Pain and Glory (2019) Review

Watch this as soon as you can… Pedro Almodóvar, with his latest film, Pain and Glory, has crafted a deeply personal meditation on what it feels like to have passed your prime and the peak of your notoriety. Telling the story of an ageing film director who has given up on making films, feeling physically […]

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Review

Watch this as soon as you can… Stranger Things and It appear to have started a trend for horror films about children/teenagers set in the past. If either of these disappointed you, or feel overrated, then Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is the film for you. This new film, from producer Guillermo del […]

Crawl (2019) Review

Wait until you can stream this… Crawl tells the story of Haley (Kaya Scodelario) as she attempts to rescue her father from a basement filled with alligators. This is all the movie is, nothing more, nothing less. It is a remarkably simple film, but this proves a hindrance as well as a strength. Its simple […]

Angel Has Fallen (2019) Review

Wait Until You Can Stream It… Towards the end of Angel Has Fallen, Vice President Kirby (Tim Blake Nelson) lays out his ambition to “make America strong again”, in what appears to be a deliberate parallel to Trump. Does this make his orchestration of the rightful President’s attempted assassination (played effortlessly by Morgan Freeman) some […]

Spider Man: Far From the MCU

If only films were made for the narrative and not the money. We would not be in a situation where Tom Holland’s version of Spider Man, who has become an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is cruelly ripped out of said universe. All of this is because both Sony and Disney want more […]

Retrospective Reviews: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Watch this as soon as you can… Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War masterpiece, is being rereleased in cinemas for its 40th Anniversary. There are many reasons to re-watch this classic piece of cinema. This has to be seen on the big screen, even if you have seen it countless times before. Its cinematic […]

Good Boys (2019) Review

Wait until you can stream it… Coming of age comedies have been filling the 2019 movie schedule so far. Following Eighth Grade and Booksmart, Good Boys is the story of three 12-years-old boys who are invited to their very first “kissing party”. Feeling woefully unprepared, they spend the day trying to learn how to kiss […]

Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) Review

Watch this as soon as you can… Dora and the Lost City of Gold’s title does not feel particularly inspired. Surely someone could have picked a better, more creative name for the eponymous lost city. Fortunately, the creativity and excitement went into the film itself. This is a solid example of how to adapt something […]

Playmobil: The Movie (2019) Review

Do not watch this… Toy adverts have recently become feature length and over ninety minutes in length. At least with the Lego Movie series, there is an attempt to be creative and original. At least the rules of the world are firmly established and there is a logic underlying the narrative. It is a shame […]

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) Review

Watch this as soon as you can… Blurring the lines between cinema and reality, Tarantino’s 9th (possibly penultimate) film is a glorious celebration of 1960s L.A. and Hollywood films from the same period. If Tarantino was attempting to capture the mood and feel of living in that decade in a film reel, then he is […]