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Alien Review

When it comes to great directors, very few have a perfect record. Stanley Kubrick may have been a masterful filmmaker, but he also made Eyes Wide Shut, Steven Spielberg has War of the Worlds, and Quentin Tarantino has Death Proof. No-one is perfect, much less film directors. Ridley Scott is a great example of this.…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

So, with the end of the world nigh, and every person you come into contact with potentially carrying a deadly virus, it’s safe to say that the cinema isn’t a great place to be right now. Which is bad news for me, because the longer I don’t watch films, the longer I don’t write and…

The Call of the Wild Review

I’m sensing somewhat of a pattern emerging this week; what with Emma yesterday and this today, it must be ‘New Adaptations of Old Books’ week, or perhaps something snappier, I’ll work on it, but in the meantime, here’s a review of a film about grumpy old Harrison Ford and a dog. I can’t say I’m familiar with…

Bad Boys For Life Review

After the last few years, and after some truly terrible choices, I can only hope that Will Smith has fired his agent. Starting with 2015’s Suicide Squad, maybe even earlier, he hasn’t made a single good choice in the roles he accepts. He’s really been through the doldrums in the last few years, there was…

Jumanji: The Next Level Review

The last Jumanji film was a pleasant surprise. A reboot of a beloved childhood classic that not only paid its respects to its predecessor, but in some ways exceeded it, bringing a boatload of fresh adventure to a long-dormant title. With a talented cast (and Dwayne Johnson) the new era of Jumanji seemed bright, so…

Charlie’s Angels Review

Now pretty much seems like the perfect time to make a Charlie’s Angels reboot. After all, Hollywood seems to be waking up to the box-office power of female-led films in the wake of #MeToo, and I’d say that we have more than enough macho action heroes around, so making a kick-ass female team sounds like…

21 Bridges Review

It’s fair to say that the Russo Brothers have had a busy few years. They had the keys to the MCU castle for a good few years and delivered some extremely memorable Superhero films, so how do you follow up a 1-2 punch like Infinity War and Endgame? Why by making a run-of-the-mill cop thriller…

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…

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…

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…