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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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”

Blade Runner 2049

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford & Ana de Armas
Rating: 15 Duration: 164 minutes Release date: 5 February (UK)

Realising that you don’t like a film that has been, very nearly, universally praised is a hard thing to take. Sometimes it’s difficult to admit something to yourself, especially when the common consensus is against you. But, here I am, I’ve just watched Blade Runner 2049 and I sit with my head in my hands wondering where it all went wrong. Was it me? Was it the film? Is there an unspecified amount of peer pressure to enjoy this film? Or was it just monumentally boring? I almost feel sad saying this, but Blade Runner 2049 was a chore of a film and despite being utterly beautiful, I found myself devoid of enjoyment or interest while the film ran for nearly three hours. Continue reading “Blade Runner 2049”

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”

Justice League

Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot & Jason Momoa
Synopsis: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.
Rating: 12A Duration: 120 minutes Release date: 17 November (UK)

While not as highly anticipated as some of the other comic-book films that have been released in the past few years, Justice League has arrived in cinemas with audiences more curious as to what the final result will be rather than genuine anticipation. The latest superhero team up arrives on the back of much derision from fans and maybe the best audiences can hope for is that the film is not a complete failure. Continue reading “Justice League”