Category Archives: Film Reviews

Film Review – Hustlers

In other hands, Hustlers could have been little more than ghastly superficial people being ripped off by other ghastly superficial people, wallowing in implicitly approved materialism in the name of pseudo-feminist revenge. But despite inevitable outcry from the Incel crowd … Continue reading

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Film Review – It Chapter Two

To be honest, It has never been one of my favourite Stephen King horror stories. I much prefer Misery, The Shining, and especially Carrie. Still, the novel (and especially the 1990 TV mini-series) proved hugely popular, which brings us to … Continue reading

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Film Review – Pain and Glory

Pain and Glory sees legendary Spanish director Pedro Almodovar working in something of a minor key, compared with some of his earlier, more outrageous works. It’s a semi-autobiographical, meditative work with a superb, very moving central performance from Antonio Banderas. … Continue reading

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Film Review – Crawl

If you’re in the mood for monster B-movie nonsense, you could do a lot worse that Crawl. This Alexandre Aja directed, Sam Raimi produced, slab of shlock is an agreeably taut, claustrophobic affair that delivers the genre goods. When college … Continue reading

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Film Review – Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s much anticipated Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood is an interesting watch and certainly a must-see for the Tarantino faithful. The more casual viewer is likely to be less impressed, and in honesty this lacks the vital fire … Continue reading

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Film Review – Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home delivers at the high standard one has come to expect from Marvel films. Playful, exciting, funny, and occasionally touching, it doesn’t quite scale the surreal, envelope pushing heights of last year’s animated Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse, … Continue reading

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Film Review – Midsommar

The original version of The Wicker Man is the obvious inspiration for Ari Aster’s Midsommar – a splendidly creepy, disturbing, darkly funny, occasionally gross-out gruesome folk horror tale. It’s a significant improvement on Aster’s Hereditary, which for all it’s fine … Continue reading

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Film Review – Yesterday

“From the writer of Love Actually and the director of Slumdog Millionaire” is a pretty solid commercial proposition. As a result, in Yesterday we have the best directed Richard Curtis film ever made, with Danny Boyle bringing his trademark verve … Continue reading

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Film Review – Toy Story 4

The Toy Story trilogy, as it was up to this point, consisted of three flawless masterpieces of animated family viewing which are rightly revered. We didn’t need a fourth instalment, or so we thought. Pixar however had other ideas. The … Continue reading

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Film Review – Sometimes Always Never

Sometimes Always Never, from first time director Carl Hunter and writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, is a curious, low key, offbeat gem of a film. It isn’t going to change the course of cinema, but it is beautifully shot, quietly compelling, … Continue reading

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