All of my 2019 reviews!

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Review

I’ll admit before we start that I don’t really ‘get’ Angelina Jolie. I don’t really understand how she is still as bankable and as liked as she is, when she so rarely makes an actually good film. Sure, taste is subjective, but I think it’s fair to say that she’s never been ‘great’ in anything.…

Official Secrets Review

The past few years have been good to us in terms of ‘journo-political’ thrillers – a term I just made up, by the way – of films based around investigative journalists and the real-life fallout from their groundbreaking publications. For a prime example, cast your mind back to 2015’s excellent Spotlight, which I consider the…

ANNOUNCEMENT – Re-branding and Relaunch

To all my readers, old and new, Over the past two-and-a-half years, I’ve worked very hard at being the best critic I can be, but I can’t help but feel like I’m being held back. To tell the truth, I’ve felt the ‘Mr Opinionated’ moniker has held me back; it’s very hard to take seriously…

The Day Shall Come Review

It is my opinion that the principal aim of a film should be to entertain the viewer; however, it is also the job of a film, occasionally, to educate. To me, Film is at its best when it’s holding a mirror up to society and showing us its darkest recesses. That’s why films like Taxi…

Gemini Man Review

Will Smith is one of those bankable actors who blows hot and cold in the quality of his films. He made his name in several late-90’s hits, so he can now take a few riskier ventures without really taking a hit to his box office appeal. But, it is still safe to say that Smith’s…

Billy Connolly – The Sex Life of Bandages Review

To me, Billy Connolly is the greatest stand-up comedian to ever live. His 1985 An Audience With performance is the Citizen Kane of stand-up, and his legacy is secured as the best. Unfortunately, in the past few years he has encountered numerous health problems, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and prostrate cancer in the…

Metallica S&M 2 Review

It’ll be a few days of unconventional reviews on my site this week, with today’s topic being a concert film, and tomorrow I have a showing of Billy Connolly’s final stand-up show at the cinema. Obviously, these will not be under the same scrutiny as a typical film, there’s no story to follow, no acting…

Joker Review

It’s not an understatement to call The Joker the greatest comic-book character of all time, at least in my opinion. What Batman lacks in personality, Joker makes up for in spades, not only that, but because of this character we’ve had some of the greatest portrayals of superhero cinema; names such as Jack Nicholson, Mark…

Judy Review

With the release of this and Joker this week, I think it’s fair to say that we are entering the early stages of “awards season”. Both had a lot of hype coming out of the tail end of the festival season and with the wide release it’s fair to say that the awards train has…

The Goldfinch Review

Novel adaptations are, like a lot of things, a bit of a thorny prospect. On the one hand there are successful adaptations, such as the Twilight Saga or the Harry Potter books, but on the other hand, there are the less successful adaptations, like Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby or the Golden Compass. A lot…