Category Archives: Film Reviews

Film Review – Loving Vincent

Giving new meaning to the term labour of love, Loving Vincent is a visually mesmerising but dramatically tepid animated film, examining the events surrounding the death of celebrated painter Vincent Van Gogh. Starting with the positives, the film is an … Continue reading

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Film Review – Blade Runner 2049

Despite the drooling critical acclaim lavished on Denis Villeneuve’s much belated sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece, based on one viewing at least, I’d say this isn’t in the pantheon of genuinely great sequels (ie The Godfather Part II, The … Continue reading

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Film Review – Goodbye Christopher Robin

As an author I am predisposed to like Goodbye Christopher Robin, a biopic about AA Milne and his son Christopher Robin, and how the huge success of Winnie the Pooh affected their relationship. Given that I too have drawn inspiration … Continue reading

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Film Review – Brimstone

The shadow of Night of the Hunter looms large over Brimstone, a lengthy, lurid and savagely violent Dutch western from writer/director Martin Koolhoven. Upfront warnings for bad language, nudity, sex, violence and sexual violence are hereby duly issued, as this … Continue reading

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Film Review – Close Encounters of the Third Kind (re-release)

Steven Spielberg’s 1977 masterpiece Close Encounters of the Third Kind has returned to UK cinemas in a very limited run. I have now seen this on the big screen in a variety of formats, including 70mm, 35mm and now digital … Continue reading

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Film Review – Mother!

There has been much debate around Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! as to what it is all supposed to mean. Some have interpreted it as an environmentalist parable (a “Mother” who gives to an overpopulated world until she can give nothing more), … Continue reading

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Film Review – It

Stephen King’s It has previously been adapted as a memorable television miniseries, so this new version, helmed by Mama director Andy Muschietti, comes with a certain level of expectation. Personally I don’t find It quite the bone-chilling exercise in terror … Continue reading

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Film Review – Patti Cake$

Patti Cake$ is an entertaining if flawed indie outing from writer/director Geremy Jasper. It follows the fortunes of overweight, white female rapper wannabe Patti Dombrowski (the excellent Danielle Macdonald). Her determination is undermined at every turn by those in her … Continue reading

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Film Review – Emmi

Emmi, a short film directed by Andrew Carslaw, proves to be a well-acted, well-directed but remorselessly grim affair. Set in a high rise council building, the story concerns an infertile woman who longs for children, and a teenager concealing a … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Limehouse Golem

A fine brace of lead performances from Bill Nighy and Olivia Cooke form the heart of The Limehouse Golem, an agreeably nasty Jack the Ripper-esque Victorian whodunit with deliberately theatrical Grand Guignol horror hokum overtones. Deft sleight of hand and … Continue reading

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