Category Archive: Latest Reviews

Blade Runner 2049 Review

Settling down to view Blade Runner 2049 at the Imax in Manchester, the preceding trailers appeared as a timely reminder of cinematic disappointment. Familiar blockbuster franchises beamed across the gigantic screen in new… Continue reading

It Review

The opening segment of director Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of It filled me with sheer dread. Yet, as Georgie’s paper boat slides inevitably towards that dark abyss of the storm drain my gut wasn’t… Continue reading

England is Mine Review

Portraying a character as famously (or perhaps infamously?) defiant, inimitable and enigmatic as Morrissey on screen was always likely to rattle a few bones and enflame a few eye brows. Most troublesome is… Continue reading

Jawbone Review

Stanley Kubrick supposedly once said; “everything has already been done, every story has been told every scene has been shot, it’s our job to do it one better”. For the boxing film, it… Continue reading

T2: Trainspotting Review

Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be, or so the old quip goes. We’ve always been obsessed by what’s been and gone, but rarely has the present’s entanglement with the past felt so… Continue reading

The Girl on the Train Review

Cinema rarely paints train travel to be the unreliable and tedious slog that it really is. Strangers on a Train, The Great Train Robbery, Murder on the Orient Express, Brief Encounter and Double Indemnity… Continue reading

Childhood of a Leader Review

With such a blunt title Brady Corbet sets his stall out early with debut Childhood of a Leader. We’re left in no doubt as to the fate of the titular child but that… Continue reading

War Dogs Review

Like the prophesising “The World Is Yours” blimp that beckons Tony Montana, Brian De Palma’s 1980s great Scarface looms inescapably over Todd Phillip’s arms dealer drama-comedy War Dogs. Whether it be the setting… Continue reading

The Shallows Review

My favourite comment of film criticism this year came courtesy of Danny Leigh on the BBC’s Film 2016 review show. While discussing recent Austrian horror Goodnight Mommy, Leigh brilliantly described the ultra-modern-Ikea-stuffed-geometric home… Continue reading

Suicide Squad Review

If Marvel has the monopoly on goody-too-shoes superheroes then surely DC Comics’ trump cards are its vast array of supervillains, with an obvious Joker leading the pack. After the shambolic Batman v Superman… Continue reading