Category Archives: Films

Film Review – The Big Sick

Last night I finally managed to catch up with The Big Sick, a fact-based romantic comedy drama which hasn’t done great business (in the UK at least). This is a shame, since The Big Sick is funny, touching and even … Continue reading

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Film Review – Annabelle Creation

Let’s not kid ourselves, Annabelle Creation is a deeply clichéd film. A prequel to a prequel, this offshoot of The Conjuring universe (why is everything part of a “universe” these days?) really ought to provoke rolled eyebrows given the cheap … Continue reading

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Film Review – A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story is not a horror film. Nor is it a film for mainstream audiences or those whose attention spans will not withstand the glacial pacing. It is, however, a melancholic, surreal, visually striking meditation on grief, death and … Continue reading

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Film Review – Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde is not the kind of film that stands up to anything resembling close scrutiny, but there are still some guilty pleasure thrills to be gleaned from this gloriously superficial, stylish, violent spy thriller. Set in 1989 Berlin just … Continue reading

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Film Reviews – Despicable Me 3/Cars 3

I recently caught up with a couple of family movie “threequels” – Cars 3 and Despicable Me 3. Since neither proved much to report home about, I am being lazy and dealing with both in the same review. In the … Continue reading

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Film Review – Dunkirk

In addition to the deserved, near unanimous acclaim heaped upon Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, it will also be remembered as one of the rare, great plural protagonist films. Like Sergei Eistenstein’s Potemkin and Paul Greengrass’s United 93, the main character is … Continue reading

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Film Review – War for the Planet of the Apes

A superb motion capture performance from Andy Serkis dominates War for the Planet of the Apes, the final segment of the recent “Caesar” prequel/reboot Apes trilogy. Serkis is master of the motion capture discipline, bringing to life characters as diverse … Continue reading

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Film Review – It Comes at Night

It Comes at Night has been marketed as a horror film. Quite honestly this is misleading. Yes there are horror aspects, but this is more psychological apocalyptic drama than horror, with lashings of ambiguity that had the disgruntled audience I … Continue reading

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Film Review – Spider-man: Homecoming

In recent years, Spider-man reboots have become as frequent as shock election results. Understandable then, that one should approach this latest iteration with a certain weary cynicism. However, I am pleased to report that for the most part, Spider-man: Homecoming … Continue reading

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Horror and Christianity: Incompatible?

Regular readers of my blog are aware that I am an ardent apologist for the horror genre, and have also written within this genre myself. Given my Christian faith, a number of my fellow believers find this unusual, and at … Continue reading

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