Film Reviews

Preview: Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, Alessandra Ambrosio Director: Sean Anders Brad (Ferrell) is married to Dusty's (Wahlberg) ex-wife, and is stepdad to his kids. While this was the cause of great tension in the first film, they're now not only co-parenting, but are also really good friends.… Continue reading Preview: Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)

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Annabelle: Creation (2017)

Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Lulu Wilson, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman, Samara Lee Director: David F Sandberg Following on from the popular Annabelle film, which fits into the Conjuring and Warren family films, this is the story of how the doll was created. The Mullins family live on a large property where they happily… Continue reading Annabelle: Creation (2017)

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Preview: It (2017)

Starring: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Leiberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton Director: Andy Muschietti Stephen King's books are a perennial source of movie adaptations, but for every wonderful adaptation there are several lackluster or downright laughable ones. It was hard to know which way the… Continue reading Preview: It (2017)

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Five Things That Surprised Me On Rewatching the Harry Potter Films.

Last weekend, we headed into Oxford for the day. Those of you who are Harry Potter fans will know that a number of the locations used in the films are there. It's a beautiful city, with it's university and architecture that largely hasn't changed in the last 500 years. It inspired us (my partner and… Continue reading Five Things That Surprised Me On Rewatching the Harry Potter Films.

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My Life As A Zucchini (2016)

Director: Claude Barras Rated PG-13, this is an unusual animation. A little boy lives with his alcoholic mother, til one day she dies in an accident that he blames himself for. He's sent to a foster home, where all the kids are suffering from losing their parents and from growing up in highly dysfunctional homes.… Continue reading My Life As A Zucchini (2016)

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A Monster Calls (2016)

Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson Director: J A Bayona A story about grief and grieving for kids sounds like a hard sell, but this adaptation of a popular book by Patrick Ness focuses on deeper life truths to avoid the trite and mawkish. Conor (MacDougall) is a kid who has grown… Continue reading A Monster Calls (2016)

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Manchester By The Sea (2016)

Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler Director: Kenneth Lonergan Kenneth Lonergan, the writer of Gangs Of New York and Analyze This, gets to showcase his directing chops too in this drama about a man drowning in loss, who is surprised to become the guardian of his nephew when his brother suffers from a heart… Continue reading Manchester By The Sea (2016)

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The Girl On The Train (2016)

Starring: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson Director: Tate Taylor Three women who all have issues around babies, find themselves linked when Rachel (Blunt), an obsessive and alcoholic, thinks she might be involved in a missing persons case. Rachel is unable to have children, which drove her to drinking and drove her husband into the… Continue reading The Girl On The Train (2016)

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Captain Fantastic (2016)

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Annalise Basso Director: Matt Ross A startling and charming film from an actor turned writer/director, this film is the story of an unusual family, who live in the woods in the Pacific Northwest, living by Socialist values and survivalism. Ben (Mortensen) finds his own ideals challenged when big changes hot… Continue reading Captain Fantastic (2016)

105 Must See Films

105 Must See Films: Rabbit Proof Fence (2002)

Starring: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke, David Gulpilil Director: Phillip Noyce Perhaps better known for action and thriller pics, like Clear and Present Danger for example, Noyce here turned his attention to Australian history and something that for a long time was a bit of a dirty secret: the stolen… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Rabbit Proof Fence (2002)