Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

December 20th, 2016 by

Director: Gareth Edwards Cast: Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed and Donnie Yen Certificate: 12a Running Time: 133 minutes Release Date: December 15th An inherent iciness hangs over each and every frame of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This is fine, for let us not pretend that this ‘saga’ is […]


Deepwater Horizon

September 29th, 2016 by

Director: Peter Berg Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Kate Hudson Certificate: 12A Running Time: 107 minutes Release Date: September 30th If anyone can turn a giant drilling rig into a jingoistic statement, it’s Peter Berg. The disappointment is that he doesn’t go there, but the surprise is that he does apply restraint, grounding […]


Blair Witch

September 18th, 2016 by

Director: Adam Wingard Cast: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Corbin Reid, Valorie Curry, Wes Robinson Certificate: 16 Running Time: 89 minutes Release Date: September 16th Confession time. The year is 1999 and a trip down the road to see an independent horror film results in a sleepless night for this particular scribe. In […]


Don’t Breathe

September 9th, 2016 by

Director: Fede Alvarez Cast: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang Certificate: 16 Running Time: 88 minutes Release Date: September 9th How do you make an audience root for a clutch of fairly loathsome protagonists? If you’re Fede Alvarez, you follow up an Evil Dead remake by sketching your opposing force with an instrument as […]


The Purge: Election Year

August 25th, 2016 by

Director: James DeMonaco   Cast: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Betty Gabriel Certificate: 16  Running Time: 109 minutes Release Date: August 26th ‘Cunt’, ‘pussy’ and ‘bitch’ – select terms batted around when referring to women in the opening minutes of The Purge: Election Year, a terrifically tired and muddled stumble that is often either sexist or racist […]


The Childhood of a Leader

August 22nd, 2016 by

Director: Brady Corbet Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Robert Pattinson and Stacy Martin Certificate: Club Running Time: 113 minutes Release Date: August 19th Anyone who has seen Brady Corbet in the likes of Michael Haneke’s shot-for-shot remake of Funny Games and the criminally under-seen Simon Killer will know that he makes the uneasy look really rather straightforward. Not […]


Suicide Squad

August 2nd, 2016 by

Director: David Ayer Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis and Jared Leto Certificate: 15A Running Time: 123 minutes Release Date: August 5th Spare a thought for the doomed souls who handle PR and marketing at Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment for they’ve probably developed lifetime health issues due to the course-correction whiplash […]


Jason Bourne

July 26th, 2016 by

Director: Paul Greengrass Cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Riz Ahmed and Tommy Lee Jones Certificate: 12a Running Time: 123 minutes Release Date: July 27th The vast majority of people want ‘the same, but different’ when it comes to new instalments of the things they enjoy. It’s why bands like U2, Foo […]


Ghostbusters

July 14th, 2016 by

Director: Paul Feig Cast: Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth Certificate: 12A Running Time: 117 minutes Release Date: July 15th 32 years ago, Dan Aykroyd received oral sex from a ghost. We shouldn’t forget this moment, especially when Ghostbusters is hailed as some kind of cinema vérité triumph that ought to be studied in […]


The Neon Demon

July 11th, 2016 by

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Cast: Elle scinanning, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves, Karl Glusman, Christina Hendricks, Desmond Harrington, Alessandro Nivola Certificate: 18 Running Time: 117 minutes Release Date: July 8th As with the overrated Drive and the underappreciated Only God Forgives before it, Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon is a film in which to get lost, but how […]


Independence Day: Resurgence

June 23rd, 2016 by

Director: Roland Emmerich Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Maika Monroe, Jessie Usher, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Brent Spiner, Angelababy Certificate: 12A Running Time: 120 minutes Release Date: June 24th It’s here! 20 years following the rampant success of iconic blockbuster Independence Day comes a sequel that nobody really needed shorn of its most charismatic presence. This time […]


Gods of Egypt

June 16th, 2016 by

Director: Alex Proyas Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaites, Elodie Yung, Chadwick Boseman, Rufus Sewell, Courtney Eaton and Geoffrey Rush  Certificate: 12a Running Time: 127 minutes Release Date: June 17th Here’s the thing. Schlock can be glorious fun but you need to commit to the bit. There’s a moment early on in Gods of Egypt, a […]


Warcraft: The Beginning

June 1st, 2016 by

Director: Duncan Jones Cast: Travis Fimmel, Toby Kebbell, Paula Patton, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Ruth Negga, Clancy Brown, Rob Kazinsky, Daniel Wu Certificate: 12a Running Time: 123 minutes Release Date:May 30th There I was, primed and ready to unleash a terrible ‘More like SNORECRAFT, am I right?!’ gag to open this review when all of a […]


X-Men: Apocalypse

May 17th, 2016 by

Director: Brian Singer Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne Certificate: 12a Running Time: 144 minutes Release Date: May 18th 21 years ago, The Usual Suspects pulled off a trick later aped by Christopher Nolan and his hysterically overrated Inception; it convinced its viewers that an immediate repeat viewing of the […]