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”

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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”

Baby Driver

Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Jon Bernthal & Jon Hamm
Rating: 15 Duration: 112 minutes

Films like Baby Driver are the reason I go to the cinema, or rather sit at home watching it on Blu-ray. The simple things are often the most reassuring, and there is nothing more so than a getaway film. Edgar Wright has delivered one of the most original films in years and one that feels like everything he has done so far has been building towards this. Continue reading “Baby Driver”

Black Panther

Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan & Lupita Nyong’o
Rating: 12A Duration: 134 minutes Release date: 13 February (UK)

You really do have to hand it to Marvel Studios. After 10 years and 18 films they have constructed a universe from nothing. Back in 2008, household names such as Spider-Man and the X-Men were busy marking the end of their trilogies with films that were lacklustre in the very least. Meanwhile DC were riding the crest of a wave with the huge success of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Marvel had just got the rights back a variety of heroes, and with Iron Man they were embarking on something bigger than we could all imagine. Despite all the good Marvel have done, the one thing they have failed to produce is a superhero film led by a person of colour. Black Panther arrives with much fanfare after a starring role in Captain America: Civil War and it can’t have come soon enough. Continue reading “Black Panther”