Picture it. Hollywood executives discuss their next mega money maker and among the melee of buzzwords, margins, and other business bollockry is the go-to selling point for any sequel: make it bigger. Independence Day Resurgence gets the green light and kick starts a global marketing campaign that drives home the fact that more than anything else this belated sequel will be bigger than the 1996 original. But they didn’t stop there. Continue reading Independence Day Resurgence Review
The latest theatrical effort from Marmite-man Ricky Gervais could easily be written off as a good sketch idea stretched too thin, but there’s a certain charm to its simplicity. Continue reading Special Correspondents Review
The Russo brothers weigh into the superhero collateral damage debate with an endlessly enjoyable, edge-of-your-seat thrill that’s not only the biggest and best Avengers film yet, but an intriguing and complex political thriller too.
Civil War is a product of talented fan directors, a passionate and unobtrusive studio that gives them the freedom to flourish, and a tone that grounds the farfetched genre conventions and plot contrivances with believable, three-dimensional characters alone.
It’s everything Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice wanted to be and so much more.
In hopes of replicating Marvel’s success and rivalling their ever-expanding MCU, DC have launched a vast cinematic universe and staged a civil war of their own. Continue reading Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Review
Rise and Dawn might mean the same thing, but the differences between the two films in 20th Century Fox’s successful franchise reboot couldn’t be more apparent. Where Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes sacrificed spectacle for story to offer a pleasant change from the numerous mediocre Hollywood remakes that surrounded it, its successor strikes a perfect balance between the two. It’s as much a compelling continuation of the apes genesis tale as it is a bigger, bolder and altogether more complete summer spectacle. Continue reading Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Review
Sixteen years have passed since the last major Godzilla film and though Roland Emmerich’s embarrassing 1998 effort has been disowned by Toho, the famous Japanese production company, it still looms over the once prolific franchise. There have only been two lackluster Japanese-made releases to satisfy fans in the meantime, but after a recent resurgence in monster movies Toho and their legendary monster make their Hollywood return. Continue reading Godzilla Review
Four years after Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky returns with a film billed as a biblical epic, but is really anything but. Don’t expect a religious sermon as the visionary filmmaker transforms the widely known Old Testament story into another provocative, esoteric addition to a divisive, but no less fascinating filmography. Continue reading Noah Review
Until recently, The Fast & Furious films were the closest thing to a big screen adaptation of EA’s popular racing simulator and after becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises it was only a matter of time before someone caught on. Having secured the naming rights DreamWorks developed an official movie tie in to share a claim of its illegitimate counterpart’s spoils and while the Need For Speed name has proven enough to earn a quick buck, the film is neither fast nor furious enough to stand out from the crowd. Continue reading Need For Speed Review
After the success of Fantastic Mr Fox and Moonrise Kingdom, his most accessible and consequently finest films to date, Wes Anderson lets his imagination run wild like never before with The Grand Budapest Hotel; a whimsical fantasy adventure that sees the bohemian director further blur the boundary between mainstream and independent cinema. Continue reading The Grand Budapest Hotel Review
Adapted from Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoirs of the same name, 12 Years A Slave recounts his harrowing true story as a free man who is abducted and sold into slavery. He leads a pleasant life in New York with his family and it promises to be even better when he’s offered a lucrative job as a musician, but when Solomon wakes up in chains, his dark journey begins and Steve McQueen’s film never stops for breath. Continue reading 12 Years A Slave Review