‘Black Panther’ Review: ‘A huge cultural moment’

‘In times of crisis, the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers’. Picking up shortly after the events of his father’s death in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther starts with T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) on a recon mission ahead of the ceremony to crown him as the King of Wakanda, and solidify him as its protector – the Black Panther. Meanwhile, ex-soldier Erik ‘Killmonger’ Stevens (played by Michael B. Jordan, and so named because…

‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ Is Both Savage And Average

After he loses his job and almost his marriage, Bradley Thomas (played a bald, tattooed and unnervingly serious Vince Vaughn) turns to drug running to provide a better life for his family. 18 months later, his wife Lauren (Dexter‘s Jennifer Carpenter) is heavily pregnant, and he gets caught up in a pick up that goes south. In an effort to shorten his sentence, he betrays those he was working with, but is still sent to…

Why ‘Dunkirk’ Left Me Underwhelmed

The British army has been forced on to the French beach of Dunkirk as the Germans close in from all sides. With hundreds of thousands of men waiting in the sand for a boat ride home, they sit like fish in a barrel under Nazi bombers. Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan, follows three stories in this iconic moment of British military history. There’s RAF fighters taking out German planes from the skies (including Tom Hardy);…

Powerhouse Performances Are What Make ‘Three Billboards’ So Great

Months after her daughter was violently murdered, wrathful mother Mildred (Frances McDormand) pays to display a message on three unused billboards just outside of town, questioning the lack of action and arrests from police boss Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson). This sends the town and police department into somewhat of a tailspin, and sets off the fragile temper of deputy Dixon (Sam Rockwell). The pressure mounts on both the cops to take action and Mildred to…

Go To ‘Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’ For A Damn Good Time

At the start of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (surely that’s too much punctuation for one film title?), we meet the IMF team during some classic highjinks, but it turns out the team is not in favour with the CIA and ends up getting shut down. As a result, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) goes into such deep cover it feels like he’s coming back out the other end, and continues to evade the CIA or…

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Is Some Fantastically Fun World-Building

After his father dies in the line of duty, young but gifted tearaway Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is given a medallion by secret agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) with an apology and the promise of a favour when he needs it. 20 years later, in a police interview, he calls that favour in – and is drawn into the super secret, super wealthy world of the Kingsmen. He competes to be newest member of the prestigious…

I’m A Star Wars Newbie And I Really Liked ‘The Last …

We returned to the Star Wars galaxy last month with Episode VIII of the saga, The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson – and it’s been a bit of a bumpy ride. After The Force Awakens was received as perfectly acceptable but not exactly groundbreaking, there was a lot of responsibility on Johnson’s shoulders with how to carry on this much beloved series in a way that would (hopefully) give us something new, as well…

‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Review

So, to recap. Spoilers ahead for the previous films in the series. RISE Of The Planet Of The Apes was the one with James Franco, that blonde one from Harry Potter and Caesar as a little baby ape. Franco’s character Will is conducting experiments in order to find a cure for dementia, Caesar gains superior intelligence as a result and is raised by Will, only to end up locked up, breaking free and starting an…

A Film Writer’s Education: ‘Raging Bull’

A Film Writer’s Education is a feature where I get my act together, and watch all of those classic films that I should have seen by now, but haven’t. I’ve neglected the icons for too long, and am going back through some of the biggest and best moments in cinema to get my knowledge up to scratch. To start with, I’m going through Empire’s most recent list of the 100 greatest movies, released in 2017, around 60…

‘Stranger Things 2’ Is Familiar But Still Fantastic

When Stranger Things hit Netflix just over a year ago, even the Duffer brothers that created it could not have predicted the cultural phenomenon it would become. Internet memes, the faces of the child stars on the covers of magazines, clothing ranges, Halloween costumes and a huge resurgence in love for Winona Ryder – just some of the ripple effects from this charming piece of 80s sci-fi horror nostalgia. Not surprising, then, that it was…

A Film Writer’s Education: ‘Silence Of The Lambs’

A Film Writer’s Education is a feature where I get my act together, and watch all of those classic films that I should have seen by now, but haven’t. I’ve neglected the icons for too long, and am going back through some of the biggest and best moments in cinema to get my knowledge up to scratch. To start with, I’m going through Empire’s most recent list of the 100 greatest movies, released in 2017, around 60…