‘A Quiet Place’ Review: High Concept, High Intensity

It’s Day 89 of we’re-not-sure-what, and the Abbott family are out shopping for supplies. Barefoot, they creep across a shop floor. We don’t know how it happened, we don’t know why it happened; all we know is that they can’t make a sound. As we soon learn, there’s something deadly out there waiting to hunt them down if they do. The family have adjusted to living without noise. They play Monopoly with pom poms, eat…

‘Unsane’ Review: ‘A distinctly unsettling atmosphere’

Making a good impression working at a bank after moving 400 miles across the US, Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy) is a smart but somewhat unapproachable woman trying to move on after suffering at the hands of a stalker. Struggling to fit in this new city, she reaches out to a support group for victims of stalking, talks to a therapist, and fills in some paperwork. After admitting she’s had suicidal thoughts to the therapist, she…

‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’: Almost As Fun, Not As Refreshing

As we rejoin hooligan-turned-superspy Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, he’s enjoying the Kingsman life and getting to grips with meeting the regal family of his new girlfriend Princess Tilde (Hannah Alstrom) – who you may remember from that controversial and clumsy ending of the first film. After the world of the Kingsman comes under major fire, him and Merlin (Mark Strong) are forced to head to Kentucky and team up with the…

‘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…