The Cured

Director: David Freyne
Starring: Ellen Page, Sam Keeley & Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
Rating: 15 Duration: 95 minutes Release date: 14 May (UK)

There is an over familiarity with the zombie genre now. What was once a niche sub-genre full of talented directors looking to make a name for themselves, now sees itself devouring popular culture like some sort of voodoo curse placed upon the film going public. Continue reading “The Cured”

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Avengers: Infinity War

Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth & Josh Brolin
Rating: 12A Duration: 149 minutes Release date: 26 April (UK)

You’ve got to hand it to Marvel, they really do have us all right where they want us now. After 10 years and 18 films, the 19th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe truly is a culmination of everything that came before it and in all honesty, if had been utter shit, it would still have taken all the money in the world. Of course, this is Marvel, and Avengers: Infinity War is most certainly not shit. What it is, is a huge pay-off for all the fans who have been hooked ever since Tony Stark told us he was Iron Man. Continue reading “Avengers: Infinity War”

Pyewacket

Director: Adam MacDonald
Starring: Nicole Munoz, Laurie Holden & Chloe Rose
Rating: N/A Duration: 90 minutes Release date: 16 April (UK)

The term “low-budget horror” is often tacked onto reviews as a way to get your quote onto a films poster. A term of endearment if you will. It’s normally a mark of a films quality and not something to be used in a detrimental sense. Pyewacket falls into this sub-genre and is director Adam MacDonald’s second feature. There is good here, there is bad and there is a whole lot of waiting. Continue reading “Pyewacket”

Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay

Director: Sam Liu
Starring: Christian Slater, Vanessa Williams & C.Thomas Howell
Rating: 15 Duration: 86 minutes Release date: 16 April (UK)

It’s been two years since DC brought us the miserable and forgettable Suicide Squad. Their live action attempt was an example of everything that was, and still is, wrong with the DCEU. And in their desire to go head first into an extended universe, only made things more complicated. Continue reading “Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay”

Daddy’s Home 2

Director: Sean Anders
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg & Mel Gibson
Rating: 12A Duration: 98 minutes Release date: 19 March (UK)

Some films don’t need a sequel, and yet sometimes we get one anyway. Daddy’s Home did its job and made people laugh, and the result of this is that it made enough money for the studio to green light a sequel. The idea of two warring Dad’s arguing over who is the better father was a nice idea and one played sportingly by Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, but the sequel feels more like something jettisoned by a studio after a quick buck as opposed to giving the audience something they truly wanted. Continue reading “Daddy’s Home 2”

Only The Brave

Director: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller & Jeff Bridges
Rating: 12 Duration: 129 minutes Release date: 12 March (UK)

As far as true-life stories go, Only the Brave is a remarkable one. The story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite crew who tackle wildfires across America, is the sort of enthusiastic chest thumper that you would associate with Peter Berg. Berg, who directed the trilogy of heroic tales Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon and Patriots Day is surprisingly absent from the directors’ chair and instead we have Tron: Legacy’s Joseph Kosinski in charge. After directing the Tron sequel and the Tom Cruise starring Oblivion, Kosinski has taken a side step with a more grounded film, and his efforts here are significantly different from his previous films. Continue reading “Only The Brave”