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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 Review

Well, it’s time to bring this little expedition to a close. I never planned from the outset to review all of these films, and certainly not in such a short space of time, but left with not much to do stuck at home, I ended up watching them all a few days apart, partly out…

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review

So, the first film in this series got me into it; invited me inside, made me a cup of tea, now it’s up to the sequel to fetch the biscuits and keep me entertained with an anecdote or two. This analogy fell apart quite quickly, didn’t it? Never mind, I’m pressing ahead anyway… Even though…

The Hunger Games Review

I must admit that this franchise passed me by entirely. The height of its popularity came and went just after I was outside of its target demographic; and in truth, it seems like a franchise I could quite easily get into, but hadn’t had the time to do so, but now my options are limited,…

Time Bandits Review

I’d never fully understood the meaning of the phrase: ‘having one’s cake and eating it’ because a cake only really has one function unless you’re planning an elaborate food fight, but after watching Time Bandits it started to become a little clearer to me. It has a perfectly workable premise, but overreaches itself far too often, and…

Mary Poppins Returns Review

There’s always a risk when returning to a long-dormant franchise of tainting the originals legacy. Yet it seems fashionable now to revisit series thought long-dead in the hopes of attaching a pair of jump leads to its corpse and wringing a few more million dollars from it. It probably sounds from that opening paragraph that…

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.…