • Permalink Gallery

    Brian and Charles (Review) – An Absurd But Sweet Friendship Movie

Brian and Charles (Review) – An Absurd But Sweet Friendship Movie

DIRECTOR: Jim Archer
CAST: David Earl, Chris Hayward, Louise Brealey, Jamie Michie, Nina Sosanya, Lynn Hunter, Lowri Izzard, Mari Izzard, Cara Chase, Sunil Patel, Rishi Nair, Colin Bennett
RUNNING TIME: 90 mins
CERTIFICATE: PG
BASICALLY…: A lonely inventor (Earl) invents a robotic companion (Hayward) who helps him overcome social anxieties…

NOW FOR THE REVIEW…
There’s no doubt that we’ve all had periods of loneliness in our lives, but enough to construct artificial intelligence out of mere trash? That is surely […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    The Princess (Review) – A Missed Opportunity Of Royal Proportions

The Princess (Review) – A Missed Opportunity Of Royal Proportions

DIRECTOR: Le-Van Kiet
CAST: Joey King, Dominic Cooper, Olga Kurylenko, Veronica Ngo
RUNNING TIME: 95 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: An imprisoned princess (King) must escape a remote tower and save her kingdom…

NOW FOR THE REVIEW…
For a generation of young girls, Disney princesses like Belle, Ariel and Jasmine were to them what action heroes like Schwarzenegger, Stallone and Willis were to young boys, so combining both elements into an action-packed fairy tale such as The Princess is honestly a […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Minions: The Rise of Gru (Review) – An Okay Movie But A Despicable Audience Experience

Minions: The Rise of Gru (Review) – An Okay Movie But A Despicable Audience Experience

DIRECTOR: Kyle Balda
CAST: Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Alan Arkin, RZA
RUNNING TIME: 88 mins
CERTIFICATE: U
BASICALLY…: The Minions assist a young Gru (Carell) when he runs afoul of a league of supervillains…

NOW FOR THE REVIEW…
They’re loud, obnoxious, and some of the most annoying creatures to have ever existed… and I’m not talking about the Minions, but instead the […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Ms. Marvel: Episode 4 – Seeing Red (Review) – A Formidable Trip To Karachi

Ms. Marvel: Episode 4 – Seeing Red (Review) – A Formidable Trip To Karachi

DIRECTOR: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
CAST: Iman Vellani, Zenobia Shroff, Samina Ahmad, Nimra Bucha, Rish Shah, Adaku Ononogbo, Ali Alsaleh, Dan Carter, Aramis Knight, Farhan Akhtar
RUNNING TIME: 48 mins
PREVIOUSLY, ON MS. MARVEL: Kamala Khan (Vellani) is still trying to figure out her newfound powers, when an interdimensional group known as the Clandestines show up to force Kamala to open up a portal back to their world. After attacking Kamala at her brother’s wedding, the Clandestines are arrested […]

Nitram (Review) – We Need To Talk About Caleb

DIRECTOR: Justin Kurzel
CAST: Caleb Landry Jones, Judy Davis, Essie Davis, Anthony LaPaglia, Sean Keenan
RUNNING TIME: 112 mins
CERTIFICATE: 15
BASICALLY…: A troubled young man (Jones) becomes more and more drawn toward committing an unspeakable act…

NOW FOR THE REVIEW…
The most disturbing thing about Nitram, the dramatized version of events that led up to the 1996 mass shooting in Australia, is its renewed sense of relevancy. Gun control is once again in the spotlight following the horrific massacre […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe (Review) – Idiocy Reaches For The Stars

Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe (Review) – Idiocy Reaches For The Stars

DIRECTORS: John Rice and Albert Calleros
CAST: Mike Judge, Gary Cole, Chris Diamantopoulos, Nat Faxon, David Herman, Brian Huskey, Chi McBride, Tig Notaro, Stephen Root, Andrea Savage, Martin Starr, Jimmy O. Yang
RUNNING TIME: 85 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: Beavis (Judge) and Butt-Head (Judge) are transported to the year 2022…

NOW FOR THE REVIEW…
The 90s gave us plenty of cultural phenomena, from Space Jam to The Matrix, but arguably two of the most confounding breakthroughs in popular culture at […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    The Man from Toronto (Review) – Statham Was Right To Leave This One

The Man from Toronto (Review) – Statham Was Right To Leave This One

DIRECTOR: Patrick Hughes
CAST: Kevin Hart, Woody Harrelson, Kaley Cuoco, Ellen Barkin, Pierson Fodé, Jasmine Mathews, Lela Loren, Kate Drummond, Tomohisa Yamashita
RUNNING TIME: 110 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: A down-on-his-luck entrepreneur (Hart) is mistaken for a deadly assassin (Harrelson)…

NOW FOR THE REVIEW…
Since breaking out with his well-received 2010 action-thriller Red Hill, director Patrick Hughes hasn’t had a whole lot of luck in Hollywood. His work on The Expendables 3 is considered the worst in that franchise to […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Jerry and Marge Go Large (Review) – Cranston and Bening Go Small

Jerry and Marge Go Large (Review) – Cranston and Bening Go Small

DIRECTOR: David Frankel
CAST: Bryan Cranston, Annette Bening, Rainn Wilson, Larry Wilmore, Jake McDorman, Uly Schlesinger, Michael McKean, Anna Camp, Ann Harada, Devyn McDowell
RUNNING TIME: 96 mins
CERTIFICATE: PG
BASICALLY…: A middle-aged couple (Cranston and Bening) use a loophole to win millions on the lottery…

NOW FOR THE REVIEW…
Paramount+ finally launched in the UK this week, and among the surprisingly rich collection of movies and shows on offer (I was pleasantly surprised to find the likes of American […]

Elvis (Review) – The Greatest Showman

DIRECTOR: Baz Luhrmann
CAST: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Helen Thomson, Richard Roxburgh, Olivia DeJonge, Luke Bracey, Natasha Bassett, Patrick Sheare, David Wenham, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Josh McConville, Kate Mulvany, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Xavier Samuel, Adam Dunn, Leon Ford, Charles Grounds, Yola Quartey, Alton Mason, Gary Clark Jr., Chaydon Jay
RUNNING TIME: 159 mins
CERTIFICATE: 12A
BASICALLY…: The meteoritic rise of singer Elvis Presley (Butler) and his mysterious manager Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks)…

NOW FOR THE REVIEW…
Like Elvis Presley himself, Baz […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Ms. Marvel: Episode 3 – Destined (Review) – Less Energy, But More Joy

Ms. Marvel: Episode 3 – Destined (Review) – Less Energy, But More Joy

DIRECTOR: Meera Menon
CAST: Iman Vellani, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Nimra Bucha, Adaku Ononogbo, Laith Nakli, Travina Springer
RUNNING TIME: 48 mins
PREVIOUSLY, ON MS. MARVEL: Kamala Khan (Vellani) and her best friend Bruno (Lintz) have been testing her newfound superpowers, which she had acquired from putting on a mysterious bangle, but Kamala’s training is briefly disrupted by her growing crush on handsome classmate Kamran (Shah). After a disastrous […]