mother!

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem & Ed Harris
Rating: 18 Duration: 121 minutes Release date: 22 January (UK)

It would take someone with the mind of Darren Aronofsky to create a film like mother! I truly am loathe to think of anyone else who would be able to form an idea for a film like this and then be brave enough to put it on the big screen. So ambitious, crucial and brave is mother! that it was never going to be an easy sell and it was always going to divide audiences. With themes as varied and ranging as the bible, the apocalypse, famine and torture to name but a few – mother! is that rare beast of a film that wears it all on its sleeve and leaves absolutely nothing behind, for better or worse. Continue reading “mother!”

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American Assassin

Director: Michael Cuesta
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton & Taylor Kitsch
Rating: 18 Duration: 111 minutes Release date: 15 January (UK)

Based upon the novel of the same name, American Assassin is a film stuck somewhere between Jason Bourne and John Wick. Attempting to keep a balance between stark realism and over the top violence, American Assassin is a film that isn’t sure what it wants to do and fosters an uneven tone which doesn’t really work. Fortunately, the film is saved by solid performances from Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton as the elite CIA operative and his headstrong new protegé. Continue reading “American Assassin”

Leatherface

Director: Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury
Starring: Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor & Finn Jones
Rating: 18 Duration: 90 minutes Release date: 8 January (UK)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise is an odd one indeed. Beginning with a film that bottled lightning with its raw terror and unhinged psychopathic family determined to fuck shit up, it seems odd to think that this series is now on its eighth instalment. After multiple sequels and attempts at rebooting the series, we are back to where it started, well almost anyway. Continue reading “Leatherface”

Molly’s Game

Director: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba & Kevin Costner
Rating: 15 Duration: 140 minutes Release date: 1 January (UK)

Some things are just undeniably tailor made for each other. Cheese and onion crisps, Posh and Becks, cheese on toast with brown sauce on. No? OK, but my point is, some things just gel from the get go and in Molly’s Game – Aaron Sorkin’s lightning quick script and the dominating presence of Jessica Chastain combine for an almighty effect. With the true story of Molly Bloom adding extra spice, Molly’s Game is a blistering onslaught of swift dialogue and earnest acting with Chastain adding to her growing list of incredible performances. Continue reading “Molly’s Game”

Top 10 Films of 2017

Top 10 lists are always a bit of a pain to come up with. They only really represent the tastes of the author and can never be all-encompassing. But, as it  is that time of year again, here are my Top 10 Films of 2017. A full list can be viewed here if you wish. Also, I didn’t have much time to put this together, so like AMC and The Last Jedi, please note there are no words here – this is a decision made by the editor and not a fault with your computer. Continue reading “Top 10 Films of 2017”

Dunkirk

Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy & Mark Rylance
Rating: 12 Duration: 106 minutes Release date: 18 December (UK)

Sometimes, after seeing a film for the first time it can be difficult to know exactly what to say about it. Dunkirk is that film. It’s a gorgeous film, with Chris Nolan delivering some of the most endearing shots of 2017. It’s also an utterly deafening film, even on DVD it threatens to either make your ears bleed or blow the speakers on your TV. But, it’s also a highly frustrating film, and no matter how well made it is, Dunkirk can feel like a kick to the nuts when everyone has been harping on about how bloody good it is. Continue reading “Dunkirk”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Director: Rian Johnson
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill & John Boyega
Rating: 12A Duration: 152 minutes Release date: 14 December – UK

Exactly how does anyone try to critique the Star Wars films? They are so engraved in the minds of generations of film fans that by now any attempt at sensible criticism seems futile. These films have defined blockbuster cinema for decades and it’s safe to say that we are still feeling the effects from A New Hope even today. By now though, surely it’s time for something different? Something that will tread new ground and set the franchise up for a few decades more? Well, The Last Jedi certainly does that. Continue reading “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”