Tomb Raider

Director: Roar Uthaug
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West & Walter Goggins
Rating: 12A Duration: 118 minutes Release date: 16 July (UK)

Video game to film adaptations have not had the easiest of rides. It all started back in the summer of 1993 when some bright spark thought that adapting the Super Mario. Bros was a good idea. The next few years saw the likes of Street Fighter & Mortal Kombat hit the big screen. A few years passed before Resident Evil, Doom and Silent Hill all took their turn at cracking this particular corner of the film going market, as did Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. It spawned one sequel and arguably made a household name out of Angelina Jolie, much like playing Batman did for George Clooney. Continue reading “Tomb Raider”

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Red Sparrow

Director: Franis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton & Jeremy Irons
Rating: 15 Duration: 140 minutes Release date: 9 July (UK)

Taut, suspenseful spy films seem to be a thing of the past. Much like the cold war scenarios that give life to Red Sparrow, films of its ilk are a rare breed, found as if by accident. With more bombastic efforts such as the Bourne series, Atomic Blonde and Salt, the spy genre is more Hollywood than it’s ever been. Red Sparrow instead aims for a style closer to The Third Man crossed with a really cracking episode of 24. Continue reading “Red Sparrow”

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson & Emilia Clarke
Rating: 12A Duration: 135 minutes Release date: 24 May (UK)

For one reason or another, the latest instalment in the Star Wars saga does not seem as highly anticipated as is usually the case for the popular franchise. There may be various reasons for this, but only an individual can attest to why that is. Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives with little fanfare, but few will be surprised to know that Disney have made another fun-filled spectacle, high on adventure and with a fair amount of wit thrown in for good measure. Continue reading “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

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”

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”