All of my 2019 reviews!

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Midway Review

It is often said that history is written by the victors; and World War II is a victory we’ve been telling for eight decades now, something that shows no sign of slowing down. It makes me wonder if one day we may run out of war stories to tell, this facilitating the need for a…

Last Christmas Review

It’s been a while since we’ve had a genuinely good Christmas film. One that will be populating terrestrial TV at this time of year for years to come. I’m talking about films like Elf, or Love Actually. Each generation has their own Christmas films, there’s the two I’ve just mentioned, or there’s Home Alone if…

Le Mans ‘66 Review

Earlier in the year, I reviewed a film called Vice, an experience that must have been fulfilling, because I can’t remember much about it; but what I can remember mostly revolves around its leading man, Christian Bale, who I described in that review as being a ‘chameleon’ meaning an actor who changes themselves drastically to…

The Good Liar Review

I think it’s fair to call Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren ‘legends’. In fact, I might go as far as calling them ‘national treasures’ such is their longevity, prestige and, most importantly, talent. So a film that combines these two talents on screen for the first time is a recipe for something special, with the…

The Aeronauts Review

The idea to reunite Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones is a solid one in theory, reuniting any pair that have proven themselves to have formidable chemistry can seem like a good idea in theory, but can be risky in practise. The last time these two were opposite each other on screen was in 2014’s The…

Sorry We Missed You Review

A few years ago, Ken Loach made waves with his film I, Daniel Blake; a damning indictment of the British benefits system under the Conservative government, well, three years later and his crosshairs are still very much focused on perceived injustices in modern day life. It’s hard to separate Loach’s politics from his filmmaking, and…

Doctor Sleep Review

Any director who willingly follows-up a film made by Stanley Kubrick is, to my mind, either monumentally brave, or self-destructive to a worrying degree. Not only are you following a classic, you’re following a classic made by one of the best to ever stand behind a camera. Having said that, it’s not a baseless sequel;…

Don’t Look Now Review

Happy Halloween, one and all! Guess how I celebrated the occasion? Why, I went to the cinema, of course! Not for any old film however, but a special screening of Don’t Look Now, considered one of the greatest horror films, and British films, of all time. I had never seen the film, I knew it…

Terminator: Dark Fate Review

Consider if you will the perils of being in charge of the latest instalment in a popular franchise. Will you please your reptilian studio head bosses by making a profit? Will you please the fans by producing a worthy instalment in an already strong series? Or will you burn the franchise to the ground and…