Author: Matt Burton

Life (2017)
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Life (2017)

The perils of space exploration have long been a handy starting point for moviemakers. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien and Gravity have all successfully tapped into our fears of what dangers lurk beyond Earth’s orbit. Daniel Espinosa’s Life, a claustrophobic thriller about a team of astronauts who make first contact […]

Kong: Skull Island (2017)
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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

More than a decade after he was last spotted dangling from the Empire State building in Peter Jackson’s courageous remake, King Kong comes roaring back onto our screens in Kong: Skull Island. With Legendary Entertainment firmly fixed on a plan to create a shared MonsterVerse, there’s a hefty weight of expectation […]

John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)
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John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017)

“You wanted me back, I’m back,” John Wick growls in this slick and satisfying sequel, as if there was ever any doubt that we’d be seeing Keanu Reeves’ hirsute hitman again. It’s a well-established fact of cinema that world-class assassins can’t be allowed to enjoy a peaceful retirement and Mr […]

Hidden Figures (2017)
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Hidden Figures (2017)

Films chronicling America’s troubled racial history broadly fall into two categories. They are either searing critiques of the injustices coloured people were forced to suffer or old-fashioned yarns which gloss over racial themes with a Hollywood sprinkling of powerful villains and disenfranchised heroes. Hidden Figures, the true story of three […]

T2 Trainspotting (2017)
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T2 Trainspotting (2017)

“The most energetic film we have ever seen,” is how Danny Boyle first envisioned 1996’s Trainspotting. As it turned out, that was something of an understatement. A wild, sweaty, angry ode to a bunch of Scottish skag heads, the seminal Irvine Welsh adaptation felt like it was wired to the […]

Lion (2017)
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Lion (2017)

In the early 1980s, a five-year-old Indian boy, Saroo Brierley, falls asleep in an empty train carriage and wakes up 1600km from his home where his is eventually adopted by a kindly Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, after scouring Google Earth for villages that match his fleeting memories of home, […]

La La Land (2017)
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La La Land (2017)

Arriving in UK cinemas less than a week after it swept every gong going at the Golden Globes, it’d be easy get carried away by all the hype surrounding La La Land. After all, this is writer/director Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to the searing jazz thriller Whiplash, starring two of Hollywood’s […]

A Monster Calls (2016)
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A Monster Calls (2016)

A close fried of Guillermo del Toro, it’s easy to see why director J. A. Bayona was drawn to adapting A Monster Calls. A fanciful and chilling tale about a child in turmoil that flits between grim reality and dark fantasy, Patrick Ness’ eponymous novel shares more than a passing […]

Assassin’s Creed (2016)
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Assassin’s Creed (2016)

Everybody knows that movies based on video games have, at best, a ropey reputation. Yet even after Warcraft became the most recent title to disappoint, all eyes immediately turned to Assassin’s Creed hoping it would be the exception to the rule. There were reasons to be optimistic: not only is […]

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Forget about rebooting the franchise, creating a Star Wars standalone movie is the saga’s riskiest move yet. Like The Force Awakens, this prequel/spin-off has to activate devotees’ nostalgia receptors while also delivering a fresh experience. But it also has to do all that without the aid of lightsabers, Skywalkers or […]