The Limehouse Golem

Director: Juan Carlos Medina
Starring: Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke & Douglas Booth
Synopsis: A series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times – the mythical so-called Golem – must be responsible.
Rating: 15 Duration: 109 minutes Release date: 26 December (UK)

It’s always nice to see something different at the cinema. For all the apes, robots and superheroes laying waste to the cinematic landscape it makes for a pleasant diversion when a film like The Limehouse Golem comes along. Rich in visuals and interesting characters, The Limehouse Golem is a welcome diversion from a cinema filled with testosterone and convoluted shit storms. Continue reading “The Limehouse Golem”

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47 Meters Down

Director: Johannes Roberts
Starring: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt & Matthew Modine
Synopsis: Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.
Rating: 15 Duration: 89 minutes Release date: 27 November (UK)

Sharks on film do not get the best reputation if we’re honest. From Jaws to Sharknado, with The Shallows and Deep Blue Sea in between – sharks have always been cast as merciless killing machines, inspired only by their goal of devouring human flesh. Like some sort of sea-based Terminator, they stalk their prey in an unrelenting fashion and absolutely will not stop until you are dead. Continue reading “47 Meters Down”

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”

Batman vs Two Face

Director: Rick Morales
Starring: Adam West, William Shatner & Julie Newmar
Synopsis: Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent is mutilated in a laboratory accident. When the duplicitous Two-Face embarks on a crime spree, Batman and Robin must solve the mystery of his identity while facing off against several other foes.
Rating: 12 Duration: 72 minutes Release date: 30 October

Following on from Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders we return to the world of Batman ’66 with Batman vs Two-Face. Much like its predecessor, this animated film tells an all new story set in the Adam West era of Batman, while also paying tribute to both the character and the man who made Batman such an icon for so many. Continue reading “Batman vs Two Face”

A Man Called Ove

Director: Hannes Holm
Starring: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars & Filip Berg
Synopsis: Ove, an ill-tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors.
Rating: 15 Duration: 111 minutes Release date: 16 October (UK)

Sometimes a film comes along and takes you completely by surprise, and A Man Called Ove is one such film. This sweet, blackly comic Swedish drama about a cantankerous old fart who is literally at the end of his tether is both heart-warming & funny and will win you over much like Ove himself does. Continue reading “A Man Called Ove”

Transformers: The Last Knight

Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins & Josh Duhamel
Synopsis: Autobots and Decepticons are at war, with humans on the sidelines. Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.
Rating: 12A Duration: 149 minutes Release date: 16 October – Digital download & 30 October – DVD & Blu-ray

One thing I thought I would never say about a Transformers film is how boring it is. The first film was enjoyable in its boy gets first car, which happens to be a transforming alien robot, meets cute girl and helps to save the world. It was a fun, bombastic summer action film and Michael Bay had delivered the goods. Then came that films sequel where everything got bigger, sillier and robot bollocks were literally clanging around the screen. Each film has since has got worse and Michael Bay seems to have lost all sense of what made Transformers enjoyable. Now, five films later, we have The Last Knight, a film so overblown and full of crap it’s hard to find any pleasure at all. Continue reading “Transformers: The Last Knight”