Film Review

The Witch (2015)
Film Review

The Witch (2015)

Sparse, fantastically eerie and boasting a hellish sense of isolation, this understated horror from debutante Robert Eggers is hypnotically unpleasant and absolutely superb. There’s such a peculiar sense of otherworldliness at work here, that for a long while after watching I felt completely dumbstruck. Eggers has managed to create something […]

Chronic (2015)
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Chronic (2015)

Those left frustrated by Tim Roth’s torpid turns in the likes of Grace of Monaco and United Passions will be pleased to find the actor back on form once more in Chronic, the latest crisp and confronting character piece from Mexican writer/director Michel Franco. Roth plays David, an apparently altruistic […]

Mark of the Witch (2014)
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Mark of the Witch (2014)

WATCH OUT… For something woeful this way comes! Originally entitled Another, this insidiously incoherent neo-giallo from first-time writer/director Jason Bognacki seems to think it’s paying heartfelt homage to the infamous Italian-slasher cinema of the 70s, but in reality it’s just another insufferably indulgent modern-day horror film that blithely hacks away […]

Deadpool (2016)
Film Review

Deadpool (2016)

After seven films focusing on the X-Men and one key member, a need for a change of scenery is in order.  With that in mind, Marvel have started to branch out with a new set of characters.  Before the anticipated Gambit spin-off next year, Tim Miller makes his directorial début with a […]

Zoolander 2 (2016)
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Zoolander 2 (2016)

Ben Stiller returns as director and title character in the remarkably unfunny sequel to his 2001 hit. It was fifteen minutes into Zoolander 2 before the first murmurs of amusement and it felt like another half an hour before the first incidence of actual laughter. Yes, Zoolander 2 is that […]

Tell Me Sweet Something (2015)
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Tell Me Sweet Something (2015)

There’s boundless ambition in Tell Me Sweet Something’s protagonist as she boldly aims to tell the great African love story, an ambition completely at odds with a film closer to easy listening radio. It’s romantic comedy marinaded in enough soporific gentleness to bring down an elephant. While certainly kind of […]

Rams (2015)
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Rams (2015)

Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson has been making films since 2002, but his filmography  comprises only two features.  After being nominated for an Edda Award for Best Screenplay for his 2010 debut Summerland, his second film has won Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2015, in addition to Audience Awards at the Tromsø and […]

Dragon Blade (2015)
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Dragon Blade (2015)

Tackling such a profound historical event that the majority of a Hollywood audience would be ignorant towards, Dragon Blade offers a big budget fantastical foray into the politics of family heritage and different civilisations crossing paths. General Lucius (John Cusack) defects from the Roman Empire with his legion of men […]

Goosebumps (2015)
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Goosebumps (2015)

R. L. Stine, who sounds like a pseudonym borne of a pun, published “Goosebumps”, a series of something like 60 young adult horror stories in the nineties. For all their 350 million worldwide sales, their target market missed this reviewer by a distance. They are generic chillers: werewolves, reanimated gnomes, […]

Capture the Flag (2015)
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Capture the Flag (2015)

Firmly rooted in the farfetched, Capture The Flag follows the story of Mike (Carme Calvell) and his friends Amy (Michelle Jenner) and Marty (Javier Balas) as they battle Richard Carson (Dani Rovira) a megalomaniac billionaire with evil plans to steal the Moon’s supply of Helium 3 – the clean energy […]