REVIEWS

Here's my views on the latest releases. Feel free to agree or disagree via social media or the contact form on the home page!

Note I may stray into tiny spoilers at times, but I try to keep the big 'uns safely under wraps. I'll always give a [spoiler] heads-up before revealing any major plot points.

Another in a spate of fantastic chillers in recent years, It Comes At Night preys on the very relevant concerns of isolationism and distrust.

Perhaps misled by the title and trailer, the general public consensus has been underwhelming, but...

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For me, the third incarnation this millenium of everybody's favourite neighbourhood spider-man is a victim of saturation. Whilst the writing steers clear of yet another origin story (Uncle Ben is conspicuous by his absence, although rumours abound...

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BABY DRIVER -- 4/5

7th July 2017

Edgar Wright returns with a very American crime caper built around a stylish soundtrack. Protagonist Baby is one last job away from paying back Kevin Spacey's crime boss, when things turn sour.

At times the film plays out like a music video,...

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The Alien universe is reopened five years after the underwhelming Prometheus. This instalment is set years after that origin story, when terraformers explore the deeper reaches of space, and are distracted on their journey by a signal from an...

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COLOSSAL -- 4/5

21st May 2017

A genuinely entertaining update on the buddy comedy slash monster movie, but Colossal is, handily, much more than that.

Anne Hathaway takes the lead as jobless party animal Gloria, whose relationship is on thin ice on account of her endless...

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The virtues of simple storytelling exude in this period tale set in the rugged northeast and based upon Nikolai Leskov's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District.

Thrust into a phoney marriage as part of a meagre land deal, Katherine is housebound and...

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A second outing for the wise-cracking antiheroes of the Marvel universe. This time around, the unanswered questions of Quill's heritage are dealt with, whilst the characters of Rocket and Nebula are afforded screentime to establish their...

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MINDHORN -- 3/5

3rd May 2017

A very jolly outing for Julian Barrett as Richard Thorncroft, as Mindhorn, the 80s TV detective and now out-of-work actor who is recruited by the police to catch an obsessed fan of his crime-fighting alter-ego..

There are some side-splitting...

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I really enjoyed this film. As with the majority of instances of its ilk, I found the handheld movement of the camera jarring initially but, in this case, as the film wore on, the small readjustments [were there single frames removed even?] became...

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GRADUATION -- 4/5

14th April 2017

The latest realist feature from Romania's Cristian Mungui focusses on a father's attempts to mould a corrupt system, when his daughter's prospects of getting into Cambridge are damaged. Set against the backfrop of his failing marriage and stuttering...

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