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The Nightingale Review

Horror fans of the last few years might recognise the name Jennifer Kent. Her previous film, The Babadook, was a success both critically and commercially (comparatively anyway) and instantly put her on the radar of fans and critics alike, and made her next film one to watch. That next film materialised as this, The Nightingale,…

Uncut Gems Review

Let me take a moment to explain about anxiety. Imagine for a moment your brain is not housed inside a head, and is instead housed inside a beehive, where the bees tend to hold a lot of raves and shout your biggest failings to you at all hours of the day. That is what anxiety…

Richard Jewell Review

There are many things that astonish me about Clint Eastwood. His directorial talents being the main one, but his longevity and work ethic in his advanced age is another. It’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which a nearly 90 year old man can possibly still have something relevant to say. It’s fair to say…

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…

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…

The Informer Review

Bit of an under the radar release this one. In fact it’s fair to say that it’s media profile wasn’t so much low as non-existent, I think I only saw one trailer in the run-up to release and it looked fairly generic and nondescript, but with us being in a release lull lately, I wasn’t…

Angel Has Fallen Review

If you’d have told me back in 2013 that the generic action thriller Olympus Has Fallen would spawn not one, but two sequels, I probably wouldn’t have been that surprised and despaired anew at the creative bankruptcy of the film industry all over again. I’m exaggerating slightly, of course, but the point I’m trying to…

One Hour Photo Review

The job of the critic is often a thankless one. What with many people regarding us as the bottom-feeders of the cinema world, whose very existence is pretentious, we’d have every right to feel a bit put out. But, the reason a critic criticises in the first place is almost universally because of their love…

Crawl Review

Secret screenings are a bit of a crap shoot to be honest. I struck lucky earlier this month when I attended one that ended up being Blinded By the Light, which I really enjoyed, so I took the plunge and booked another one. It started with disappointment, unfortunately, as I really wanted the screening to…

Glass Review

M. Night Shyamalan has a very mixed history, which is the kindest thing I can say about his filmography really. On one hand there’s modern classics such as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and some of Signs and on the other hand there’s After Earth, The Happening and, God help us, The Last Airbender. In fact,…